Frequently Asked Questions


1) I want to sail in a production yacht not on the current “Approved list”. What should I do?
Before buying that boat, send all the design specification and preferably photos of that boat, or similar model out of the water, to the race organisers and they will determine if it meets the intent of the rule and give you an answer within a few days?

2) I want to build a brand new Ruster 36 or Tradewind 35, but it is after 1988. Is that OK?
Yes, as long as the build spec generally for Rig and structure of hull, deck, ballast, fitout etc remains basically the same as was produced in 1988, with similar displacements and no exotics in the build. A full standard spec interior layout must also be fitted. If it were a stripped out racing version, it would not be OK. This maintains the resale value of the boat and keeps weights similar to other yachts.

3) I don’t have a boat and I don’t have the sailing experience to Qualify at the moment but I am desperate to enter..can I?
Yes you can apply for an invitation to compete with the AU$3000 deposit and explain why we should let you enter. Sell yourself and you may get an entry. If so your deposit is non-refundable. You will have to pay the extra AU$11,000 non- refundable entry fee within 12 months and also have your boat by June 14 2017 to remain current. You must have your sailing experience by January 31st 2018 or you will be moved to the wait list.

4) If all 25 entries are filled and I am number seven on the wait list. What are my chances of eventually getting an entry?
This is hard to say, but my personal opinion is that the first 10 on the wait list have a very good chance of getting into the race and the remaining five “maybe”, but only if they show real commitment and maintain their position and meet all the entry deadlines. Historically boats fall away at the end trying to get to the start. There are five “special invitations “ held by the organizers to be issued any time. So if you have Passion and hold on the Wait list to the very end, you may be lucky. Even though there are 30 Places to enter the Golden Globe, it will be highly unlikely that in Falmouth on the 14th June 2018 we will see 30 start even, though we may establish a long wait list in the beginning. If finally on 30th April 2018 you are not offered an entry, your entry fee will be returned.

5) I have a supporting sponsor who is offering me AU$8000 of equipment and wants me to place his name on the side of the boat, but the sponsor supplement is AU$11,000 so it is costing me AU$3000 to take this support. What can I do?
Pay the AU$11,000 sponsor supplement, or don’t take the sponsorship. This may save you from paying AU$22,000 if you do not declare sponsors and the race organizers find out. Family, Friends and business can freely make donations of cash, or equipment to your entry, which is NOT sponsorship, but they must not be seen to receive any commercial gain, or brand recognition by doing so. If they do, that is called “sponsorship” so the “Sponsor Supplement” must be paid. If you are unsure, please discuss it with the race organizer. There is a Golden Globe trophy for the first “Corinthian” entry.

6) Can I have sponsors logos on my clothing and wet weather gear?

7) Why can’t I take digital still and video cameras and how can I make a documentary, or post on Face Book and my Blog?
In 1968 digital camera technologies did not exist. “Super 8” movie cameras did and so did film cameras and cassette tape recorders, so you can use only that technology to record your adventure. You can buy super 8 film stock and 35mm film. Once exposed, you can digitise all film materiel to include in any online posts, or to produce your documentary at the end of the race. You can pass over film during the Hobart rendezvous . Many feature films are still produced on “Super 8” today. Super 8 movie cameras and 35mm cameras are available to buy. Updating your blog by HF radio just needs someone at the other end to record your voice report. They can then upload the digital “voice/sound” file, or type it up for you and post. The best camera choices are any model “Nikinos” 35mm and “Eumig Nautica” Super 8 film camera. You may shoot any amount of Video footage and digital camera materiel before and after the event, but are not permitted to carry, or use this format dur­ing the race. The race organizers will “Bulk Purchase” film stock which includes processing and digitizing for one fixed price and entrants can order that if interested.

8) Can I sell my photos and film footage of the race and use them freely?
Copywrite to all images from the race is held by the entrant. This is then released back to the organizers to use any/all of your images and film footage to promote the event and pro­duce the official film and book.

9) Can I use other competitors, or ships at sea to relay my mandatory weekly position report?
Yes, you can use any means at all and will not be penalised.

10) Can my shore support give me weather reports?
Yes. They can relay any issued weather report from any source, but they cannot give you any suggested track to follow, as that would be considered ”Weather routing” and is not allowed.

11) Can other competitors, my shore support, or ships at sea offer advice or information that would normally be considered “outside assistance”?
Yes. This is a tradition of the sea, but there can be no physical exchange of parts, people, or equipment, as that is real assistance.

12) Can I use “Sail-mail” with a Modem on my HF radio for emails?
No..you cannot carry any computer device on board during the race.

