Six Months to Fifty Years Later:
The 2018 Golden Globe Race will start from Les Sables d’Olonne on Sunday July 1, 2018. The event marks the 50th anniversary of the Sunday Times Golden Globe solo non-stop round the world Race in 1968/9 when rules then allowed competitors to start from ports in northern France or UK between June 1st and October 31st.
In that race, nine started including Frenchmen Bernard Moitessier and Loïc Fourgeron. But there was only one finisher – Robin Knox-Johnston and his yacht Suhaili. Moitessier, sailing the larger and faster Joshua might have won (he rounded Cape Horn 17 days behind Suhaili) but instead of chasing Knox-Johnston back up the Atlantic, Moitessier turned east to start a seco…
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New leader in RORC Transatlantic Race:
(December 8, 2017; Day 14) – The second boat to finish the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race was Jochen Bovenkamp’s Marten 72 Aragon, crossing the finish line today in Grenada at 07 hrs 49 mins 37 secs UTC.
Completing the race in an elapsed time of 12 days 19 hrs 49 mins 37 secs, the powerful Maxi showed a tremendous turn of speed in the last 24 hours to power ahead of their close rivals. Aragon now takes the overall lead after IRC time correction for the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy.
“It was a very enjoyable race with a real racing boat and a great crew. I have learnt so much,” said Jochen Bovenkamp who had chartered the Marten 72 for the 4th edition of the ra…
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