An Australian adventurer who happens to love sailing is not only entering the 2018 Golden Globe Race (GGR) but is sailing half way round the world to make the start line.
Shane Freeman, 61 will be completing nearly 45,000 miles at sea after making his way to Falmouth, UK and finishing the next Golden Globe Race along with 29 other sailors.
The solo circumnavigation from Melbourne to the South Coast of England is a challenging journey on its own as Shane is currently making his way to Cape Horn, on to the Falkland Islands and then northwards across the Atlantic Ocean to the UK.
Making up the 30 sailors to enter the 2018 event which starts on 16 June, Shane joins fellow Australians Mark John Sinclair and Kevin Farebrother onboard his Tradewind 35 cruiser Mushka.
The 2018 GGR event marks the 50th anniversary of the very first race which started in 1968 with nine men and which ended with only one of them finishing the race. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston was the first man to sail single handed and non-stop around the world between 14th June 1968 and 22nd April 1969.
While Mr. Freeman is an experienced offshore sailor and is entering for the personal challenge of the race he will set sail with adventurers, professional sailors plus a farmer, teacher, engineer and architect from France, Norway, USA, UK, Italy, Ireland, Brazil, Russia, Palestine, Switzerland and Estonia.
Due to arrive by the end of May, 2017 there will be time for Shane and Mushka to rest, repair and begin the journey of getting ready for the GGR and a further 30,000 miles ahead of them.
You can follow Shane on his journey here – www.freemansailing.com