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Swashbucklers of the Seas go the Whole Nine Yards
Many sailors dream of sailing solo, non-stop, around the world, but only the bravest and most tenacious of sailors ever set out to boldly pursue that dream and make it a reality. On July 1, 2018, thirty sailors will gather on the French Coast, “batten down the hatches,” sail around the world via the Five Great Capes, and return to Les Sables-d’Olonne in France 30,000 miles and 300 days later.
According to sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, “You will never conquer or master the ocean, but you can endure it. Mother Nature is an unforgiving mistress, always with one last trick up her sleeve for you when you least expect it.” Winning the first ’round-the-world race back in 1969, Sir Robin Knox sailed to triumph in his thirty-two foot boat, ‘Suhaili’ as an underdog, in one of the smallest vessels to enter this ultimate endurance race.
Stars, Sun and Paper Charts
Unrivaled by any other, sailing without modern technology and keeping to the precedent and soulfulness of its predecessor, The Golden Globe race is the quintessence of sailing achievement. Physical strength, mental acuity and emotional fortitude are pushed to the limit, as sailors navigate the globe using the stars, the sun, paper charts and the sextant.
Reminiscing over the ‘Golden Age’ of solo sailing, race founder and chairman Don McIntyre said, “My dream to sail solo around the world was born of inspiration gained while following the solo voyages of Francis Chichester, Robin Knox-Johnston and Bernard Moitessier. That was an exciting period!”