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Vendée Globe

The Everest of the Seas

As it is often referred to by spectators and sailors alike, the Vendée Globe is an iconic round-the-world sailing race. The only race that takes skippers around alone, without assistance, and without stopping. With just three distinct marks (Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin, and Cape Horn) the Vendée Globe is as simple as it is complex, and as the longest sailing race, incredibly challenging.

In likely the most breathtaking finish of the Vendée Globe singlehanded around-the-world race, Armel Le Cléac’h and his IMOCA Banque Populaire VIII finished just hours ahead of his fierce competitor, Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss. After 74 days at sea, both boats will finish within the east-about circumnavigation record set by Francois Gabart in 2013.

Armel reached the iconic finish buoy “Nouch Sud” at 4:30pm on Thursday, January 19, 2017. Today thousands of sailing fans will line the channel in Les Sables d’Olonne to welcome him, having successfully completed his third Vendée Globe race, this time stealing the win and securing a new world record for the fastest circumnavigation by a singlehanded sailor on a monohull 74 days, 3 hours, 35 minutes, 46 seconds (yet to be ratified).

Now on its eighth edition, the Vendée Globe has seen 139 singlehanded sailors set off from Les Sables d’Olonne since 1989. Only 71 of those have finished the race. This installment is ambitious in reaching new milestones in participation, design and technologies, leaving us (and especially the sailors) with more “unknowns” than ever before. On November 6th, 29 brave souls set off again.

North Sails is proud to announce Sam Davies as our ambassador for the Vendée Globe. As a two-time skipper of the race, she’ll take us behind the scenes to absorb all the gritty details from race prep to storm watch in the southern ocean. View our coverage of the Race Start, on site in Les Sables d’Olonne with Sam and thousands of sailing fans.

Race coverage, live tracking and more on http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en

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Latest News

Powered by a North Sails NPL TOUR paneled mainsail, the young Frenchman Louis Burton completes his first solo non-stop circumnavigation. FULL STORY

February 15, 2017 | 12:09 pm

On Wednesday morning, January 25th Jean-Pierre Dick led a pack of three toward the Vendée Globe finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne. His foil-clad IMOCA 60 StMichel-Virbac was first to reach the lighter winds off the coast of Brittany and hence the first to tack toward the finish. In this situation we do not always envy the leader.

Jeremie Beyou completes 8th Vendée Globe podium on North-Powered Maitre Coq! Story

An emotional  Armel Le Cléac’h is interviewed after his Vendée Globe victory on January 19, 2017.

January 23, 2017 | 3:26 pm

Armel Le Cléac’h reaches Nouch Sud, makes Vendée Globe history under North 3Di sails. Story

Thomas Coville departed from Brest on the same day as the 2016 Vendée Globe start. On Christmas Day he finished his circumnavigation, crushing the solo around-the-world record by over eight days. The Vendée Globe participants sent their congratulations in this video.

2016 Vendée Globe Competitors wish us a Merry Christmas from their “cozy” spot on the radar.

December 27, 2016 | 5:32 pm

Sam Davies sends an update on Family Marie - Etamine du Lys, who has taken shelter off Cape Town to initiate repairs on a broken rudder. "Romain has been assessing the performance and maneuverability of his broken rudder and is positive that if he manages to follow his plan, he will be able to continue the race with one clean, new, rudder and one short, damaged but repaired, rudder." Read more

North Sails offshore specialist Hugues Destremau visits the Vendée Live set under the Eifel Tower in Paris. Learn the many decisions facing a Vendée Globe skipper when selecting a sail inventory in his interview with host Andi Robertson. Plus check in with Hugues’ twin brother Sebastien Destremau, now 1,000 nautical miles off the Cape of Good Hope!

December 6, 2016 | 6:25 pm

Unprecedented aerial footage of North-powered Banque Populaire taken by the French Navy in the Indian Ocean

December 1, 2016 | 1:53 pm

November 5, 2016 | 7:55 pm

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North Sails’ Gautier Sergeant – Grand Prix Sail Design

November 2, 2016 | 5:39 pm

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October 29, 2016 | 3:13 pm

Sam Davies: Why North Sails?

Sam explains the importance of working with a sailmaker you trust to establish the best options for you and your boat.

Images © Yvan Zedda / North Sails