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Entry is by invitation only, for sailors over 18 years at the start.

The Rules

Entrants must show prior ocean sailing experience of at least 8,000 miles and another 2000 miles solo, in any boat, as well as an additional 2000 miles solo in their GGR boat.

The 2022 Golden Globe Race will require all entrants to use only the same type or similar equipment and technology that was carried on board Robin Knox-Johnston’s 1968/69 race winning yacht Suhaili.

Entry is by invitation only, for sailors aged 18 years and older at the start on September 4, 2022. Entrants must show prior ocean sailing experience of at least 8,000 miles and another 2000 miles solo in any boat, as well as an additional 2000 miles solo in their GGR boat.

This is an around the world solo race that is totally unique and OPEN to all.
Yes, there are yacht design limitations, unlike the first Golden Globe, as this is also a salute to Suhaili, but if there were not, it would become just another competition to see who can get the best sponsorship.

This race has created something that the average sailing person worldwide (with commitment) can compete in. It is therefore truly an Open Race as it is not open in class, but truly Open to All. Entrants currently include young, old, experienced, amateur, professional, coastal, offshore, cruising and adventurous sailors.

This is a non-stop one-class race, so any entrant forced to make one stopover, or break the seal on their portable GPS chart plotter, will not be eligible for any official Golden Globe trophies, refund of the entry fee or completion plaques, but can remain in the event, being moved to the ‘Chichester Class’. They will receive a ‘Chichester’ finishing plaque, provided they finish no later than 1500hrs on 14th June 2023.

Any entrant making two stops is disqualified.

Each entrant will be required to have a standard Race Pack by the event organisers. The technology may change, but it will include, but not be limited to:

  • A stand-alone satellite tracking system (the skippers cannot see) for web tracking updates.
  • A two-way satellite short text paging unit. (to race headquarters only)
  • Two handheld satellite phones for up to four short messages per day
  • A sealed box with two portable GPS chart plotters (for emergency use only)

All Entrants will be tracked 24/7 by satellite, but competitors will not be able to interrogate this information unless an emergency arises and they break open their sealed safety box containing a GPS and satellite phone. Doing this, however, has consequences. By breaking the seal, competitors will be deemed to have retired from the Golden Globe Race, and instead will be relegated to the Chichester Class as if they had made a stop.

Approval for Production yacht types for entry into the Golden Globe Race has now been restricted to the following 22 yachts with the following general specifications:

  • Of fibre reinforced plastic construction.
  • Designed prior to 1988 with a minimum series of 20 yachts built from one mould.
  • Have a hull length of between 32ft and 36ft. Bowsprits, wind vanes and outboard rudders, boomkins, pushpits and pulpits are not measured.
  • Have full-length keels with rudders attached to the trailing edge.
  • A minimum design displacement is 6,200kg.

2022 Golden Globe Race approved designs:

Westsail 32 • Tradewind 35 • Saga 34 • Saltram 36 • Vancouver 32 & 34 • OE 32 • Eric (sister ship to Suhaili) • Aries 32 • Baba 35 • Biscay 36 • Bowman 36 • Cape Dory 36 • Nicholson 32 MKX-XI • Rustler 36 • Endurance 35 • Gaia 36 • Hans Christian 33T • Tashiba 36 • Cabo Rico 34 • Hinckley Pilot 35 • Lello 34 • Gale Force 34.

Only the design is approved to compete in the Race. The structural integrity, build quality, or suitability of any boat to survive the event, will be the sole responsibility of the entrant.

All Boats are required to undergo refits and surveys to ensure they are up to the task of crossing oceans. During those refits mast height, boom length, bowsprits and ballast must not exceed original design specifications. Refit must stay true to the original design and production boat fit-out and components may not be lightened. Strengthening is allowed, together with extra standing rigging. By maintaining the production boat status for the Race, resale values are assured.

Strict safety regulations including qualifications and training of skippers and safety equipment to be carried onboard are stipulated in the official Notice of Race that can be downloaded from this web site.

Sponsorship is allowed and may assist and support an entry in any way.

All competitors must carry at least £ 5 million of Public Liability insurance whilst in UK waters and during the Race.

Entrants are free to speak to media, family, friends and sponsors by radio at any time during the event, but must not be given any form of weather routing. Competitors may communicate freely (by radio or by hailing) with other competitors, or other mariners on vessels at sea, requesting or giving any verbal information/advice whatsoever, even if this is considered weather routing.

World Media will be able to access boat tracking information and regular daily updates and summaries from GoldenGlobeRace.com. The Race Media Unit will work with entrants to generate pre-race publicity and will report major incidents and human-interest stories to the media throughout the Race.

On occasion, the Race Director may call competitors directly by texting a competitor at any time, asking them to turn their sat phone on.

Information received from competitors during Voluntary safety reports will NOT normally be passed to anyone outside the race management but scheduled weekly check-ins will be distributed to the world.

All entrants who complete the course will receive a Golden Globe plaque and the Golden Globe perpetual trophy will be distributed to the winner.

A provisional non-refundable entry fee of AUD $5.000 is due with the application. The balance of AUD $11.000 (AUD $16.000 total) for the full entry fee must be paid within 12 months of entry, or by 22nd August 2021.

Entries are limited to 25 participants. The Organisers may issue up to 5 special invitations at any time (total 30 entrants)

For all technical details download the Notice of Race.

Notice of Race