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8th Vendée Globe Starts In November


One of the most looked forward to sporting event in the international calendar is the Vendée Globe and the 8th edition of this sailing tournament will kick start from Les Sables d’Olone from November 6, 2016.

The skippers taking part in this international event will be representing ten different nations and four continents. You will find skippers aged between 23 and 66 taking part in this prestigious international sailing event. This will also form the backdrop for the first edition of the foil fitted seven new IMOCA60s.

The best part about the 2016-17 Vendee Globs is that there will be many competitors. According to this website, as many as 30 skippers have already registered and this was a bigger boost than the previous event four years ago where only 24 skippers took part. With the seven new IMOCA60s making their presence felt for the first time, this event will be followed very closely by the global audience. The new boats can be lifted up due to the use of foils and this way they can gain speed in certain weather conditions. All this indicates that the 2016 Vendee Globe will be an event to remember.

The 8th edition is going to see a lot of rookies taking part as sailors with 15 skippers returning for the event and 14 skippers will be getting a taste of this prestigious event for the very first time. Vincent Riou, the previous Vendee Globe winner, is part of the line up for the 8th edition apart from 2004 second placed Jean Le Cam and 2012 third placed sailor Alex Thomson. This will be the fourth time that skippers Bertrand de Broc and Jean Pierre Dick are competing at Vendee Globe. 7th November 2016 will see the opening of race HQ in Paris. HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco will inaugurate the 8th Vendee Globe event on November 6.