In preparation for the longest sporting event in the world! • Live thimble


The Golden Globe Race is a race around the world solo, non-stop, without assistance, without GPS and without modern electronics on board. The adventure will begin on September 4, 2022.

23 sailors from around the world will embark on the adventure of a lifetime for over 200 days – away from the rest of the world, sailing with only a sextant.

“Les Sables d’Olonne, birthplace of the Vendée Globe and the Spirit of Adventure, is the training base for the longest sporting event in the world.

This retro world tour has many surprises in store for us. It will be a unique experience with highly motivated competitors who will take part in this legendary event to succeed Jean-Luc Van Den Heede and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.

Les Sables d’Olonne welcomes all friends of the sea and maritime adventure in one of the most beautiful bays in the world.

Yannick MoreauMayor of Les Sables d’Olonne and President of the Agglomeration

Mr. Yannick Moreau and Don McIntyre – GGR 2022 (© City of Les Sables d’Olonne)

A new route: 4 mandatory film drop-off points to share their incredible adventure

During the last edition, the competitors had to bypass two compulsory crossing points: Lanzarote and Hobart.
This year, the course has been modified with two additional marks: Cape Town in South Africa and Punta del Este in Uruguay.

Skippers will be able to drop off their recorded videos and photos at these four gates without coming into contact with anyone and without mooring, allowing them to share their incredible adventure and us to hear their latest stories.

4 mandatory film drop points

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23 competitors from all over the world ready to fight and become part of the legend.

In 1968-69, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston won the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, the first single-handed, non-stop round-the-world race in history, sailing for 312 days.

In 2018, 50 years later, this legendary adventure is reborn in Les Sables d’Olonne for a second edition with the same navigation aids as in 1968. The famous French sailor Jean-Luc Van Den Heede won the race in 211 days.

Who will succeed these legends that have inspired generations of sailors? 23 sailors of 13 different nationalities are ready to take up the challenge!

Some returning from the last edition will take up the challenge again, such as Turkish sailor Ertan Beskardes or Finnish sailor Tapio Lehtinen, who finished 5th in the 2018-2019 edition after 322 days at sea. Australian Mark Sinclair, who was forced to stop in 2018, is currently sailing from Australia to France – finishing her circumnavigation in April this year only to embark on yet another circumnavigation with the GGR 2022 in September.

The other participants will experience the GGR for the first time, but are no less competitive. Most of them have already circumnavigated the globe several times or taken part in the biggest offshore races: Mini Transat, Figaro, Open 60, Clipper 70…

Among them, Frenchman Damien Guillou will race under the banner of PRB, sponsor of two successful Vendée Globe campaigns.

Seven participants must cross at least one ocean to join Les Sables d’Olonne: An adventure within an adventure. Preparing the boat for a competition around the world is already a challenge, but they now have to bring their boats back to the right side of the Atlantic to set off from Les Sables d’Olonne.

This is the case of Elliott Smith (USA), Gaurav Shinde (Canada), Guy deBoer (USA), Jeremy Bagshaw (South Africa), Matthew Wright (Australia), Kirsten Neuschäfer (South Africa) and Mark Sinclair ( Australia).


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