Mike Golding (born 27 August 1960) is an English yachtsman, born in Great Yarmouth and educated at Reading Blue Coat School. He is one of the few yachtsmen to have raced round the world non stop in both directions. He held the solo record for sailing round the world westabout (the most challenging direction for circumnavigation) between 1994 and 2000.
Golding, who was named president of the Little Ship Club in 2017 and is a member of Royal Southampton Yacht Club, is the eponymous co founder of the commercial company Mike Golding Yacht Racing Ltd. His partner in this venture was Jorgen Philip-Sorensen (d.2010).
Golding led the team Group 4 to second place in the British Steel Challenge in 1992–3. He did one better in the next edition the BT Global Challenge 1996–7, taking first place with a new team of amateur sailors, again onboard Group 4.
Golding came seventh in the 2000–2001 Vendée Globe solo non stop round the world race having lost seven days to the dismasting of his Open 60, again called Group 4. His present Open 60 campaign is sponsored by Ecover, a Belgian ecological cleaning products company which has sponsored his team since 2001. In 2004, he won the IMOCA World Championship and successfully defended his title the following year, in which he also won the 2005 FICO World Championship. In the 2004 Vendée Globe, Golding finished third despite losing his keel — an accident which had caused boats in previous Vendée Globe races to overturn — on the last day of the race. He sailed the last fifty miles with a tiny sailplan to keep the boat upright.
In October 2006, he started the Velux 5 Oceans yacht race. He rescued fellow sailor Alex Thomson in the Southern Ocean, then the yacht Ecover had a mast failure with them both aboard. He announced he was retiring from the race on making emergency landfall in Cape Town.
Golding skippered the Ecover Sailing Team in the 2009 iShares cup, a selection of races all over Europe, sailing catamarans in fast, competitive races against world-leaders in this sport. The races took place in Venice, Hyères, Cowes, Kiel, Amsterdam and Almeria.
With four races to go in the iShares cup event in Cowes Week (Isle of Wight), Golding's team's dagger board broke but the team still completed the last four races and finished second in the last race.
|Round the World Races|
|6 / 20||2013||2012–2013 Vendée Globe||IMOCA 60||Gamesa||88d 6h 36' 26"|||
|DNF||2009||2008–2009 Vendée Globe||IMOCA 60||Ecover 3||Day 38: dismasted|||
|RET||2006||Velux 5 Oceans Race||IMOCA 60||Ecover 2|
|3 / 20||2005||2004–2005 Vendée Globe||IMOCA 60||Ecover 2||88d 15h 15' 13" (Loses Keel)|
|7 / 24||2001||2000–2001 Vendée Globe||IMOCA 60||Team Group 4||110d 16h 22' (Restarts)|
|RET||1998||The Around Alone||IMOCA 60||Team Group 4||Ran Aground|
|1||1997||BT Global Challenge Race||Challenge 67||Team Group 4||Skipper of 13 Amateur Crew|
|WR||1994||World Record - Solo Non-Stop Westabout||Challenge 67||Team Group 4||167d 7h 42m 54s|||
|2||1993||British Steel Challenge Race||Challenge 67||Team Group 4||Skipper of 13 Amateur Crew|
|10||2011||Transat Jacques Vabre||IMOCA 60||Gamesa||with Bruno Dubois (CAN) (BEL)|
|3||2009||Transat Jacques Vabre||IMOCA 60||Mike Golding Yacht Racing||with Javier Sanso (ESP)|
|RET||2007||Transat B2B||IMOCA 60||Ecover III||Various Technical Issues|||
|5||2007||Transat Jacques Vabre||IMOCA 60||Ecover III||with Bruno Dubois (CAN) (BEL)|
|4||2005||Transat Jacques Vabre||IMOCA 60||Ecover 2||with Dominique Wavre (SUI)|
|1||2004||The Transat, 2004||IMOCA 60||Ecover 2|
|5 / 15||2004||Transat Jacques Vabre||IMOCA 60||Hellomoto, GBR 75||with Conrad Humphreys (GBR)|
|1||2003||Le Defi Atlantique||IMOCA 60||Ecover|||
|3||2003||Transat Jacques Vabre||IMOCA 60||Ecover||with Brian Thompson (GBR)|
|2||2002||Route du Rhum||IMOCA 60||Ecover||13d 22 h 49 min 35 s|
|2||2001||Transat Jacques Vabre||IMOCA 60||Ecover (1)||with Marcus Hutchinson (IRL)|
|3||1999||The Europe 1 New Man STAR, 2000||IMOCA 60||Team Group 4|
|3||1999||Transat Jacques Vabre||IMOCA 60||Team Group 4||with Ed Danby (GBR)|
|Other Significant Races|
|3/8||2010||2010 Extreme Sailing Series||Extreme 40||Ecover Sailing Team||Skipper|