Golden Globe Race 2018 As the 2018 race comes to an end, attention turns to the 2022 Golden Globe By Steve Morrell
n Sunday, March 10, Uku Randma arrived at the finish line at Les Sable d’Olonne in France, taking third in the Golden Globe Race (GGR). Jean-Luc Van den Heede finished first on Jan. 29, followed by Mark Slats two days later. That leaves two more still out there. At press time, Istvan Kopar was about 1000 nm from the finish. In the south Atlantic was Tapio Lehtinen sailing north with about 4800 miles to go. But before all the contestants were even in, there was already talk of the 2022 race— what was learned, what might change and who will enter. In an interview with Don McIntyre, Golden Globe founder, the weekly newsletter Tip & Shaft learned what McIntyre had to say about the race. One of McIntyre’s first comments was Seventy-three-year-old Frenchman Jean-Luc Van den Heede celebrating his arrival at how the whole world followed the race in the finish in Les Sable d’Olonnne in France. Photo by Christophe Favreau/PPL/GGR 2018—noting that he founded the race so he es planned for 2022, the Suhaili Class and the Joshua Class. could sail in it (but was unable to). He said that in the Although he did not elaborate in the interview about the beginning, people thought the entrants would just sail off two classes, the 2022 GGR is planning on two starts and two and not be heard of again, but with the modern world of classes. The Suhaili Class will be basically the same as the communication and tracking—showing the locations of boats that sailed in the 2018 event. The boats had to be 32each boat, getting regular feedback of equipment failures, 36 feet, in honor of Robin Knox-Johnston’s 32-foot Suhaili. storms and how the entrants were doing—the world was The second class will be the Joshua class with everyone able to follow the race in a more personal way. sailing in a one-design boat with 10 boats being built to fill What surprised many was how many had to abandon the class. It will start on Aug. 21, 2022—three weeks before the race (8) early on—in the Atlantic as they headed south— the Suhaili Class. The reason for the Joshua Class goes back because of equipment failures and bad planning. This, to the original 1968 race. In 1968, entrants had to start despite the fact that the boats were built by some of the best between June 1 and Oct. 31 from any port in northern builders in the world with some of the best equipment. But Europe. Knox-Johnston departed England on June 14. lessons were learned as planning for the 2022 race begins. Bernard Moitessier departed 79 days later onboard Joshua, McIntyre commented that many thought some of the and by the time he sailed east around the world and entrants should not have been allowed to go. McIntyre reached Cape Horn, he was only 17 days behind Knoxreplied that that is not what the race is, saying, “Primarily it Johnston—gaining 62 days on him. But after rounding the is an adventure.” He also said that the GGR will “never horn and sailing north for a short distance, Moitessier have everyone finishing.” decided to drop out. He headed east and re-entered the But they have already upped the requirement for the Southern Ocean, ending up in Tahiti. mileage qualification for 2022 from 1000 miles to 2000 miles. For decades, many have wondered that if Moitessier They will also require those miles be done in the boat they had left England on the same day as Knox-Johnson, plan to race in. Plus, they plan to make more recommendawould he have been first to finish, since he closed the gap tions—and that if they determine equipment to be unrelibehind Knox-Johnston by 62 days—after starting 79 days able, they will not allow it to be used. later? Consequently, the 2022 GGR—perhaps to settle this One question that was asked of McIntyre was about the question—will have a Joshua Class that starts earlier in a lack of support and criticism of the event by some groups. one-design boat that is 40 feet long—the length of McIntyre responded that one French sailing organization Moitessier’s Joshua. suggested that the GGR was full of old men and dreamers. McIntyre expects to have about 30 boats at the 2022 Acknowledging how correct that comment was, he went on start—20 in the Suhaili class and 10 in the Joshua Class. to say that they tried to make the event as safe as possible— adding that if there was no risk, no one would have wanted To read the entire interview, go to www.tipandshaft.com, and to enter the race. search for Golden Globe. McIntyre mentioned that they currently have two class-
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