04 February 2016

Sailing News and Videos: Vendee Globe 2016 Will Start Nov 6th

VG2016 TEASER Published on Feb 3, 2016 - Vendee Globe 2016 starts Nov 6, 2016

The eighth Vendée Globe will start on 6th November 2016 from les Sables d'Olonne, France--

VENDEE GLOBE 2016-2017 - PARCOURS 3D PAD Published on Feb 3, 2016

VENDEE GLOBE - PC COURSE PARIS 3D (Published on Feb 3, 2016)

On Wednesday 3rd February 2016 in Paris, Yves Auvinet, President of the Vendée Council and SAEM Vendée, accompanied by Bruno Retailleau, President of the Pays de la Loire Region, Patricia Brochard, co-President of the Sodebo company and Lionel Pariset, commissioner in charge of maritime affairs for the town of Les Sables d’Olonne, presented the new features for the eighth Vendée Globe and the line-up of skippers for this 2016-2017 race. With nine months left to go to the start, 27 skippers are officially registered, one more has signed up at the last minute and three others have pre-registered. No fewer than nine nations may be represented this year (France, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, the United States, New Zealand, Switzerland, Hungary and the Netherlands). This will be a record for the event, confirming once again the global reach of this race.

Race HQ will be set up at the foot of the Eiffel Tower--The nerve centre for the Vendée Globe will be hosted by the City of Paris on Mail Branly, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. 1700 square metre area for the media centre and race HQ (1000 square metres ground surface area) will host many special events and exhibitions, as well as a bar and restaurant open to the public. The Vendée Globe intends to attract as many people as possible.

27 skippers will be starting: The following skippers will be competing in the 8th Vendée Globe: 01 Jérémie Beyou (FRA) /Maître Coq. 02 Tanguy de Lamotte (FRA)  / Initiatives Cœur. 03 Vincent Riou (FRA)  PRB. 04 Morgan Lagravière (FRA)  / Safran. 05 Armel Le Cléac’h (FRA) / Banque Populaire. 06 Paul Meilhat (FRA) / SMA. 07 Sébastien Destremau (FRA) / FaceOcean. 08 Eric Bellion (FRA) / Comme Un Seul Homme. 09 Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) /StMichel-Virbac. 10 Fabrice Amedeo (FRA) / Newrest-Matmut. 11 Sébastien Josse (FRA) / Edmond de Rothschild. 12 Yann Eliès (FRA) / Queguiner-Leucémie Espoir. 13 Thomas Ruyant (FRA) / Le Souffle du Nord. 14 Nicolas Boidevézi (FRA) / adopteunskipper.net. 15 Kito de Pavant (FRA) / Bastide-Otio. 16 Jean Le Cam (FRA) / N/a. 17 Bertrand de Broc (FRA) / MACSF. 18 Louis Burton (FRA) / Bureau Vallée. 19 Nandor Fa (HUN) / Spirit of Hungary. 20 Rich Wilson (USA) / Great American IV. 21 Alex Thomson (GB) / Hugo Boss. 22 Arnaud Boissières (FRA) / La Mie Câline. 23 Richard Tolkien (GB / N/a). 24 Alan Roura (CH / N/a), Un Vendée Pour La Suisse. 25 Stéphane Le Diraison (FRA – N/a). 26 Pieter Heerema (NL / N/a). 27 Romain Attanasio (FRA / N/a) + 1 last minute registration: Didac Costa (Spain) and 3 pre-registered candidates: Alessandro di Benedetto (ITA), Jean-François Pellet (FRA - Come in Vendée) and Conrad Colman (NZ). Source: News - The 2016 Vendée Globe #VG2016

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