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Golden Girl: Susie Goodall prepares for retro solo circumnavigation

Golden Girl: Susie Goodall prepares for retro solo circumnavigation

British sailor Susie Goodall is currently the only female entrant in the revamped Golden Globe Race. Writing exclusively in the October - November issue of Sail Racing Magazine Susie updates us on how her preparations to make it to the start of the retro around-the-world-race in the summer of 2018 are progressing.

The Golden Globe Race is a non-stop around the world yacht race for solo sailors. The first edition took place in 1968 and was sponsored by the Sunday Times newspaper. At that point a non-stop circumnavigation had never been attempted so it was unknown whether it was in fact humanly possible to sail singlehanded around the globe without stopping. 

Competitors could choose when to leave between 1 June and 31 October that year and the first one to cross the finish line without stopping or outside assistance would be the winner. 

Of the nine skippers who set out, only one finished – Britain’s Robin Knox-Johnston. 

Fifty years on, the 2018 Golden Globe Race will be a celebration of what is regarded by sailing purists as the sailing’s ‘golden age’. In that spirit the circumnavigation will be done entirely by traditional means. GPS cannot be used, no iPhones, no mod-cons - just solo sailing with a sextant and charts.

Starting from Falmouth in June 2018, with a maximum of 30 entrants, the race will take roughly 300 days to complete.

In keeping with the ethos of the original race the boats will be borderline classic. Rather than the 60-foot multimillion dollar machines of today, the fleet will be made up of 32 to 36-foot designs from yesteryear utilising only the technology of the time. All boats approved for the race must be and be long-keeled with rudders attached to the trailing edge.

I have managed to secure myself a boat for the race, a Rustler 36 called Ariadne. She is one of the longest overall lengths approved for the race and I had one of those ‘movie moments’ when I saw her.

I knew in an instant that this was the boat for me..... READ THE FULL ARTICLE

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