Please select your home edition
Crewsaver 2021 Safetyline LEADERBOARD

Globe40: A prologue steeped in history

by Sirius Events 11 Jun 19:09 BST 11 June 2022
Globe40 Prologue Race start © Jean-Marie Liot #GLOBE40

Connecting Lorient and Tangier, the prologue for the first edition of the GLOBE40 set sail this Saturday 11 June at exactly 15:00 hours.

With the start line set between the 5-port town in Brittany and the island of Groix, the Race Committee released the crews onto a 7-mile coastal course concocted by Race Management off Lorient harbour, between the headlands of Le Talut and Pen Men. The competitors got off to a clean start in perfect conditions, sunshine and around fifteen knots of W'ly wind. Once around the westernmost tip of the island, the GLOBE40 skippers launched onto the 920-mile warm-up sprint to the Moroccan city. Mirroring the historic trade routes of the French East India Company, the course will give the crews a chance to get into their stride before the official start of 'The Long Way', which will lead the fleet to the four corners of the globe in competition format.

The emotion on the docks of Lorient La Base was palpable as the fleet cast off. Indeed, it may well be but a warm-up race, but the next time the GLOBE40 skippers set foot on Breton soil again, they'll have a sports adventure par excellence to their credit having circumnavigated the globe under sail. After bidding a fond farewell to the Citadel of Port-Louis, a building which houses the East India Company museum, the international Globe40 fleet, comprising 18 sailors and 8 nationalities, made for the start line off the mouth of Lorient.

It was the crew from Morocco, host of the upcoming OFFICIAL START, who were the first to distinguish themselves once the prologue got under way. Simon Boussikouk and Omar Bensenddik posted an excellent start, highlighting the racing talent of the former Vice-President of the Royal Moroccan Sailing Federation. Relishing the fantastic conditions, the Japanese crew led by Masa Suzuki quickly stepped things up a gear to dominate the coastal course thanks to some impeccably clean tack changes. The ideal start then for the Milai Around The World team, who must have had a real confidence boost to be at the front of the fleet before they rounded the western tip of Groix and set a course for Tangier. Astern of them, the American and Dutch Class40s, Amhas and Sec Hayai, were evenly matched as they sped along the foot of the cliffs, putting on a fabulous show for the public out on the water, before heading offshore in second and third place respectively. A hotly contested start to proceedings then and a taste of what awaits the sailors in the planetary battle set to colour this first edition of the GLOBE40.

What an introduction then as, three years to the day since the GLOBE40 project was announced, on 11 June 2019, this epic adventure finally takes to the water in Lorient, kicking off this innovative round the world race on Class40 monohulls. Three years of relentless work to bring this course to life and build a close relationship with the towns and cities hosting the various legs that make up the course. Three years to forge strong links with the skippers from right around the world, who make up today's fine fleet. Three years where it has been necessary to overcome an unprecedented health crisis in a locked down world, and an ongoing international crisis. Three years to witness these experienced sailors head out to sea, bound for the Maghreb city in the Strait of Gibraltar, and the OFFICIAL START, which will see the Class40s doing battle across the many seas and oceans of the globe...

Related Articles

GLOBE40 Leg 5 set sail from Matavai Bay, Tahiti
The challenge of the Horn ahead Today at 15:00 hours local time (01:00 UTC Sunday 27 November), the GLOBE40 crews set sail on leg 5 in Matavai Bay to the north of the island of Tahiti, bound for the Argentinean stopover of Ushuaia via the legendary yet feared Cape Horn. Posted on 27 Nov
Globe40 Leg 4 Finish
Another finish full of suspense in Papeete The GLOBE40 has once again provided a suspenseful finish to leg 4 from Auckland to Papeete. The 34 minutes separating the top two finishers in Auckland after 7000 miles and 34 days at sea had not been forgotten. Posted on 11 Nov
Globe40: Bound for Bora Bora and Tahiti
This leg should take the crews 12 to 14 days to make the waters of French Polynesia. Stretching some 2,300 miles, this leg should take the crews 12 to 14 days to make the waters of French Polynesia, which is the largest maritime area in the world dependent on a single state spanning five archipelagos, 118 islands, and 5.5 million km2. Posted on 29 Oct
Gryphon Solo 2 and Whiskey Jack arrive in Auckland
The latest from the Globe40 Race in New Zealand The latest from the Globe40 Race in New Zealand. Posted on 19 Oct
Globe40 Leg 3 Finish
34 minute difference at the finish for 34 days at sea At 09.18 hours local time, it was the Dutch crew on Sec Hayai which took line honours and leg three victory in the GLOBE40 at the entrance to the Auckland Bay. Posted on 16 Oct
Sec Hayai wins Leg 3 Globe 40 in Auckland
Sec Hayai co-skippered by Frans Budel and Ysbrand Endt has won Leg 3 of the Global40 round the world Sec Hayai co-skippered by Frans Budel and Ysbrand Endt has won Leg 3 of the Global40 round the world race, which finished in Auckland mid-Sunday morning, local time. Posted on 16 Oct
Globe 40 duel on NZ coast
The lead boats in the Globe40 around the world race are making slow progress down the NZ coast. The lead boats in the Globe40 around the world race are making slow progress down the Northland coast. Just under 3nm separate the lead boats in the two-person around the world race. Posted on 15 Oct
Globe 40 duel in the Bass Strait
48 minutes separate the top two skippers after 5,495 miles raced It is an incredible duel that we are witnessing at the head of this first edition of the GLOBE40. After 5,495 miles covered from Mauritius, only 48 short minutes separated the first two competitors yesterday during their passage through the Baas Strait. Posted on 7 Oct
The Globe 40 reaches Cape Leeuwin
The 2nd Cape in the Round the World trilogy Yesterday, the Dutch crew on SEC HAYAI, Frans Budel and Ysbrand Endt, passed the longitude of Cape Leewin in south-west Australia, a 3,580-mile (6,630 km) sea passage from Mauritius, which took them 16 days and 12 hours. Posted on 30 Sep
Globe40 Race Leg 3 Start
From the Indian to the Pacific Ocean, another lengthy passage for the fleet Today saw the GLOBE40 crews take the start of the 3rd leg of the event; another substantial leg worth a coefficient 3, which will take the sailors on a journey of nearly 7,000 miles (13,000 km) from Mauritius to New Zealand, depending on the routing. Posted on 11 Sep