05 November 2016 - 13:10 • 4517 views



The Vendée Globe is geting ready for its big move to Paris. Race HQ, the nerve centre of the race is currently being set up on the banks of the Seine at the foot of the Eiffel Tower  (quai Branly) in Paris. Open every day from 9 a.m. on Tuesday 8th November, the public will be able to attend the live broadcasts, see the special events, discover the exhibition or quite simply enjoy the friendly atmosphere at the Bistrot Vendéen.

The Vendée Globe will be moving to Paris  and will open its doors on Tuesday 8th November until until the first competitor finishes in Les Sables d'Olonne. The organisers, Race Direction, the communications and production teams, the press service and editorial team will have their offices here on a surface area of more than 1000 square metres at the foot of the aux pieds de la Tour Eiffel.
Here are all the details and must attend events...

* NB: Race HQ and the Press Centre in Les Sables d'Olonne will remain open on Monday 7th November, the day after the start.

Take part each day in the live broadcasts

Every day from noon (local time) with a live audience, Loïc Le Bras and Virginie Valentini will be presenting a live daily show in the Vendée Globe TV studio, VENDÉE LIVE.
This programme will be broadcast live on the official website as well as on French TV channels, BFM Sport and Infosport+.
Each day, they will be looking at what has been happening in the race along with some special studio guests and with the sailors contacted via satellite from out at sea.
For the international audience, there will be a daily live show in English at 1200hrs UTC.

Two other broadcasts will keep you informed about the latest news with a short 3 minute bulletin:

- VENDÉE BRIEFING at 9.30 a.m. (not open to visitors)
- VENDÉE FLASH at 6 p.m.
VENDÉE LIVE will be broadcast live on teh official website, web TV, Facebook LIVE and Dailymotion. The shows will also be available on the replay service on these media.

II – Weekly shows (in French)

Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at  4.30 p.m. local time.
Each Wednesday, VENDÉE PANORAMA invites several guests into the studio to discuss themes linked to the round the world race (history, geography, nature, technological innovation, the environment, fiction, adventure, health, sciences...)

To close the week, a round-up and analysis of a week of racing. Some ocean racing experts, skippers, designers, sponsors, members of the shore teams, technicians, as well as celebrities will offer their analyses, their personal view about the race and will take a look at the week’s news.

Each Sunday, VENDÉE CLUB.
The Sunday afternoon show is given over to the media. Vendée Club will invite radio, TV and newspaper journalists to give their analysis of the race. An opportunity to see how the Vendée Globe is being covered in the media.

III Events and exhibitions

The exhibition "Oceans, unsuspected resources"

One of the highlights of what is happening at Race HQ in Paris, the exhibition "Oceans, unsuspected resources" is dedicated to the theme of the sea and sustainable development within the framework of the Vendée Globe. It shows us the challenges that lie ahead concerning our marine environment and is divided up into seven themes:
            . The big adventure of the Vendée Globe,
            . The sea and renewable energy,
            . Climate change,
            . Biodiversity,
            . Unsuspected resources on the sea bed,
            . Green design,
            . Eco-friendly ideas.

Vendée in Paris

As part of the exhibition for the general public, the Vendée Tourism centre allows all those involved in tourism in Vendée an opportunity to meet people in Paris and to present the interesting features in Vendée. Week by week, they will show us what is special about this area.

The Bistrot Vendéen
The Bistrot Vendéen welcomes you at the heart of the event in a unique setting. With the appearance of a typical bistro at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, come and discover or rediscover Vendée, its land, its skills, thanks to some exceptional chefs. Each week, there will be a presentation of produce, a chef and wine from Vendée, which will make the time you spend at Vendée Globe Race HQ a unique experience.

IV – How to follow the race (from 7th November 2016)

Tracker and rankings (6 rankings a day)
0400 / 0800 / 1100 / 1400 / 1700 / 2100hrs UTC