2018 Golden Globe solo round the world race
GGR LATEST NEWS: 30th August 2016
- Antoine Cousot (France) and Nabil Amra (USA / Palestine) select Biscay 36 class ketch yachts built in Falmouth, to compete in the 2018 Golden Globe solo non-stop round the world race
- Loïc Lepage (59) from France promoted from the wait-list, taking the place of Fabrizio Ladi Bucciolini from Italy who dropped out of the race last week due to a back injury.
- 2016 GGR Skipper Conference to be held at Paris Boat Show on 5/6th December
Nabil Amra (left) from Minneapolis and Antoine Cousot with their Biscay 36 yachts. 29 of these traditional long keeled yachts were built by the Falmouth Boat Co between 1975 and 1990. Antoine has the first, and Nabil, the last. The two yachts are now undergoing extensive refits in readiness for the 2018 Golden Globe Race and will be relaunched in May 2017
Falmouth Boat Company to refit two Biscay 36 yachts in readiness for the GGR
Dateline: 30th August 2016 – Falmouth Boat Company, Flushing, UK French yachtsman Antoine Cousot and Nabil Amra, an American based Palestinian, have launched their campaigns to win the 2018 Golden Globe Race, a 27,000 mile retro non-stop solo circumnavigation to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s major achievement in becoming the first to sail solo non-stop around the world from Falmouth.
They will be among a fleet of 30 international yachtsmen and women, all sailing long-keeled traditional yachts who will set out on 16th June 2018, 50 years after Sir Robin started from Falmouth in 1968. He returned 312 days later as the sole finisher in the original Sunday Times Golden Globe Race.
2018 Golden Globe Race Course
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (left) with Antoine Cousot, Nabil Amra and Jonathan Fielding, MD, of the Falmouth Boat Co.
Antoine Cousot (45) is a French professional sailor from Noirmoutier, France, married with three children who has sailed the equivalent of 3 circumnavigations delivering sailing boats and skippering large luxury yachts to all corners of the Globe.
Nabil Amra (41, a Northern Breezes Graduate) is a foreign exchange trader based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, who has sailed throughout the Caribbean and Great Lakes. He has been working diligently on his seamanship skills and feels ready to give a strong account of the tenacity and resoluteness of a Palestinian at sea.
This retro race is limited to production yachts between 32 and 36ft long, designed prior to 1988 with traditional long keels and stern hung rudders. The BISCAY 36 fits the bill perfectly. Designed by Alan Hill as a sturdy ocean cruising yacht back in 1973, 29 of these classic yachts were built by the Falmouth Boat Construction Company in Flushing.
Ironically, Cousot has bought VISCAYA, the first of these production yachts, launched in 1975, and Amra has ELE MAY, the last to be built back in 1990. Both sailors have brought their yachts back to the Falmouth Boat Company in Flushing, now headed by Jonathan Fielding, to have them extensively refitted for the marathon ahead.
Nabil Amra. The American born Palestinian from Minnesota will be sailing under the Palestine flag during the GGR.
Winter 2016/17 – Yachts refitted at Falmouth Boat Company
March 2017 – Yachts relaunched - trials sails and Jury rig navigation
April 2017 – 500 mile proving trial to Canaries
May/June 2017 single-handed Atlantic crossing
July/August – Return Atlantic crossing back to Falmouth
West coast of France with Sponsors
November/March 2018 Atlantic crossing + Caribbean tour with sponsors. Boat shipped back to Falmouth in March 2018
March/April 2018 – Shipyard in Falmouth
May 2018 – Boat back in the water/local navigation with sponsors
June 2018 Start Golden Globe Challenge
About Falmouth Boat Co.
This is a full service boatyard with a reputation for excellent boat care and attention to detail. It works in Little Falmouth Yacht Yard, which spans five consecutive centuries of shipwright expertise. The yard has a significant pedigree in boats, having seen the build and repair of hundreds of vessels, including the Cutty Sark
Jonathan Fielding, the managing director of Falmouth Boat Co., says, "This yard has a natural affinity with the Golden Globe Race since it saw the build of several boats for the original event in 1968, and hosted Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's yacht SUHAILI on his return to Falmouth in 1969. We’re delighted that so many entrants have commissioned us to prepare their boats for this special race. With the boatyard steeped in so much history, it seems only right."
