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Vendee Globe Sailing Race News
Malizia - Seaexplorer is lifted out for the first time in Lorient, France on Tuesday 19 July
Boris Herrmann’s offshore sailing team launched their new IMOCA race yacht as scheduled today, Tuesday 19 July in Lorient, Race some 18 months after design began. Designed by VPLP, Malizia - Seaexplorer was built at Multiplast in nearby Vannes over the…
Friday at 17h00, the conditions will be very strong for the fleet in the Vendée Arctique - Les Sables d'Olonne according to race organisers
For safety reasons the Vendée Arctique Les Sables d’Olonne race that saw the fleet travel up the west coast of Ireland this week has now been 'neutralized', according to race organisers due to weather concerns. The deterioration of the weather…
Lack of sleep is starting to take an early toll on just the third day of racing in the Vendée Arctique off Ireland
The leaders of the Vendée Arctique Les Sables d’Olonne IMOCA, the race round Iceland and back to Les Sables d’Olonne, are only just north of Ireland - far less at Iceland - but for the solo skippers who have been…
Paul Meilhat, skipper of the IMOCA Biotherm
French skipper Paul Meilhat will fulfil a lifelong dream in January 2023 when he leads Biotherm across the starting line of The Ocean Race on the waters off Alicante, Spain. Meilhat and his team will be racing one of the…
British sailor James Harayda
Gentoo Sailing Team has launched its campaign to compete in the 2024 Vendée Globe, led by Skipper James Harayda, who is aiming to be the youngest sailor to compete in the 2024 edition of the race. The Vendée Globe is…
Marcus Hutchinson
Marcus Hutchinson of Howth and Kinsale is leaving France's TR Racing, where he was team manager for Thomas Ruyant during the last Vendée Globe campaign. Hutchinson took on the role in January 2018 and is credited by solo skipper Ruyant as…
Entry registrations for the Vendée Arctique Race open on Thursday, March 31, 2022
The President of SAEM Vendée, the organisers of the Vendée Arctique and the Vendée Globe, publish the Notice of Race detailing the rules for participation in the Vendée Arctique - the first qualifying race for the Vendée Globe 2024. The…
37 candidates (including Charal above) had officially declared themselves for the 2020. This record will likely be broken again by 2 October 2023, the closing date for applications for the 2024 Vendee Globe
Applications for the 10th edition of the Vendée Globe are officially open with 1,000 days to go until the start on 10th November 2024 Applications will close on 2nd October 2023. Since the end of the conclusion of the last…
This 3,500 nautical miles race is the first qualifying race for the next Vendée Globe
The first qualifying stage for the Vendée Globe 2024 solo round the world race will come close to the southwest coast of Ireland when it sets sail this summer.  The "Vendée Arctic - Les Sables d'Olonne" race will leave from…
Yannick Bestaven, the winner of the Vendée Globe Race lifts the French Sailor of the Year Award in Paris.
48-year-old Yannick Bestaven, the winner of this year's ninth edition of the Vendée Globe has won the French Sailor of the Year Award in Paris. Before his title of Sailor of the Year presentation, Bestaven was awarded the Legion of…
Alex Thomson has competed in the IMOCA circuit for 19 years including five successive Vendee Globe's with two podium finishes
British sailor Alex Thomson has announced he won't compete as a skipper in the 2024 Vendee Globe, the solo, non-stop race around the world, but doesn't rule out returning to the race in 2028. Thomson has competed in the IMOCA…
Laura Le Goff executive director of SAEM Vendée and Alain Leboeuf, President of SAEM Vendée and President of the Department of Vendée
The rules of participation have been put in place three years before the start of the next Vendee Globe Race, the single-handed non-stop race around the world. Since the finish of the last edition, the SAEM Vendée has observed unprecedented…
Vendee Globe Winner Yannick Bestaven
The IMOCA Class has enjoyed a vintage and innovative year in 2021 and now it is time for the finale - one of the classics in the repertoire - the 15th edition of the two-handed Transat Jacques Vabre. Over the…
Sporting performance meets sustainable innovation: 11th Hour Racing Team reveals new IMOCA 60 for fully-crewed sailing
After 24 months of research, development, and construction, 11th Hour Racing Team has unveiled its new IMOCA 60, the first of a new era of boats designed to compete in fully crewed, short-handed and solo offshore sailboat races. There has…
The Vendée Globe Race has really never stopped
Almost six months after the first skippers crossed the Vendée Globe finish line already the tenth edition, starting November 2024, is on everyone's mind. And the enthusiasm stemming from the last edition is significant, already there are around 45 sailors…
Roland Jourdain (left) and Yannick Bestavan will race together in the Fastnet Race on August 8 in the waters of the Solent and on November 8 in the Jacques Vabre Transatlantic Race
Winner of the ninth Vendee Globe Race, Yannick Bestaven has embarked on an ambitious sporting dream: to win the Everest of the Seas twice in a row, the round-the-world sailing solo and non-stop. Building on this objective, Maître CoQ has renewed…

