Doldrums to shuffle solo standings

Published on November 9th, 2023

Because of the pursuit start for the 2023-24 Global Solo Challenge, it is necessary to interpret the tracker as the lead boat is the lead boat because they started first. Racing around the world takes time, and it may take time for the fastest boats to make up for their later starting slot.

For now, first starter Dafydd Hughes (GBR) on his S&S 34 Bendigedig continues to lead the field as the lone entry in the Indian Ocean, but the fourth starter in the 18-boat field – Philippe Delamare’s Actual 46 Mowgli – will be next to enter the southern oceans.

The largest group of starters on the 29th of October that included Class40s, an Open 50, and a ULDB 65 found ideal trade winds conditions after their tough upwind start. This group of offshore racers has been paced by Cole Brauer (USA) and her Class40 which has covered as much as 273 miles in 24 hours.

However, the wheel of fortune is about to change as this group will slow their pace as they tradewinds fade near the equator. To keep it interesting, the race maintains virtual results which expects for Mowgli to hold the lead and Bendigedig to regain second place which had been conceded to the hot rods driven by Brauer and the Open 50 sailed by Ronnie Simpson (USA).

Here are the remaining starters:

Race detailsEntry listStart timesTracking

The inaugural Global Solo Challenge 2023-24 seeks to be a budget-friendly solo, non-stop race around the world. Using a pursuit format for the 2023-24 race, entrants from 34 to 70 feet will depart between August 26 to January 6 from A Coruña, Spain, with the first boat to return deemed the winner.

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