Robin Knox-Johnston became the first man to sail round the world solo in 1968 in the Golden Globe Race. Now, a new edition is set to sail in 2018. Excellent overview of the original and 2018 races by CNN [22:27 mins]. CNN International’s half-hour feature program MainSail is a show entirely dedicated to the leisure, travel, technology and business aspects of sailing. Presenter Shirley Robertson is based out of London. Robertson made history in Athens by becoming the first British woman to ever win two Gold medals at successive Olympic Games, winning them in the Women’s Sailing category.
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When Nabil Amra competes in a solo sailing race around the world — traveling without GPS or other modern technology — the Regina neighborhood resident will bring freeze-dried burrito bowls from World Street Kitchen. He’ll bring an eight-month supply of other home-cooked and freeze-dried meals made by friends, along with sails by the local Sailcrafters loft, and perhaps playlists by The Current on cassette (no modern tech is allowed). The Golden Globe Race departs from France July 1. Nineteen sailors will travel nonstop without assistance and without touching shore for about nine months, replicating a 1968 race that produced only one finisher.
When Chaska native Nabil Amra stepped off his sailboat and onto a dock in Portland, Maine, in May 2017, he worried he’d made a mistake. Amra had just completed a 2,000-mile solo cruise from Puerto Rico, enduring 23 days of freezing temperatures, storms and isolation during his longest sailing trip to date. The journey was Amra’s qualifier for the 2018 Golden Globe Race around the world, but it also made him doubt his decision to sign up for the competition. Days later, Amra was ready to be back at sea. “You are a nation of one, and it’s beautiful feeling to be left to your own devices, sink or swim,” he said. “Who doesn’t like a challenge like that?” This summer, he will undertake his biggest challenge yet when he and 29 other skippers embark on a nonstop, 30,000-mile race around the globe, each sailing alone and without the help of modern technology.
With just three months to the start of the 2018 Golden Globe Race on July 1 from Les Sables d’Olonne, it is now a race against time for some of the 19 sailors to complete their boats, jury rig tests, and in one case their solo qualification distance before the fleet gathers in Falmouth on June 14 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s departure at the start of the original Sunday Times Golden Globe Race back in 1968-69. US/Palestinian Nabil Amra reports that work has now resumed at the Falmouth Boat Co to complete his Biscay 36 Ele May in time for his arrival in the UK on April 21. Having just resigned from his job as a foreign exchange trader on the Minnesota Stock exchange, Nabil has a last fundraising event in his home city on April 9 and after some precautionary dental treatment, intends to start sea trials, perform the jury rig test and complete his 2,000 solo qualification miles before the Suhaili 50 Falmouth Parade of Sail on June 14.
A Twin Cities sailor is about to take on a big challenge. According to a release, Nabil Amra of Minneapolis will be one of 20 sailors competing in the Golden Globe Race, which begins July 1. The race is a non-stop, single-handed yacht race around the world. It covers more than 27,000 nautical miles, and sailors must complete the competition without going ashore or using current communications and nautical technology. The race, which has been held only once before (50 years ago), is expected to take around nine months to finish.