June 25, 2020
With five months to go to the start of the Vendée Globe, almost all of the competitors have relaunched their boats and restarted their preparation for the ninth edition. Now is the time to look at some of the details concerning the key steps that lie ahead as the skippers prepare for 8th November.
• The race will start on 8th November
• The layout of the village to be adjusted as necessary
• Key dates leading up to 8th November
• The situation concerning registrations
• All about the Vendée – Arctique – Les Sables d’Olonne
The start of the 9th Vendée Globe will take place on November 8th, off Sables d’Olonne. This was confirmed by the Board of Directors of SAEM Vendée, the organizing company of the Vendée Globe, on Monday, 8th June, a symbolic date since it is also World Ocean Day, five months before the Vendée Globe start.
Since the closing of the registration nominations on November 1st, 35 candidates have set themselves up to be on the starting line. As it stands today 18 skippers are already officially registered.
The SAEM Vendée also took the decision to set up a Start Village, which will open on Saturday 17th October. It will turn into the Race Village on 8th November then the Finish Village to welcome the skippers home from their round the world race. The arrangements for the general public will be adapted to public health requirements which may affect sporting events and they will have to be approved by the relevant authorities.
“We promised to clarify the situation for the Vendée Globe fleet, partners and other bodies before 15th June and that has now been done. We are proud to have been able to maintain this sporting event and the start of the ninth edition on the 8th November. The race will take place and it looks highly likely that it will be one of the most breathtaking in the history of solo round the world racing. Our teams are working flat out to come to be able to give the best welcome possible to the general public.”
Yves Auvinet, President of the SAEM Vendée