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Old 18-08-2018, 08:45   #1
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Multihulls Excluded 50th anniversary GGR

I've been following the 2018 Golden Globe anniversary race intended to mimic the original in boat types from that era. Most of the contestants in the original race were monohulls, several ketches, as well as sloops and cutters. Nigel Tetley, who should have been the winner had he not driven his boat Victress to destruction believing Donald Crowhurst to be ahead of him, was sailing a 40 foot plywood ketch rigged trimaran named Victress, and the notorious Donald Crowhurst, who merely pretended to be in the race while hanging about the South Atlantic, and ultimately committed suicide rather than face the shame of being found out was sailing Tiegenmouth Electron, also a 40 foot ketch rigged trimaran.


Both boats had structural issues, but never the less the 2018 GGR should NOT have excluded multihulls true to the era (1968).


Approaching South Africa, there have been a several failures of steering and self steering systems, clearly one of the weak points of sailboats in general.


For those who are not following this, here is a URL where you can read about the skippers, and their boats, race progress, and general news:
https://goldengloberace.com/ggr/


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