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Enda Completes His Remarkable Odyssey

Finally he made it. On Easter Sunday Irish solo racer Enda O'Coineen, 63, skipper and team ambassador and for Le Souffle du Nord and Team Ireland,…

Enda O'Coineen on the road back to the equator

After 42 days at sea since leaving New Zealand, the Irish sailor Enda O’Coineen continues his solo journey to return home with the IMOCA Le Souffle…

Charlie Dalin to compete in the Vendée Globe

After displaying the colours of MACIF for four years in the Figaro circuit, Charlie Dalin, French offshore racing champion in 2016 and French vice-champion…

Simon’s maiden innings

The young skipper Sébastien Simon, aged 28, will be competing in the next Vendée Globe at the helm of an IMOCA monohull flying the colours…

Amedeo announces a new partner

« I’m still hungry for the Vendée Globe. » Now certain that Newrest, his partner for the last Vendée Globe, will remain…

Attanasio – a two pronged attack

As he busily prepares for the Transat AG2R - La Mondiale (start on 22nd April) on a Figaro, Romain Attanasio is also hard at work on his new 60-foot boat,…

Le Souffle du Nord – Team Ireland set sails again to complete the voyage

On Friday 26th January, Irish sailor, Enda O’Coineen set sail from Dunedin, New Zealand, aboard Thomas Ruyant’s former Le Souffle du Nord,…
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2018, time marches on

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Sebastien Simon Steps Up to the Plate

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The call of the Med

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Armel One Year On

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Close to zero?

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A World of His Own

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Carpe Diem....Time Flies

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Vendée Globe 2016-2017 ranking

At 12h00 Skipper/Boat Race time
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Armel LE CLÉAC’H BANQUE POPULAIRE VIII
Boat with hydrofoils
Arrived on 19/01/17 at 16:37
Race time : 74d 03h 35m 46s
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Alex THOMSON HUGO BOSS
Boat with hydrofoils
Arrived on 20/01/17 at 08:37
Race time : 74d 19h 35m 15s (+15h 59m 29s)
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Jérémie BEYOU MAITRE COQ
Boat with hydrofoils
Arrived on 23/01/17 at 19:40
Race time : 78d 06h 38m 40s (+4d 03h 02m 54s)
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Jean-Pierre DICK StMICHEL-VIRBAC
Boat with hydrofoils
Arrived on 25/01/17 at 14:47
Race time : 80d 01h 45m 45s (+5d 22h 09m 59s)
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Yann ELIES QUÉGUINER - LEUCÉMIE ESPOIR
Arrived on 25/01/17 at 16:13
Race time : 80d 03h 11m 09s (+5d 23h 35m 23s)
Boat with hydrofoils Boat with hydrofoils

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  • Press conference during Finish arrival of Pieter Heerema (NL), skipper No Way Back,17th of the sailing circumnavigation solo race Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on March 2nd, 2017 - Photo Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendee Globe

Arrivée de Pieter Heerema (NL), skipper No Way Back, 17ème du Vendee Globe, aux Sables d'Olonne, France, le 2 Mars 2017 - Photo Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Vende

    Press conference with Pieter Heerema

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  • Podium with tulips during Finish arrival of Pieter Heerema (NL), skipper No Way Back,17th of the sailing circumnavigation solo race Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on March 2nd, 2017 - Photo Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendee GlobeArrivée de Pieter Heerema (NL), skipper No Way Back, 17ème du Vendee Globe, aux Sables d'Olonne, France, le 2 Mars 2017 - Photo Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Ven

    Interview with Pieter Heerema at the podium

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🎉 Toute l'équipe souhaite un très joyeux anniversaire à @Rich_Wilson le doyen de la dernière édition du… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

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🎉 The whole team wishes a very happy birthday to @Rich_Wilson, the oldest competitor in the last #VendéeGlobe editi… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

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RT @ManuelCousin71: ENERGIE GLOBE C'est parti !!! @vendeglobe1 @GroupeSetin @ManuelCousin71 https://t.co/xv2JGvIWEg

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Suivez la conférence de presse de @ManuelCousin71 en direct de @VilleDesSables ! twitter.com/ManuelCousin71…

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17 years ago, Pasquale Di Gregorio crossed the finish line of the #VendeeGlobe in 15th and last position after 158… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

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Il y a 17 ans, Pasquale Di Gregorio passait la ligne d'arrivée du #VendeeGlobe en 15e et dernière position après 15… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

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Toute l'équipe souhaite un très joyeux anniversaire à Alex Thomson ! #VendéeGlobe #skipper #race #happybirthday https://t.co/o2Xt7f01qD

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The whole team wishes Alex Thomson a happy birthday ! #VendéeGlobe #skipper #race #happybirthday https://t.co/XN5CjrvWh1

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🎉 The whole team wishes a very happy birthday to Anne Liardet, the third woman to complete the Vendée Globe during… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

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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