Exploring the Depths of Human Experience

Shiftboard Sponsors Ian Herbert-Jones in the 2022 Golden Globe Race

Ian’s Live Tracker

Latest Updates

April 12, 2023

We are so relieved to hear that Ian Herbert-Jones has made it safe and sound aboard the fishing vessel Zi Da Wang. We are grateful to all the personnel, ships, and agencies involved in his rescue. Ian, the Shiftboard team is extremely proud of you and is in awe of the repairs and conditions you were able to overcome in the race. Well done!

April 10, 2023

On day 217, a severe storm caused Puffin to roll over and dismast. Ian activated his distress alert button and his rescue is being coordinated. Stay strong, Ian, and keep safe until the rescue team arrives.

Mar 29, 2023

Repairs are completed and he’s off!

Mar 24, 2023

Ian cannot hand steer all the way back to France, so he made the decision to stop in Puerto Williams to effect repairs. He has been officially moved into Chichester Class, a designation for those who make a stopover or break the seal on their portable GPS. Even after experiencing grueling conditions, including frostbite, Ian isn’t ready to quit. The Shiftboard team is unbelievably proud of his accomplishments so far!

Mar 22, 2023

Sailing for several days in “biblical conditions,” Ian notified race control that he was “Code Orange,” but did not end up requiring assistance. Ian nevertheless carried on, displaying his signature vulnerability, humility, humor, and determination to get the job done. He ended up hand-steering to Cape Horn after experiencing severe damage to Puffin.

Ian race update

Feb 21, 2023

Ian is now one of only four skippers, and the Shiftboard team is cheering him on with every mile of his incredible journey.

Stay tuned, as Ian’s biggest challenge is still ahead. “Cape Horn is completely on my mind… I know it can get serious very quickly down there.”

Jan 10, 2023

“Thomas, Owen, boys I love you. Happy Birthday! Have a great day, have a great week, have a great year.”

“I’m looking forward to the Hobart Gate now. I’m, what, maybe 700 miles away?”

Nov 25, 2022

Ian is passing through the Cape of Good Hope this week! Here’s a shot of Puffin from the Cape Town photo gate. This is the halfway mark in terms of photo gates. Stay tuned for his weekly satellite calls, as the next time we’ll see Ian is at the photo gate in Storm Bay, Australia! Good luck to all the clippers still in the race as they enter the southern Indian Ocean and face the strong winds of the roaring forties.

Ian race update

Nov 21, 2022

“I’m making my porridge this morning, and I was thinking about Starbucks of all things, as you do, and it made me think about Seattle and my friends over there. Love to everybody in Seattle, at Shiftboard.” We’re cheering you on, Ian!

Nov 7, 2022

“The wind situation is terrible, but Ian and Puffin are OK, over.”

Oct 10, 2022

“All going well here, all good today!” Ian’s latest satellite call with race control is now streaming.

Sept 20, 2022

We’re happy to see Ian and Puffin looking swell at the Lanzarote film drop!

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Sept 4, 2022

Today is launch day! Please join us in a warm Shiftboard send-off as we wish Ian good luck and smooth sailing in this amazing endeavor.

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Aug 24, 2022

Check in with Ian! Learn more about Ian’s preparations for life at sea and the challenges he anticipates as a solo sailor.

Aug 15, 2022

Check in with Ian! Discover how he is planning for life at sea living on his 35-foot boat, Puffin.

July 28, 2022

Check in with Ian! From celestial navigation to sail training, discover how Ian is gearing up for the 2022 Golden Globe Race. Here we chat about Ian’s training for this amazing event.

July 8, 2022

We recently interviewed Ian about his preparations for the Golden Globe Race and will share snippets of our conversation with him throughout the summer. Here we chat with Ian about the unique aspects of this race and what motivated him to take on the challenge.

April 7, 2022

In the months leading up to his 9-month voyage at sea, Shiftboard will occasionally check in with Ian to learn what he’s planning for provisions or how he’s preparing for the loneliness or lack of sleep. If you’ve ever wondered about solo adventure sailing and what it takes to do it, here’s your chance to learn.

Once the race gets underway, we won’t have direct access to Ian anymore, however; we’ll continue to update this page with the stories Ian shares with the GGR team as he sails his way around the world.

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An Epic Adventure of Endurance

Shiftboard is proud to announce its sponsorship of former employee Ian Herbert-Jones and the 2022 Golden Globe Race.

Golden Globe Race Epic Adventure of Endurance

Ian’s boat, Puffin, is a Tradewind 35 designed by John Rock and built by H & T Marine in 1986

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.

We are delighted to support Ian and his passion for sailing, but we’re also honored to support his entry into a race that champions tenacity, integrity, and truth — some of the same values that drive our work as an organization. We’re very proud of Ian for taking on this endeavor, and we’ll be eagerly marking his progress every mile of this incredible journey.

– Sterling Wilson, CEO, Shiftboard

Meet Ian

Meet Ian Herbert-Jones

Ian takes a brief rest from the ongoing preparations needed to ensure Puffin is up to the task of crossing oceans

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 Route

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.

Golden Globe Race Route

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.

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