The 30 participants
This sunday, November 9th 2008,the 6th edition of the legendary Vendée Globe will start from the harbour of Les Sables d’Olonne, where it was born.
The Vendée Globe is a round-the-world single-handed yacht race, sailed non-stop and without assistance, it takes place every four years and it is considered the ultimate challenge in ocean racing, a tough affair for the best sailors of the world. The race was founded in 1989 by Philippe Jeantot, two times winner around the world (BOC Challenge, with stopovers), who refused to rest on his laurels.
This edition 30 navigators will set sails aboard their Open 60 monohulls, on the Clipper Route they will head towards the three great capes, marking the southern tips of the African continent, Australia and America: Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin and legendary Cape Horn, where statistics say that there is extreme weather conditions two days out of three, then back to Les Sables d’Olonne.