I have always dreamed of sailing, in a solo race around the world and when the affordable Golden Globe Race turned up I just had to go for it.
The boat I chose is a Saltram Saga 36. I was happy with its performance in the GGR22, even though I could have reduced weight by removing unneeded items like the firewood, fire, and overstocking with food and other supplies.
The Aries is the best self steering system in my opinion and will use it again in the GGR26. I am in contact with the Aries team in Holland and will most likely bring a full spare with me for the next race.
I am working on being able to change it at sea using two spinnaker booms over the stern as a crain. The challenge of this race is not the lack of technology, but the long time alone out in the deep without being able to get parts when needed. It is most important to keep the deck free of unnecessary items, to avoid wind pollution.
As part of my preparation for the GGR 22, I sailed over 14,000nm and in the GGR22 sailed as far as Cape Town and was up with the leaders even though the last 12,000nm was only using sheet to tiller and hand steering. I got one full knockdown and a few close to about 80 degrees.
One problem this showed up is that one bank of batteries under the starboard quarter bunk got wet, I will move these to a better place. I have a few changes to the mast & rigging.
We are allowed to carry nine sails in the race, I was so happy with the sails that Rolly Tasker supplied. Had four Spinnakers, but most likely will use three spinnakers in the GGR26 and bring an extra jib. I have quite a long list of jobs that I am working on.