Those competing in the Vendée Globe will set sail on their voyage around the world on 8th November at the start of what looks like being an exceptional edition. Eight new boats, 36 contenders will be lining up at the start of the adventure including six women and eight different nationalities. The numbers are there to show us that the 2020 Vendée Globe will be one for the history books.
Of course, during the days leading up to the start of the race, you simply have to take a stroll around the pontoons. That will be an opportunity to take advantage of the special atmosphere you find at the start of a race and get a close look at the competitors and their shore teams. Some of you may choose to line up along the harbour wall in the entrance channel to Les Sables d’Olonne to get close to the excitement and emotions of all the sailors as they leave the harbour and make their way out to sea. Others may climb aboard a spectator boat to stay with the solo skippers a bit longer as they get ready to tackle the Bay of Biscay.
For those who want to experience the adventure fully, Vendée Tourisme is offering several different options going from a simple trip out to sea with commentary from an expert to weekend packages to enable you to make the most of your stay in Les Sables d’Olonne.
A day in the Vendée Globe Village is an opportunity to bump into some famous skippers, learn all about what the solo round the world voyage entails with educational presentations, and hop aboard a passenger vessel on the day of the start after watching the competitors make their way out of the harbour channel in Les Sables.
Three special packages are available:
• Boat package
• Boat package and meal
• Weekend package in Les Sables d’Olonne
Special arrangements for groups
Vendée Tourisme is offering complete packages for groups, allowing everyone to understand the race, and fully experience the event.
Visits to the pontoons, special evenings, conferences to understand more about what the sailors will experience and the technical aspects. All of these events are the best way to prepare for the big day of the start, when you will be able to watch the sailors carry out their first tacks from a passenger vessel accompanied by expert commentators, who will enable you to experience everything form the heart of the event.
These stays can be combined with a visit to the Puy du Fou, a trip to the islands off Vendée or a trip to discover the Poitevin marshes.
To find out more: https://www.vendee-tourisme.com/idees-sejours/groupes/vendee-globe-2020/
After the start
This year, Race HQ and the organisers will remain in Les Sables d’Olonne. This means there is the possibility of visiting the Christmas Market with part of the day spent in the hall where the radio link-ups are organised. You will be able to listen to live interviews with the skippers, get right up close to the incredible set-up involved in organising the Vendée Globe, while spending time at the seaside… Just do not be surprised if you then feel like being there for the finish, when the sailors return home and share their emotions after completing the solo round the world voyage.
The pontoons wil be closed on the 7th and 8th of november. The village will still be open.
To find out all about the Vendée Globe and the packages on offer: