Frank Rajkowski

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.

He expects to leave for Falmouth, England on April 10. Then he will sail his boat – called the E’le May – across the English Channel to the race’s starting point in Les Sables-d’Olonne, France.

Amra’s longest trip to date was a 25-day solo journey from Portland, Maine to Fajardo, Puerto Rico. His only two-way communication during this race will be with a ham radio, though race organizers have set up some mail drops along the way.

His boat is expected to carry a year’s worth of freeze dried food, as well as possibly some fresh and canned food as well. He also expects to begin the race with 80 gallons of potable water, which he believes will last for 160 days. However, he expects to catch rainwater along the way.

The release states he is funding the race through his own savings, and donations to his GoFundMe page.

The story has been corrected to reflect that Amra expects to begin the race with 80 gallons of potable water.