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RT @BertranddeBroc: Très fier d'avoir pu naviguer avec mon fils, Leo ! https://t.co/dHasplYpte

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Les derniers conseils meteo à Armel Le CLEAC'H @VoileBanquePop avant le départ lundi #TheTransat twitter.com/voilebanquepop…

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RT @GitanaTeam: Bon week end à tous et rendez-vous lundi 2 mai pour le départ de @The_Transat bakerly #TheTransat @SebJosse amp.twimg.com/v/a748b9a9-2e5…

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RT @GitanaTeam: [NEWS] Un monocoque sophistiqué façonné par le Gitana Team @The_Transat @SebJosse #TheTransat cards.twitter.com/cards/pb6kl2/1…

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RT @stephlediraison: [FLASH INFO] : La mise à l'eau du bateau s'est bien passée, grand moment d'émotion ! #VG2016 #unrêveunVendée https://t…

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RT @SMAVoile: #TheTransat : @PaulMEILHAT prêt à traverser ! Le point complet à J-3 du départ ➡️ bit.ly/PretAtraverser https://t.co/OUEQ…

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RT @HUGOBOSS: Skipper @AlexThomson99 sets sail on his trans-Atlantic journey with the HUGO BOSS yacht #roadtovendee #bosssports https://t.c…

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Découvrez les premières images de Maitre CoQ @JeremieBeyou avec ses foils #vg2016 twitter.com/jeremiebeyou/s…

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RT @JeanPierre_Dick: [J-3 : Remise en place des foils] Dernière ligne droite avant le départ, StMichel-Virbac retrouve ses ailes #foil http…

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Merci et bravo @JeremieBeyou pour les belles images à bord de Maitre CoQ ! facebook.com/IMOCA.OceanRac… https://t.co/V53fJPGBZ9

The Vendée Globe is the hardest and most famous sailing race in the world. Nicknamed the Everest of the Seas, it involves sailing around the world alone, without stopping and without assistance, setting sail from and finishing in Les Sables d’Olonne, after rounding the three legendary capes: The Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, Cape Leeuwin in Southern Australia and the infamous Cape Horn at the tip of South America. They therefore have to sail twice in the North and South Atlantic – on the way down and on the way back – and sail around Antarctica by crossing the Indian Ocean and the huge Pacific. Like other major international sporting events (the Olympics, World Cup, etc) it has been organised every four years since 1989. This merciless event, which combines human endeavour and technological aspects, is raced on 60-foot monohulls (18.28 m), IMOCA boats. The Vendée Globe has been won by some very famous sailors, Titouan Lamazou, Alain Gautier, Christophe Auguin, Vincent Riou and François Gabart. Only one sailor has won it twice: Michel Desjoyeaux in 2001 and 2009. The race record is held by François Gabart, who finished after 78 days. The eighth Vendée Globe will begin from Les Sables d’Olonne on Sunday 6th November 2016.

The non-stop solo round the world race without assistance

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