The 2020/2021 Vendée Globe Race

A record-sized fleet of 33 skippers will start the ninth edition of the Vendée Globe: the 24,296 nautical miles solo non-stop round-the-world race from Les Sables d’Olonne in France, on Sunday, November 8 at 1302hrs French time/1202hrs TU and will be expected back in mid-January 2021.

Vendée Globe Race FAQs

Six women (Alexia Barrier, Clarisse Cremer, Isabelle Joschke, Sam Davies, Miranda Merron, Pip Hare).

Nine nations (France, Germany, Japan, Finland, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, and Great Britain)

After much speculation following Galway man Enda O’Coineen’s 2016 race debut for Ireland, there were as many as four campaigns proposed at one point, but unfortunately, none have reached the start line.

The Vendée Globe is a sailing race round the world, solo, non-stop and without assistance. It takes place every four years and it is regarded as the Everest of sailing. The event followed in the wake of the Golden Globe which had initiated the first circumnavigation of this type via the three capes (Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn) in 1968.

The record to beat is Armel Le Cléac’h 74 days 3h 35 minutes 46s set in 2017. Some pundits are saying the boats could beat a sub-60 day time.

The number of theoretical miles to cover is 24,296 miles (45,000 km).

The IMOCA 60 ("Open 60"), is a development class monohull sailing yacht run by the International Monohull Open Class Association (IMOCA). The class pinnacle events are single or two-person ocean races, such as the Route du Rhum and the Vendée Globe.

Zero past winners are competing but two podiums 2017: Alex Thomson second, Jérémie Beyou third. It is also the fifth participation for Jean Le Cam and Alex Thomson, fourth for Arnaud Boissières and Jérémie Beyou.

The youngest on this ninth edition of the race is Alan Roura, 27 years old.

The oldest on this ninth edition is Jean Le Cam, 61 years old.

Over half the fleet are debutantes, totalling 18 first-timers.

The start procedure begins 8 minutes before the gun fires with the warning signal. At 4 minutes before, for the preparatory signal, the skipper must be alone on board, follow the countdown and take the line at the start signal at 13:02hrs local time. If an IMOCA crosses the line too early, it incurs a penalty of 5 hours which they will have to complete on the course before the latitude 38 ° 40 N (just north of Lisbon latitude). For safety reasons, there is no opportunity to turn back and recross the line. A competitor who has not crossed the starting line 60 minutes after the signal will be considered as not starting. They will have to wait until a time indicated by the race committee to start again. No departure will be given after November 18, 2020, at 1:02 p.m when the line closes.

The first boat could be home in sixty days. Expect the leaders from January 7th 2021 but to beat the 2017 race record they need to finish by January 19 2021.

Today, building a brand new IMOCA generally costs between 4.2 and €4.7million, without the sails but second-hand boats that are in short supply can be got for around €1m.

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The 10th edition will leave from Les Sables d’Olonne on November 10, 2024

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