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Ian Herbert-Jones

Ian Herbert-Jones

Skipper, Golden Globe Race 2022, a 30,000 mile non-stop solo circumnavigation

The Golden Globe Race is a challenge like no other. Competitors taking part will find themselves alone for close to 300 days at sea, with no outside assistance. They’ll race through some of the world’s most hostile environments with the same technology as the skippers taking part in the inaugural 1968 edition of the race. 

It's not for the feint of heart. In fact, more people have climbed to the summit of Mount Everest than have completed a circumnavigation of the globe under sail.

And Ian Herbert-Jones will be one more to try.

Having always traveled extensively for his work in the British Army, jumping on and off planes, expecting to be on the far side of the world in just a few hours, is just another day at the office for Ian. And now being at sea, moving only with the power of the wind helps Ian readjust to a more human pace.

Ian shared, “I’ve probably never spent more than 24 hours in my own company, but strangely that aspect of the race doesn’t worry me.  I know the Golden Globe is going to be all about endurance, both physical and mentally, but the best piece of advice I’ve been given so far is that it’s simply about doing fewer things wrong.”

The motto of his old Army unit Arte et Marte, By Skill and By Fighting, certainly seems appropriate now for this race.