Exactly 50 years to the day that Sir Robin Knox-Johnston returned to Falmouth UJK after 312 days at sea to become the first man to sail solo non-stop around the Globe, 73-year old Frenchman Jean-Luc Van Den Heede was crowned winner of the second Golden Globe Race in Les Sables d'Olonne, France.

And all but two of Van Den Heede's rivals made the pilgrimage to the Race finish port to applaud his performance in besting Sir Robin's original circumnavigation by 100 days aboard his Rustler 36 Matmut. 5th placed Finnish skipper Tapio Lehtinen is still more than 2,000 miles from the finish, but made a live satellite call broadcast to the thousands of spectators thronged the open-air seafront presentation. "I'm maximising on my entry fee for this race and enjoying every minute of the Race." he joked.

Sir Robin also joined the celebrations via a live link from Falmouth to congratulate everyone, saying that their efforts have inspired so many people around the world to challenge themselves in this and other adventures.

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Already, 20 sailors from 10 Countries have signed up to compete in the next Golden Globe Race slated to start on 4th September 2022, and many more have expressed an interest to compete.

1 John Clarke (47) GBR - Nicholson 32 MKX 2 Ian Herbert Jones (49) GBR - Tradewind 35 3 Guy Waites (52) GBR 4 Ertan Beskardes (57) GBR - Rustler 36 5 Simon Curwen (60) GBR - Biscay 36 6 Robin Davie (67) GBR - Rustler 36 7 Confidenial GBR 8 Arnaud Gaist (47) FRA Barbican 33 MKII (long keel version) 9 Confidential FRA 10 Guy deBoer (63) USA 11 Doug Dean JOHNSON (53) USA - Rustler 36 12 Matthew Wright (49) AUS 13 Michael Date (57) AUS Aries 32 14 Confidenial AUS 15 Michael Guggenberger (41) AUT - Endurance 35 16 Gaurav Shinde (32) CAN 17 Pat Lawless (62) IRE Saga 36 18 Guido Cantini (50) ITA Vancouver 34 19 Confidenial NZL - Rustler 36 20 Confidenial NOR

Total: 10 Country, 7 British, 3 Australian, 2 France, 2 American, 1 Austria, 1 Canada, 1 Irish, 1 Italy, 1 New Zealand, 1 Norway. 12 with Boats already."

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston also published his long awaited Report considering the tessons learned from sailing small yachts in extreme conditions including the 5 dismastings suffered during the 2018 GGR.

Ertan Beskardes (GBR) Rustler 36 Lazy Otter Kevin Farebrother (AUS) Tradewind 35 Sagarmatha Nabil Amra (PAL) Biscay 36 Liberty II Philippe Péché (FRA) Rustler 36 PRB Antoine Cousot (FRA) Biscay 36 Métier Intérim Are Wiig (NOR) OE32 Olleanna Abhilash Tomy (IND) Suhaili replica Thuriya Gregor McGuckin (IRE) Biscay 36 Hanley Energy Endurance Francesco Cappelletti (ITA) Endurance 35 007 Loïc Lepage (FRA) Nicholson 32 Laaland Susie Goodall (GBR) Rustler 36 DHL Starlight Mark Sinclair (AUS) Lello 34 Coconut

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