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7 June 2018


SITraN Challenge – Falmouth to Les Sables-d’Olonne
Race Start 13:30UTC, Thursday 14 June 2018

The host club for the passage race and the main event, the Golden Globe 2018 Race is
The Royal Nomuka Yacht Club of Tonga

A new buddy-up and what a mammoth event this is going to be. Sailonline.org will be partnering with the organisers and sponsors of the Golden Globe Race 2018 to bring not one, but two races to armchair navigators around the world. First, we have the SITraN Challenge from Falmouth, UK to Les Sables-d’Olonne, France on 14 June 2018. This will be a ‘shakedown’ passage for the ‘real’ yachts and a chance for virtual sailors to get to know the characteristics of the Rustler 36. Then, on 1 July the solo round the world non-stop Golden Globe 2018 Race will start from Les Sables-d’Olonne.

This year is the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 ocean classic won by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in his 32 footer, ‘Suhaili’. The GGR SITraN Challenge will start off Pendennis Point following the Suhaili Parade of Sail. The Suhaili Parade of Sail will be led by Sir Robin and include a fleet of classic yachts from the past as well as the competitors in the GGR18. At 13:30, Sir Robin will fire a cannon from the deck of Suhaili to start the GGR SITraN Challenge charity race to Les Sables-d’Olonne.

Entrants include some of the world’s best known skippers – legends of single-handed sailing.


Rustler 36

The virtual GGR18 boat will have characteristics close to those of a Rustler 36 of which there are six yachts entered in the passage race and the main event. Participants in the virtual GGR18 will be able to test their navigational skills against the real Rustler 36s as well as the other yachts in the fleet. Also, with the permission of the race organisers and with the cooperation of YB Tracking, Sailonline.org will display the real fleet on the virtual race screen. This adds a sense of ‘reality’, competitiveness and involvement in the race.

Sailonline's virtual SITraN Challenge – Falmouth to Les Sables-d’Olonne is now open for registration to allow ample time to practise. Competing in virtual races on Sailonline is free and no advantage can be gained by buying a better suit of sails or including ‘rock star’ crew members. This is true one-design racing and a test of skill.

GGR 2018 Entry List

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