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What is the Vendée Globe?

A Question A Day

The Vendée Globe is a yacht race that takes place every 4 years. The participants leave from Sables d'Olonne in France, go round Africa, pass south of Australia, then head north along South America to end up back where they started. Their yachts cost a fortune and are paid for by sponsors; generally big businesses.

But why is the Vendée Globe so famous?

Because it’s the only round the world yacht race that is sailed single-handed, non-stop and without assistance. That makes it the most difficult race in the world! That’s why François Gabard and Michel Desjoyeux, who have both won, are now sailing stars! Competitors must be alone on their yacht otherwise they are disqualified. Except to save another competitor whose boat has sunk. If something breaks, landing is forbidden. The sailor can however stop and make repairs at sea. If competitors are sick or injured, they have to treat themselves! The race doctor can only help them by telephone. It takes years of training to be able to stand the tropical heat then the cold of the Antarctic, face storms and huge waves and avoid icebergs. All in all, it’s an extreme adventure! 50,000 km in 80 days; around the world… and a bit more!

Nom de l'auteur : Jacques Azam

Producteur : Milan Presse, France Télévisions

Année de copyright : 2018

Publié le 24/07/18

Modifié le 21/03/19

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