About Last Night. Thousands Honour Vendée Globe Skippers in Les Sables D’Olonne
Tens of thousands of partying, passionate Vendée Globe race fans and well-wishers lined Les Sables d’Olonne’s Grand Plage, the main sea front promenade, last night (Friday) to honour the heroic 2020-2021 skippers. Emotions and celebrations suppressed by the pandemic for over a year came bursting to the fore and the joyous celebrations carried on late into a beautiful early summer night.
25 solo skippers at the start of the Arctic Vendée – Les Sables d’Olonne
For its second edition, the Vendée Arctic – Les Sables d’Olonne race has attracted a strong line-up at just over two years from the start of 2024’s 10th edition of the Vendée Globe. The sporting as well as the media successes of the phenomenal 2020-2021 edition have really stimulated skippers’ projects and their sponsors, so that this time the transition phase from one race to the next has proven to be particularly short. The Arctic Vendée is the first of the five races* for skippers to qualify to be at the start of the the Vendée Globe 2024. So naturally skippers want to get qualified as quickly as possible.
Charlie Dalin (Apivia) won the third edition of the Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race which in fact is his first solo victory in IMOCA (excluding being first across the line in the Vendée Globe) and his fourth overall IMOCA race win since 2019 in all different formats combined. Twenty one of the 24 solo sailors entered have racked up their miles in their 2024 Vendée Globe selection race.
To launch the summer season, the festivities will begin on Friday 3rd June 2022 with the Grand Parade of the 2020 Vendée Globe Skippers, to celebrate these men and women of the sea.
This parade will take place on the Remblai in Les Sables d'Olonne. It will begin from Place de Strasbourg from 9.30pm to Casino des Atlantes and will be punctuated by a firework display visible from the Grande Plage.
A privileged moment of sharing between the public and the skippers who have made them dream of the open sea during this time of pandemic and confinement.
The Dream Makers, Episode 4. Marrying up skippers and sponsors
It is a long and mostly difficult path to the start line of the Vendée Globe and not everyone makes it. Here is number four in our series of those team members who work behind the curtain in a while variety of different roles to help get the project from being an idea to actually crossing the start line and going racing.