GGR 2022: Time Until Ian’s Departure
An Epic Adventure of Endurance
Shiftboard is proud to announce its sponsorship of former employee Ian Herbert-Jones and the 2022 Golden Globe Race.
The Golden Globe Race (GGR) entails sailing solo, non-stop, around the world. The participating sailors attempt this circumnavigation with only the equipment available in the 60’s when the race was initially created — that means no modern navigation electronics on board! They’ll be covering 30,000 miles over the course of 200+ days using celestial navigation.
Considered the longest sporting event in the world, GGR is a powerful exploration into the depths of human endurance, creativity, and courage.
While the race officially classifies Ian as an “amateur adventure sailor,” he is highly experienced at sea. Ian has logged over 40,000 sailing miles in the last 25 years, and in 2008 he completed the famous Clipper Round-the-World Yacht Race. Ian currently lives in the UK with his wife and three teenage children.
When Ian officially entered the GGR last year, he served as chief revenue officer at Shiftboard. But as preparations for the race gained momentum, he asked to transition his full-time role at Shiftboard to a more flexible, advisory position.
“Shiftboard’s support has been essential to fulfilling this dream, and it says a lot about the company and its values,” acknowledged Herbert-Jones. “I was fortunate to work for an employer who recognized, respected, and supported me as an individual — which includes my aspirations outside of work.”
Ian’s epic adventure gets underway on September 4, 2022. Starting in Les Sables d’Olonne, a seaside town in Western France, 24 skippers of 12 different nationalities will embark on a 200+ day voyage around the globe.
The route will head south and maintain an eastward trajectory following along the five Great Capes before racing up the Atlantic to the finish line back in France. Four rendezvous gates are planned along the way: Lanzarote, Spain; Cape Town, South Africa; Hobart, Australia; and Punta del Este, Uruguay. These gates will allow Ian to hand off recorded videos and photos without docking or contacting anyone. In this way, he can share updates about his incredible adventure, and we can keep track of his latest stories.
Read more about the Golden Globe Race.