13) What things can’t I use ?
If it was not on “Suhaili” then you cannot use it. Some items are considered safety gear and are exempt. All equipment on board “Suhaili” is described in RKJ’s book “A world of my own”. The following are typical things NOT allowed. GPS, radar, chart plotters and electronic charts, electronic wind instruments, electronic log, mobile phone, iPhone, iPod, Kindle or any computer based device, CD players, electronic watches/clocks, video cameras and electronic cameras, electronics of any kind, satellite equipment of any kind, digital binoculars, pocket calculators, water-maker, carbon fibre, spectra, any high-tech materials etc.

14) Can I use my motor during the Race?
YES. Propeller shafts will not be sealed and all entrants must be able to motor as per the original design spec for the boat and carry at least 20 gallons of diesel at the start of the race.

15) Can I seek shelter in a port, but only anchor and not let anyone come on board with out penalty?
NO. Entering any port is not allowed. You may only seek shelter in bays, behind islands or headlands and anywhere else NOT considered a port or you will be penalised.

16) Can I use furling booms and headsails?
“Suhaili” had a furling boom, so yes all furlers are allowed and to save undue expense modifying existing rigs, Rope Jambers are allowed.

17) How can I listen to music, or record sound for my documentary?Use compact cassette tapes and any form of cassette tape player/recorder.
18) Can I use a hand held electronic wind gauge?
No, but you can use any form of mechanical wind gauge.

19) Can I use LED Nav lights?
Yes.These are safety aids.

20) If I need to use the Race GPS and break the seal on the Box, am I withdrawn from the event?
No, but you are moved to the “Chichester Class” and when you get to the Hobart “gate” your box will be resealed again. If you use the GPS a second time, you will be removed from the event. Using the GPS is consid­ered the same as making a port stopover. All entrants must show the sealed box at the Hobart “Gate” and at the end of the race.

21) If I make a stopover in a port and therefore have been moved to the “Chichester Class” and then I need to use the GPS and break the seal on the box, am I removed from the event?

22) If I break the seal on the GPS Box and then also make a stopover in a port, am I removed from the event?

23) At the end of the race, do I need to return the “Race” satellite phone, pager and tracking system?
No, they are yours to keep. You will pay a fee TBA for these items separate to the race entry fee.

24) I am unsure about using a particular piece of equipment, like modern Gell batteries, what should I do?
Before you buy that item, Email the race organisers with the details and they will offer a quick decision. Gell Batteries are acceptable, even thought they were not on “Suhaili” because Robin had ‘batteries” and Gell’s or AGM are considered a safety improvement. The same is true for modern HF marine or Ham radios and VHF radios.

25) I just completed a refit of my Cape Dory 36 and fitted a new taller mast than originally designed. Now I discovered the GGR and want to enter, but do not want the expense to shorten or replace the mast back to original spec. What can I do?
Yachts must conform to the original specifications as designed. If you supply written details of the new mast, we may consider letting you race with mainsails and headsails measured by the race committee to confirm they have no greater luff that was originally designed for the Cape Dory 36 and let you retain your new taller mast. It is all about not encouraging expensive yacht modifications to give unfair advantage.

26) I am not keen on sailing deep south to be competitive, so will there be some “Marks” to go around in the Southern Ocean?
The 1968 GGR entrants sailed mostly in the roaring 40’s so there will be some rounding marks announced in the sailing instructions to stop competitors sailing too far south and spreading the fleet for safety reasons.


Some entrants have asked for further clarification on interior modifications allowed.

27)  Sticking to a certain set of designs and to their original weight, is fine, I see the point to level the playing field at sea, but inside a boat a layout that is safer and that suits me but may not suit you, and it should not matter to the rules, just like choice of materials, tanks, storage space preferences etc.
The layouts of all current designs are perfectly safe and very conventional…you can add and strengthen, even put extra watertight bulkheads..but yes the plan to leave all original is to level the sailing field and also to consider future use and resale value at the completion of the event as this is important for many..it saves everyone money…you don’t need special tanks…just good ones and they were all originally designed well in the designs we have approved..they may need replacing to new, but that is the refit..so you cannot change quantity, shape or position..changing materiel is OK but it must fit in the available designed space.

