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brockenspectre 14th Jun 2018 11:54

Golden Globe Race 2018 - with Sailonline's PPRune Flotilla
As many of you know there is a small contingent of PPRuNers who virtually sail on Sailonline. Over the years the flotilla has varied in size as virtual-sailing, a little bit like the real thing, does require a degree of effort but... it is all done from wherever you choose to "sail" be it armchair, flight-deck or someplace else.

Today sees the start of the closest thing to a full Round The World race on Sailonline... the feeder race hop from Falmouth to Les Sables-d'Olonne and then in a couple of weeks the first leg of the RTW event from Sables to Tasmania, where the real racers are permitted a brief stop. The second leg is from Storm Bay, Tasmania back to Sables. For this second leg we will need to log in to a new race in Sailonline as a completely RTW affair is not possible.

If you would like to join the PPRuNe Flotilla in this event (you will have a PRU_ prefix added to your boatname) then please post your name below.

I shall post a list of participants, including the usual suspects, in a few days' time.

Sailonline is a completely free-to-play sailing navigation simulator so... why not join the PPRuNe Flotilla there and see how you fare?!



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

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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



brockenspectre 29th Jun 2018 11:48

GGR Leg 1 - Les Sables-d'Olonne to Storm Bay, Tasmania - 1 July 2018 at 1000utc

Welcome, all, to the 2018 Golden Globe Race and Sailonline’s virtual version of this iconic 50th anniversary rerun of 1968’s first ever non-stop single-handed round-the-world race in yachts and with technology in keeping with that historic time.
To reflect the challenge being undertaken by the real racers, as announced previously, SOL invites all who feel so inclined to add their boat name to the post in FORUM declaring you will race by the proverbial "Seat Of The Pants" (SOTP) with no outside assistance from routing software or other external aids, BEFORE THE STARTING GUN IS FIRED.
To simulate the real race which features a 90 minute minimum stopover in Storm Bay, SOL’s online version has been divided into two legs. This first leg then is from Les Sables-d’Olonne to Storm Bay. When the leaders approach Storm Bay, Leg 2 from thence back to Les Sables via Cape Horn, will open. YOU MAY NOT START LEG 2 UNTIL AT LEAST 90 MINUTES AFTER FINISHING LEG 1. The penalty for starting Leg 2 before finishing Leg 1 is NO RANKING. The penalty for starting Leg 2 within 90 minutes of finishing Leg 1 is 5x the time you started too early. DO NOT START TOO EARLY!
Fair winds and good luck!!
Race #1154
INFO by brainaid.de
WX Updates:
0430 / 1030 / 1630 / 2230
Ranking: GGR
Race starts: Jul 01st 10:00
Look forward to seeing a heap of you there (or at least the usual suspects!).

brockenspectre 29th Jun 2018 12:06

PPRuNe Name ..................Sailonline Boatname

Blink182................................ golfsierrakilo
brockenspectre ...................... RainbowChaser
India Four Two ...................... Miss_Saigon
Gordy ................................... MerryTime
reflex .................................... reflex
SMT Member ....................... VikingAhoy
Wodrick ................................. lyric

India Four Two 30th Jun 2018 05:36

Miss_Saigon is in, sailing by the very elegant seat of her pants! ;)

Wodrick 1st Jul 2018 19:53

Good luck all, this will last a long time.

India Four Two 11th Jul 2018 05:17


Running downwind to the Canaries.

10,377 nm to go to Storm Bay at a maximum speed of 7.3 knots - that's at least 60 days!

We'll be completing the Round the World in Spring next year!

India Four Two 23rd Jul 2018 07:07

I'm interested to know how other SOTP sailors choose their courses. My method is fairly simple. I select the weather for six hours ahead and look at the predicted windspeed at the end of my current track prediction. I then look at the windspeed for six hours ahead on the other tack/gybe and then choose the course which will best advance me.

Wodrick 23rd Jul 2018 12:52

I try to pick a course looking up to 7 days ahead but trying to maintain fwd motion relative to the rhumb line.
I think we will shortly (a couple of months :rolleyes: ) reach the lattitudes where position has little meaning.

I do take "Scarabochio" into account too. :)

Blink182 23rd Jul 2018 21:33

Sitting it out with a BBQ on the west coast of Africa.............. Navigated down the East side of Fuerteventura but despite doubling back to round the mark at the southern end so as to pass on the Port side , it did not register....so a tactical withdrawal from this race. Good luck to the rest of the Pru fleet.

India Four Two 24th Jul 2018 02:09

Sorry to hear that, Blink.

Mark-rounding has caught me out, too.

brockenspectre 18th Sep 2018 11:09

PPRuNe Flotilla as at 18 September 2018 - we are all still racing in Leg 1 :-)

brockenspectre 31st Oct 2018 11:53

Sadly Blink has retired, as we know, and didn't start in Leg 2 "just for fun", so now we are six (to quote the title of an AA Milne book!) ...

