Golden Globe Race: 16 sailors embarked on a solo sailing trip around the world without modern means of navigation

The Golden Globe Race, a crazy navigation challenge that consists of setting off alone, for more than 200 days, without modern means of navigation. The competitors who left Sables-d’Olonne on Sunday have never spent so much time at sea.

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They are 16 sailors to have launched a somewhat crazy challenge: the Golden Globe Race, a sort of old-fashioned Vendée Globe, a non-stop, non-electronic solo sailing race. These sailors sail without GPS and without an autopilot but with a sextant and on rather old boats: nothing to do with flying monohulls capable of reaching crazy speeds. The competitors left on September 4 Sables-d’Olonne in Vendéeand their turn will last between seven and twelve months.

Until now, Kirsten Neuschafer had only spent a few weeks alone at sea during a navigation between Portugal and South Africa, her country. This time, she left to be cut off from the world for several months. “I would like to discover my inner compass, my inner GPSshe explains. I think we change after something like that. I don’t necessarily know how. But something will surely be changed afterwards.” An absence that must also be managed with the family: Damien Guillou will leave her two children infants with whom he will not be able to exchange until his return.

“We took a child psychologist and she will come to the house at least once a month to make sure that everything is going well if the children ever experience my absence badly.”

Damien Guillou, navigator

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“If ever there is a problem for my son at school, the psychologist will come more often and make the connection with the schoolhe adds. My wife isn’t the only one dealing with this. I know I’m clear on that.”

The Golden Globe Race presents itself as the longest sporting event in the world: you have to mentally prepare for itexplains the other French sailor in the running, Arnaud Gaist. “It’s true that we can go crazy. We could crack, we could say to ourselves I won’t make it, it’s too far, it’s too hard. I gave everything and I didn’t even not done halfhe develops. We can say things like that and then focus on negative points. But you can also enjoy it.” These sailors will not return to land before the month of April.

Golden Globe Race: 16 sailors embarked on a solo sailing trip around the world without modern means of navigation – the report by Jérôme Val


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Golden Globe Race: 16 sailors embarked on a solo sailing trip around the world without modern means of navigation