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Vendee Globe - Safran arrives in Les Sables d’Olonne By Soazig Guého, 3:03 AM Sat 20 Oct 2012
The Vendee Globe is set to get underway in just over 21 days and after a far from comfortable delivery trip, which nevertheless went without hitch, Safran arrived in Les Sables d’Olonne on Thursday evening at 2030hrs local time (1830hrs GMT). Marc Guillemot and his team moored her up on the Vendée Globe pontoon in the Port Olona harbour. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Acciona 100% EcoPowered all set By Helena de la Gandara, , 7:24 AM Wed 17 Oct 2012
With just over 24 days to the start of the Vendee Globe, the IMOCA 60 Acciona 100% EcoPowered has pulled in to Les Sables D’Olonne, the boat’s new base, where it will be participating in the race— the toughest round-the-world regatta, alone and with no stops. On Monday the 15th, at 6pm, the Acciona 100% EcoPowered left its base at Brest and is now moored in the Race Village. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Golding and Gamesa ready for battle By Gamesa Sailing Team, 1:13 AM Wed 17 Oct 2012
With just over 24 days to the start of the Vendee Globe, Mike Golding is back in the very familiar surroundings of Les Sables d’Olonne after arriving last night into the Port Olona marina with his IMOCA Open 60 Gamesa, following a fast and pleasingly uneventful passage from Southampton, UK. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Acciona 100% Ecopowered ready for battle By Acciona Sailing, 5:25 AM Thu 11 Oct 2012
In just thirty days’ time, the Acciona 100% Ecopowered, a unique world-beating project in the field of renewable energies and eco-efficiency, will take on its long-awaited challenge: the Vendée Globe. Javier Sansó and the ground-breaking Imoca 60 Acciona 100% EcoPowered are edging towards the starting line of the world’s most demanding sailing event. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Marc Guillemot and Safran prepare for battle By Soazig Guého, 2:29 AM Thu 11 Oct 2012
The countdown has begun with thirty days to go before the start of the 2012 Vendee Globe. The date is drawing near. Marc Guillemot tells us about his final preparations. With 30 days to go to the start in Les Sables d'Olonne, Marc Guillemot’s daily life is completely given over to the big start of his solo round the world voyage: 'Since the end of August, we have been in a different phase...' ...[more]

Vendee Globe - IMOCA skippers participate in the Azimut Trophy By Vendee Globe, , 4:58 AM Tue 2 Oct 2012
Vendee Globe – From the 28th-30th September, IMOCA skippers were expected in Lorient to take part in the second edition of the Azimut Trophy (a 210-mile single-handed race) and Challenge (around Groix Island with a crew). It was the perfect change to get together 40 days before the start in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and face each other in a competition one last time before November 10. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Akena Verandas at sea, Cheminées Poujoulat prepares By Vendee Globe, 9:03 AM Wed 22 Aug 2012
Following three weeks of summer work, Akena Vérandas was launched back at sea and equipped with her keel on Tuesday, before getting her mast back on Thursday in Les Sables d’Olonne. 'Everything went well,' Arnaud Boissières said. The skipper – who is about to enjoy a few days of rest – will be back at the end of August for technical test sailings and public relation campaigns. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Virbac Paprec 3 in dry dock By Vendee Globe, 9:06 PM Thu 26 Jul 2012
As part of her preparation to the November 10 start of the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe, Jean-pierre Dick's yacht Virbac Paprec 3 was taken into drydock on Friday and should remain there for a month. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Bertrand de Broc launches yacht By Vendee Globe, 6:40 AM Wed 27 Jun 2012
Bertrand de Broc the French skipper went one step further in his Vendée Globe participation as his boat was launched in Port-la-Forêt. For Bertrand de Broc, the launch of Votre Nom autour du Monde marks the beginning of the Vendée Globe adventure. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Davies Video, Golding's new mast, Thomson sets out By Vendee Globe, 4:29 PM Fri 22 Jun 2012
The Vendee Globe, a single handed round the world non-stop race, begins on 10th November 2012. Sam Davies (Savéol) was out at sea for her Vendée Globe qualifying course, the British yachtswoman had to stop in Coruna. Gamesa skipper Mike Golding can get back out sailing again and Alex Thomson left the Straits of Gibraltar on Tuesday night (19th June) to sail non-stop to New York. ...[more]

