REPLAY. Golden Globe Race: special page from Les Sables-d’Olonne this Saturday in 12/13

France 3 Pays de la Loire supports the start of the Golden Globe Race 2022. Review our special page live from Les Sables d’Olonne, to find out everything one day before the start of this non-stop round the world race, without assistance or technological aid.

France 3 Pays de la Loire supports the Golden Globe Race. Technical teams and journalists are mobilizing to bring viewers and internet users to this legendary race which inspired the Vendée Globe. A non-stop “old-fashioned” world tour without assistance or technological aid.

On the eve of departure, France 3 Pays de la Loire gave you an appointment live from Les Sables d’Olonne. This Saturday, September 3 at noon, you were able to find Richard Coffin in the company of one of the 16 skippers who will be at the start of the Golden Globe Race: Frenchman Arnaud Gaist.

Together, they discussed the journey of this enthusiast who has been sailing since he was 23 years old, but also his preparation for this race without assistance and without modern means of navigation.

“I’m in the action, I’m excited, and above all I hope not to forget anything in the boat”confided the sailor, specifying that being at the start of this legendary race is already an achievement. “I’ve dreamed of doing this race for 30 years. It no longer existed and when the 2018 race appeared, I missed it. But I didn’t want to miss the 2022 race”.

No modern means of navigation, only one satellite phone to communicate with the race committee, -and more!- “once a week and we do not communicate with family or friends”who will only hear from the race committee.

It’s a solo race, but also a solitary race, even if you have someone on the phone once a week to say that everything is fine.

Arnaud Gaist, skipper at the start of the Golden Gobe Race

For the skipper, the key can be summed up in 3 points: “Preparation, mentality and knowing your boat by heart are essential”.

Also find in the replay portraits like that of the Indian skipper Abhilash Tomy but also interviews with Manuel Cousin, skipper of the Vendée Globe.

A timeless race, The Golden Globe Race takes us back 50 years to a time when electronics on board boats did not exist. A solo world tour where only the sailors are responsible for their navigation.

Alone facing the sea and its unforeseen events, the skippers will sail only with the equipment of the time: sextant, paper map, winding chronometer… During the second edition, the sea had put the skippers to the test and many abandoned had been deplored. Only five people took up the challenge.

The new edition of this world tour unlike any other begins on Sunday 4 September. Will one of them succeed in doing better than Jean-Luc Van Den Heede who crossed the finish line as the winner on January 29, 2019 after 211 days 23 hours and 12 minutes spent at sea?

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REPLAY. Golden Globe Race: special page from Les Sables-d’Olonne this Saturday in 12/13