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Pat Lawless (66) of Limerick - the central tenet of Lawless Sailing Lore seems to dictate that you should sail no further than you need to
Pat Lawless (66) of Limerick may still have 24,455 miles to sail before he becomes the first Irishman to sail non-stop solo round the world. But in the Golden Globe Race 2022, he has been getting remarkably competitive performances out…
Guy deBoer (USA) crashes into rocks at night on the north coast of Fuerteventura, Las Palmas in the Canaries, his yacht now stranded but he is safe. Salvage under investigation
It was South African Golden Globe Race entrant Kirsten Neuschäfer (SA) who relayed Guy deBoer’s VHF radio Mayday call to GGR Race Control on Friday morning at 03:10 am UTC. Guy’s Tashiba 36 had run aground on the North coast…
Ireland's Pat Lawless is suffering a knee infection, and running low on antibiotics, but going forward in the Golden Globe Race solo non-stop voyage round the world
Golden Globe Yacht Race competitor Pat Lawless from Ireland beat Indian Abhilash Tomy in their week-long fight for the third spot at the first film gate off Lanzarote, a race point that also revealed the County Kerry solo sailor is…
Pat Lawless passes Lanzarote in the Golden Globe Race
Ireland's solo sailor in the Golden Globe Race, Pat Lawless, passed Lanzarote at 1330 (1.30 p.m.) Irish time on Saturday afternoon. Green Rebel was sailing briskly, with two jibs and a full main, making a speed of 6.3 knots on…
Pat Lawless's rugged Saltram 36 Green Rebel has shown well in a wide
variety of offshore conditions
Pat Lawless (66) of Limerick and Ballyferriter has been having good racing in the early stages of the Golden Golden Globe Solo Non-Stop Low-Technology Round The World Challenge. His hefty Saltram 36 Green Rebel has proven well able for the…
Ireland’s Pat Lawless is amongst the 16 solo skippers who started the Golden Globe Race today
Thousands of people lined the harbour walls at Les Sables d’Olonne in France this afternoon to watch the start of the Golden Globe non-stop round-the-world race. Ireland’s Pat Lawless is amongst the 16 solo skippers who started, with up to…
Pat Lawless (centre) is now fully Golden Globe Race approved and is ready to race non-stop round the world and is pictured above with race officials including founder Don McIntyre (left)
Irish solo sailor Pat Lawless completed his 300-nautical miles celestial navigation voyage which he was forced to do by the Golden Globe Race organisers this week and is now ready for the start of the race this Sunday from Les…
Irish solo sailor Pat Lawless
Ireland's solo sailor in the Golden Globe Race, Pat Lawless, has been penalised by the organisers even before the race has started. From Les Sables d'olonne in France this evening (Friday) he sent this message; "I have just been told…
Solo sailor Pat Lawless finished in the top half of the Golden Globe Race prologue of 280 nautical miles from Gijon in Spain to Les Sables d'Olonne. “I was delighted with the race. The boat sailed as well as the…
Pat Lawless and Green Rebel ready in Gijon
Goodwill messages have been pouring into Pat Lawless, Ireland’s solo skipper in the Golden Globe Race, over the past week at Gijon, where he has been preparing for the SITraN Challenge Charity event today (Sunday), a 280-mile race to Les…
Golden Globe 2022 entrants meet for the first time in Gijón, Spain. Irish entrant Pat Lawless is pictured back row third from right. The GGR participants and their team received a warm welcome at the Real Club Astur de Regatas, of which they are honorary members for the Prologue week
It’s been a long time coming, but the skippers are finally sharing the same dock, drinks and stories of their preparations, while helping each other with final tasks. These solo sailors, including Ireland's Pat Lawless in the Green Rebel entry…
Pat Lawless on his Saga 36-footer Green Rebel
Kerry solo sailor Pat Lawless is in Gijon, Spain, to take part in the Golden Globe prologue race on Sunday, August 14, from there to Les Sables d'Olonne in France from where the Golden Globe Race itself will start on…
Pat Lawless prepares to leave Crosshaven
As Pat Lawless left Crosshaven this morning to take part in the Golden Globe Race, it was somewhat fitting that he was surrounded by National18s heading for the start line of their National Championships and, accompanied by Crosshaven lifeboat giving…
Pat Lawless departing from Dingle on Saturday prior to his Cork Harbour departure for the Golden Globe Race this morning
Irish sailor Pat Lawless is departing from Crosshaven in Cork Harbour this morning on his mission to become the first Irish person to sail around the world non-stop as part of the Golden Globe Race. Cork based company Green Rebel is…
Pat Lawless in Crosshaven before departing for the Golden Globe solo round the world race
The mast is everything to Pat Lawless. So, before his yacht, Green Rebel, went back into the water this week on Valentia Island and he headed for Dingle in “a nice light breeze” on his final preparations to take part…
Pat Lawless (left) with Heather Farrimond from Green Rebel
Crosshaven Boys National School has lent its support to Golden Globe Race participant Pat Lawless as he attempts to become the first Irish person to sail around the world non-stop. Cork-based Green Rebel is Pat’s main sponsor for the race.…

