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    Published on 07-04-2020 11:39 AM
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    All images © Eloi Stichelbaut

    The start of the Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d’Olonne Race saw a fleet of 20 IMOCAs foiling away from the start box outside Les Sables d’Olonne after the most unusual build-up in racing history.

    There was no dock-out surrounded by thousands of fans and only a small spectator fleet as the IMOCA class got down to business for the first time this year with its unique “warm-up” race for the 2020 ...
    Published on 06-25-2020 12:07 PM
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    To reconnect with competition and life in the open sea, to qualify for the Vendée Globe ... and possibly win, the Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne, which will start on July 4 at 3:30 p.m., contains a thousand challenges.

    This first edition, organized to replace the New York-Vendée-Les Sables d'Olonne which should have started on June 16, is an essential step for skippers in their preparation for the solo round the world trip which will start on November 8. This demanding and attractive new route to Iceland and the Azores also gives you dreams in a very particular ...
    Published on 06-12-2020 11:59 AM
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    British sailor Alex Thomson has returned to the water onboard the new HUGO BOSS, the boat which he hopes will lead him to victory in the 2020 Vendée Globe.

    Thomson and his team – much like their competitors in the IMOCA class – were unable to train on the water for some 9 weeks ...
    Published on 06-09-2020 09:49 AM
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    2020 Season
    Reuniting with the ocean!

    Lorient, Monday, June 08, 2020 - There is surely no better way to kick off the week than to get back on the pontoons again and reunite with the ocean in just a matter of days, particularly on this Monday 8 June which marks World Oceans Day! Six months have elapsed since the Maxi Edmond ...
    Published on 06-09-2020 09:37 AM
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    The start of the 9th Vendée Globe will take place on November 8, off Sables d'Olonne. This was confirmed by the Board of Directors of SAEM Vendée, the organizing company of the Vendée Globe, this Monday, June 8, a symbolic date since it is also World Ocean Day, five months before the Vendée Globe start.

    Since the closing of the registration nominations on November 1st, 35 candidates have set themselves up to be ...
    Published on 06-09-2020 09:22 AM
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    World Oceans Day
    The IMOCA skippers share their thoughts and take concrete actions

    Used to sailing across the oceans IMOCA skippers, it is fair to say, are amongst the best-placed to observe what is going on with the oceans. Today on World Ocean Day, the Class IMOCA and the IOC-UNESCO celebrate their commitments and concrete scientific actions that will be put in place for the forthcoming solo races: the Vendée-Arctic-Les ...
    Published on 06-04-2020 09:45 AM
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    Linkedout et Thomas Ruyant en navigation au large de Lorient© PIERRE BOURAS

    After these long weeks of isolated work at reduced levels of operation, in small carefully distanced teams, or in some cases with work completely stopped for weeks, the IMOCA fleet here has been back in action since May ...
    Published on 06-03-2020 09:43 AM
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    Celebrating 50 Years of the Finn Masters with 'NOT the 50th Finn World Masters'

    This week should have been the 2020 Finn World Masters in Port Zelanda, in The Netherlands. Entries were approaching 250 when the decision was made to cancel back in March, with more than 300 Finns expected to turn up. Across the sport of sailing many major events have been postponed or cancelled, but for the Finn Masters the ...
    Published on 05-28-2020 10:20 AM
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    Just over a fortnight after the lockdown ended, the sailors and their teams are now busy catching up on lost time. Many IMOCAs have been relaunched after their winter refits, which took longer than planned. There have been more and more measurement checks and trips to check out the changes made during the winter. Other sailors have to wait a while before heading back out to sea. We look at what has been happening at the end of the refit season.

    Preparation for the Vendée Globe: ease of ...
    Published on 05-18-2020 09:50 AM
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    Vendée-Arctic-Les Sables d’Olonne:
    a brand new race for the IMOCA boats

    The horizon is starting to look clearer for those aiming to compete in the 2020 Vendée Globe. On 4th July, they are due to start the Vendée-Arctic-les Sables d’Olonne, a 3600-mile solo ocean race around a big triangle reaching up to the limits of the Arctic Circle. This race with its ...
    Published on 05-15-2020 07:16 AM
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    If the activity of the Team did not stop during the confinement, with in particular the monitoring of the construction of the Ultim Banque Populaire XI, the recovery is accelerating this week. The IMOCA by Clarisse Crémer and ...
    Published on 05-12-2020 05:49 PM
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    Forced West by 40 knot gales we're attempting an end around the low that is forecast to move slowly southward and end up exactly where I am now. It is generally considered ...
    Published on 05-12-2020 11:58 AM
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    Preparations for the start of the next Vendée Globe are going ahead in an uncertain context in terms of public health and the economy. The Vendée Council and the SAEM Vendée are doing their utmost in conjunction with ...
    Published on 04-29-2020 11:55 AM
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    There was a bang unlike the usual bangs. Unusual is always a cause for concern. Glancing out the salon hatch I saw the Yankee no longer drawing but hanging slack in the furling foils. Not good. Not good at all. ...
    Published on 04-27-2020 11:27 AM
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    Rhumb Line

    Once again we are on a direct course to The Traps and Snares and the shallow bank that guards the southern approaches to Stewart Island. Just beyond these hazards lies ...
    Published on 04-24-2020 09:10 AM
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    Change of date - The 7th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race will start on Saturday 9th January 2021 from Calero Marinas Puerto Calero, Lanzarote © James Mitchell/Calero Marinas

    The Royal Ocean Racing Club have announced a new start date for the 7th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race. Traditionally held in November each year from Lanzarote to Grenada, the next edition will start from Calero Marinas Puerto Calero ...
    Published on 04-22-2020 08:49 AM

    A spanking new teaser from the folks at Vendee Globe!

    See the whole set HERE ...
    Published on 04-20-2020 09:22 AM
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    Ronnie Simpson knows how to take what life throws his way in stride and can find the rainbow in a squall without looking...
    His ...
    Published on 04-19-2020 10:13 AM
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    April 14

    So THIS article hit the internet yesterday on Yahoo Lifestyle and the ShoreTeam has been overwhelmed with all the comments and responses! Bert’s gone viral! We went from 700 followers to 3800 overnight! The article is great and really captures the spirit of Bert’s adventure.

    Thank you to all the new supporters and to those who have been with Bert since the beginning

    I’ve been sharing the highlights with Bert on our routine check ins and he is so thankful for all the ...
    Published on 04-19-2020 09:57 AM
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    Fleet at start of the Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on November 6th, 2016 - Photo Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendee Globe Flotte at the start of the Vendée Globe, in Les Sables ...