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 fellow competitor Abhilash Tomy for your own fantastic safety chart example and to Jason Verrett for your help in getting the Liberty II it’s own safety go-to chart!

All photos taken by Sandra Shipp and the Golden Globe Race/PPL.

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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)