GOLDEN GLOBE RACE FACTS

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What: A non-stop 30,000mile solo race around the world, start­ing and fin­ish­ing in Les Sables d’olonne.

Who: 18 skip­pers, rang­ing from 28-year-old Bri­ton Suzy Goodall, tak­ing part in her first round the world race, to 73-year-old Jean-luc van den Heede, who has com­pleted five cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tions.

The race has at­tracted yachts­men such as Philippe Péché, a pil­lar of the Breton ocean rac­ing com­mu­nity who has twice won the Jules Verne Tro­phy with Bruno Pey­ron and raced along­side skip­pers such as Tabarly, Desjoyeaux, and Macarthur. But it has also drawn en­trants like Ab­hi­lash Tomy, who be­came the first In­dian sailor to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the planet just five years ago.

The boats: must be pro­duc­tion boats of 32-36ft LOA, de­signed be­fore 1988, and must have a full-length keel with rud­der at­tached to their trail­ing edge.

The tech­nol­ogy: orig­i­nal tech only – no GPS, satel­lite phone, elec­tronic in­stru­ments or au­topi­lots, or wa­ter­mak­ers. A pack con­tain­ing satel­lite phone and GPS must only be opened in an emer­gency. Some de­signs have proved es­pe­cially pop­u­lar – for ex­am­ple, there are seven Rustler 36s tak­ing part.

When: started on 1 July. Most fin­ish­ers are ex­pected to take around 300 days, so should be re­turn­ing some time in April 2019.

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