Mike Golding / Gamesa
That very British touch
Without them, the Vendée Globe would not be quite the same. Since the event was created, fifteen British sailors, including three women have set sail from Les Sables-d’Olonne. They have made it to the podium on three occasions, but have…
Riou taking Le Cam aboard for the Rolex Fastnet Race
Vincent Riou and Jean Le Cam are going to be attempting to win back their title this weekend in the Rolex Fastnet Race. The two sailors will be battling it out once again in the English Channel and Celtic Sea aboard PRB alongside seven other IMOCA…
Exceptional awards ceremony
Last night evening, on the main beach in Les Sables d’Olonne, François Gabart, the skipper of MACIF received his trophy from the President of the General Council, Bruno Retailleau. As for the ten other skippers who have finished the race,…
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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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