countdown to start of 2022 golden globe race

In 2022 Ian Herbert-Jones and his Tradewind 35 “Puffin” will set off on what is probably the toughest round the world race. Ian and Puffin (and their electrical system) will face brutal conditions during the 30 000-mile Non-Stop solo circumnavigation.

Puffin has already proven herself by completing the race in 2018 but not without electrical problems.  In August I visited Puffin in Pwllheli to checkout the old electrical system, the batteries were destroyed, and the wiring had suffered badly. Of course, the problem is that electricity and seawater are not the best of friends, and in the race the two tend to meet each other on a regular basis.  During my visit we discussed the best way of designing a robust system and we came up with a plan.

The key points are shown below and as the project develops you will be able to follow links to find out more. 

  • Battery Technology.

  • System Redundancy. (Primary, Secondary & Critical Systems)

  • Waterproofing the system.

  • Switch Panel Design.

  • Power Generation.

  • The high-tech bit for our benefit.

  • Ian’s nice to have special request.

During the next two years we will not only develop, design, and install the system but remotely monitor every aspect of the electrical system during the qualifying period including the transatlantic Twostar race next year. This will enable us to fine tune and make any changes to the system prior to the GGR2022


The timetable is a bit vague just now, but it will look a little like this.

Autumn 2020:                    Design and testing of the system.
Winter 2020/2021:            Instalation of the electrical system at Whitehaven Marina.
Spring 2021:                      Twostar race.
4th September 2022         Start of Golden Globe Race.


Victron Energy have kindly offered to supply the equipment free of charge, and UK Marine Electronics will be designing and installing the system free of charge.


You will be able to follow the project as it progresses here, and we welcome comments and suggestions throughout the process.

If you have a spare hour  take a look at the video below. It gives a fascinating insight into Robin Knox Johnson and the start of the Golden Globe challenge. 

  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • LinkedIn Social Icon

© 2020 by UK Marine Electronics Ltd: Whitehaven: Cumbria