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Joshua and Suhaili unite in Les Sables d'Olonne

 
Bernard Moitessier’s yacht Joshua and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s Suhaili unite in Les Sables d'Olonne

The crew of Bernard Moitessier's famous yacht JOSHUA tie up alongside Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's yacht SUHAILI in Les Sables d'Olonne for only the second time in history since both boats competed against each other in the first Sunday Times Golden Globe Race back in 1968/69.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston became the first man to sail solo non-stop around the Globe.

Bernard Moitessier rounded Cape Horn 19 days behind Suhaili and decided to continue east and make a second loop of the southern ocean 'to save my soul'.

In an historic moment, the two classic yachts will mark opposite ends of the start line when Sir Robin fires a canon from the deck of Suhaili at Noon on Sunday 1st July to start the 2018 Golden Globe Race.

Eighteen sailors representing 13 Countries will then set out from Les Sables d’Olonne to recreate the golden age of sailing.

They will navigate their way around the globe just as Knox-Johnston and Moitessier did in 1968/9 using sextants, paper charts wind-up chronometers and a weather eye on their barometers.

Unlike Suhaili which is not listed on Britain’s Historic Ships registry because she is 18cm short of their minimum length requirements, Joshua is listed as a French treasure, and lovingly maintained as a 'living artefact' by the ‘Friends of Joshua’ Association to give the public the opportunity to experience sailing on her.

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