1985/86 was the 4th edition of the race and the legendary Peter Blake, skipper of Lion New Zealand, was back for the fourth time – he came 2nd overall and returned in the following race and finally won overall on Steinlager II.
Tracy Edwards made her debut as part of the paying crew onboard Bob Salmon’s Norsk Data GB and famously went on to skipper the first all female crew on board Maiden for the 1989/90 race, surprising many cynics by winning two of the three Southern Ocean legs in Division D. Maiden, thanks to Tracy Edwards reviving her, have gone on to sail for thousands of miles as the Maiden Factor raising awareness for girls’ education and when she heard about the #OGR23, she signed up immediately.
1985 was also the year that Rock star Simon Le Bon’s Drum lost her keel and capsized during the qualifying Fastnet Race. The damage was immense but they were able to make the start line. They finished 8th overall, 24 hours ahead of Equity & Law and 8m longer.
As for Equity & Law (our chosen vessel for the OGR), they had a great race, most notably coming 2nd place in the third leg between Auckland and Punta del Este. Finishing 9th overall after 123 days at sea, Equity & Law finished without a single failure to the yacht while other boats broke masts, lost rudders, damaged hulls etc.
L’Esprit d’Equipe won that race overall, the first time France had won and is again taking part in the Ocean Globe Race 2023 within the Flyer Class.