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19 May 2022

16:23
Vendée Arctique - Les Sables d'Olonne

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.

17 May 2022

15:19
News

Dalin: “The year couldn't have started better"

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.

03 May 2022

12:00
Vendée Arctique - Les Sables d'Olonne

The grand parade 2020 Vendée Globe skippers

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.  

19 April 2022

12:51
The dream builders series

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.

Number 4, the sponsorship seeker or agent.

12 April 2022

07:09
In brief

Guirec Soudée and freelance.com partner up for the 2024 Vendée Globe

The adventurous French sailor Guirec Soudée and freelance.com who are the French leaders in the linking companies and external freelance talents have teamed up for an entry for the Venée Globe 2024.

Soudée’s story is inspiring. He spent five years sailing solo around the world, notably enduring a winter in Greenland that meant 130 days stuck in ice. He also sailed the Northwest Passage to reach Cape Horn and the South Pole. Last year, he rowed twice across the Atlantic, first from west to east, then in the other direction.

His 670 days going around the word were not entirely solo as he sailed many of them with Monique, a red hen adopted in the Canary Islands. And so his durability and self reliance are not in question and should be major attributes  during the Vendée Globe 2024.

He says his passion for solo round the world non-stop, unassisted racing dates back many years. A meeting with Éric Dumont (two participations, including 4th place in 1996-97) helped convince him that the format would work for him and he would enjoy the challenge.

Previously Roland Jourdain’s race fascinated and encouraged him and more recently the race of Benjamin Dutreux also inspired him to give it OK. The 30-year-old bought Dutreux’s boat which has been optimised by Éole Performance, Dutreux’s boatyard which is near Les Sables d’Olonne.  Sébastien Audigane has clocked six rounds of the world, will be the boat captain of freelance.com.

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