The Golden Age of fully crewed ocean racing around the world seems a distant memory.

Huge budgets and elite professionals racing custom carbon yachts that 'fly' on €800,000 foils steered by sophisticated autopilots, not sailors, where shore teams via satellite are making tactical decisions is the new norm. Technology moves so fast, that sailors the world over, while marvelling at these advances, have been left behind and look back fondly at the Corinthian days of the 1973 Whitbread Race and dream.

A time when adventurous sailors put together their own fun campaigns, skippers and crew made all decisions and where the simple fleet was evenly matched. A time when budget played a small part, technology was minimal and humans dared to achieve.

Well it’s time for a reality check. Time to step back, slow down, take a deep breath and go. 

Following the hugely successful 50th Anniversary Golden Globe Race in 2018, McIntyre Adventure is proud to announce a 50th anniversary celebration of that first fully crewed round the world race. The retro Ocean Globe Race (OGR) will take to the high seas in 2023, following the same route as the Clipper ships and the inaugural 1973 Whitbread Race in similar affordable yachts.

The Ocean Globe Race is the future of accessible round the world ocean yacht racing for any sailor. The opportunity returns after nearly 30 years and is set to inspire and capture the imagination of sailors and passionate followers the world over.

Turning the tide for ordinary sailors with a dream.

Don McIntyre
Ocean Globe Race Founder
1st July 2019

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Nakamal Sailing

Shot during a training session in Marseille Harbour, Nakamal and her crew are entrants in the OGR Adventure Class.

Video by Romuald Sintes and Viken Avedissian.

Skippers: Arnaud Lizop and Valerie Fumat.

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