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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]

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 to get underway with best participant list ever By Vendee Globe, , 7:43 AM Thu 27 Sep 2012
When the seventh edition of the Vendee Globe gets underway on November 10th in Les Sables d’Olonne, twenty yachtsmen will be on the line. The final entrants list was unveiled on Wednesday at Paris’ Maison de la Mutualité by Vendée General Council President Bruno Retailleau. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - First Polish skipper ready to race By Vendee Globe, , 7:26 AM Thu 27 Sep 2012
When the 2012 Vendee Globe gets underway on November 10th in Les Sables d’Olonne, there will be twenty skippers on the start line. Zbigniew Gutkowski - aka ‘Gutek’ - is the first Polish skipper ever to compete in the ‘Everest of the Seas’ since the creation of the race and he will fly the colours of Energa, the leader of the renewable energy market in Poland. Let's get to know him better. ...[more]

Dominique Wavre presents Vendee Globe project in Geneva By Bernard Schopfer, 12:55 AM Fri 14 Sep 2012
Vendee Globe 2012 gets underway on 10th November. Dominique Wavre, skipper of yacht Mirabaud, will cross the start line to race non-stop around the world alone and without outside assistance. The Swiss skipper feels things are falling into place for him to achieve the best possible result. ...[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]

Vendée Globe - Check-up time for Kito de Pavant's Groupe Bel By Vendée Globe, 6:44 PM Sun 22 Jul 2012
It is check-up time for Kito de Pavant's yacht with only four months to go before the start of the Vendée Globe. The rudder blades, the hydraulic system and several other parts will be tested - and possibly replaced - so the monohull is as reliable as possible. ...[more]

Vendée Globe – Sam Davis aims for podium finish By Vendée Globe, 7:00 PM Sat 7 Jul 2012
She just finished her Vendée Globe qualifying route, took on photo calls after photo calls and interviews after interviews... She was barely back in her daily routine as a mother but was already about to start as a Volvo Ocean Race commentator before taking part in the parade marking the start of the stage start to Galway on Sunday 1st July. Samantha Davis never takes breaks and is on all fronts. ...[more]

Vendée Globe - Sam Davies delighted with first solo experience By Vendée Globe, 6:18 PM Sun 1 Jul 2012
Vendée Globe - After coming back from her offshore sailing session started on June 14 in order to qualify for the Vendée Globe, Sam Davies expressed how delighted she was with this first solo experience on Savéol: ...[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]

Vendée Globe - Interview with Jérémie Beyou By Vendée Globe, 8:24 PM Thu 21 Jun 2012
The Vendée Globe 2012-2013 gets underway from Les Sables d’Olonne on November 10, 2012. Jérémie Beyou (Maître CoQ) will start his second Vendée Globe in less than five months time and shares details on his preparation and his goals. ...[more]

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