Mike Golding prepares for his 4th Vendée Globe By Andi Robertson, , 10:27 AM Wed 30 May 2012
Andi Robertson interviews veteran British sailor Mike Golding, who now faces with Gamesa, his fourth assault on the Vendée Globe. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Mike Golding on what's next for Gamesa By Vendee Globe, 5:43 AM Sun 6 May 2012
Vendee Globe – Following a failure of the Gamesa furling gear which led to the dismasting of his monohull off the Isle of Wight, Southampton-based skipper Mike Golding speaks about what is next for him, the boat and Gamesa sailing team and explains the consequences on his Vendée Globe preparation. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Breakup for Dejeanty and Wardley but hopes remain high By JB Dejeanty - Vendee Globe, 12:47 PM Fri 27 Apr 2012
Vendee Globe – After being compelled to put an end to the partnership with his sponsor, with just seven months to go before the Vendée Globe begins, Jean-Baptiste Dejeanty tells us more about his current situation. After he announced the termination of the contract he had signed with Swiss group LPG (Luxury Prestige Group), represented by its managing President Jean-Michel Le Norcy ...[more]

Liz Wardley officially launches her Vendee Globe project By Vendee Globe, , 7:28 AM Fri 27 Apr 2012
Vendee Globe - Impossible is not Liz! Inspired by the motto of a famous sporting goods brand, Liz Wardley is now officially launching her 2012 Vendée Globe project. Only a week after the contract she had signed with an unscrupulous sponsor who kept none of his promises was terminated. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Sam Davies happy By Vendee Globe, 9:58 AM Wed 18 Apr 2012
After her first offshore training session on Savéol, a 600-nautical mile race with five other Vendée Globe contenders, Sam Davies admitted it had been physically tough on her. Arnaud Boissières and his monohull Akena Vérandas, which recently received its new mast, were supposed to go for their first offshore sailing session on Tuesday. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Akena Vérandas nears completion By Vendee Globe, 4:31 AM Mon 9 Apr 2012
Arnaud Boissières’ monohull, Akena Vérandas, received her keel on Friday morning in Les Sables d’Olonne. The boat, formerly known as PRB, on which Vincent Riou finished third in the last Vendée Globe, is now near completion as her mast will be mounted on April 11, also in Les Sables d’Olonne, the host city of the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe start. ...[more]

Vendee Globe skippers seek top form for upcoming race By Vendee Globe, 9:56 AM Wed 28 Mar 2012
There are now fewer than eight months to go before the Vendée Globe gets underway and skippers are currently actively working on their physical preparation in order to reach their peak form on November 10. Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) and Kito de Pavant's (Groupe Bel) physical trainers tell us more about the key-elements of an ideal training. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - For Caffari the clock is ticking By Vendee Globe, 6:10 PM Tue 27 Mar 2012
British yachtswoman Dee Caffari is still hoping to compete in the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe. One would think that a sailor with the experience of Dee Caffari would not have too much trouble putting together a Vendée Globe participation project and find the sponsors and financial support she needs to sail around the world on a high-performance boat for what would be her second Vendée Globe adventure. ...[more]

Vendee Globe 2012 - Jeremie Beyou officially registered By Vendee Globe, 7:55 AM Mon 27 Feb 2012
Vendee Globe 2012 - There are now a total of five skippers officially registered to participate in the upcoming edition after skipper Jeremie Beyou's pre-registration received confimration by Race Management. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Jean Le Cam set By Vendee Globe, 8:57 AM Sun 12 Feb 2012
The 2012 Vendee Globe will be Jean Le Cam's third participation in the event. Le Cam announced that he will join the start line at Sables-d'Olonne on 10 November this year. ‘King’ Jean’s monohull will be sailing the colours of Synerciel, the top French network of artisans and small businesses for the building industry. ...[more]

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