Considered the most gruelling sporting challenge on the planet, the Vendée Globe sees the world’s most accomplished sailors push their minds and bodies to the limit.
The 24,000 nautical mile (40,075km) solo, non-stop, unassisted round the world race is a true showcase of design, technology, and on-water aptitude, one which has only ever been won by a French sailor.
The race, which takes place just every four years, begins and ends in Les Sables d’Olonne in the Vendée region of France. Considered not only the pinnacle event in the offshore sailing calendar but one of the toughest sporting challenges in the world today, the race has only ever been completed successfully by 89 skippers in history. Only 50% of the sailors who begin the race are expected to reach the finish line.
In 2013, Alex Thomson finished the race in third place. Four years later, he reached the finish line in second, setting a new British record.
On 8th November 2020, Thomson will be one of 34 IMOCAs on the start line in Les Sables d’Olonne, as he seeks to do what no other Briton before him has ever been able to; win the iconic Vendée Globe.