Congratulations Mike Golding
(Source: Future Fibres) After 88 days, six hours and 36 minutes at sea, legendary British skipper Mike Golding completed his third Vendée Globe solo round the world race and his sixth circumnavigation of the planet!
Crossing the line at Les Sables d’Olonne in sixth place, just hours behind French rival Jean Le Cam, Golding entered the record books – becoming the first sailor to ever finish three Vendée Globe races.
The latest edition of the race was Golding’s fourth attempt at the Vendee. Following successful campaigns in 2001 and 2005, Golding was forced to retire during the 2008 race due to damage to his mast.
This time round saw no repeat of his previous troubles and his Future Fibres mast and boom package performed perfectly, as Mike himself commented shortly after crossing the line:
“We had a fantastic Future Fibres mast on the boat. It is the first Vendée Globe race, in fact the first round the world race that I haven’t had to go up the mast and that is the acid test. If I don’t have to go up the mast, that is a magnificent success for the mast maker and the rigging maker and the people that prepared that mast and I owe them a debt of gratitude because I hate going up the mast so thank you very much for a Vendée Globe free of climbing.”
Golding was the first to choose a state-of-the-art, Open 60 mast from Future Fibres’ new Spars division back in November 2011 and his latest achievement demonstrates the speed by which Future Fibres has become a major player in the mast industry, as Future Fibres’ founder Tom Hutchinson concludes:
“It’s an incredible achievement and the whole team here in Valencia couldn’t be happier for him. Mike has had a longstanding relationship with Future Fibres so it was great that Gamesa was the first Open 60 to fully buy into our vision for driving the industry forward and understand what we wanted to achieve. Mike saw that the team we had in place made the risk of choosing a new supplier worth it and we are understandably pleased we have been able to prove him right.
Mike is an incredible sailor and one of the nicest guys to work with so we are already looking forward to working with him again on his next challenge…whatever it might be!”