Friday, December 3

365 days for the return of the Golden Globe Race to Les Sables-d’Olonne



In just one year, on September 4, 2022, the third edition of the Golden Globe Race will begin from Les Sables-d’Olonne. The only trip around the world without technical assistance and without geolocation, with the same tools as during its first edition, held in 1968. This morning, during the presentation press conference, 26 skippers from 11 different nationalities have already announced their participation.

Les Sables d’Olonne is the perfect setting for this great challenge in the open sea around the world. An open-air setting in front of the sea, which has been the starting point and return of countless adventures, with a legendary canal that has already been taken over by the greatest sailors.

The world capital of offshore racing, the town of the Vendée region is home to the most exciting sailing adventures. From the Vendée Globe, whose last edition, held last winter, was full of highlights, to the Mini-Transat, whose start on September 26 comes full of promise for many patrons. And of course the Golden Globe Race, whose next edition will begin on September 4, 2022.

A legendary regatta, a melting pot of time and vocation

This morning the event celebrated its official presentation during a press conference at the School of Fisheries, in which Yannick Moreau, mayor of Les Sables-d’Olonne and president of the agglomeration participated; Don McIntyre, organizer of the Golden Globe Race, Alain Leboeuf, president of the Vendée department; and Isabelle Leroy, vice-president of the Pays-de la-Loire region, who has traveled for the occasion.

In 2018, the return of the Golden Globe Race, which set sail from Les Sables-d’Olonne, celebrated the 50th anniversary of this legendary regatta. In 1968 and 1969 the Golden Globe Challenge was held for the first time, the first non-stop, solo round-the-world regatta in history. The victory of Robin Knox-Johnston and the incredible adventure of Bernard Moitessier have inspired generations of sailors, convinced that the sea can be an incredible playground, of dreams and of self-denial.

The city and the organizers, a long-term commitment

Fifty years after the first edition, 18 skippers set sail in an anniversary regatta to reconnect with the DNA of the race: a competition without technical assistance, without GPS and with the same navigation means as in 1968.

The victory of Jean-Luc Van Den Heede (73 years old at the time) after 212 days at sea aroused great enthusiasm on the docks of Les Sables-d’Olonne and among all lovers of ocean racing. The great experience of the event encouraged the organizers to get involved in the long term.

The organizers of the Golden Globe Race, the city of Les Sables-d’Olonne and the Communauté d’agglomération (in charge of all activities on land and in the village) have provided mutual support to celebrate this new edition, whose departure will take place on September 4, 2022. The date has been slightly postponed to try to ensure that conditions are more lenient for boaters, particularly during their voyages through the South Seas.

More interactions with the public

Although the regatta retains its original DNA, new features have been introduced that will allow all fans to experience the adventure more closely. Five waypoints have been set so skippers can stream photos and videos of their adventure. There will also be weekly interviews with the media as well as a live Facebook per month, in which the public will be able to interact directly with sailors.

Finally, the virtual regatta will allow all lovers of the sea to experience their own round the world tour from home. A total of 26 skippers from 11 different nationalities have already announced their participation with the sweet dream of being the first to cross the line at Les Sables-d’Olonne, after more than 200 days at sea. The public will be able to meet them from August 20, 2022 with the opening of the village before the big outing, which will take place two weeks later.

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