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An independent analysis report compiled by Meltwater on media coverage secured during the 2018 Golden Globe Race shows that the Race gained US$185m worth of coverage world-wide.

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Les Sables d’Olonne, which will be the host start and finish port again in 2022, gained two years of international publicity valued at 16.5m Euros (US$18.08m), and Falmouth, which hosted the pre-Race Suhaili 50 Parade of Sail, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s departure in the original 1986 Sunday Times Golden Globe, and the start of the SITraN Challenge race to Les Sables d’Olonne, gained £1.85m (US$2.38m) from the three days of events.

Don McIntyre, the GGR founder said today: “What a fantastic solid result for a unique original adventure created by a small passionate management team with low budgets. It confirms the support and huge following the 2018 GGR achieved from ordinary people interested in a simple, back to basics human endeavour. No fluff; just an honest, down-to-earth non-stop solo race around the world that media understand. We must also thank the passion of our French fans and our enthusiastic Host Port and logistics partner Les Sables d'Olonne, Ville and Agglomeration. The GGR family continues to grow, ensuring the 2022 edition will be an even bigger success.”

Yannick Moreau, Mayor of Les Sables d’Olonne and President of the Agglomeration said today: "For a first edition, the GGR has been an international success. I am looking forward to the 2nd edition from Les Sables d'Olonne on September 4, 2022!"

GGR 2022 Suhail class entry list - Just six places left.

Three years to the start of the 2022 Golden Globe Race from Les Sables d’Olonne, France, and already this second retro solo non-stop round the world race has 22 paid up Suhaili Class entrants representing nine Countries. There is one ordinary and five remaining special invitations available in Suhaili Class before a Wait list is started.

The first Joshua Class II one-design yacht is scheduled to launch in 2020. Seven places are available.

Britain has seven: 58-year old Ertan Beskardes from Bournemouth, Guy Waites (52) currently skippering the yacht Dare to Lead in the Clipper Round the World Race, Ian Herbert-Jones (49) another Clipper Race veteran; John Clarke (47) from Liverpool; 67-year old Robin Davie from Falmouth, and Simon Curwen (67) from Emsworth. The 7th entrant remains anonymous at this stage.

Australia has five entrants: 49-year old Matthew Wright and Michael Davey (58) both from Adelaide, South Australia, Michael Date (57) from Currumbin Waters, Queensland; and Mike Smith (60) building a Suhaili replica in Newcastle, NSW. The fifth entrant wishes to remain anonymous for the moment.

South Africa has two entrants: Jeremy Bagshaw (56) from Simon’s Town; and Kirsten Neuschäfer (37) the first women entrant, from Cape Town.

The USA has two entrants: 52-year old Doug Dean from Sandhills, Nebraska and professional sailor Guy deBoer (63)

Austria: Michael Guggenberger (42)

Canada: Indian born Gaurav Shinde (32) from London, Ontario

France: 48-year old Arnaud Gaist takes on the mantle from Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, French winner of the 2018 GGR.

Italy: 51-year old Guido Cantini.

Ireland: 63-year old Pat Lawless from Ballyferriter. Co Kerry

New Zealand: This entrant remains anonymous at this stage.

Seventeen of these skippers are busy preparing their boats already, and others are moving fast to secure theirs. Matthew Wright from South Australia is in Europe right now looking for a boat and American Guy DeBoer is in France about to close a deal. Canadian/Indian skipper Gurave Shinde has just secured a Baba 36 for his challenge and Australian Michael Davey has bought a Cape Dory 36 in America, scrapped the rig and deck gear and put the boat on a ship to New Zealand for the refit. Australian Michael Date is halfway through a complete rebuild refit of his Aries 32 and fellow Aussie Mike Smith is well on the way to completing his Suhaili replica. Another Australian, 2018 GGR retiree Mark Sinclair (Capt. Coconut) has just set up a new Facebook page titled Coconut 2022, so he may be making an announcement very soon!

Boat statistics to date. Rustler 36 (4), Trade Wind 35 (2), and one each of the following, Vancouver 34, Saga 36, Biscay 36,Cape Dory 36, Aries 32, Baba 35, Endurance 35, Nicholson 32, Lello 34, Suhaili Replica and Barbican 33MKII.

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