Alone. Nonstop. Around the World. No Assistance. That is the Vendée Globe.
New boats are being launched. New teams announced. This isn’t the kind of thing you decide to do at the last minute.
The 2nd boat to bear the name La Fabrique was launched this week for her skipper. News – Alan Roura has launched his new IMOCA – Vendée Globe. (As always, click the image for a better view.)
Alan Roura could not hide his emotions on seeing that his dream will continue. The 24-year old Swiss skipper, who finished twelfth in the last Vendée Globe on one of the oldest boats in the fleet, is about to begin a new chapter in his ocean racing career.
This is no small undertaking. An IMOCA 60-foot sailboat costs between 3.5 and 4.5 million dollars, or maybe a bit more. (There is talk of introducing a cheaper class, maybe 50 ft in length, but as far as I can determine it is only talk at this point.)
The Transat (Trans-Atlantic) Race is less than 3 years off, and it serves as the qualifier for the Vendée Globe. So there is that deadline to deal with.
Getting an entire country to embrace off-shore racing is no small task. News – A new Irish project for the 2020 Vendée Globe – Vendée Globe
Nicholas O’Leary recently raced alongside Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss in the Rolex Fastnet Race. It is in fact the team that ran Thomson’s last project, led by Stewart Hosford, that is behind this new campaign called Ireland Ocean Racing. Their goal is to enable an Irishman to complete the non-stop solo round the world voyage for the first time.
Ireland Ocean Racing has some interesting information. If you’re interested in sailing, it’s interesting.Advertisements