How to follow the arrivals
Follow the arrivals
The estimated dates and times of arrival are being updated online on the website of the Vendée Globe.
When the boats are closer than 200 miles from the finish, a special chart will regularly specify the position of each boat.
The finish line is located close to the entrance of the Port des Sables d'Olonne.
It will lie between the “Nouch Sud” buoy and the Race Committee Boat.
The buoy Nouch Sud
The Race Committee Boat
The length of the arrival line is: 570 meters.The Race Committee Boat will display the following flags:
- • Orange flag
- • Blue flag
- • Fédération Française de Voile flag
The VHF 72 channel will be assigned to monitor the arrivals.
To attend the boat arrivals
The competitors appreciate very much to be welcomed by boat spectators, but these boats have to keep their wakes to the minimum, as it can become dangerous and risky for the competitor.
- • Make sure that the crew is wearing the lifejackets
- • Respect the COLREG
- • Sail parallel to the competitor
- • Do not cross their course
- • Keep a safe distance with the competitor
- • Sail at a safe speed and smothly
- • Stay downwind to the competitor: attention he may change his course to approach the line
- • Keep away from the competitor when approaching the finish line to cross it in good conditions
- • Switch on your navigation lights
- • Do not light the competitor as he will need to have a clear vision
Under all circumstances
- • Pay attention to the competitor’s speed, he may sail fast
- • Do not overtake him
To attend the arrivals from the shore
On the piers and along the channel remain in accordance with a safe attitudeFollow the skippers from the finish line to the podium:
- • Finish +20min: The boat will prepare to enter in the main channel
- • Finish + 50min: The boat will sail behind the ferry boat
- • Finish + 1h: The boat will arrive at the pontoon
- • Finish + 1h20: Skipper will be at the podium
- • Finish +1h35: The skipper will leave the podium and will rest before the press conference
Attention, the pontoon is not open to the public before the finish line.
You will be able to follow all the arrival procedure on the large screen placed beside the podium.
Watch the Vendée Globe finish online
- The winner’s finish: Live coverage in English and French will be available on the official Vendée Globe website, the iPhone and iPad app as well as DailyMotion and YouTube.
The live coverage will begin about 30 minutes before the boat crosses the finish line and will end two hours later, once the skipper has gone through the podium ceremony.
- The finish of the second and third skipper (until January 31) will be broadcast live on the same platforms, from the end of the channel to the podium ceremony. Press conferences will also be broadcast live 30 minutes later.
- A selection of the best videos of each boat shot at sea, on the finish line and in the channel will be posted online as soon as possible after each yacht’s arrival.
The following skipper’s ETA can be found on the top right hand corner of the Vendée Globe official website homepage.
Note: If the tide does not allow the skipper to sail through the channel (check the tide timetable here), most of them will decide to remain where they are after they cross the finish line. The live coverage will be interrupted while they wait.
LIVE arrival broadcast France and International
WATER DEPTH TIMES TO ENTER THE HARBOUR OF LES SABLES D’OLONNE