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Sailonline.org is pleased to be partnering with the organisers and sponsors of the Golden Globe Race 2018 to bring the virtual version of this mammoth sailing feat to armchair navigators around the world.

The virtual GGR18 boat will have characteristics close to those of a Rustler 36 of which there are six yachts entered in the passage race and the main event. Participants in the virtual GGR18 will be able to test their navigational skills against the real Rustler 36s as well as the other yachts in the fleet. Also, with the permission of the race organisers and with the cooperation of YB Tracking, Sailonline.org will display the real fleet on the virtual race screen. This adds a sense of ‘reality’, competitiveness and involvement in the race.

Sailonline’s virtual Golden Globe 2018 Race will open for registration soon to allow ample time to practise. Competing in virtual races on Sailonline is free and no advantage can be gained by buying a better suit of sails or including ‘rock star’ crew members. This is true one-design racing and a test of skill.

 

Golden Globe Race – Leg 1 to Storm Bay

 

Welcome, all, to the 2018 Golden Globe Race and Sailonline’s virtual version of this iconic 50th anniversary rerun of 1968’s first ever non-stop single-handed round-the-world race in yachts and with technology in keeping with that historic time.
To reflect the challenge being undertaken by the real racers, as announced previously, SOL invites all who feel so inclined to add their boat name to the post in FORUM declaring you will race by the proverbial “Seat Of The Pants” (SOTP) with no outside assistance from routing software or other external aids, BEFORE THE STARTING GUN IS FIRED.

To simulate the real race which features a 90 minute minimum stopover in Storm Bay, SOL’s online version has been divided into two legs. This first leg then is from Sables d’Olonne to Tasman Bay. When the leaders approach Storm Bay, Leg 2 from thence back to Sables will open. YOU MAY NOT START LEG 2 UNTIL AT LEAST 90 MINUTES AFTER FINISHING LEG 1. The penalty for starting Leg 2 before finishing Leg 1 is NO RANKING. The penalty for starting Leg 2 within 90 minutes of finishing Leg 1 is 5x the time you started too early.

DO NOT START TOO EARLY!
Fair winds and good luck!!

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