In November 2016, American skipper Rich Wilson will set sail in the Vendée Globe 2016: a solo, non-stop, around-the-world sailing race, departing from Les Sables d’Olonne, France. Rich’s motivation in participating in such an extraordinary challenge is to excite and engage students in learning, by connecting them to live, global, real-world adventures. Video published Aug 25, 2016.
The program evolved into a series of educational programs now available through the Sites Alive Foundation and www.sitesalive.com. Rich’s mission is simple: excite, engage, and teach students. At 58 years old, he was also the oldest skipper in the fleet. He was the second American to finish the event (Bruce Schwab finished 9th in 2004 aboard Ocean Planet).
Paul Meilhat the Vendée Globe:
Vendee Globe starts November 6, 2016: 3 months around the world solo, unassisted and nonstop, 3 months to excel and draw on its reserves, 3 months to cope with depression, cold, rain, change sail, returning the canvas, 3 months to live an extraordinary experience.
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Ocean Masters is the new global brand of the Imoca class and represents the world championship circuit which is awarded every two years. Ocean Masters has a vision: to internationalise the IMOCA class, to grow its profile and value, to introduce new events, new venues, new skippers and teams, new sponsors to the class and the grow the global fanbase supporting this incredible sport. The Imoca Ocean Masters Championship includes two round the world races, the Vendée Globe which is singlehanded and the Barcelona World Race which is doublehanded, the Route du Rhum, the New-York to Barcelona race, the Transat Jacques Vabre, The Rolex Fastnet Race and several other ocean races. Founded in 1991 and recognised by ISAF since 1998, IMOCA is the class association, which takes care of 60-foot Open monohulls Imoca 60 (18.28 metres). With more than thirty skippers signed up, the fleet sails the Vendée Globe and the Barcelona World Race.
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