Leaving on September 4, 2022, the skippers of the Golden Globe Race have been sailing the Atlantic for two months already. Three of them reached Cape Town by Wednesday 9 November. The rest of the sailboats should pass this stage by the end of the week, before tackling the solitary waters of the Indian Ocean.
They were 16 sailors at the start of the 3e edition of the Golden Globe Race on September 4, 2022 in Les Sables-d’Olonne. As of November 9, 13 of them are still competing in this round-the-world sailing race, after two months at sea.
After Simon Curwen, Kirsten Neuschäfer and Tapio Lehtinsen, Pat Lawless is expected in Cape Town on Wednesday 9 November.
The skipper is currently facing a mechanical regulator problem. He may be forced to land in Cape Town to repair it, giving up his goal of being the first Irishman to finish the race non-stop.
Three skippers have already passed Cape Town, a symbolic stage between the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. Briton Simon Curwen was the first to set off for the South Seas after crossing the gates of Cape Town on Sunday November 6th.
The South African Kirsten Neuschäfer arrived the night of Tuesday 8 to Wednesday 9 November in second position. She was 4 miles ahead of the Finn Tapio Lehtinen, who arrived an hour later in Granger Bay.
Abhilash Tomy and Damien Guillou, both aboard Rustler 36, are neck and neck and will probably arrive on Thursday November 10 off Cape Town.
The “Rustler Brothers” are the fastest in the fleet on Wednesday morning with 164 miles for Frenchman Damien Guillou and 154 miles for Indian Abhilash Tomy. The latter should, however, arrive a little early in South Africa.
They are therefore widening the gap on the rest of the fleet, even if Michael Guggenberger, Ertan Beskardes, Jeremy Bagshaw and Elliott Smith are hanging on and covering up to 130 miles a day.
Behind, Ian Herbert-Jones, Arnaud Gaist and Guy Waites have been content with 60 miles since Tuesday, or 2.5 knots (4 km/h) on average.
The sailors have been sailing for 65 days alone facing the sea and its unforeseen events, without modern technology to guide them. The Golden Globe Race is an old-fashioned racemodeled on the first edition in 1968. The sailors rely solely on equipment of the time to navigate: sextant, paper map, winding chronometer…
No electronics, of course, but no stopover or assistance either, on pain of finishing the race in “Chichester Class” (Golden Globe Race with stopover).
During the second edition, the sea had put the skippers to the test and many abandonments had been deplored. Only five people took up the challenge. This year, three out of sixteen sailors have already left the nautical adventure.
The skippers still in the running plan to anchor in Cape Town before heading back to the Indian Ocean. With the strong winds, powerful swells and lack of shelter, there is no turning back after venturing there.
Next step: leaving the Crozet Islands and Kerguelen to starboard and reach Cape Leeuwin in South West Australia.
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Golden Globe Race 2022. The sailors pass from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean after the Cape Town stage