L ike the original Sunday Times event, the 2018 Golden Globe Race is very simple. Depart Plymouth, England on June 30th 2018 and sail solo, non-stop around the world, via the five Great Capes and return to Plymouth. Entrants are limited to sailing similar yachts and equipment to what was available to Sir Robin in that first race. ​ That means sailing without modern technology or benefit of satellite based navigation aids. Competitors must sail in production boats between 32ft and 36ft overall (9.75 – 10.97m) designed prior to 1988 that have a full-length keel with rudder attached to their trailing edge. These yachts are heavily built, strong and sturdy, similar in concept to Sir Robin’s 32ft vessel Suhaili. ​

T his anniversary edition of the Golden Globe Race is a celebration of the original event, the winner, his boat and that significant world-first achievement.
They will be navigating with sextant on paper charts, without electronic instruments or autopilots.They will hand-write their logs and determine the weather for themselves. Only occasionally will they talk to loved ones and the outside world when long-range high frequency and ham radios allow.
“Like the original race, this Challenge is pure and very raw, placing adventure ahead of winning at all costs” Don McIntyre, Race director.

Y achts will be tracked 24/7 by satellite and entrants will be supplied with:

- SSB Radio

- A solar powered, stand-alone satellite tracking system (that skipper cannot see)

- A two-way satellite short text paging unit (between yacht and race HQ only)

- Two hand held satellite phones (Programmed to call Race HQ only)

- A sealed box with a portable GPS chart plotter for emergency use only.

D uring the race, entrants must sail through a series of ‘gates’ set off the Canaries, Cape Verde Islands, in Storm Bay Tasmania, and off the Falkland Islands to be interviewed by the media and to pass over film, photos and letters.