The non-stop race Vendée Globe

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Vendee Globe Race Route © NASA

Vendee Globe Race Route © NASA

The Vendée Globe is a round-the-world single-handed yacht race, sailed non-stop and without assistance. The race was founded by Philippe Jeantot in 1989, and since 1992 has taken place every four years. The 2012-2013 edition started Saturday, November 10, 2012.

As the only single-handed non-stop round-the-world race (in contrast to the VELUX 5 Oceans Race, which is sailed in stages), the race is a serious test of individual endurance, and is regarded by many as the ultimate in ocean racing.

Virbac-Paprec © flickr.com - jakez29120/cc-by-sa-2.0 Poujoulat © flickr.com - jakez29120/cc-by-sa-2.0 Initiatives © flickr.com - jakez29120/cc-by-sa-2.0 Akena Vérandas © flickr.com - jakez29120/cc-by-sa-2.0 Acciona © flickr.com - jakez29120/cc-by-sa-2.0 Vendee Globe Race Route © NASA
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Akena Vérandas © flickr.com - jakez29120/cc-by-sa-2.0
The race is open to monohull yachts conforming to the Open 60 class criteria. (Prior to 2004, the race was also open to Open 50 boats.) The Open classes are unrestricted in certain aspects, but a box rule governs parameters such as overall length, draught, appendages and stability, as well as numerous other safety features.

The race starts and finishes in Les Sables-d’Olonne, in the Vendée département of France; both Les Sables d’Olonne and the Vendée Conseil Général are official race sponsors. The course is essentially a circumnavigation along the clipper route: from Les Sables d’Olonne, down the Atlantic Ocean to the Cape of Good Hope; then clockwise around Antarctica, keeping Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn to port; then back to Les Sables d’Olonne. The race generally runs from November to February; and is timed to place the competitors in the Southern Ocean during the austral summer.

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