Vendée Globe 2020 - 2021
A LEGENDARY RACE
The Vendée Globe is a non-stop single-handed round-the-world race with no assistance. It started back in 1989 and takes place every 4 years. Each race is an amazing adventure, both for the skippers who brave sailing the oceans solo and for the thousands of people who support and encourage them throughout. The race is open to IMOCA 60-foot monohull sailing yachts, which is just over 18 metres.
BENETEAU, TECHNICAL SUPPLIER OF THE VENDÉE GLOBE
BENETEAU has backed the Vendée Globe from the outset. This year, for the 5th year running, it will be a technical supplier, providing the organizers with a fleet of 16 powerboats made up of the latest models of the Swift Trawler, Antares, Gran Turismo and Barracuda lines.
The BENETEAU fleet will take the journalists, photographers and camera operators as close as they can to the event, in weather conditions that can often be difficult at this time of year.
The Vendée Globe course runs round the world, with the start taking place in the Bay of Les Sables d'Olonne. The skippers sail down the Atlantic Ocean, cross the Indian and Pacific Oceans, round Cape Horn, and sail back up the Atlantic to return to Vendée. Armel Le Cléac'h, the winner of the last Vendée Globe, completed the course in 74 days and 3 hours. A record!
A TITLE FOR GREAT SAILORS
Since 1989, some of the finest sailors have won the Vendée Globe: Titouan Lamazou in 1990, Alain Gautier in 1993, Christophe Auguin in 1997, Michel Desjoyeaux, in 2001 and 2009, Vincent Riou in 2005, François Gabart in 2013 and Armel Le Cléac'h in 2017 (winner of the Solitaire du Figaro in September 2020).
33 skippers have registered for the 9th Vendée Globe including 6 women. Among them are sailors who started out on the Figaro BENETEAU II or the Figaro BENETEAU 3 : Jérémie Beyou, Benjamin Dutreux, Charlie Dalin and Sébastien Simon.
Header credit: Municipal archives Les Sables d'Olonne and Jean-Pierre Sené Collection. (17 February 1997 - Christophe Auguin’s finish, winner of the Vendée Globe 1997).
Other credits: Jean-Marie Liot - Olivier Blanchet - Mark Lloyd - BENETEAU photo library.
THREE DECADES OF VENDÉE GLOBE HEROES
In 1990, Titouan Lamazou, winner of the first race, on his monohull Écureuil d’Aquitaine.
In 1993, Alain Gautier at the helm of Bagages Superior wins the race after 100 days at sea.
In 1997, Christophe Auguin on Géodis wins the Vendée Globe in 105 days, 20 hours and 31 minutes.
In 2001, Michel Desjoyeaux finishes first ahead of Ellen MacArthur and Roland Jourdain.
In 2004, Vincent Riou competes in the Vendée Globe and wins the race on his yacht PRB.
In 2009, Michel Desjoyeaux pulls off a real feat and succeeds in winning a second Vendée Globe on Foncia.
In 2013, François Gabart, on Macif, wins the 7th Vendée Globe and becomes the youngest winner of the race.
On 19 January 2017, Armel Le Cleac'h wins the 8th Vendée Globe on Banque Populaire in 74 days 3 hours and 35 minutes.
The public will be able to attend the start of the Vendée Globe 2020 on certain conditions, due to the current pandemic.