Fewer than 100 people have sailed solo nonstop around the world while 556 people have been in space and around 6,000 people have climbed Everest.
The Golden Globe Race 2022 will begin on 4th September when 35 sailors depart Les Sables-d’Olonne and aim to sail solo, non-stop around the world, via the five Great Capes and return to Les Sables-d’Olonne. The sponsorship agreement will see Pat’s boat re-named as Green Rebel.
Pat Lawless, a carpenter and former fisherman from Kerry will be the only Irish competitor. Pat is 65 years of age and has been sailing all his life. Pat is following in the footsteps of his father who sailed around the world at the age of 70. He will also be raising money to help fund the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland as part of the race.
Pat said: “This race is a part of sailing history and I cannot wait to get started. There have been 11 solo non-stop sailing races around the world. The first original Golden Globe Race was won by Sir Robert Knox-Johnson, an Englishman. All the other ten races were won by the French. We need to get Ireland on this list. “I am delighted that Green Rebel has decided to join me as the main corporate sponsor for this race”
“This race is all about survival and arrival and I believe I have a better chance of finishing this race than anyone. I am delighted to have an ambitious, indigenous Irish company like Green Rebel behind me, and I hope I can make them proud.”
CEO of Green Rebel, Kieran Ivers said: “This is a fantastic moment for Ireland as Pat sets out on his adventures. Something like this takes bravery, skill and determination and we are thrilled that Green Rebel can support him as he sets off on the Golden Globe Race.”
“Ireland has the opportunity to be a global leader in the offshore wind sector but it will take ambition and courage to make this happen, values that Pat has in abundance. We are excited to follow his journey as he seeks to do what no Irish person has before.”
Over the course of the Golden Globe Yacht Race sailors will sail 30,000 nautical miles across some of the most dangerous seas in the world, with the race expected to take between 7 and 11 months to complete. The competitors will not be permitted to use modern technology and can only use items that were available in 1968, the competitors are also responsible for bringing their own supplies such as food and water on board. They will also not be able to communicate with family and friends during their time at sea . This is the third time the Golden Globe Race has taken place and in previous years many competitors failed to complete the race.