The Vendée Globe is the only solo, non-stop, sailing race around the world without assistance. It first started following the Golden Globe that initiated the first circumnavigation of this type via the three capes (Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn) in 1968.
44,996 kilometres, or 24,296 miles. That is the circumference of the Earth. The Vendée Globe accomplishes in 74 days this planetary voyage as participants sail down the Atlantic, across the Indian and face the challenges of the Pacific Ocean. The public refer to this arduous competition as the Everest of the seas, and the 9th edition will see 33 contenders depart from Les Sables-d’ Olonne to take part in a life changing competition.
Will they be able to complete their journey or succumb to the hardships of the ocean? In the Vendée Globe Preview we will update you on what to expect of this year’s edition. Find out now, on Nautical Channel.