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Enda O'Coineen and Kilcullen Voyager before today's start off Les Sables d'Olonne, France in the Vendee Globe race
Enda O'Coineen was a premature starter in today's dramatic Vendee Globe Race start. The Irishman showed how eager he was to get underway on the 26,000 nautical mile voyage when he was one of three in the 29–boat fleet that were…
Enda O'Coineen, Ireland's first Vendee Globe skipper
This Sunday, Irish sailor Enda O'Coineen, will begin his bid to become the first Irish sailor ever to enter and complete one of the toughest sporting challenges on the planet, The Vendée Globe. A gruelling single-handed, non-stop, unassisted race around…
Enda O'Coineen, Ireland's first Vendee Globe competitor appears on a bill board at the race village
'I don't care about the race or proving that I am better than my neighbour' declares Ireland's first ever entrant into the world's toughest yacht race, the Vendee Globe. The declaration is made by Enda O'Coineen (60) who will take…
The first ever Irish entry in the race is pictured above second boat in on the port hand of the Vendee Globe pontoon.
The magic of the Vendée Globe Race Festival can begin now that Ireland's Enda O'Coineen and 27 other competitors have been moored up in Les Sables d'Olonne since last night. The first ever Irish entry in the race is pictured above…
Dr Peter Heffernan Chief Executive (Marine Institute), Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr with Enda O'Coineen, skipper of the Irish Vendee Globe bid, the Kilcullen Voyager
As Afloat.ie reported previously, Irish Vendee Globe entrant Enda O’Coineen departs Ireland for France tomorrow aboard the Kilcullen Voyager before the epic race commences next month. During a ‘bon voyage’ event at Dublin’s CHQ today, the Lord Mayor and Honorary Admiral…
Conrad Colman's IMOCA 60 is using SolarCoth Systems solar panels laminated into his UK Sailmakers Titanium mainsail
Conrad Colman's IMOCA 60 getting ready for the Vendée Globe singlehanded around the world race that will start in November. The 29–boat fleet are due in France next week, including Ireland's first ever entry in the race by Enda O'Coineen.…
Enda O'Coineen's Kilcullen Voyager alongside at the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
With the Vendee Globe Round the World race start less than a month away, Ireland's first ever entry in the race departs Dublin on Monday for the French Race start at Les Sables d’Olonne. Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr…
Enda O'Coineen's Team Ireland IMOCA 60 yacht alongside at the Royal Irish Yacht Club
29 skippers have so far fulfilled the administrative, sporting and technical requirements to be able to take up the challenge of the 'Everest of the seas'. To compare the situation, twenty lined up for the last edition four years ago,…
Enda O'Coineen addresses the media at this week's Vendee Globe press conference in Paris
Galway Bay sailor Enda O'Coineen (60) took his place among 29 skippers from 10 countries gathered in the heart of Paris this week for the official Vendee Globe 2016 press conference. Media from around the world came to hear how preparations…
Strangford sailor Andrew Baker
Strangford Lough solo sailor Andrew ‘Hammy’ Baker has been announced as the newest team member of Enda O'Coineen's campaign to be the first Irish person to compete in the Vendee Globe race, the non stop, unassisted, race around the world,…
Pierce Purcell (right), Vice Commodore Cruising Association of Ireland, making the presentation to the First Port of Galway Sea Scouts leaders with (left to right) Steve Talbot, Denis Murphy , Margaret Hodkins, Kieran Oliver and Alan Delaunty beside Kilcullen Voyager, cheered on by skipper Enda O'Coineen (centre) and the young sailors.
Ireland’s first-ever Vendee Globe entrant, Enda O'Coineen with his IMOCA 60 Kilcullen Voyager, was in his home port of Galway this week for the presentation to First Port of Galway Sea Scouts of a cheque towards the renovation of one…
Enda O'Coineen's IMOCA 60 which he intends to race in the Vendee Globe Round the World Race has arrived in Kinsale after a refit in France
Ireland' first ever Vendee Globe entry having undergone a refit in France and repaint, with distinctive 'Claddagh ring' decal on the bow, has docked in Kinsale instead of its intended port of Galway because of gear failure on a trip…
Enda O'Coineen, Vendee Globe skipper
Enda O'Coineen will be Ireland's first entry into the Vendee Globe race, a single–handed non stop race around the globe. As Afloat reported in May, the 61–year–old Galwegian will start the race in 95 days time and as part of…
Just six months ago, this SMA yacht was located in the Atlantic by Marcus Hutchinson and towed into the Cork coast and repaired in Kinsale. Today it finished fourth in the inaugural 2016 New York – Vendée (Les Sables d’Olonne) Race.
Six months ago Paul Meilhat (SMA) was airlifted off his boat to the Azores and hospitalised after fracturing his pelvis and rib during a sail change in big seas during the Transat St Barth/Port-La-Forêt. His yacht was located in the…
The fleet depart New York. An international jury monitoring the race includes Irish International judge Gordon Davies from Bray in County Wicklow
As boats head across the Atlantic in the New York – Vendée race it is not only potential Irish competitors in the Vendée Globe who are keeping a watchful eye on proceedings. Gordon Davies, an International Judge from Bray, is…
The fleet depart New York
After a first night spent in close contact with other competitors in the New York–Vendée (Les Sables d’Olonne), Yann Eliès contacted his shore team this morning at 0840 UTC, reporting that his yacht Queguiner-Leucemie Espoir had just hit something in…

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.

©Afloat 2020

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