In Leg 2, this is where we all are:


The real fleet is, of course, appearing on Sailonline's race screens but, otherwise, you can follow their progress on their LiveTracker and the latest news on the remaining participants in this epic challenge here

India Four Two 5th Dec 2018 17:51

Virtually sailing across the Southern Ocean at hull speed in a slow boat is just a matter of optimizing your downwind course.

The real thing is a completely different matter!

British yachtswoman Susie Goodall was pitchpoled and dismasted in the Southern Ocean some 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn today.

Goodall, (29) from Falmouth UK, and the youngest competitor in the Golden Globe Race, was lying in 4th place at the time, riding out a ferocious storm with 60 knot winds and massive seas aboard her Rustler 36 yacht DHL Starlight.

In her last text message to Race Control received before the dismastig at 08:29 UTC,, she reported’ TAKING A HAMMERING! WONDERING WHAT ON EARTH I’M DOING OUT HERE

In a subsequent message, received at 12:23 UTC, she wrote: DISMASTED. HULL OK. NO FORM OF JURY RIG, TOTAL LOSS Position: 45′ 27.787 S 122′ 23.537 W.

After 3 attempts, Race HQ was able to raise Goodall on her emergency satellite phone when she confirmed: “I have been dismasted. Thought I had holed the hull because the boat filled with water, but the hull is NOT holed. The hull is OK.

The boat is destroyed. I can’t make up a jury rig. The only thing left is the hull and deck which remain intact.

We were pitchpoled [rolled end over end] and I was thrown across the cabin and knocked out for a while. “


India Four Two 6th Dec 2018 17:36

UPDATE on Susie Goodall

Conditions have moderated overnight but seas remain challenging, making life onboard very uncomfortable.

Susie remains in regular contact with Race HQ and will spend today preparing for evacuation tomorrow. The flooding is now under control, and today she will endeavour to coax DHL Starlight's engine to run again in case she is required to manoeuvre her yacht alongside the ship. She will also ensure that the yacht's liferaft is ready to deploy.

It will still be dark when the MV Tian Fu reaches the scene and the rescue operation is unlikely to commence before daylight. It will be for her Captain to decide the best method to transfer Goodall from yacht to ship. This could entail launching the ship's own man-overboard vessel, or lowering a cargo net or ladder over the side for her to climb up from the yacht or her liferaft.

Timeline of text messages received from Susie Goodall before and after being dismasted:

05 Dec 08:29 UTC: TAKING A HAMMERING! WONDERING WHAT ON EARTH I'M DOING OUT HERE Position: 45' 33.054 S 122' 37.061 W

05 Dec 12:33 UTC; DISMASTED.HULL OK. NO FORM OF JURY RIG, TOTAL LOSS Position: 45' 27.787 S 122' 23.537 W

05 Dec 12:57 UTC: INTERIOR TOTAL WRECK, LIFERAFT OK, Position: 45' 27.284 S 122' 22.985

05 Dec 13:23 UTC: NASTY HEAD BANG AS BOAT PITCHPOLED. UNBELIEVABLY ROLY NOW Position: 45' 26.735 S 122' 22.490 W

05 Dec 13:24 UTC: TOTALLY & UTTERLY GUTTED! Position: 45' 26.702 S 122' 22.460 W

05 Dec 23:04 UTC: THIS MOTION IS JUST HORRIBLE! CLINGING ON IN MY BUNK. Position: 45' 25.629 S 122' 13.763 W

06 Dec 02:51 UTC: IN NEED OF A GOOD CUPPA TEA! BUT SADLY NO COOKER Position: 45' 24.506 S 122' 05.482 W

06 Dec 02:55 UTC: I THINK TIME AND SPEED ARE RELATED Position: 45' 24.506 S 122' 05.482 W

KelvinD 7th Dec 2018 14:40

It seems the rescue will probably be effected by using a ship's crane.
Photo of the vessel (Tian Fu) here: TIAN FU - IMO 9704738 - ShipSpotting.com - Ship Photos and Ship Tracker

rjtjrt 8th Dec 2018 10:30

Not everyone seems happy with the Golden Globe Race risk profile.


brockenspectre 8th Dec 2018 11:02

Update on Susie Goodall's rescue here - as for those complaining about anyone embarking on a solo venture, then they need to read Don's point of view here - the day that grown-ups, with insurances and all survival equipment/comms in place aren't permitted to seek adventure surely has to be the day when our planet and mankind ceases to have meaning. I write this as I watch a SpaceX Dragon cargo vessel approach docking with the ISS ... :-)

As for our wee group... this is where we are in the rankings:


brockenspectre 8th Dec 2018 13:29

and this is how we look... not as strung out as we might have been!


Wodrick 13th Dec 2018 12:59

Well done "Miss Saigon" bet you are glad that is over !

India Four Two 13th Dec 2018 16:16

Thank you. Yes, that was a long haul!

That was my third round-the-world with sailonline. It's quite different when you are sailing a slow boat at hull speed most of the time and the weather systems overtake you!

I can now give my full attention to my fourth Christmas to Christmas race. I thought of the late victortango and his vessel britvisc when I started this race.

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