New one de­sign class for Golden Globe Race

Yachting Monthly - - NEWS -

Plans for an­other Golden Globe round-the-world yacht race have been an­nounced for 2022, four years af­ter the first event in 2018, which starts from Ply­mouth on 30 June 2018. The sec­ond edi­tion of the race will vary from the first in hav­ing two sep­a­rate classes.

As in the 2018 edi­tion, the boats will be sailed with­out the use of mod­ern nav­i­ga­tion equip­ment and the Suhaili class will be open to yachts of 19 dif­fer­ent de­signs be­tween 32 and 36ft, with con­ser­va­tive sail area-to-dis­place­ment ra­tios, and long keels with keel-hung rud­ders.

For the 2022 race, how­ever, a new one de­sign Joshua class will be cre­ated along the lines of Bernard Moitessier’s Joshua, which raced in the orig­i­nal 1968 race.

Any­one wish­ing to join the 2022 Golden Globe Race can buy the com­plete pack­age of a one-de­sign Joshua class yacht and race en­try for £300,000, although the class will be re­stricted to 10 yachts. De­tails can be found at www. joshuagg.com.

The new Joshua class will be slightly larger than the orig­i­nal, but will fol­low her lines closely. The 15-tonne ves­sel will be 41ft (12.4m) on deck, and 46ft (14m) over­all, with 5ft 4in draught (1.62m).

Golden Globe Race or­gan­iser Don MacIn­tyre said: ‘This is an ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment, cre­at­ing a new class of sim­ple, safe, af­ford­able yachts to race around the world. They will be able to cruise safely any­where.’

The new Joshua class will be a rugged cruis­ing boat

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