2018 Golden Globe solo round the world yacht race: Loic Lepage, France has bought a Nicholson 32 Mk 10 yacht named Laaland and is planning to start her refit in early 2017 prior to making a solo voyage to the Azores and back. “I’m very happy to be part of this legend race. It’s very stimulated to compete against other entrants with the same kind of boat.” PPL PHOTO AGENCY – COPYRIGHT FREE (for editorial use only) Tel: +44 (0)7768 395719. firstname.lastname@example.org Photo Credit: /PPL
Loïc Lepage bought the Nicholson 32 Mk X yacht Laaland back in 2015 with a plan to have one of the best-prepared yachts in the race. After an 18-month refit, he sailed her between May and August 2017 from Quiberon to the Azores and back prior to completing his jury rig test.
Loïc has more than 20,000 miles of solo sailing under his belt including three trans-Biscay and four transatlantic crossings.
He says of the GGR: “I’m very happy to be part of this legendary race. When I was 16, I devoured books written by Bernard Moitessier and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and the dream of completing a solo round-the-world race myself has remained a passion of mine.”
In 2011, Lepage came close to realising his dream, and after two years of preparation, he set out in his First 35 class yacht. “Unfortunately, 10 days out, my boat hit a container and sank within 2 hours, but the experience has not changed my motivation. The GGR is the perfect race to realise a dream.”
Loïc successfully raised money to support his campaign by the unusual method of Crowd funding.