4 - The Vendée Globe: setting sail in November 2016

The Vendée Globe is a round-the-world single-handed yacht race, non-stop and no assistance, which tests a sailor's ability to deal with all the technical elements of sailing during moments of extreme tension. Preparation is essential, it is the sea which defines their sailing strategy. Finding the balance between travelling light and taking enough spare equipment is the challenge which will determine the outcome of the three months of sailing.

Vendée Globe 2012-2013, a record-setting race

Vainqueur Vendée Globe

VENDEE GLOBE 2012/2013 Results
1st: François GABART (French) - MACIF - in 78 days 2 hours 16 mins 40 secs (new record)
2nd: Armel Le Cléac´h (French) - Banque Populaire (3 hours later)
3rd: Alex Thomson (British) - HUGO BOSS

Exceptionally intense, the Vendée Globe 2012-2013 was a record-breaking year on land as well as at sea. After 78 days, 2 hours and 16 minutes of sailing, François Gabart completely smashed the mythical 80-day barrier for the first time, followed three hours later by Armel Le Cléac'h by the slimmest of margins between first and second place in the history of the race.


Vendée Globe
On land, the crowds were the largest ever seen for this the 7th edition of the Vendée Globe. Over three weeks, the race village in Les Sables d'Olonne attracted a million visitors and there were 300,000 people gathered in the Vendéen port on 10 November 2012 to see off the twenty boats!

On 27 January 2013, the day the first two skippers arrived back, there were 150,000 spectators in Port Olona.