So far, over one million people have visited the Race Village for the Vendee Globe round the world solo yacht race, in Les Sable d’Olonne, France, demonstrating the enormous worldwide interest in this insane race, and AMMM will be providing the lead commentary for the English web broadcast of the start! However, will she be able to keep her audience entertained for 5 hours of live commentary? I am pretty sure she will, but the only way to tell is to tune in from 9.00am French time (8.00am UK) on Saturday the 10th of Novemember, using the link below and hear for yourself!
Joining her in the commentary booth will be Dee Caffari, an amazingly talented solo yachtswoman who came 6th out of 30 competitors in the 2008 edition of the race, is the only woman to sail both ways around the world and the only woman ever to have sailed 3 times around the world! She also smashed the round Britain and Ireland monohull speed record in 2009 with an all female crew. Dee will provide real insight into the mind of a solo skipper and in particular what will be going on in the heads of the 3 British entrants (Mike Golding on GAMESA, Sam Davies on SAVEOL and Alex Thomson on HUGO BOSS) as they depart Les Sables d’Olonne tomorrow morning ready for the race start at 1.02pm French time (12.02pm UK).
Also joining AMMM will be Alan Block of Sailing Anarchy, an interactive sailing ezine, no stranger to controversy, which prides itself on its ability to get to the heart of the truth within the world of sailing. Alan has interviewed every single one of this years race skippers and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the sport. Mixed in with his healthy dry American wit and not being afraid of controversy, he should be a great foil for AMMM.
Finally, Alec Wilkinson of Sky Sports, will be helping AMMM to keep the commentary flowing for the whole 5 hours of the race start programme. Alec, the ‘face of sailing’ for Sky Sports, is currently presenting live coverage of the Americas Cup World Series of sailing, and in 2009 he travelled the world presenting coverage of the Volvo Ocean round the world yacht race. His technical expertise and general sailing knowledge will undoubtedly help to keep you entertained!
So, there you have it. A world class start commentary team, ready and waiting to bring the excitement, danger, atmosphere and sensation of the 2012 Vendee Globe solo round the world yacht race, to your screens. The ‘Everest of the seas’ will surely prove once again that it is the most demanding of human global challenges and with 2012 being such a successful year for British sport, could a Brit possibly be the 1st non-French sailor to win this prestigious race? Only time will tell, but between tomorrows start and the finish in around 3 months time, the 20 skippers, from 6 nations, on their 60 foot racing yachts, face 25,000+ nautical miles of extreme weather, waves, icebergs, whales and waves as big as skyscrapers as they circumnavigate the globe, South about, unaided, utterly alone and ready to take whatever mother nature can throw at them. Let’s just hope they all make it home alone, alive.