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Vendee Globe - Guillemot and Safran ready to set off By Soazig Guého, , 3:52 AM Sat 10 Nov 2012
The start of the Vendee Globe is almost here. At 1302hrs CET (1202hrs GMT) on Saturday, Marc Guillemot will be setting off around the world aboard Safran. The weather for the start is looking fairly good, but they will face their first hurdle at Cape Finisterre, as they will have to deal with a ridge of high pressure with light winds. Marc is looking at this closely with Pascal Bidégorry. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Mirabaud skipper better prepared than ever before By Bernard Schopfer, , 2:20 AM Sat 10 Nov 2012
On the eve of the start of the seventh edition of the Vendée Globe, Dominique Wavre, skipper of Mirabaud, feels better prepared than ever before. This will be his 10th round the world race and he can’t wait to get going! He shares some final insights before casting off. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Skippers come together for final press conference By Vendee Globe, 10:47 PM Fri 9 Nov 2012
With an audience of more than two hundred media, Bruno Retailleau, the President of the Vendée General Council, accompanied by Louis Guédon, the mayor of Les Sables d’Olonne, Patricia Brochard the Co-President of the Sodebo and Denis Horeau, Vendée Globe race director presented the twenty skippers who will take part in the imminent Vendée Globe. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Skippers aspire to expand race history By Vendee Globe, , 5:45 AM Wed 7 Nov 2012
Since the second edition of the Vendée Globe, that was raced between 1992-1993 when Alain Gautier won, there have been solo skippers from Great Britain in each successive edition. Alan Wynne-Thomas and Nigel Burgess were the first British skippers to start a Vendée Globe race. Tragically Burgess drowned in the Bay of Biscay three days into the race. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - What is Safran's skipper taking on his journey? By Soazig Guého, , 3:06 AM Wed 7 Nov 2012
The Vendée Globe isn’t just a race around the world and an adventure in a hostile environment. It is also an extremely unusual experience: living completely alone for at least eighty days, away from everything. What would you pack in your suitcase for such a long period of being alone? Marc Guillemot has chosen novels and music. Lots of music. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Golding and Gamesa ready to race By Gamesa Sailing Team, , 1:52 AM Wed 7 Nov 2012
Five days to go before the start of the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe and Britain’s Mike Golding OBE is ready for the beginning of his fourth entry in the brutal race which is acknowledged as the pinnacle of solo ocean racing. The boat is packed, the final job list is completed and the 150kg of food for the 25,000 mile race around the planet is on-board. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Who will win the seventh edition? By Vendee Globe, , 5:41 AM Tue 6 Nov 2012
The seven edition of the Vendee Globe will get underway on Saturday, 10th November at 1302hrs from Les Sables d’Olonne in France’s Vendee region on the Atlantic coast and it is a very special formula which delivers outright victory in this solo non-stop around the world race. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Samantha Davies ready for second participation By Romain Delaume, , 4:11 AM Tue 6 Nov 2012
The 2012 Vendee Globe is set to get underway in just over four days and Sam Davies, Savéol skipper, will bring her charming smile to this year’s edition. This brave young mother is also a true sea lover. For her second participation, Sam seems quite calm and confident in her project. She tells us more about it. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Old and new set to start in Les Sables d'Olonne By Vendee Globe, 3:59 AM Tue 6 Nov 2012
Of the Vendée Globe fleet of twenty IMOCA Open 60’s - six have been built new since the end of the last race, PRB, Banque Populaire, Virbac-Paprec 3, Macif, Cheminées Poujoulat and Acciona 100% EcoPowered. On paper, these newest boats should represent a jump in performance over the previous generation. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Bertrand de Broc to take thousands on his journey By Romain Delaume, 5:02 AM Mon 5 Nov 2012
The 2012 Vendee Globe will commence in just over five days and with his project Votre Nom autour du Monde, Bertrand de Broc will take thousands of people with him across the oceans. For his third participation in the Vendée Globe, this great man, with authentic values, tells us more about his project. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - The skipper not the boat wins, says Jean Pierre Dick By Clare Macnaughton, 4:50 AM Mon 5 Nov 2012
The 2012 Vendee Globe is set to get underway in just over five days’ time and now the tallest skipper of the race, Jean Pierre Dick, talks with Clare Macnaughton about his inner monologue and planking. ' Being tall is an advantage and a disadvantage. Inside the boat I have to use kneepads because I am not able to stand up. I train to strengthen my back and stomach. I do the plank a lot.' ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Cheminées Poujoulat skipper aims to finish By Grégoire Duhourcau, 4:29 AM Mon 5 Nov 2012
Bernard Stamm has already raced in the Vendée Globe twice (2000-2001 and 2008-2009) but never finished, even though he won two round-the-world stage races. On board one of the most recent boats in the fleet of this seventh edition, the Swiss Cheminées Poujoulat skipper aims to finish the race, but he also has an even more prestigious goal in mind… ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Record visitors to Race Village in Les Sables d’Olonne By Vendee Globe, , 4:40 AM Sun 4 Nov 2012
The level of the Vendee Globe’s historic success continues to grow in Les Sables d’Olonne. In two weeks, no less than 575,000 visitors attended the Race Village and pontoons to see the 20 boats competing in the forthcoming non-stop round-the-world solo race without assistance. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Mirabaud skipper looks forward to monumental challenge By Bernard Schopfer, 2:22 AM Sat 3 Nov 2012
On the 10th November, the skipper of Mirabaud will cross the start line of his 10th round the world race, the Vendee Globe. A week out, we take a look at some of the challenges that await him during one of the most difficult ocean races on the planet. ...[more]

