There’s certainly been no lack of drama in this year’s “remake” of the first non-stop round-the-world Golden Globe Race of 50 years ago. As one would expect the attrition rate has been high, with dismastings, rescues at sea, injuries, including one broken back, and very thankfully (so far) no fatalities. Of the 18 sailors who set out on this adventure back in July, only eight are still sailing. Or wait… that may be seven now, as word comes this morning that Susie Goodall, on DHL Starlight, has just set off her EPIRB. Bummer!
Amazingly, two GGR boats have already turned the corner at Cape Horn and are back in the Atlantic Ocean with their bows pointed north toward the finish line. At this same point in the original race, Robin Knox-Johnston and Bernard Moitessier were still in the neighborhood of Australia and New Zealand, with all the Pacific Ocean in front of them. However this turns out, I think the race has been a great success. As I’ve been following it, however, I’ve raised my eyebrows a few times at how the race organizer, Don McIntyre, has meddled with things, granting dispensations to sailors who have violated the rules and changing the rules in mid-race.