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6th November 2016
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The route

Around the world via the three capes

The course for the Vendée Globe illustrates the straightforward nature and simplicity of the idea behind this major event. You sail around the world from west to east via the three major capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin and the Horn. There is a long slide down the Atlantic, the perilous voyage across the Southern Ocean with firstly the Indian Ocean and its crossed seas, then the Pacific Ocean, the world’s biggest ocean. Finally, there is the climb back up the Atlantic to head back to Les Sables d’Olonne, which marks the start and finish of the Everest of the seas. We take a look at each section of the round the world race course...

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2012-2013 : An unforgettable duel around the planet

Historic 2012-2013

The seventh edition of the Vendée Globe was one for the history books. For the first time, two sailors completed the voyage in less than 80 days. François Gabart and Armel Le Cléac'h fought a relentless and unforgettable duel around the planet. The adventure came to an end after 78 days of sailing… with just three tiny hours between them at the finish in Les Sables d'Olonne. Along with the eighteen other competitors that set out, each with their own goals, they allowed millions of fans to dream of wide open spaces, adventure and freedom. We look back at some of the greatest moments in the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe...

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Some datas about the Vendée Globe

Somes datas about the Vendée Globe


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Discover a 60' open

Discover a 60' open


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The IMOCA class


Founded in 1991 and recognised by ISAF (International Sailing Federation) since 1998, IMOCA is the class association, which takes care of 60-foot Open monohulls (18.28 metres). With more than twenty skippers signed up, its championship includes two round the world races, a round Europe race and several ocean races. The IMOCA class aims to make ocean racing more international and it brings together ideas about competitions, innovation, human adventure and safety.

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Apparent wind :
Relative wind resulting from the boat's speed and the real wind.


Backstay :
Rear shroud holding up the mast and symmetrical to the forestay.

Ballast :
Compartment or tank used for balance by being filled with, or emptied of, water.


Capsize :
A boat capsizes when it goes over on its side under the force of a violent wave or strong wind to an angle, which means that it remains on its side.

Chain plate :
The attachment point for the shroud or stays to the hull side.

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