I am passionate about the Vendee Globe. I think it is one of the greatest sporting occasions in the galaxy. There is no other sport like it. It is an endurance yacht race where men and women face alone, in a 60ft grand prix racing yacht, the world’s ocean’s weather systems over 80 -100 days non stop in a battle for supremacy on the high seas.
The Vendée Globe is a round-the-world single-handed yacht race, sailed non-stop and without assistance.The race was founded by Frenchman Philippe Jeantot in 1989, and since 1992 has taken place every four years.
It is the only single-handed non-stop round-the-world race (in contrast to the VELUX 5 Oceans Race, which is sailed in stages), the race is a serious test of individual endurance, and is the ultimate in ocean racing.
The race has been dominated by the French in it’s six editions. The 2012-2013 edition is set to start Saturday, November 10, 2012. If a Brit was to win this edition it would by the yachting equivalent of Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour de France.
Yes – it’s that massive!
There are three Brits on the course:
I am lucky enough to be writing for the web team that will be creating the English web content for the race organisor’s website: Vendee Globe.org
I am so excited I can’t wait. I first happened upon the race when I was working for a yachting PR company called MPR, run by one of the doyennes of the 90s yachting PR scene, Susan Preston Davis. She was a tour de force and put me through a genuine apprenticeship. Part of my tenacity as an operator comes from my days working under her auspices. She was managing the PR for Mike Golding, and his sponsor Group 4, on a yacht race then known as Around Alone. He was working up to the 1996 Vendee Globe. It was here that I learned of this crazy race, created by the French, where men and women raced non-stop around the world in powerhouses of yachts. It was of course in this edition a little known girl from Derbyshire called Ellen MacArthur was to cut her gib into the realms of global superstardom when she secured an incredible 2nd place.
It’s going to be Vendee fever over here at A Modern Military Mother until next March. I am going to the Sables D’Olonne, a bijou fishing port in the Vendee region of France, during the build up and will be sporadically in Paris during the race scribing from race HQ. You are going to get access inside and out. I mean if you love Britain, and you love sport, then the least you can do this winter is get behind the British warriors of the ocean and show them that you care – non? It’s the winter – what else have you got to do?!!! Choose a player and show them your love.
(It’s tricky for me to choose. I’ll save that for another blog.)
I want you to join me on this journey. I love the Vendee Globe because it is a race of complexity that combines skill, endurance, emotion, endeavour, adventure, incident and drama in the most unpredictable, unexpected rollercoaster rides that spans 100 days. It’s exhausting to support it – let alone do it! Jump aboard – or don’t, but from now on I am going to be banging on about it alot!!
If you want join me – then enter this competition to win a weekend for two at the start: Enter here Hurry! It closes today – 30th August 2012!