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Golden Globe Race

The 2022 Golden Globe Race - 36 sailors … 30,000 miles … non-stop … alone … no outside assistance - from Les Sables d'Olonne in France.

Onboard on an accompanying boat

Experience the start of the Golden Globe Race at sea

Sunday 4th September 2022

One price: €60

Point of sale :

Tourist Office - Destination Les Sables d'Olonne
1 Promenade Wilson
Tel : 02 51 96 85 78
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Information +33 2 51 96 85 78

Village GGR 2022

Open from 20 August to 4 September 2022 - Every day from 10am to 8pm.
Free admission.

Village GGR 2022

Place Vendée Globe - Port Olona - Les Sables d'Olonne
20 August 2022: Fireworks to welcome the skippers!

2 festive & family weeks

There will be exhibitions of historic and classic boats, and many activities.
Come and meet the skippers, see their boats, listen to their presentations on stage, and feel the emotion of the open sea!

On the programme, every day...

- CONCERTS on the main stage in the village or on the stage inside the bar:
> 22, 25, 29 August and 1 and 4 September.
> August 21, 28 and 30.
- HISTORY of the GOLDEN GLOBE RACE, from 1968 until today.
- TV broadcasts, every day at 11am with interviews with the skippers.
- ANIMATIONS & WORKSHOPS to discover old-fashioned sailing. See the programme of festivities.

Village - animations GGR

Bar and restaurant area

Bar open until 2am.
Gourmet break with the family at the bar and restaurant in the village, for lunch, snacks, aperitifs, etc. in a retro atmosphere.

Race pontoons

Meet the skippers and watch them prepare their boats.

Ambiance Ponton GGR

Organise your GGR escapade

It's time to plan your visit and book your accommodation for September 2022, we look forward to welcoming you to Port Olona, in Les Sables d'Olonne, Vendée.

Concerts and shows Spectacles on the Village GGR


Start of the GGR Sailing Race

Sunday 4 September 2022

Everyone on the channel!

01:00 pm : the accompanying boats leave the channel.
01:30 pm : meet on the quays of Les Sables and La Chaume, along the channel, to encourage the skippers. Departure from the Vendée Globe pontoon of the GGR skippers, every 3 minutes.
03:00 pm : The GGR fleet is in the start area.
04:00 pm : Top start (crossing the line).


Skippers GGR 2022

The 2022 adventurers :

2022-08-01-Liste finale des skippers GGR 2022

- Arnaud GAIST - France
- Damien GUILLOU - France
- David SCOTT COWPER - United Kingdom
- Edward WALENTYNOWICZ - Canada
- Elliott SMITH - United States
- Ertan BESKARDES - Royaume-Uni
- Graham DALTON - New Zealand
- Guy DE BOER - United States
- Guy WAITES - United Kingdom
- Ian HERBERT-JONES - United Kingdom
- Jeremy BAGSHAW - South Africa
- Kirsten NEUSCHÄFER - South Africa
- Mark SINCLAIR - Australia
- Michael GUGGENBERGER - Austria
- Pat LAWLESS - Ireland
- Simon CURWEN - United Kingdom
- Tapio LEHTINEN - Finland
- Tony ABHILASH - India

Details on the website of GGR

The road 2022

what you need to know ...

Les Sables d'Olonne, the starting and finishing town of the old-style Round the World Sailing Race;
- 30 0000 miles to cover
- 23 skippers
- 13 nationalities
- 5 capes
They will be sailing on robust and solid boats of 32 to 36 feet (9.75 - 10.97m) and designed before 1988 with a long keel and a rudder attached to the keel.

Parcours GGR 2022

The race

In 2022, we will be celebrating the 54th anniversary of the Golden Globe Challenge race (which took place in 1968) in Les Sables d'Olonne, Vendée.
This mythical race was a great inspiration for the Vendée Globe, with legendary sailors like Bernard Moitessier and Robin Knox-Johnston:
- In 1968, 9 skippers took part in a solo non-stop round-the-world race without assistance via the 5 capes.
- In 1968, 9 skippers embarked on this extraordinary challenge,
- Only 1 crossed the finish line: Sir Robin Knox-Johnston after 313 days at sea,
- 8 abandoned, including the unlucky Nigel Tetley who was shipwrecked just 1,100 miles from victory, while Bernard Moitessier, who was leading the race on his boat "Joshua", preferred to head for Tahiti rather than continue the competition, and will sail around the world for one and a half hours to reach the peace and quiet of the islands, and will later write a reference account on sailing: "The Long Road".


Winner GGR

Vainqueurs de la GGR

Jean-Luc VAN DEN HEEDE, french skipper is the winner of the Golden Globe Race 2018 !
He arrived on January 29, 2019, in 211 days, 23 hours & 12 minutes.

Congratulations VDH!

Next GGR Edition 2026

Organisation of a new JOSHUA Class for the 2026 GGR which will allow amateurs to build now and enter their own JOSHUA replica.

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