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Sailing Solo With A Pinch Of Nostalgy

The Golden Globe Race is being held for the second time in its history. The race was organized for a very first time in 1968 – exactly 50 years ago. And the technology used in this year’s contest is the same as it was 50 years back – no modern navigation equipment like satellite GPS or autopilots. Sounds rough right?

It was already a tough race in 1968, and the race’s reputation has lately been even pointed out in film called The Mercy, where the story and bleak fate of sailor Donald Crowhurst is portrayed. Crowhurst reportedly took his own life during the race after suffering a mental breakdown. He sailed circles in the Atlantic Ocean and tried to fool the world by transmitting fake coordinates. The race in 1968 also took a toll on other participants, leaving Sir Robin Knox-Johnston the only sailor to actually finish the race.

In honor of Knox-Johnston, 18 sailors started their journey from Les Sables-d’Olonne, France on 1st of July 2018, including Finnish Tapio Lehtinen. Wärtsilä is the main partner on Lehtinen’s journey around the world. The participants come from 13 different countries and represent ages between 28 and 73. The youngest competitor Susie Goodall is also the first woman to ever take part in the Golden Globe Race. The race is estimated to last at least 260 days, little bit less than the first winner Know-Johnston’s time of 312 days in 1968.

You can read the Twentyfour7 article about the race and its history from here.

Check out the sailors’ location via live tracker from here.

 

Image courtesy of Golden Globe Race / Photographer Christophe Favreau/PPL/GGR

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