The UK’s Mike Golding has been a major feature in offshore racing since he left firefighting and won the BT Global Challenge back in 1997. He’s accumulated more than 250,000 miles offshore as well as numerous records, including the first person in history to sail solo both ways round the world. Mike also grabbed the headlines with his daring rescue of Alex Thomson from his sinking Hugo Boss deep in the Southern Ocean in the 2006 Vendee Globe, and he was one of the founding members of IMOCA and served for years as the head of the organization’s Technical Committee.
Golding and long time sponsor Ecover parted ways two years ago while he refocused his efforts towards what he says will be his last shot at the Vendee Globe, and it seems that rebranding his Open 60 with Spanish wind power company Gamesa is good luck with Mike battling for third place in a Transat Jacques Vabres fleet full of newer, faster boats. Enjoy this ten-minute chat with one of the enduring English heroes of solo ocean racing.