Les Sables d’Olonne hosts the legendary Sunday Times Golden Globe Race
To celebrate Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s historic 1968/9 world first solo non-stop circumnavigation, les Sables d’Olonne says YES to “the father of all the solo round the world events”: The Golden Globe Race.
For those who have not heard about les Sables d’Olonne, is a seaside town in Western France, on the Atlantic Ocean, one-hour-drive south Nantes airport. Les Sables d’Olonne is best known to host the single-handed, solo, non-stop yacht race around the world, without assistance, the Vendée Globe; inspired in the Golden Globe Race.
The 2018 Golden Globe Race will mark the 50th anniversary of the first solo non-stop circumnavigating and will start on Sunday July the 1st. Competitors are limited to sailing yachts and equipment to what was available to Sir Robin in that first race: non-automatic pilots, non-satellite based navigation aids, non-electronic tools, without assistance.
The first of july 2018, the fleet will leave les Sables d’Olonne to sail solo, non-stop around the world, via the five Great Capes and return to les Sables d’Olonne, non before 220 days. Prior to this, the skippers will participate to a parade from Falmouth to celebrate Sir Robin departure, June 14th 2018. Then, you could see the fleet during fifteen days before departure at Port Olonna, at les Sables d’Olonne.
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