08 November 2020 16:30

Vendee Globe

POOLE yachtsman Pip Hare has set off on her 2,400-mile, unaided voyage around the world as part of the Vendée Globe yacht race. Having set off from Les Sables d'Olonne in France on Sunday November 8, Pip now faces three months at sea in the single-handed non-stop round the world race. The race was delayed by one hour and 18 minutes as the fleet waited for sea mist to clear for the start of the ninth edition of the Vendée Globe solo race. The around the world event was started at 2.20pm local time in near perfect conditions off Les Sables d'Olonne on the French Atlantic coast. Fewer than 100 people have completed the Vendée Globe with only seven of those being women in its 31-year history.

The fact that more men have walked on the moon than women have completed the Vendée Globe has been a great source of inspiration for Pip ahead of the race. Speaking before the start of the Vendée Globe, Pip Hare said: "It's been a long road to get to the start of this race - and one I've been dreaming of since I was 16. "So, I am having to pinch myself that I'm actually here and about to set off around the world, non-stop, on my own. And to do that in a fleet that includes such incredible sailors - including five other women - is amazing. "I have to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped get me to this point - I couldn't have done it without them.

"So now it's up to me and Medallia to do the very best we can in this iconic race and make everyone proud- and I can't wait to do just that." Founded by Philippe Jeantot in 1989, The Vendée Globe was named after the Département of Vendée, in France, where the race starts and ends. All 33 skippers passed their PRC Covid-19 tests, taken 48 hours before the start of the race, ensuring a complete boat entry for the Vendée Globe. Having set off from France, Pip and other competitors will endure the elements of the Atlantic Ocean and make their way south past Spain and Africa's west coast to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. From there they will head east in the direction of Australia and New Zealand before crossing the Pacific Ocean to South America. Once they reach the waters off the coast of Cape Horn, an archipelago off the coast of Chile, they will then begin their journey north back to France for the finish. voil sold globe Aurelie SACCHELLI 1:04 p.m. – November 8, 2020 Due to the fog, the start of the Vendée Globe 2020-2021 will be given twenty minutes late, at 1:22 p.m. this Sunday. Scheduled for this Sunday 8 November at 1:02 p.m., the start of the ninth edition of the Vendée Globe will finally take place on 8 November … at 1:22 p.m. The race management decided to postpone the kick-off for twenty minutes due to thick fog which disrupts the visibility of the starting line. The 33 skippers, who left the Sables d'Olonne pontoon where they had been moored for several weeks between 8:15 am and 10:23 am this Sunday morning, before going up the channel, will therefore have to show a little patience before leaving for a solo round the world non-stop. The 33 Vendée Globe skippers: Fabrice Amedeo (Newrest – Art & Windows) Romain Attanasio (Pure – Best Western) Alexia Barrier (TSE – 4MyPlanet) Yannick Bestaven (Maître Coq IV) Jéremie Beyou (Charal) Arnaud Boissières (La Mie Câline – Artisans Artipôle) Louis Burton (Office Valley 2) Didac Costa (ESP / One Ocean One Planet) Manuel Cousin (Setin Group) Clarisse Cremer (Banque Populaire X) Charlie Dalin (Apivia) Samantha Davies (GBR / Initiatives-Cœur) Sébastien Destremeau (Thank you) Benjamin Dutreux (Omia – Water Family) Kevin Escoffier (PRB) Clément Giraud (Compagnie du Lit – Jiliti) Pip Hare (GBR / Medallia) Boris Hermann (ALL / Seaexplorer – Yacht Club de Monaco) Ari Huusela (FIN / Stark) Isabelle Joschke (ALL / MACSF) Jean Le Cam (Yes We Cam!) Stéphane Le Diraison (Time For Oceans) Miranda Merron (GBR / French Campaign) Giancarlo Pedote (ITA / Prysmian Group) Alan Roura (SUI / La Fabrique) Thomas Rouillard (LinkedOut) Damien Seguin (Apicil Group) Kojiro Shiraishi (JAP / DMG Mori) Sébastien Simon (Arkea Paprec) Maxime Sorel (V and B – Mayenne) Alex Thomson (GBR / Hugo Boss) Armel Tripon (L'Occitane en Provence) Nicolas Troussel (Corum l'Epargne)

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