Vendée Globe


The starting and finishing point of this race is the seaside resort of Les Sables d'Olonne near the campsite le Puits Rochais in the Vendée.

The Vendée Globe, a world-famous sailing race

Every four years since 1989, around twenty monohull boats have been sailing around the world for a race lasting around a hundred days. The conditions? The participants sail single-handed, without assistance and without stopovers! A world-renowned event during which the skippers only allow themselves a few microsizes to be in good enough physical condition to be able to take back control of the boat at any time. The question of food is also central during the Vendée Globe. But what do the sailors eat during the race? Generally freeze-dried products and vacuum-packed meals, without forgetting the small gustatory pleasures of everyday life, which help to keep their spirits up at all times: chocolate, sweets or even sardines in oil according to each person's preferences.

The Vendée Globe course, start and finish in Les Sables d'Olonne!

The skippers are sailing around the world via the following three capes: the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn. They are thus crossing the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans and will find themselves confronted with nature, which will sometimes give them a hard time, particularly in the Southern Ocean: rain, storms, impressive waves and strong winds may be with them on their long journey. One thing is certain: whether it is to repair damage, take care of themselves or establish their sailing plan, all these brave sailors will have to rely only on themselves!

The Vendée Globe is therefore an intense and particularly difficult race, far from the peaceful seaside strolls from the port of Les Sables d'Olonne! As a result, there are often several days between the arrival of the 1st and 2nd skipper. Only Michel Desjoyaux has achieved the feat of winning the Vendée Globe twice, in 2001 and 2009! Who's next?

The Vendée
Vendée Beaches
Les Sables d'Olonne
Sea side trip
Puy du Fou
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