About Mike


Mike Golding OBE is one of the world’s most accomplished and successful offshore sailors. An IMOCA and FICO world champion, over two decades Mike has consistently achieved race winning performances in many of the most prestigious round the world and transoceanic races.


In 1994 Mike sailed the 67ft yacht Group 4 solo around the world – establishing a new world record for the fastest singlehanded circumnavigation East to West.


An unequivocal win of his third circumnavigation in 1996/7 with a mixed 21 strong team on the BT Global Challenge Round the World Race confirmed Mike’s world class reputation in both solo and fully crewed offshore sailing disciplines.


In 2007 Mike was awarded an OBE by The Queen for his services to sport (sailing).


During his career Mike has also raced 4 Vendee Globe round the world races – most recently in 2012/13, led the British Admiral’s Cup Team and campaigned for 2 years on the Extreme Sailing Series. He has established and holds numerous world records and awards – including the prestigious “Emile Robin” and “Royal Humane Society” awards following the successful rescue of fellow solo sailor Alex Thomson from his sinking yacht in a remote part of the Southern Ocean.


Mike’s passion for the oceans and sailing in all its forms is undiminished and he continues to develop new projects and challenges. As current Chair of “World Sailings” Sustainability Commission Mike supports initiatives that improve the sports environmental impact and he uses his unique experience and knowledge of the world’s oceans to reach and educate a wide non-sailor audience.


Current positions


  • Chairman World Sailing Sustainability Commission 2017 – present
  • President Little Ship Club, London 2017 – present
  • World Sailing (ex ISAF) Oceanic Advisory Board 2005 – present
  • Sea Cadet Corps Patron 2005 – present
  • Musto brand Ambassador 2001 – present
  • Mumm Cordon Rouge Club founding member 2005 present

Honours and Awards


  • Lifetime Achievement – Yachting Journalists Association – 2014
  • OBE 2007 for Services to Sport (sailing)
  • Royal Humane Society Silver Medal Award 2007
  • Thomas Grey Silver Medal 2007
  • Emile Robin Award – Shipwrecked Mariners Society Oct 2007
  • Velux 5 Oceans Outstanding Seamanship Award 2007
  • IMOCA World Champion 2005 and 2006
  • FICO World Champion 2006
  • Ocean Cruising Club Award of Merit 2006
  • Corinthian Yacht Club, Marblehead, MA, USA – Seamanship

World Records


  •  Fastest solo nonstop circumnavigation East to West
    • 161d 16h 35m 42s held from 1994 – 2001
  •  Fastest single-handed monohull crossing of South Pacific Ocean
    • 16 days 5 hours 26 minutes – set in 2005
  • Fastest single-handed monohull crossing of Indian Ocean
    • 14 days 2 hours 1 minute – set in 2004
  • Fastest  single-handed transatlantic crossing east-west
    • 12 days, 15 hours – set in 2004
  • Fastest Charleston USA – Cape Town (Around Alone/BOC race)
    • 34 days 18 Hours 54 Min – set in 1998
  • Fastest SNSM Saint –Nazaire to Saint-Malo
    • 1 day 8 hours 48 minutes 35 seconds – set in 2003
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Get in touch

    Mike Golding Yacht Racing Ltd
    World Sailing
    The Green Blue

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