Golden Globe Race Ltd, a company registered in the UK, is responsible for the organisation, management and promotion the 2018 Golden Globe Race in conjunction with Ocean Frontiers Pty Ltd and McIntyre Adventure Ltd. The Royal Nomuka Yacht Club in the Kingdom of Tonga is the Host Yacht Club.
Don McIntyre (CEO)
Don McIntyre (60) is the founder and Race Chairman of the 2018 Golden Globe Race, Don is an experienced circumnavigator and recognised as one of Australia’s greatest explorers. Passionate about all forms of adventure and inspiring others, this Race was born from his desire is to recreate the Golden Age of solo sailing.
Don finished 2nd in class in the 1990-91 BOC Challenge solo around the world yacht race. In 2012, he led the successful 4-man Talisker Bounty Boat Challenge to re-enact the Mutiny on the Bounty voyage from Tonga to West Timor in a similar boat and with same limited supplies available to Captain Bligh 221 years before.
For the past 20 years, Don has been leading annual expeditions to Antarctica.
The 2018 Golden Globe Race will be sailed under the auspices of the Royal Nomuka Yacht Club in the Kingdom of Tonga. His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Tupouto’a Ulukalala is Patron of the Race and plans to of ciate at the start of the Race in Falmouth.
Race founder Don McIntyre has close links with these Paci c islands. The Royal Nomuka Yacht Club is the world’s youngest Royal club, formed on 22nd October 2015 as part of a joint initiative between HRH The Crown Prince and McIntyre to establish a sailing base and adventure centre on the otherwise deserted island of Nomuka IKI to encourage Tongan youth to take up sailing as a sport and cultural activity.
Tonga is one of many Paci c Island nations directly impacted by the effects of climate change and rising sea levels. Situated on the southern tip of the Ha’Apai group of islands, the foreshore is under attack from coastal erosion, and the clubhouse (to be built in 2016) on Nomuka IKI will be only two meters above sea level. The Island is surrounded by some of the most diverse corals in the world and is also the home of Humpback whales and turtles, two species struggling to survive under human impacts in the changing environment.
250 years ago, Tongans ruled much of the Pacific thanks to their superb sailing skills in giant Vakas twin-hulled voyaging canoes that left even Captain Cook impressed and amazed by their ability to sail to windward. Now there are virtually no sailing canoes in Tonga, so McIntyre is launching a programme to build and reintroduce the lost art of Vaka sailing to the youth of Tonga.