Boatshed team members travelled to Les Sables d'Olonne for the GGR prize giving and awarded the Boatshed 5000 GBP to Jean-Luc van den Heede for the fastest boat in the 2018 Golden Globe Race.

The £5000 GBP Boatshed prize matches the original award that all competitors raced for 50 years ago. The whole idea of the race is mirror the 1968 race with no reliance on technology, to "keep it authentic", so the £5000 GBP prize is a great example of this philosophy.

Thousands of people attended the open air presentation in Les Sables d’Olonne where Boatshed Founder Neil Chapman's mum presented a giant cheque to Jean-Luc van den Heede.

My mum (Barbara Chapman below) has been following the GGR race tracker for months so she was very keen to award the £5000 prize to the winner

Neil Chapman from Boatshed

From left to right - Dr Peter Chapman, Jean-Luc van den Heede, Barbara Chapman

The results were as follows :

Prize winners

WINNER GGR 2018 - Jean-Luc van den Heede (FRA) Matmut 211D 23H 12M
Suhaili timber perpetual model and trophy model
RALF TECH Winners’ £5000 winners purse

2nd: Mark Slats (NED) Ohpen Maverick 216D 00H 18M
Trophy model of Suhaili

3rd: Uku Randmaa (EST) One and All 254D 18H 40M
Trophy model of Suhaili
1st Corinthian (Unsponsored) entry trophy

4th :Istvan Kopar (USA/HUN) 264D 01H 38M
Last finisher by Prize Giving

Susie Goodall (GBR):
Kay Kottee Trophy for First Woman in 2018 GGR

Tapio Lehtinen (FIN):
McIntyre Adventure Spirit of GGR Trophy

New Dismasting/heavy weather report

Obviously the GGR has had it's share of dramas and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has published a new report on lessons learned from dismastings. Anyone venturing offshore will find the document very interesting and you can download a copy here

2022 GGR skippers

Boatshed are excited about continuing their support of the GGR and new skippers for 2022 are already signed up with entries from 10 Countries;
7 British, 3 Australian, 2 France, 2 American, 1 Austria, 1 Canada, 1 Irish, 1 Italy, 1 New Zealand, 1 Norway.

Boatshed Globe

Race organiser Don Mcintyre awarded Neil Chapman from Boatshed a special Golden Globe Race trophy for the work and support that Boatshed have given to the organisers during the event.

In addition to the prize money our tech team and HQ team have been working with Don and his team on a range of technical and logistics missions, the GGR guys are a great team and fantastic fun to work with!

Neil Chapman