This past weekend in France, a huge crowd gathered on the beach, in the seaside town of Les Sables d’Olonne,  for the awards ceremony honoring the sailors who competed in the 2022 Golden Globe solo round-the-world sailing race. The race began and ended there after sailors circled the planet in small boats. Out of 16 entrants, 3 finished the race.

At the top of the list: Kirsten Neuschafer, the South African contender who became the first woman to complete and win the grueling non-stop race, after 235 days at sea, during which she backtracked for over a day to rescue a fellow competitor whose boat sank.

Photo credit: Image of Kirsten Neuschafer on the awards stage in Les Sables d’Olonne. Photo courtesy PPL Photo Agency, Tim Bishop/GGR/PPL

Note: Many thanks to Don McIntyre, Golden Globe Race founder and chairman, for permission to use GGR awards ceremony audio, and to Lennie Gallant for permission to use his song, “Minnehaha,” in this podcast.