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The Golden Globe Race at the HROA AGM 2019

BBC reporter and author Chris Eakin will be our guest speaker at the Royal Thames on January 4th

It was all smiles as the only woman in the fleet, and only Brit, Susie Goodall had a few words of advice from Sir Robin Knox-Johnson on the eve of her departure for the start of the Golden Globe Race 2018 from North Brittany this summer.

Just a week ago, Susie hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons, as her Rustler 36 was pitchpoled in the Southern Ocean, and leaving with her rig gone, bruised and floating helpless with no working engine, two thousand miles from the nearest landmass. Susie has now been picked up by a freighter and as I write this is on her way to Chile, devastated, leaving her beloved yacht with just one grab bag, and out of the race.

Our AGM speaker Chris Eakin, did the live commentary for the BBC from the race start in June, and has written about the unique nature of this 1968 iconic race recreation for Yachting Monthly in a series of articles. By the time of our AGM, the few remaining race leaders will be round the Horn, and making for the Brittany coast in the final stage of this gruelling circumnavigation, using only the equipment available to Sir Robin and his fellow competitors back in 1968, no GPS, no weather routing, no access to internet or shore support, except in case of emergency.

Still a few places left, go to the events page on our website to apply for tickets, closing date last day of December!!