28)  Small production boats built 30 or so years ago, where probably built better than their contemporary peers, and surely the design where more seaworthy, particularly the ones you listed, however age, wear and tear may now conceal problems, like in all of us, that will not be fun to discover in the wrong place and moment.
You will see in the Pre-Notice of Race that we remind the skippers of this very issue about boats being old and special consideration being needed…but generally speaking None of the designs we have chosen have shown weaknesses in extreme weather, quite the opposite..they are ALL considered the best of the time and true ocean voyaging boats ,so we are happy and comfortable about that…the big thing is the refit..and that is up to how much the skipper values his own life and how much we can control…all explained in the Pre-Notice of Race…but at the end of the day that refit is the skippers own responsibility…he or she will pay the price of it at the end of the day.

29) Contemporary replicas, built round original plans with eye to weight, will only increase the safety.
You can build brand new versions from the same moulds with the same spec from 1988..for three of the designs….and we allow one-off replicas in wood , glass or steel only of Suhaili….but we do not allow anything other than standard production boats as a foundation for the race to keep it a level playing field at reasonable cost.

30) The inside layout I would design, would have to be more suited to its solo utilization, to reasonable safety requirements and to my personal preferences. Some alterations to the exterior will also be considered. I’m afraid that all important residual value considerations do not come in my way of thinking on this kind of project. Here are some preliminary thoughts :
I would like to divide the boat in 3 completely watertight sections.
This is a good idea and can be done around, or with consideration to the existing standard design layout, so we consider this on application, but encourage it and welcome it for those who are prepared to undertake the conversion work.

31) I would integrate fuel, oil, water & heating fuel tanks in the structure of the boat, for safety and for better use of space.
If the tanks were not originally the structure of the boat before 1988 then you can only add integral tanks if it is put inside existing furniture spaces or under existing sole areas. It cannot interfere with the standard furniture. You cannot have more fuel tanks or bigger than was originally designed for the boat and only carry a max. of 40 gall fuel whatever the original capacity was.

32) I would have more water in more integral tanks and less liquids in jerry cans bumming around.
These can only be fitted inside existing free space around furniture or sole positions or outside them. Original furniture position must stay. You can pull furniture out…fit tanks and then you must rebuild the furniture all to new..but it must be as original design spec . size position etc.

33) I would reduce headroom (I’m not very tall) using bilge space for storage & tanks.
You cannot alter the height of the cabin sole original design.

34) All storage will be low down. Two wide bunks, one on each side will be at a higher than usual level above where settees normally are to maximise space below them.
You cannot alter the height of the original bunks/settees but can add extra storage or shelves anywhere.

35) I would have a much larger chart table integrated with the eating table, so to do away with an extra table.
You can remove the existing saloon dining table, and build another or anything else for storage in that space. You cannot add size or change the design to the chart table/seating arrangement but can add extra lockers or storage.

36) A living and sitting area would be made up comprising the chart – eating and galley area.
You cannot alter the original layout design.

37) The central area where the dinette usually is, will be optimised for storage and as I said two high berths one on each side, possibly almost fully –or fully enclosed, to prevent falling down or being hit by objects.
You can build anything around the existing saloon bunks.

38) There are so many things in the interior and also on the outside, that have little to do with weight and speed, as much as with reflecting personal, safety and practical preferences in the light of the specific use that will be made of the boat.
You can add to extra things below, but not change original design or fit-out materials, as a minimum and can change anything on deck , extra winches and add extra rigging and chain plates but cannot generally move positions of chain plates or dimensions of the original rig. ie you can add extra backstays or side stays or inner stays..but cannot change to swept back spreaders from inline..etc.

39) The more compromises one can remove, given that the boat will need to fulfil one task with one crew member, the more likely to be a safer journey.
The standard boats can be made perfectly safe without changing the design layouts etc..that is the principle…we all race the original designs that may be strengthened and modified for safety, not personal likes…best to choose a boat with a layout concept you like and there is good choice in the current boats. Even Joshua had a standard cruising interior.

40) Many of these changes may be possible also on a sound old boat, but I’m not sure if at the end it will be a good product and so much more cheaper than a totally new one.
It is all about keeping the boat simple and not starting a game where everyone modifies everything on their boat…if you know of Sir Alec Rose on Lively Lady you will see a simple cruising boat can make this journey with safety. It may also be is a lot less work to prepare your boat. Suhaili was a simple cruising boat….

41) I note that Echomax are offering special pricing to GGR entrants on Radar Reflectors and transponders. How do I access that offer?
When you move from a Provisional Entry to an OFFICIAL ENTRY after completing all your Pre-registration paperwork and paying your full entry fee, we notify ECHOMAX of this and any time after that, you may contact them in the UK to organise payment and delivery of your equipment.

42) Can I remove my head door and some of my saloon locker doors.?
No..it is a production boat race and all doors must remain. Same too with headliners.