When Nabil Amra sets sail around the world on Sunday, he’ll be doing it for two reasons. The first is to win. Amra, from Minneapolis, is one of 18 sailors competing in the 30,000-mile Golden Globe Race, which will depart France on Sunday. However, while Amra relies on his abilities and knowledge, there’s an entire group of people who will simultaneously be relying on him for something much larger. This brings us to the second, and more important reason Amra is competing — to bring awareness to the plight of Palestinians in the Middle East.
As the July 1st race day approaches, it has been a steady stream of meetings, briefings, safety checks, and testing the boat in the water. Today was spent checking and double-checking all the safety equipment and organizing it carefully. Thanks to Abhilash Tomy for your fine example of a printed safety plan and Jason Verrett for your help making one for the Liberty II! All photos taken by Sandra Shipp and the Golden Globe Race/PPL.
TV Vendée “Le Journal” (France): Golden Globe Race : Nabil Amra, un Palestinien au départ de la course
Début 2005, le département de la Vendée avait lancé une chaîne de télévision temporaire, TV Vendée, bénéficiant d’une autorisation temporaire du CSA pour émettre sur tout le département, sur quatre fréquences hertziennes (La Roche-sur-Yon, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, Les Herbiers, Pouzauges et Les Sables-d’Olonne). L’audience potentielle était estimée à hauteur de 500 000 téléspectateurs. (Wikipedia)
Nabil being greeted by Don McIntyre, Golden Globe Race Founder and Chairman, at the marina in Les Sables-d’Olonne, France, where the race begins on July 1st. The Golden Globe Race aims to create a unique ‘RETRO’ non-stop solo around the world yacht race, in the image of the original Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, that draws sailors back to the Golden Age of ‘one sailor, one boat’ facing the great oceans of the world. The 11 min, 39 secs video has some nice night shots of Nabil’s boat, the Liberty II, sailing into harbor.
The Golden Globe Race 2018 is neither fast nor glamorous. Instead, it’s a throwback to a simpler time when adventure was man-against-the-sea, and the sea usually won. It is a re-creation of the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, an event that took place 50 years ago and remains one of the true watershed moments in offshore racing. 19 sailors represent one of the most diverse groups ever assembled for a circumnavigation, with sailors from 13 different countries taking part: including two, Istvan Kopar and Palestinian-born Nabil Amra, from the United States.
270 days. That’s how long Nabil Amra hopes it takes for him to sail around the world, as part of the 2018 Golden Globe Race. The trek commemorates the 50th anniversary of a 1968 round-the-world yacht racem approximately 30,000 miles long, starting in France on July 1. As part of the race, the Chaska native will be sailing as the original competitors did, solo and without modern devices, like a GPS. Amra has spent over $300,000 of his own money and has quit his job as a U.S. Bank foreign exchange trader in Minneapolis for the trip of a lifetime.