4 - The Vendée Globe: setting sail in November 2020

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.

The 8th edition of the Vendée Globe 2016-2017


VENDVendée GlobeEE GLOBE 2012/2013 Results
1st: Armel Le Cléac´h (French) - BANQUE POPULAIRE - in 74 days 3 hours 35 mins 46 secs (new record)
2nd: Alex Thomson (British) - HUGO BOSS - in 74 days 19 hours 35 min 15 secs
3rd: Jérémie Beyou (French) - MAITRE COQ - in 78 days 6 hours 38 min 40 secs

Ashore, the enthusiasm of the public has never been stronger than during this 8th edition of the Vendée Globe. For three weeks, from 15th October to 6th November 2016, the Official Vendée Globe Village in Les Sables d'Olonne attracted 1.5 million visitors and there were 350,000 to gather in the Vendée port on Sunday 6th November to watch the 29 solo sailors set sail!