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Vendee Globe Sailing Race News
Yachtsman Alex Thomson and his race yacht Hugo Boss are welcomed at his homecoming parade in the teams home port of Gosport, UK. Alex finished second in the Vendee Globe non stop solo yacht race
Vendee Globe sailor Alex Thomson was welcomed home today by crowds of people who gathered to celebrate the sailor’s record breaking effort in the prestigious Vendée Globe, widely renowned as one of sport’s toughest challenges. Thomson finished second in this…
The arrival home of Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), skipper of St-Michel Virbac, fourth in the sailing circumnavigation solo race Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France today
Vendée Globe history was made today when three solo skippers crossed the finish line at one after the other within three hours of each other, the closest finish between a trio of boats since the solo non stop around the…
Vendee Globe skipper Alex Thomson has confirmed that he intends to do the race again in 2020
Two days after finishing second in the Vendée Globe, British skipper Alex Thomson is recovering well in the start and finish host town of Les Sables d’Olonne on the west coast of France. He has been enjoying family time, taking…
Thomson crosses the finish line of the race in Les Sables d'Olonne, France at 0737hrs today
Alex Thomson, the British sailor with strong Irish roots, has finished the Vendée Globe solo round the world yacht race in second-place after 74 days 19 hours 35 minutes and 15 seconds at sea. Thomson, 42, crossed the finish line…
French sailor Armel Le Cléac'h has won the Vendée Globe
French sailor Armel Le Cléac'h has today won the Vendée Globe, setting a new record for the solo non-stop round the world race in the process. Le Cléac'h, 39, from Brittany, crossed the finish line of the race in Les…
The Alex Thomson-skippered HUGO BOSS is expected in second place in the Vendeé Globe tonight
#VendéeGlobe - Despite Enda O’Coineen’s New Year mishap taking him out of contention, the battle for victory in the Vendée Globe retains a distinct Irish flavour. Although he conceded yesterday that his chances of victory were slim – confirmed by…
The French leader Armel Le Cléac'h is currently 36 nautical miles from the Vendee Globe finish line
Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac'h is expected to cross the finish line at approximately 1530hrs UTC today after 74 days at sea. The French skipper is currently 36 nautical miles from the finish line in Les Sables d'Olonne, France,…
Armel Le Cléac'h - 24 hours from Vendee Globe victory
British sailor Alex Thomson – with Cork Harbour connections – today conceded that his chances of overhauling Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac'h on the home strait of the Vendee Globe were slim, despite narrowing the gap to just 35…
Leader Armel Le Cléac'h has under 500 miles to the finish line
The Vendée Globe is going down to the wire with the leading pair of Armel Le Cléac'h and Alex Thomson split by just 78 miles as they enter the final 1,000 miles to the finish. Thomson has been playing catch-up…
Marine artist Pete Hogan, who circumnavigated the world solo in the gaff ketch Molly B in the 1990s, has found it difficult to persuade people that he wasn’t the first Irishman to round Cape Horn single-handed – he says that it was Bill King, back in 1973.
The current Vendee Globe Race non-stop round the world is deservedly attracting enough attention without having to make over-stated claims on behalf of some of its participants writes W M Nixon. The official website is today carrying a story that…
Thomson notched up 536.8 miles on his 60ft racing yacht in 24 hours
British sailor Alex Thomson – with Cork Harbour connections –  today smashed the world record for the greatest distance sailed solo in 24 hours notching up 536.8 miles on his 60ft racing yacht. Thomson, 42, is currently in second place…
 Alex Thomson (with Irish connections) is blasting towards the home straight of the solo round the world race in winds of up to 30 knots.
The race to the Vendée Globe finish line today became an all-out, neck-and-neck sprint as the leading pair's speedos rocketed into the 20s.  After several days of slow progress north in light winds, Armel Le Cléac'h and Alex Thomson (with…
Enda O'Coineen was dismasted 180 nautical miles south east of Dunedin in New Zealand on New Year’s Day
#VendéeGlobe - Just days after admitting his “dream is shattered” after his dismasting off New Zealand at the halfway mark of the Vendée Globe, Irish skipper Enda O’Coineen is already preparing for a return to the water. And as the…
Alex Thomson who has pulled back 85 crucial miles
Friday the 13th might be unlucky for some, but not for British skipper Alex Thomson who has pulled back 85 crucial miles on Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac'h in the last 24 hours. Thomson revealed yesterday that in order…
With 92% of the race complete, Alex is heading towards the Azores
With this year’s edition of The Vendée Globe approaching its final days, British sailor Alex Thomson is in second place, 160 nautical miles behind French rival Armel Le Cléac’h. Alex has claimed back 54 miles overnight in difficult conditions for…
Le Cleac'h was this morning 180nm ahead of the British sailor
French sailor Armel Le Cleac'h has almost doubled his Vendee Globe lead on arch-rival Alex Thomson overnight after finding breeze to the west of the Cape Verde islands. After several days of painful progress through the Doldrums that allowed Thomson…

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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