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Retour à La Base: Pip Hare (GBR) ready to go solo again
Pip Hare, who recently visited Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay, is one of those racers who is probably happiest when she is at sea, at one with her IMOCA Medallia. But the British racer now faces her biggest test yet…
Last time round - French skipper Thomas Ruyant, sailing on the Imoca LinkedOut, prior for the 2020 Vendee Globe
On 10 November 2024, the Vendée Globe skippers will set off on the 10th edition of the non-stop, non-assisted, single-handed round-the-world race. They will sail down the legendary Les Sables d'Olonne channel, cheered on enthusiastically by the public in Vendée,…
As an official partner of the 2024 Vendée Globe, Zodiac will provide a safety fleet of 42 RIBs to escort the 40 solo skippers competing in this unique race
Zodiac, a well-known international brand in RIBs with over 125 years of experience, has renewed its partnership with the Vendée Globe, one of the most renowned ocean races in the world. As an official partner of the 2024 Vendée Globe,…
Vendee Globe race 2024 inforgraphic
The tenth edition of the non-stop, non-assisted, single-handed round-the-world Vendee Globe race has set a new record with 44 skippers applying. There are a number of newcomers, the 18 'rookies'. The youngest skipper, Violette Dorange, is just 22! She is…
British yachtswoman Pip Hare (49) was an entrant in the 2020 Vendée Globe round-the-world yacht race
Pip Hare picked up a magazine one day to read about the BOC challenge, which was the forerunner to the Vendéé Globe. “And all of a sudden, there is Isabelle Autissier, absolutely kicking arse and being written about in the…
British yachtswoman Pip Hare, who turned 46 in 2021, made history by becoming the eighth woman to complete the Vendée Globe non-stop around-the-world yacht race
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Royal Irish Yacht Club and professional services firm BDO will co-host an exclusive evening with Pip Hare, the solo ocean sailor, on Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 pm. As Afloat reported at the time, Hare, who turned…
Vendée Globe president Alain Leboeuf and Yannick Moreau, Mayor of Les Sables d’Olonne at the launch of the second New York Vendée
Organisers of the Vendée Globe have released the Notice of Race for the transatlantic New York Vendée–Les Sables d’Olonne in May 2024. Last held in 2016 with 14 IMOCAs, this second edition will be the first organised by the Vendée…
Clarisse Crémer by her Vendée Globe IMOCA with the branding of her now former sponsor Banque Populaire
Following Vendée Globe competitor Clarisse Crémer’s “shock” at being dropped by her main sponsor after taking time off to have a baby, the World Sailing Trust was among those who took notice and has now published a set of recommendations…
The Vendée Globe logo for the non-stop solo race around the world has been updated with capital lettering, on two lines, for a "more compact and modern expression". The race departs on November 10th 2024, generally covering approximately 24,000 nautical…
In 2024, Double-Handed Champion James Harayda will take on his first 'Everest of Ocean Racing', the solo 2024 Vendée Globe
Royal Ocean Racing Club member, and aspiring Vendee Globe Sailor, James Harayda is just 25 years old and already a two-time British Double Handed National Champion, racing with teammate Dee Caffari on Sun Fast 3300 Gentoo. In 2022, racing in…
Alex Thomson during the 2020/2021 Vendée Globe
Welsh Solo offshore Alex Thomson, who has ties to Cork Harbour in Ireland, has bought Banque Populaire’s IMOCA 60 following the team’s withdrawal from the next Vendée Globe in 2024 due to the controversial circumstances over dropping female skipper Clarisse Crémer.…
Hubert Lemonnier (left) takes over from Jacques Caraës as 2024 Vendée Globe Race Director
Jacques Caraës, race director for the 2016 and 2020 Vendée Globe, is handing over to Hubert Lemonnier and becoming his deputy for next year's solo on stop round the world race. The announcement was made as the Race Direction team…
Clarisse Crémer by her Vendée Globe IMOCA with the branding of her now former sponsor Banque Populaire
Vendée Globe competitor Clarisse Crémer says she is “in shock” after being dropped by her main sponsor just weeks after having a baby. According to Marine Industry News, the record-setter was let go by Banque Populaire in the wake of…
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…

The 2024 Vendée Globe Race

A record-sized fleet of 44 skippers are aiming for the tenth 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 10 2024 and will be expected back in mid-January 2025.

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.

©Afloat 2020

Vendee Globe 2024 Key Figures

  • 10th edition
  • Six women (vs six in 2020)
  • 16 international skippers (vs 12 in 2020)
  • 11 nationalities represented: France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Hungary, Japan, China, USA, New Zealand (vs 9 in 2020)
  • 18 rookies (vs 20 in 2020)
  • 30 causes supported
  • 14 new IMOCAs (vs 9 in 2020)
  • Two 'handisport' skippers

At A Glance - Vendee Globe 2024

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

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