Knox-Johnston is investigating the causes of coups and failures of masts in the world GGR

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (Robin Knox-Johnston), who in 1968 during the first Golden Globe race became the first person to single-handedly without stopping bypassed around the world gathered to analyze all the cases of the coups and failures of the mast during GGR-2018. And to publish its findings after the completion of the regatta.

The need for such a study, it became clear after another incident in early December, which ended with the evacuation of the British participants of the regatta Susie Goodall. Many members of the yachting community have wondered whether such an unusual race?

Currently five boats left without masts, conducted three rescue operations. Fortunately, unlike the race in 1968, no one was killed, but in the history of the Golden Globe was such a tragic page.

In addition, participants GGR have no right to enter the port or to accept help, even the boats (“the same as participating in the regatta of 1968”) 50 years later cause distrust. Moreover, this last condition determines not only the specific technical characteristics of the ship, including the failure of GPS, radar, modern radio and any electronics. Opponents of the regatta believe that sailors can’t intentionally expose yourself to such a risk, moreover, that in case of emergency to save their accounts at the expense of others.

“The cost of the operations of the ship with a displacement of 40 thousand tons to 10 thousand dollars a day. It took two days to reach salvation, the day of the rescue operation and another two days will need to return to the route. Total — 50 thousand dollars. The costs of migration and schedule changes the destination port, the delay of cargo, etc. — are incalculable. For whose account this Banquet? <…> Sooner or later someone will have to pay for this madness. And, most likely, it will not be the people who create the problem,” says the yachtsman with sailing ship Tiger Lilly, a translation of the post which is located in the community of the Russian cruising club.

On the other “side of the fence” turned out to be the defenders of the spirit of adventure and freedom. Quite natural including the organizer of GGR don McIntyre (Don McIntyre).

“In any journey, the skipper of any boat at any moment to turn around and go in any port. He/she controls your destiny. Whatever is decided, the organizers of the Golden Globe, I assure you, this will not affect any yachtsman into the sea. They will continue. They like it. Without exception, every skipper GGR is a very experienced sailor who is on Board a well-prepared boat. They all voluntarily, enthusiastically agreed to take on the challenge. They are there not for glory and not for money, but for the sake of in search of adventure to test themselves,” — said in his blog post of the regatta.

He recalled that with the same motivation as that of the participants of the regatta, every day around the world to the sea of ordinary people in ordinary boats. In this case, now they have a new and unique opportunity to learn from yachtsmen from GGR.

“Just look at the results of the recent transatlantic race the Route du Rhum singles. 35% of the fleet was knocked out of the competition after just one storm. Contemporary design, latest developments in the establishment of composite hull technology of satellite communications did not protect the boat from damage, the loss of the mast and rescue operations. But it’s all right with slow, well-made yachts, the traditional ways of navigation and high safety standards, which exist in the Golden Globe Race”, he continued.

Learn from the experience of this regatta will not only professionals and Amateurs facing the sea, but the organizers of the race. According to MacIntyre, in 2022 the regatta will be repeated and, if the conduct of this competition, the organizers approached responsibly, in respect of the following will be doubly careful.

“No one should not be able to ever kill people in the spirit of adventure,” — said McIntyre.

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