And they’re off!
A loud blast from the horn of a French naval vessel marked the start of the 3rd Golden Globe Race.
The round-the-world race got underway with no incidents or collisions, in clear skies and close-hauled in a 10 knot wind.
Sixteen solo sailors, with an average age of 52½ – are now heading out into the Bay of Biscay in their small but rugged yachts, without the aid of modern (post-1968) materials or equipment.
Ahead of them: 30,000 miles of ocean on a non-stop east-about route that takes them down the Atlantic to the Cape of Good Hope, through the Southern Ocean, past Australia & New Zealand, across the Pacific to Cape Horn and back up the Atlantic to Les Sables d’Olonne.
On the way they are a number of waypoints where they can drop off film, be interviewed, and wave to friends and family as they pass – no physical contact allowed!
First though, they have to round Cape Finistere on the northern tip of Spain, and the weather doesn’t look ready to cooperate.
It may take them a few days before they can begin to stretch their legs but for now we can safely say they’re off and on their way
The competitors are…
The Golden Globe 2022
|Jeremy Bagshaw||South Africa||Olleanna||59|
|Ertan Beskardes||UK||Lazy Otter||60|
|Guy de Boer||USA||Spirit||66|
|Arnaud Gaist||French||Prenom Fei of Shanghai||50|
|Pat Lawless||Ireland||Green Rebel||52|
|Kirsten Neuschäfer||South Africa||Minnehaha||39|
|Elliott Smith||USA||Second Wind||27|
|Edward Walentynowicz||Canada||Nah’s Jest||68|
|Average age:||52½ yrs|
While they will have only a rough idea of their position and progress, relying on just their compass, log and sextant, they are being tracked continuously by satellite.
So over the next 8/9 months race officials can oversee the race in detail, and the public can watch the drama unfold on the race website