Vendee Globe Race Village to be closed due to weather By Vendee Globe, , 6:13 AM Thu 1 Nov 2012
The Vendee Globe Race Village in Les Sables D’Olonne along with the pontoons will be closed from Wednesday, October 31st at 8pm to Thursday November 1st. Meteo France weather forecasts predict that gale force winds are expected to reach up to 90km/ph. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Safran skipper seeks a new experience By Soazig Guého, , 2:00 AM Wed 31 Oct 2012
Marc Guillemot who had an exceptional voyage in the last Vendee Globe and came in third, will be lining up once more in just 10 days for the start of the 2012-13 edition. For his second non-stop solo round the world voyage without external assistance, the skipper of Safran tells us about his expectations, hopes and goals. ...[more]

Vendee Globe Race Village opening draws record spectators By Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, 3:49 AM Tue 30 Oct 2012
The first week of the Vendee Globe Race Village opening in Les Sables d’Olonne drew a record number of spectators. Since October 20th, no less than 230,000 people (including 10,000 school children) strolled around the aisles and the pontoons where the 20 boats participating in the next non-stop single-handed round-the-world race without assistance are moored. An obvious success! ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Skippers' Day in Sables d’Olonne By Vendee Globe, , 2:19 AM Sun 28 Oct 2012
The 2012-2013 Vendée Globe has not even begun yet, but SAEM Vendée already has its eyes set on the future. On Friday, skippers contemplating launching a 2016-2017 Vendée Globe participation project gathered at the Sables d’Olonne Race Village where they met with Bruno Retailleau to attend the 2016 Skippers’ Day. Immersing in the atmosphere of the race and networking were the main goals for the day ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Safran Sailing Team prepares for battle By Soazig Guého, , 3:17 AM Fri 26 Oct 2012
The 2012 Vendee Globe will commence in just over two weeks and the Safran Sailing Team is taking care of the Safran monohull, which has been moored up at the pontoon in les Sables d'Olonne since 18th October. Thierry Brault, who is in charge of the Team, explains to us what the team’s work entails before the start. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Essential items to take on board By ISAF, 5:54 AM Sat 20 Oct 2012
There are only a few weeks to the start of the Vendee Globe and as the clock ticks down, the twenty skippers are nearing the end of their preparations and focusing on essential items to take on board, one of them being food. Spending months at sea, alone, the skippers have to pack smart and the menu throughout this year will feature plenty of freeze dried food. ...[more]

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