The Golden Globe was a race sponsored by the Sunday Times (London) that was a non-stop, single-handed, around the world race. It was held in 1968-1969. It was controversial because most of the entrants failed to finish. But it did lead to the creation of the Vendée Globe race, and a few others.
They are running the race this year – they started July 1st – from Les Sables-d’Olonne, France. It appears they are having some of the same problems the original race suffered from. Because the boats are not purpose-built, they are having trouble with the Southern Ocean.
Two sailors have had their boats dismasted in one storm. One, an officer in the Indian Navy, may have been severely injured.
Indian Abhilash Tomy, 39, and Irishman Gregor McGuckin, 32, were both rescued Monday. Rescued Indian and Irish sailors head for remote island.
CANBERRA, Australia – An Indian and an Irish sailor rescued from damaged sailboats in the remote southern Indian Ocean will be delivered to land on Tuesday when they reach an island and undergo medical assessments, an official said.
McGuckin was able to jury-rig a mast and sail with remnants of his rigging, and make a very slow 2 knots toward Tomy. Tomy was suffering from a back injury he picked up when his boat rolled through 360 degrees. Both skippers were picked up by the French fisheries patrol boat Osiris. They will be transferred to an Australian island for medical evaluation. They would travel farther by Australian frigate, depending on their need for treatment.
A separate dismasting occurred on August 27th, when the Norwegian, Are Wiig had his boat roll 360 degrees. He was able to put in to Cape Town under his jury-rig. He even declined assistance offered by passing vessel.
The boats have modern communications gear, but otherwise are supposed to be similar to the boats used 50 years ago.
Open ocean sailing is not for the faint-of-heart. The official site for the race is at this link.