Golden Globe Race 2018


Days at Sea



The route followed by Nabil and the Liberty II during the race

The tracker below shows the route taken by the Liberty II via GPS readings taken every two hours. Neither Nabil nor any of the other racers have access to this GPS eye in the sky nor to any technology unavailable at the time of the original Golden Globe Race in 1968. To follow all of the competitors in real time see the separate tracker on our About the Race page if using a computer or—for mobile devices—look for the free YB Races app in the Apple Store or on Google Play. Search for and add the "Golden Globe Race 2018" race to the app to follow the competitors around the globe.


My name is Nabil Amra, I’m a proud Palestinian, a proud American, and an avid sailor. In 2015, it was announced that there would be a Golden Globe Race held in 2018 to mark the 50th anniversary of the original race. I was fortunate enough to be able to secure one of 30 coveted positions for the race. I will be sailing under the Palestinian flag as a showing of solidarity with the ongoing suffering of Palestinians and their unyielding desire for freedom. I respectfully and humbly ask for your support.

Robin Knox-Johnson and Nabil Amra

Above: Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, first man to sail solo, nonstop around the world, with Golden Globe competitor Nabil Amra (USA/Palestine), who is campaigning the Biscay 36 ketch rigged production yacht LIBERTY II, which was fitted out at the Falmouth Boat Co. in preparation for the start of the 2018 Golden Globe Race. (Photo: Barry Pickthall/PPL)


Press reports, blog updates from Team Palestine, photos, and video clips

Nabil Amra announces his retirement from the Golden Globe Race

From GGR: Nabil Amra, the US based Palestinian sailing the Biscay 36 Liberty II formally announced his retirement from the race today after reaching Tenerife overnight. Nabil Amra, who reported on Monday that a weld had broken on his Beaufort wind vane self steering, has made the decision not to continue. As he battled his way across 35knot winds en-route to Tenerife, the Palestinian messaged: “Wind and waves in the teeth…Sailing is better with friends.” This was followed by: “Violently ill now..No sleep for 4 days.” It is clear that he has had enough—for now.

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Video: Nabil Amra 13th in Lanzarote

Team Palestine GGR Nabil Amra arriving in Canary islands a few munutes after Mark Sinclair, happy to be a real solo sailing adventurer and looking forward to the next stage of his dream… headed to the Southern Ocean… I will sadly have to retire a few days later #GGR2018. To celebrate Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s historic 1968/9 world first solo non-stop circumnavigation in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Yacht Race, a new Golden Globe Race is being staged to mark the 50th Anniversary of that epic, starting from Falmouth on June 14th, 2018.

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New GGR Race Audio: Nabil Amra weekly satellite call 13/07/18

Palestinian American Nabil Amra, born and raised in Chaska, MN, is sailing around the world! It is truly a unique sailing race. While we can see him on GPS, he cannot, and has to rely on technology available in 1968, the first (and only other) year in which the race was held. 30,000 miles, 300 days, nonstop, no assistance allowed. Go Team Palestine! Hear audio from his weekly satellite call to the Golden Globe Race HQ and follow his current position at

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Racing under the Palestinian flag is way of supporting the 6 million people, who have had the hardest 70 years imaginable, and perhaps give them something to cheer for. For me this race is for the children of Gaza, born on the shores of the sea, but forbidden to enjoy it or even meaningfully use it. I used my savings to purchase and refit a sail boat in England where the race is to begin. I respectfully and humbly ask for your support. Please watch my video and help make this a reality by donating to this effort. Anything will help.