Rules Of GGR

2018th edition of the Golden Globe Race started from Les Sables d’Olonne. It comprised of 17 boats with their teams which embarked altogether on July 1st, 2018, Sunday. It is a solo nonstop race around the globe and yachts that take part in it are given a duration of 9 to 10 months to complete the race route.

The event in 2018 was the 50th anniversary of this global race that has honed the skills of many and given the participants life-changing experiences. The event first started in 1968 and from then on the competitors were allowed to start from different ports of the UK or northern France within the months of June and October.

There have been several changes introduced since then. In the latest 2018 format of this race, the entrants were restricted in using the same kind of vessels for the race with similar equipment’s. The premise is that it should be financially affordable for all participants to participate in the race.

The rules of this race also allow a single breach to happen since it is an unassisted form of circumnavigation race in the waters and the race is kept unique with the absence of navigational electronic aids in the vessels. Some participants over the years moved to Chichester Class which was set by Sir Francis Chichester in the race year 1966-67 when a single stop was made during the circumnavigation race. However, the rules still dictate that the single stop cannot be violated a second time. If this is done then one is considered to have retired from the race and organizers do not have any obligation or responsibility towards them.

The 2018-19 race is coming to a close this week as Jean-Luc Van Den Heede is about to finish the race first and there is a welcome party awaiting him on the shores at Les Sables d’Olonne when he reaches there on January 29th.

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