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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.

Vidéo GGR 2022-2023

They are back

CONGRATULATIONS to Kirsten Neuschäfer who wins the Golden Globe Race!

Podium GGR 2022-2023- Les Sables d'Olonne

PODIUM G°G°R 2022-2023

1st :
Kirsten NEUSCHAFER arrived in Les Sables d'Olonne on Thursday 27th April 2023 at 21h43 and 47 seconds, after 233 days at sea.

2nd :
Abhilash TOMY arrived on Saturday 29th April at 06h46, after 236 days at sea.  He made history on Saturday with an impressive second place in the tough Golden Globe Race 2022. Well done!

3rd :
Michael GUGGENBERGER arrived on Friday 12 May, after 249 days at sea. Congratulations to Capt Gugg!


The first competitor, out of the race, Simon Curwen (Chichester class) arrived in Les Sables d'Olonne on Thursday 27 April at around 1pm.

Skippers GGR 2022

The 2022 adventurers :

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

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