17 September 2020


The 2020 Vendée Globe Is On Course To Be An Exceptional Edition.

The official press conference for the ninth edition of the Vendée Globe was held today Thursday, September 17 at the Palais Brongniart in Paris. The event mustered as many sailors, partners, organisers and journalists as was safely possible. It is an important milestone 52 days before the start of the non-stop, unassisted solo round-the-world race which is shaping up to be an exceptional event in every area


Paris Gathers Skippers For The Press Conference, What The Skippers Said

Some joined by videoconference other skippers there were there in person in Paris, but here is a round up of what the skippers said at the Press Conference. 


A Popular Festival Falls In Line With Requirements For A Unique Period

Single-handed ocean racing is certainly one of the sports most suited to an extreme of social distancing, but welcoming the public to Les Sables d'Olonne is a big challenge in these difficult times.

16 September 2020


Meeting Fabrice Amedeo

He has a degree in Philosophy and was a career journalist with the Figaro newspaper who then took up the challenge to race on the AG2R and La Solitaire du Figaro. That set in train his desire to race solo offshore, culminating in his first Vendée Globe in 2016-17 when he finished 11th. Now, looking to a step up in his performance and racing and sailing full time, meet Fabrice Amedeo

In brief

New Colours for Alexia Barrier and Clément Giraud

The good news comes in waves as the clock ticks down to the start of the Vendee Globe, Alexia Barrier and Clément Giraud. Within a few days of finalising their registration for the race both solo skippers have announced new partners.

For Alexia Barrier, that new supporting partner is TSE, an independent French solar energy company which will now appear on the Mediterranean sailor's Imoca60 which is now named TSE - 4myplanet.

Meantime Clément Giraud is pleased to reveal his two partners: La Compagnie du Lit, who were sponsors of Stéphane le Diraison four years ago, and Jiliti, who are experts in the maintenance of IT infrastructures and programmes. 

14 September 2020


Some Surprises On The Three Course Menu At The 10th Défi Azimuth But Beyou Wins Offshore

Attracting more than half of the Imoca fleet that is registered for the Vendée Globe, the Lorient based 10th edition of the Défi Azimut delivered a number of surprises, even if the winner of the main, 500 miles offshore race proved to be the same as the recent Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d’Olonne, Jérémie Beyou (Charal).

09 September 2020


Azimut Challenge: final exercise with two months to go to the start of the Vendée Globe

19 of the 33 skippers taking part in the Vendée Globe have been getting together in Lorient from today to compete in the Azimut Challenge, a promotional and sporting event offering the future round the world competitors one final opportunity to compete in races,  sailing solo and with a crew, before the start from Les Sables d’Olonne on 8th November.

04 September 2020


Meeting Alex Thomson

Starting the Vendée Globe for his fifth time and as a solo sailor who really has built a global following, he needs no introduction. He grew up in Wales initially where he developed his love of sailing fast as a windsurfer. When he took a team to victory on the 1999 Clipper Race at 25 he became the youngest skipper to win a round the world race.  Now one of his preferences – away from his IMOCA - under sail is kite-foiling. He has been successively third and then second on the Vendée Globe, will this be the one for Alex Thomson?

02 September 2020


33 solo sailors will be at the start of the Vendée Globe as entry record is broken

A new record sized fleet will compete in the 2020 edition of the Vendée Globe as 33 competitors are now registered to be on the start line off Les Sables d’Olonne on November 8. The strong entry underlines the contnued growing interest in the solo, non-stop round the world race.

29 August 2020


Meeting Kevin Escoffier

The time is right for Kevin Escoffier. A member of the famous Saint Malo sailing dynasty Escoffier has won the Volvo Ocean Race with Dongfeng, the Trophée Jules Verne with Banque Populaire among his many sailing honours. But he is also an in demand composites engineer who ran the Banque Populaire Sailing Team’s design office and so contributed heavily to the success of Armel Le Cléac’h on the last race. He says his choice to try solo racing is about not living with a regret he never tried when he is older.


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