At the turn of the twentieth century, the yard hosted ‘RS Burt & Son, ship, yacht, launch and boat builders, smiths and motor engineers, marine surveyors and valuers, contractors to the Admiralty, War Office, RAF'. They built, repaired and rigged a large variety of boats. In 1883 Burt launched the 103ft steam tug Armine, and in 1923 the yard workers re-rigged the clipper ship Cutty Sark, a resident vessel in Falmouth at the time.
Over the years, the yard built many traditional wooden craft such as oyster boats, quay punts, working boats and custom-built yachts. During the war the boatyard built motor torpedo boats (MTBs), many of which left Flushing directly to raid on St. Nazaire.
After the war Falmouth Boat Construction converted S-10, a Polish torpedo boat, into a private motor yacht, "mv Taifun". She had three 1100 horse power engines! Taifun went on to star in the 1955 film "The Ship that Died of Shame," taken from a Nicholas Monsarrat book. The film starred George Baker, Richard Attenborough, Bill Owen and Virginia McKenna. She was then bought by Hugh Edwards (the brother of the comedian Jimmy Edwards.) She motored to Tangiers and was subsequently ‘lost’ in ‘suspicious circumstances’ in the Mediterranean.
Today boat owners benefit from Falmouth Boat Co.'s large slipway that can handle vessels up to 100 feet and weighing 100 tonnes. Falmouth Boat Co.'s first class expertise and comprehensive skill-set ensure that boats are repaired, restored and refurbished to the highest standard, on time and on budget.
Circa 1969: Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's famous ketch, SUHAILI moored against the harbour wall at the Falmouth Boat Co after her record setting circumnavigation in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race
Is the Alan Hill designed ketch-rigged Biscay 36 the class to beat in the 2018 GGR?
Click here to watch Antoine and Nabil discuss their choice of design for the Race.
Click here to watch Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in conversation with Antoine Cousot and Nabil Amra
For further information about Antoine Cousot, visit www.antoinecousot.com
For further information about Nabil Amra, visit www.sailingwithnabil.com
For further information about Falmouth Boat Co, visit www.falmouthboat.co.uk
Loïc Lepage from France steps up to the plate
Loïc Lepage (59) from France has been promoted from the wait-list, taking the place of Fabrizio Ladi Bucciolini from Italy who withdrew from the GGR last week after suffering recurring back problems during a 3,500 mile trial sail. Lepage has a Nicholson 32 Mk X yacht named LAALAND and is planning to start her refit in early 2017 prior to making a solo voyage to the Azores and back.
Loïc has more than 20,000 miles of solo sailing under his belt including three trans-Biscay and four transatlantic crossings. "I'm very happy to be part of this legendary race. It's very stimulating to compete against other entrants in similar boats."
The Race in numbers
- The course: 27,000 miles with 4 rendezvous gates
- 30 entrants plus 9 on wait list.
- Competitors represent 15 countries (some entrants remain confidential until sponsorship is announced)
- America (4) Australia (3) Brazil (1) Britain (5) Estonia (1) France (7) Germany (1) Ireland (1) Italy (1) New Zealand (1) Norway (1) Palestine (1)
- Oldest competitor: Jean-Luc van den Heede (FRA) 71.
- Youngest competitors: aged 26: Roy Hubbard (USA) Susie Goodall (GBR) Neree Cornuz and Eduardo Raimondo (ITA)
Skipper choice of yachts
- Rustler 36 (7)
- Belliure Endurance 35 (4)
- Ta Shing Babe 35 (3)
- Tradewind 35 (3)
- Suhaili Eric design replica (3)
- Nicholson 32 Mk 10 (2)
- Biscay 36 (2)
- OE 32 (1)
- Lello 34 (1)
- Westsail 32 (1)
- Gaia Benello 36 (1)
- Saga 36 (1)
Background to the Golden Globe Race
Like the original Sunday Times event, the 2018 Golden Globe Race is very simple. Depart Falmouth, England on June 16th 2018 and sail solo, non-stop around the world via the five Great Capes, and return to Falmouth. Entrants are limited to use the same type of yachts and equipment that were available to Robin Knox-Johnston in the first Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. Read More
The Race will take around 300 days. For details go to www.goldengloberace.com
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