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    Published on 08-04-2020 12:19 PM

    An unprecedented race, extreme conditions, a fierce battle: relive the prelude of the Vendee Globe from the inside ! ...
    Published on 07-31-2020 12:29 PM
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    11th Hour Racing Team Adds America’s Cup Winner and Former Ocean Race Champion to Transatlantic Sail
    July 31, 2020 (Newport, Rhode Island) – 11th Hour Racing Team announced the addition of several high-profile sailors to its training crew this week with five-time Ocean Race veteran ...
    Published on 07-23-2020 10:10 AM
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    11th Hour Racing Team Restarts Team Training After Pandemic Delay and Postponement of The Ocean Race
    July 23, 2020 (Newport, Rhode Island) – Following this year’s lockdowns around the globe and the recent announcement of a one-year postponement to the start ...
    Published on 07-19-2020 02:37 PM
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    94 boats set off under light conditions this Sunday from Cherbourg-en-Cotentin bound for La Trinité-sur-Mer for the third edition of the DRHEAM-CUP / GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE DE COURSE AU LARGE. In the program for the first hours of the race, a crossing of the English Channel in rather soft wind, before a descent of the English coasts downwind which promises beautiful cavalcades among all the classes.

    Published on 07-16-2020 09:16 AM
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    The Ocean Race reboots with announcement of 10-year plan

    The 14th running of the world’s toughest test of a team in sport will start in October 2022 with a Europe Race being considered for summer 2021...

    Organisers of The Ocean Race have confirmed the next edition of the Race will start from Alicante, Spain, in October 2022 and finish in Genova, Italy, in the summer of 2023 during the 50th jubilee anniversary year of the Race.

    For the first time in race history, further event timings have also been confirmed through the next 10 years and a feasibility study is currently underway for a European race to take place next summer.

    The change to the start date for the next edition of the round the world ...
    Published on 07-14-2020 12:58 PM
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    The Charal skipper crossed the finish line of Les Sables d'Olonne this Tuesday, July 14 at 20 a.m. 44 minutes and 8 seconds (French time) after 10 days, 5 a.m. minutes and 8 seconds of racing.


    Jérémie Beyou knows a lot about how to finish a race in a winning position – a quick look at his glittering CV tells you that about a man who has won the Solitaire du Figaro three times.

    He is also renowned for his ability to push a boat consistently at its optimum speed.
    Published on 07-14-2020 10:14 AM
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    The leaders of this inaugural Vendee Artique Race are charging toward the finish, with the leader
    Jeremie Beyou on Charal just 45 nm to the finish. Thomas Ruyant aboard Linked Out just 7.2 nm behind and 3rd place
    Charlie Dalin aboard Apiva 9.2 nm in ...
    Published on 07-13-2020 08:59 AM
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    Charlie Dalin at the helm of the white and yellow foiler, Apivia, was the first skipper to reach the Gallimard Waypoint this morning as he turned his bow eastwards for the final stretch of the Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d’Olonne Race.

    The 36-year-old Frenchman based at Port-la-Fôret was making about ...
    Published on 07-11-2020 11:24 AM
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    Latest update from Boris Herrmann.

    At 07.25 utc Boris Herrmann on Seaexplorer - Yacht Club de Monaco had an issue onboard. The main headboard car broke and the main came down. Boris is fine and needs no assistance but he will be slower for the rest of the race. He has secured everything and at the moment is still sailing with the head sail and a much smaller main. He is trying ...
    Published on 07-10-2020 03:02 PM
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    Objective Jules Verne Trophy
    A crewed Drheam Cup to kick off the 2020 season

    Lorient, Friday, July 10, 2020 - After a start to the season that was completely turned on its head by the global COVID-19 health crisis, offshore racing’s protagonists are gradually returning to the ‘school benches’. In this way, on 4 July, the Vendée Globe’s Imocas set sail from Les Sables d’Olonne for a unique warm-up lap ...
    Published on 07-10-2020 01:58 PM
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    This evening, all the competitors in the Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d’Olonne have rounded the virtual IOC-UNESCO mark, Clément Giraud (Vers un monde sans Sida) bringing up the rear more than a day behind the leaders.
    The instability of the breeze over the past 24 hours has favoured the bunching up of the head of the fleet and ridden roughshod over the hierarchy. En route for the ‘Gallimard’ mark, a ridge of high pressure and a low pressure system will provide the main obstacles. In the next 48 hours, no one can realistically lay claim to the top spot in the long term…

    This Friday 10th July, after a night in overdrive ...
    Published on 07-09-2020 09:21 AM
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    Thomas Ruyant regained the lead of the Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d’Olonne Race at exactly the right moment today as he became the first skipper to round the turning mark off the southwest corner of Iceland.

    Ruyant on board LinkedOut had been in third position behind Charlie Dalin on Apivia and Jérémie Beyou on Charal as the leading trio approached the IOC-UNESCO Waypoint southwest of Iceland in very light and fickle ...
    Published on 07-09-2020 09:02 AM
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    A good dose of light winds, a long lift, a change of leader and another epic battle within the match for 4th place… This fifth day of the Vendée – Arctique – Les Sables d’Olonne has reshuffled the cards once again. As per usual… or almost.

    Charlie Dalin (Apivia) and Jérémie Beyou (Charal) are continuing their ascent of the north face, foil against foil. After 98 hours of traversing the weather systems, 0.6 miles separates them tonight. They are now just ...
    Published on 07-06-2020 10:22 AM
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    [Damaged aboard L ' Occitane in Provence - the boat goes to Brittany]

    This Monday, July 6th, at 13 pm Armel Tripon found a damage on his IMOCA, L ' Occitane in Provence. Nantes skipper advanced southwest, at a speed of 12 knots in a north-west wind.

    At 14 p. m Armel Tripon contacted his team to declare a problem; two longitudinal smooth on the starboard side of the fixed area following the collision with a ofni on the weekend of June 21 are; We are at this stage, we are unable to evaluate more precisely the cause of this new incident, even though we seriously believe that it is the security damage related to this collision in an area that we had planned to strengthen upon the return of the Vendée Arctic race. ...
    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 ...