One of France's prominent offshore sailors, Philippe Péché, has covered over 300,000 nautical milles within his racing career, from monohulls to giant multihulls only to find out that the sky is his limit. Philippe, now embarks on a retro-race around the world starting in June 2018.
Back in 2015, when Philippe got-wind that a 2nd edition of the Golden Globe Race was planned for 2018, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's finish in 1969. Philippe signed up to become a challenger without thinking twice; however, this race is like no other and entails a difficult solo journey.
Notorious for being the original inspiration of the Vendée Globe Race, The Golden Globe Race reverts back to the traditional methods of sailing, where technology and communication was limited and contestants relied on the use a sextant for navigation and 35mm film to document their voyage.
After selecting a Rustler 36, both Philippe and his father decided on naming the boat Grégal by continuing their family's tradition. The fit-out started straight-away once the boat arrived at the base camp in La Trinité Sur Mer, France. Team Grégal finished the fit-out in November 2016, in time for the departure of the current Vendée Globe Race.
Sixteen months till Philippe crosses the start line and there is still so much preparation that needs to be done including the construction of the sails, buying and storing equipment and food to suffice 300 days at sea.
Team Grégal is now a collective created by supporters to aid Philippe achieve success in this 2nd edition of the Golden Globe Race by organising presentation nights, at yacht clubs all around the world, to promote his candidature and the awareness of traditional sailing.
To make it to the starting line, Team Grégal are looking for support, not only with time but also with funds hence why we starting a crowdfunding campaign to set-up a donation source to join Philippe's journey.
Please visit the donation campaign on GoFundMe and share your contribution or thoughts with us.