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Mike Golding / Gamesa

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The Owen Clarke/Clay Oliver designed Open 60 Gamesa (formerly Ecover 3) underwent major optimisation work in September 2011. Gamesa has a lighter classic rig and modified to reduce weight and make it more suited to solo sailing. She has already competed in the Transat Jacques Vabrethree times (5th in 2007, 3rd in 2009 and 9th in 2011) and participated in the 2008 Vendée Globe.

Former name: Ecover 3
Designers: Owen Clarke Design LLP / Clay Oliver
Construction: Hakes Marine Construction
Launch date: August 2007
Length: 18.26 m
Beam: 5.8 m
Draught: 4.5 m
Displacement (weight): 8 tons
Centreboards: 2
Mast height: 27.3 m
Keel blade: Carbon
Sail area upwind: 300 sq metres
Sail area downwind: 580 sq metres


Nationality :
Résidence : Southampton, Hampshire (UK)
Age : 52
Boat : Gamesa
Website : http://www.mikegolding.com/ - http://www.mikegolding.com/fr/
Vendée Globe Wins and Performances : This will be his fourth entry in the Vendée Globe (7th in 2000/01 and 3rd in 2004/05, retired in 2008-2009)

A three-time World Champion, Mike Golding is a former career fire-fighter, who turned to professional sailing following his dominating campaign and overall win in the BT Global Challenge 1996/7, a crewed round the World race.
He has subsequently achieved podium positions in premier sailing events including the Vendée Globe, The Transat, the DefiAtlantique, the Route du Rhum, The Transat Jacques Vabre and the Calais Round Britain.

The first person to have raced round the World in both direction

Golding has held and holds several World records, including being the first person to have raced round the World in both directions. He is known as the ‘King of the South’ having set many speed records in the Southern Ocean. In 2007, Mike was awarded the OBE for services to sport (sailing) after being crowned FICO World Champion (2006)  and IMOCA World Champion twice ( 2005 & 2006 ). Renowned for his tough mental attitude (he describes himself as ‘dogged and stubborn’)he is feared by his competitors for his abilities in extreme conditions and innate sense of seamanship.In 2006, Golding abandoned his race in theVelux 5 Oceans solo round the World race to turn into the prevailing winds and currents in the Southern Ocean to rescue his competitor, Alex Thomson (GBR). Following a testing transfer of Alex to Mike’s boat, a second devastating blow came when the boat subsequently dismasted and the pair had to sail under jury rig to South Africa. In the 2008 Vendée Globe, Golding was leading the race at the midway stage in the Southern Ocean, when the boat was dismasted, Mike retired from the race and sailed under jury rig to Perth, Australia.
A partnership with Gamesa, the global technology leader in the wind industry, announced in June 2011 gave Golding the chance to realise his ambition of one last shot at the pinnacle of solo ocean racing, the Vendée Globe.


Wins and Performances

4th B to B Transat

Race Record SNSM
Retired Velux 5 Oceans

2nd Calais Round Britain race

Winner The Transat

3rd Calais Round Britain race

2nd Route du Rhum

3rd The Transat

Two-time winner Artemis Challenge (2010 & 2012)
3 Vendée Globe (7th in 2001, 3rd in 2005, retired in 2008)
7 Transat Jacques Vabre (3rd in 1999, 2nd in 2001, 3th in 2003, 4th in 2004, 5th in 2007, 3rd in 2009, 9th in 2011)

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