New one design class for Golden Globe Race
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