Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars

Vendee Globe - Next edition sets sail in 1000 days

by Vendee Globe on 5 Feb 2014
Vendee Globe Finish For Francois Gabart (Fra) / Macif After 78d 02h 16mn 40sec / Winner Vincent Curutchet / DPPI / Vendée Globe ©
The start of the next Vendée Globe will commence in exactly 1000 days from now on 4th November 2016. A thousand days to find a sponsor, build or buy a boat, get ready and train to be in the best of shape on the big day. The countdown has begun.

The sound of the starting gun for the eighth Vendée Globe will echo around the bay off Les Sables d'Olonne in exactly 1000 days from now on 4th November 2016, but what will this race be like? It is rather too soon to say for sure, but the sailors know that time slips by and that 33 months is a long time, but in fact relatively short. This worry about the clock ticking will depend on how far advanced each project is. One thing for certain is that the next Vendée Globe is already the focus of attention and you can feel the excitement building. The Vendée Globe still makes sailors dream. Some stated their intentions early on and at the start of the year have already been sending out their messages about their respective campaigns. In 2016, we can bet on there being a lot of top class, well prepared candidates. Let’s take a closer look.

With the recent publication of the IMOCA class rules, projects have started to develop. Now that everything is clear about the design rules, some sponsors like Safran and Banque Populaire have already announced they will be using the same mould to build their new monohulls. We also found out that Morgan Lagravière (after successfully representing Vendée in the Figaro class) will be the next skipper of the Safran monohull. At least, two other new boats are said to be planned...

As for the racers, while it is taken for granted that Jérémie Beyou (Maître Coq), Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) and Morgan Lagravière (Safran) will be there at the start of the 2016-2017 Vendée Globe, we were also pleased to see that Sébastien Josse will be returning flying the colours of Gitana. Apart from those already competing in the IMOCA circuit, such as Vincent Riou, Louis Burton, Alessandro Di Benedetto and Tanguy de Lamotte, other big names have also announced their intentions… and they are not all newcomers: Roland Jourdain would like to set off for a fourth attempt, for example. Pascal Bidégorry, Charles Caudrelier, Yann Eliès, Alex Thomson and Fabien Delahaye, also intend to take part in the adventure. In short, we can say that the line-up for the eighth Vendée Globe is likely to be excellent in terms of quality and quantity. Particularly as other racers from France and abroad are currently busy looking for partners to be able to line up in 1000 days from now. As is always the case, the news will start to trickle out over the coming weeks and months. They do not all intend to build a new boat. Many of them are keeping a close eye on any boats that are up for sale… including Macif aboard which François Gabart achieved such an incredible result last time around.

From a technical perspective what we can already say with certainty is that with two years and nine months to go to the start, we can look forward for the first time to a Vendée Globe where the new generation of boats will all have identical keels and masts, designed to be more robust than previous prototypes. In other words, the proportion of boats forced to retire should be greatly reduced. That is a good thing for everyone concerned: the sailors, partners and the general public. So, note down the date for the eighth Vendée Globe: 4th November 2016, and the place: Les Sables d'Olonne in Vendee Globe

Related Articles

Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
The Road to Rio now 99 days short
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for many crews: 'It's 106 miles to Chicago we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.' Whoops wrong movie.
Posted on 28 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 9 Apr
Volvo Ocean Race appoints stadium racing pioneer as new CEO
Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Today his appointment has been confirmed.
Posted on 31 Mar
Large spectator fleet heading north for boat watching season
I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase, but it is insanely apt and hilarious all at the same time, however. I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase. It is insanely apt and hilarious, all at the same time, however. Well then, boat watching season is definitely upon us once more. The whales will soon be gathering again off the coast of Queensland to observe all manner of racing and cruising craft as they head North for a Winter in the sun.
Posted on 29 Mar
Laser creator Ian Bruce passes away (1933 - 2016)
Ian Bruce, driving force behind the Laser dinghy, sadly passed away at his daughter's home on Monday March 21 2016. Ian Bruce, driving force behind the Laser dinghy, sadly passed away at his daughter's home on Monday March 21 2016. His legacy to our sport, Canadian sailing and his beloved Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club will be praised and honoured for years to come.
Posted on 24 Mar
North Technology - Southern SparsBakewell-White Yacht DesignBarz Optics - Melanin Lenses