Please select your home edition
Edition
C-Tech 2021 SnuffAir 728x90 TOP

The Vendée Arctic - Les Sables d'Olonne 2022 offers a demanding 3,500 mile course

by Vendée Globe 20 Sep 2021 22:16 PDT 12 June 2022
The Vendée Arctic - Les Sables d'Olonne 2022 © Vendee Globe

The SAEM Vendée, the organisers of the Vendée Globe, will also organize the "Vendée Arctic - Les Sables-d'Olonne" which will be the first qualifying stage for the Vendée Globe 2024. The "Arctic Vendée Les Sables-d'Olonne" will leave from Port Olona on June 12, 2022.

The race was first run in July 2020 by the IMOCA Class. The first "Vendée Arctic - Les Sables d'Olonne offered the IMOCA racers a good final test of reliability which proved useful for the fleet before the Vendée Globe. Although because of the health situation the race had to take place 'behind closed doors' this race which took skippers to the tough weather systems in northerly latitudes, won over the hearts and minds of the Vendée Globe sailors as well as proving a rigorous competitive challenge.

In agreement with the IMOCA Class and with the support of Vendée Department and the city of Les Sables d'Olonne, the SAEM Vendée, the organizing company of the Vendée Globe, has taken over the organization of this race. It will start from port Olona on June 12, 2022 and it will be the first qualifying stage for the Vendée Globe 2024.

The skippers will leave from the famous Vendée Globe pontoon, pass out the legendary Channel and take the Start off Les Sables d'Olonne. They will set off in the direction of the Arctic Circle, pass Iceland, before returning to Les Sables d'Olonne. In total it is a 3,500 nautical miles race that represents an extreme adventure on a course that is both innovative and demanding.

This is an exciting race format, more extreme and full engaged from a sporting perspective, but also it is an opportunity for the organization to create a popular, festive event in Les Sables d'Olonne.

A village will be set up on the Vendée Globe esplanade with entertainment during the two weeks of the race, until the finish line.

The event will begin on Friday June 10, 2022 and launched with a parade by the Vendée Globe skippers scheduled for September 25.

Quotes:

Alain Leboeuf, President of SAEM Vendée and President of the Department of Vendée:

"We are delighted to organize the Vendée Arctic - Les Sables-d'Olonne, a non-stop, unassisted solo offshore race to the Arctic Circle. The event will be reminiscent of the Vendée Globe, and it will be the first qualifying stage for the next race. We are keen to offer a festive and friendly event to all adventure lovers who did not have the chance to see and be with the skippers during the previous edition."

Yannick Moreau, Mayor of Sables d'Olonne and President of Les Sables d'Olonne Agglomeration:

"With this second edition of the Vendée Arctic, the Department is extending a great international maritime adventure in Les Sables d'Olonne. As a qualifying race for the Vendée Globe 2024, many of us around the world will follow this technical and demanding event with a passion. It is a race which is and will be acclaimed by the skippers. The Department and the City are working hand in hand to enhance Les Sables d'Olonne reputation as the World Capital of solo ocean racing."

Antoine Mermod, President of the IMOCA Class:

"The quality of the partnership of the IMOCA Class with SAEM Vendée, the Department of Vendée and the town of Sables d'Olonne is central to the sporting and event success of our program. We are very happy to be offering a new edition of the Vendée Arctic-Les Sables d'Olonne next year with this original and demanding route going to northern latitudes and to waters off Iceland. A magnificent race which offers the elements of adventure held dear by IMOCA sailors and to the public."

Related Articles

Thousands honour Vendée Globe skippers
Emotions and celebrations suppressed by the pandemic for over a year came bursting to the fore Tens of thousands of partying, passionate Vendée Globe race fans and well-wishers lined Les Sables d'Olonne's Grand Plage, the main sea front promenade, last night (Friday) to honour the heroic 2020-2021 skippers. Posted on 5 Jun
Dalin: "The year couldn't have started better"
With victory in the IMOCA Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race Charlie Dalin (Apivia) won the third edition of the Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race which in fact is his first solo victory in IMOCA and his fourth overall IMOCA race win since 2019 in all different formats combined. Posted on 22 May
25 skippers for Vendée Arctic-Les Sables d'Olonne
A race of discovery to the northern waters of the Arctic Circle Alain Leboeuf, President of SAEM Vendée and the Department of Vendée has just presented the skippers of the second edition of the Vendée Arctic - Les Sables d'Olonne, more than 2 years from the 10th edition of the Vendée Globe. Posted on 20 May
2020 Vendée Globe skippers grand parade
Taking place on the Remblai in Les Sables d'Olonne on Friday 3rd June To launch the summer season, the festivities will begin on Friday 3rd June 2022 with the Grand Parade of the 2020 Vendée Globe Skippers, to celebrate these men and women of the sea. Posted on 14 May
The dream makers - Episode 4
Marrying up skippers and sponsors It is a long and mostly difficult path to the start line of the Vendée Globe and not everyone makes it. Here is number four in our series of those team members who work behind the curtain in a while variety of different roles Posted on 21 Apr
Vendée Arctique: Two months to go
Skippers will leave Les Sables d'Olonne and head north towards icy waters of the Arctic Circle At 5:00 pm on Sunday 12th June 2022 will be given the start of the Vendée Arctique, the first chapter of the Vendée Globe 2024 adventure. Posted on 13 Apr
The vanguard of a new generation
Harayda sets his course for the 2024 Vendée Globe In a few days time young British skipper James Harayda will take over his new IMOCA 60, Stéphane Le Diraison's 2007Groupe Finot designed and built A Time For Oceans, and his ambition of taking on the 2024 Vendée Globe takes one enormous step forward. Posted on 3 Apr
Twice as many cellulose fibres as microplastics
Fabrice Amedeo collected 53 samples using the microplastics sensor fitted aboard his sailboat A study by three French institutes: Ifremer, the University of Bordeaux and the IRD (a public research institution), reveals that the surface water of the Atlantic Ocean is twice as polluted by cellulose fibres as it is by microplastics. Posted on 2 Apr
Éric Bellion creating thefirst Vendée Globe “team”
One of the best rookies of the 2016-2017 Vendée Globe returns Now, just these past days having turned 46, Eric Bellion - who was one of the best rookies of the 2016-2017 Vendée Globe - is is off and running again. Posted on 21 Mar
NOR for Vendée Arctique 2022 is published
IMOCA skippers will leave from Port Olona on June 12th The President of SAEM Vendée, the organisers of the Vendée Arctique and the Vendée Globe, publish the Notice of Race detailing the rules for participation in the Vendée Arctique - the first qualifying race for the Vendée Globe 2024 Posted on 18 Mar
Rooster 2020 - Impact BA - FOOTERHella Dual Colour Floodlights - 728 x 90px - 6 jpg BottomZhik 2022 Choice of Champions FOOTER