A series of new “friendly” round-the-world races for sailor owners has tapped into a renewed enthusiasm for adventure and endurance sailing. The three new events are expected to take off in 2023.
The non-stop single-handed round-the-world Global Solo Race, scheduled for 2023, has already attracted 12 registrants. It is organized by Italian sailor Marco Nannini, who competed in Josh Hall’s Global Ocean Race for Class 40s in 2011, and set up the Global Solo Race with Hall.
The race is open to monohulls from 32 to 55 feet with an IRC rating of less than 1.25. The skippers entered so far are between 35 and 67 years old and hail from Belgium, Switzerland, UK, Netherlands, France, Italy and Bulgaria with yachts ranging from S&S 34 to Farr 45.
Another event in perspective, the Race Around, a race around the world for the Class 40. Unlike the Global Solo Race, it is a circumnavigation in several stages which will stop in Cape Town, New Zealand and Rio before returning to Europe and eventually ending in the UK.
The Race Around is hosted by Sam Holliday and Hugh Piggin, both of whom have roots in the Class 40 scene. They recently added a solo section to the event to take place alongside the doubles class.
The Race Around seeks to attract top-level sailors already active in Mini 6.50, Figaro or Class 40 and to bridge the gap that exists between these more affordable classes and the budgets of several million IMOCA 60s racing in the Vendée Globe.
A third race to watch is Don Macintyre’s retro Ocean Globe Race, which is also set to start in 2023.
This fully crewed race follows on from the Australian adventurer’s success in the 2018 Golden Globe Race solo and also has an old-fashioned twist: it is reminiscent of the Whitbread Race days of the 1970s and 1980s and is open only to 47 – 66 foot fiberglass production yachts that were designed before 1988.
This will also feature a multi-stage itinerary starting in Europe with stops in South Africa, Australia or New Zealand and South America before returning to Europe.
We’ll get a full roundup of new races around the world in a future issue. Good
examine what it costs, explore ways to do them by a group and chat with the skippers who are planning to participate.
More details can be found at: globalsolochallenge.com, theracearound.com and oceangloberace.com
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