Robin Davie (70)

United Kingdom



Name Robin Davie

Born November 2nd 1951

Nationality British

Country of entry United Kingdom

Race GGR 2018

Boat Class Suhaili

Robin Davie has sea in his blood. He grew up on the beaches of Cornwall and followed the Sunday Times Golden Globe race in 1968, thinking “I’ll do that one day”. After serving in the British Merchant Navy for 20 years, Davie competed against Don McIntyre in Class 2 of the 1990 BOC Challenge Around Alone Race, going on to make his second and third solo circumnavigations in the 1994 and 1998 BOC races.

During the 1994 race he was dismasted thousands of miles from Cape Horn and sailed under jury rig around the Cape to the Falkland Islands.

His first circumnavigation was in a yacht named Spirit of Cornwall and will represent this county of birth again during this Race. Since his last circumnavigation, Robin has remained in the USA speaking professionally about his experiences. He returned to Britain in 2017, bought a Rustler 36 and began preparing in earnest. Robin remains passionate about the Golden Globe Race. The first event back in 1968/9 inspired him to take up solo sailing, and to compete in the 50th Anniversary edition seems, he says to be a fitting retirement plan.

Robin says of the GGR: “Having done 3 solo circumnavigations with stops, Don’s Golden Globe Race reignited the passion, and presented a rare opportunity to finally complete my original dream of sailing around the world solo without stops.”


Boat [Suhaili]


Name C’est La Vie
Type Rustler 36 Masthead sloop
Designer Holman & Pye
Builder Rustler Yachts (UK)
LOA 35.33ft / 10.77m
LWL 26.92ft / 8.21m
Beam 11.00ft / 3.35m
Draft 5.50ft / 1.67m
Displacement 16805 lbs / 7623 kgs
Sail area 693sq. ft / 64.38sq. m

Robin Davie bought his Rustler 36 in Benfleet, Essex and sailed west to Falmouth to refit himself close to Rustler Yacht’s yard where she was built for home completion. “Nothing was ever quite finished, and the more I looked, the more I found needed working on or replacing” he says. Davie has re-glassed the hull and deck joint, extended the chain plates, replaced the mast step and constructed a solid doghouse to protect the cockpit area. He planned to re-launch her in March and cross the English Channel to Les Sables d’Olonne to fit a new mast taken from Jean-Luc Van Den Heede’s rival Rustler 36 Matmut then devote the last three months before the start to completing sea trials.

Skipper Updates

May 3rd 2018 12:00 AM

British solo circumnavigator Robin Davie had hoped to have had his Rustler 36 C’est La Vie ready for launch in March, but she is still in the yard at Falmouth having fibreglass work completed, engine installed, electrics and plumbing systems finished and rudder set up. “Another 2 weeks to launch, and much depends on the weather – which continues to be typically Cornish.” He says.

April 5th 2018 12:00 AM

British solo circumnavigator Robin Davie knows he is in a race against time to get his Rustler 36 C’est La Vie ready for the start on July 1. He had planned to arrive in Les Sables d’Olonne early in March to step a spare mast bought from Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, but as Easter approached, he was still in Falmouth surrounded in glassfibre dust, busily completing the restoration work on his yacht. “I’ve built a plywood doghouse to give me some protection, but still need to give it a glassfibre covering and bond it in place over the companionway hatch, as well as finish off the hull. I now have to re-launch in mid-April come-what-may.”
Having sailed more than 2,000 miles under jury rig around Cape Horn to the Falkland Islands during the 1994 BOC Challenge, Davie has been excused making the jury rig test on C’est La Vie, and is determined to spend the rest of April and May test sailing out in the Bay of Biscay and be race ready by the start.