|Another UK entrant and three times solo circumnavigator Robin Davie just returned from two years trapped in the US because of Covid, happy to be reunited with his yacht and able to continue work on it. All entrants are watching the clock closely.
Les Sables d’Olonne, home port of the GGR are joining efforts with the Conseil Départemental de la Vendée, and the Conseil Régional des Pays de la Loire for a larger GGR village, opening on August 22nd, 2022 filled with animations and events.
Round the world legend Sir Robin Knox Johnston has accepted to become the patron of the Golden Globe Race going forward, bringing his enthusiasm and expertise to the race and entrants.
“Do not expect the challenge to be easy.”, Sir Robin said, “Once you leave the friendly and safe port of Les Sables, you are on your own for 200 or more days without companionship or support. But if it were easy, where would be the challenge. It is from achieving the really difficult that true satisfaction is to be found”.
A Virtual Golden Globe Race will be available to the public, with unique features such as celestial navigation, mandatory off-watch time, and random ocean racing issues to get close to the real thing without being cold and wet.
“The Golden Globe is about real human stories but Virtual Sailing is a new sport” added Don. “We have partnered with Realsail to develop a world-first Virtual Golden Globe game that is like nothing seen before: the VGG Race uses celestial navigation with real-time live stars visuals, skippers experience real breakdowns and sail problems, only sailing with windvanes and declaring when they are asleep and not under command. This will be the longest running virtual race in the world, it will sail with the real GGR fleet in real-time weather. It is tough!”
Media outreach has been improved with 4 tweets a day per skipper, a 15-minute satellite recorded interview and bi-weekly exclusive media interviews, in addition to the film drop interviews in the Canary Island, Cape Town, Tasmania and Punta del Este.
The Joshua Class has been dropped from the 2022 GGR, but a new opportunity for entrants to BUILD a Joshua One Design replica to race in the 2026 GGR has been announced. Entrants will buy a CNC steel cutting file to start building their JOSHUA.
Frenchman Sébastien Delasnerie has been appointed Race Director. “Coming from IRC and one-design offshore racing, I applaud the return of retro-sailing on older but sturdy designs, putting sailors and seamanship back at the centre of the performance. The profiles and experience of entrants are diverse but their level of preparation is remarkable, and their enthusiasm second to none”