Jeremy Bagshaw is preparing to take on one of the biggest adventures of his life

Follow Jeremy's preparations for the Golden Globe Race 2020


The Golden Globe Race: 35 sailors ... 30,000 miles ... non-stop ... alone ... no outside assistance.

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You are invited to follow along with Jeremy as he posts his updates and keeps a diary of this #GGR2022 preparations right here on this blog.

The Boat - Olleanna

Olleanna is no stranger to the Golden Globe Race as she was entered into the Golden Globe Race in 2018 by Norwegian Skipper Are Wiig.

The Skipper - Jeremy Bagshaw

I am a life long sailor having been introduced to the sport by my father at the tender age of 6. I graduated through various dinghies from Optimists to Lasers and Fireballs.

Updates & blog posts from Jeremy

My new crewman arrived, in a box….

March 12, 2020

Probably the most important piece of equipment a solo sailor can take with him is his self steering gear. This vital piece of equipment will be the sailor’s First Mate and helmsman 24 hours a day, every single day for close to ten months! It steers the boat in all but the calmest weather. The …

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St Helena Race – December 2020

March 5, 2020

How to change a boat’s name….

February 18, 2020

According to legend, there are certain rituals and procedures to be followed when changing the name of a ship or a yacht, and failure to do this correctly would lead to bad luck! However, if done correctly, and with respect for the old name, this can be avoided! Click the link below for an insight …

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Some thoughts on “big weather”…..

February 17, 2020

The South African Coast has experienced some pretty intense weather during the early days of October. Durban was hit by the exceptionally strong winds and torrential rain associated with a coastal “cut-off low”. Earlier in the same week, the Cape Peninsula was blasted by a North Westerly winter gale.  A sailor who decided to put …

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The Wishlist

January 29, 2020

Being a ‘retro’ race, acquiring all the items needed to comply with the race rules is not as simple as walking into a chandlery and ordering them! I may not take any electronic items on board at all, with the exception of a digital camera (as long as it does not have GPS capability!) So …

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The Program

January 29, 2020

January – April 2020: Refitting and getting seaworthy. Reconditioning of motor Repairs to and re-building of interior modules Sourcing and fitting of equipment permitted for the GGR 2022, SSB Radio, weatherfax etc Sourcing and fitting of windvane  Sourcing and fitting additional charging systems Sourcing all safety equipment necessary for the GGR 2022 May – December …

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The Race

January 29, 2020

The race is essentially a ‘retro’ event and the boats that the competitors may use have to conform to some basic design traits in order to keep the event true to it’s format. The LOA (or Length Overall) has to be between 32’ and 36’ (9.75m and 10.97m) It must have a full keel (as …

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The Boat

January 29, 2020

I have selected a boat called an OE 32. The OE 32 was designed by a Swede called Olle Enderlein in 1971 and between 1973 and 1993, 200 of these beautiful double-enders were built in Sweden and Denmark. My boat’s name is Olleanna.  Olleanna is no stranger to the Golden Globe Race as she was …

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The Skipper

January 29, 2020

I am a life long sailor having been introduced to the sport by my father at the tender age of 6. I graduated through various dinghies from Optimists to Lasers and Fireballs. After years of competitive dinghy sailing, my first introduction to offshore racing was as crew on a Lavranos designed Charger 33, an IOR …

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More about the race

"I think this Golden Globe Race is a wonderful idea. Why dream of it and never do it. This is a challenge that has been created to achieve that dream."

- Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

A note on selling SY Jerrican and amalgamating my old blog with this blog:

The original Jerrican has sold and gone to a wonderful new owner who is an experienced sailor! Together they will be doing some exciting cruising under the boat’s new name of Faros. Faros is Greek for ‘lighthouse’ and is a lovely nod to the new owner’s heritage and a most appropriate name for a sturdy and dependable sailing companion?

And so to the future for me; click this link and see what I’ve signed up for:

In the process of selling the old boat, and buying the new one for the #GGR2022 I was reminded once again how life is filled with surprises and changing plans. Jerrican was going to be my last boat, ever. But here I am, preparing and restoring Olleana. So, as we change boats and boats change names, I figured a good way of keeping the story and history in one place, is to do it under my own name, Jeremy Bagshaw.

This blog will host all the archived blogs from SYJerrican as well as progress updates in the form of new posts on the GGR preparations. All in one place.

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