About the Golden Globe Race

The Golden Globe Race is the original round the world yacht race. In 1968, while man was preparing to take his first steps on the moon, a mild mannered and modest young man was setting out on his own record breaking voyage of discovery. Off shore yacht racing changed forever with adventurers and sailors, inspired by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, following in his pioneering wake. Nine men started the first solo non-stop sailing race around the World. Only one finished. History was made. Navigating with a sextant, paper charts and an accurate and reliable time piece, Sir Robin navigated around the world. In 2018, to celebrate 50 years since that first record breaking achievement, the Golden Globe Race was resurrected. It instantly caught the attention of the worlds media as well as adventures, captivated by the spirit and opportunity. The original race is back.

The Golden Globe Race: Stepping back to the golden age of solo sailing

Like the original Sunday Times event back in 1968/9, the 2018 Golden Globe Race was very simple. Depart Les Sables d'Olonne, France on July 1st 2018 and sail solo, non-stop around the world, via the five Great Capes and return to Les Sables d'Olonne. Entrants are limited to use the same type of yachts and equipment that were available to Robin Knox-Johnston 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 and having a full-length keel with rudder attached to their trailing edge. These yachts will be heavily built, strong and steady, similar in concept to Robin's 32ft vessel Suhaili.

In contrast to the current professional world of elite ocean racing, this edition travels back to a time known as the 'Golden Age' of solo sailing. Suhaili was a slow and steady 32ft double-ended ketch based on a William Atkins ERIC design. She is heavily built of teak and carried no computers, GPS, satellite phone nor water-maker, and Robin completed the challenge without the aid of modern-day shore-based weather routing advice. He had only a wind-up chronometer and a barograph to face the world alone, and caught rainwater to survive, but was at one with the ocean, able to contemplate and absorb all that this epic voyage had to offer.

This anniversary edition of the Golden Globe Race is a celebration of the original event, the winner, his boat and that significant world-first achievement. Competitors in this race will be sailing simple boats using basic equipment to guarantee a satisfying and personal experience. The challenge is pure and very raw, placing the adventure ahead of winning at all costs. It is for 'those who dare', just as it was for Knox-Johnston.

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.

It is now possible to race a monohull solo around the world in under 80 days, but sailors entered in this race will spend around 300 days at sea, challenging themselves and each other. The 2018 Golden Globe Race was a fitting tribute to the first edition and it's winner, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.

Background on Don McIntyre (61) Race Founder

Don is an inveterate sailor and recognised as one of Australia s greatest explorers. Passionate about all forms of adventure and inspiring others, his desire is to recreate the Golden Age of solo sailing. Don finished 2nd in class in the 1990-91 BOC Challenge solo around the world yacht race. In 2010, he led the 4-man Talisker Bounty Boat challenge to re-enact the Mutiny on the Bounty voyage from Tonga to West Timor, in a simil

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