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Vendée Globe: Excited for the Start

No doubt we are excited to embark with the 33 skippers on "The Everest of Sailing", the 2020-2021 edition of the Vendee Globe. A marathon at a sprinter's pace around the world, starting and finishing in Les Sables D'Olonne France. The start of the Vendee Globe is quickly approaching on November 8th and we are taking in all the buzz and understandable hype that surrounds this epic adventure.

All nestled and snug in their beds - Boats await the start of the 2020 Vendée Globe in Les Sables-d'Olonne, France. Photo courtesy of Vendée Globe and © Jean-Louis Carli/Alea

It’s lining up to be an exciting race with IMOCA superstars Alex Thomson, Thomas Ruyant, and Jeremie Beyou aiming to shatter records and survive the grueling ocean race. We'll also be tuned in to cheer on the six female skippers attempting this race including Vendée veteran Sam Davies and newcomers Pip Hare and Clarisse Cremer. We’ve compiled our favorite articles and videos to help you follow along on this remarkable challenge that you won’t want to miss. Check them out below.

KICK THINGS OFF: INSIDE LOOK AT THE RACE

To kick things off, read here for a pre-race breakdown of the foiling IMOCA 60 fleet with expert Ryan Breymaier. 

GET IN ON THE ACTION: WHERE TO FOLLOW

Any Vendée fan’s favorite part of the race village is taking a walk on the dock to admire the incredible boats and learn more about the skippers. For those of you who couldn’t make it to France on such short notice, here is a virtual dock walk. Also, be sure to bookmark the official Vendée Globe site get excited to follow the live content. The tracker goes live soon (You can find it under “The race” section on their website.) You can also keep tabs through social media on Instagram @vendeeglobe2020 and Facebook @VendeeGlobe.

A FAVORITE OF OURS: DIDAC COSTA

Quantum is proud to show our support for Catalonian competitor Didac Costa for his second Vendée Globe. Get to know this passionate sailor and ride along with him as he begins the next chapter in his around-the-world story. Click here for more information on Didac Costa and his 2020-2021 Vendée Globe Campaign. 

Didac was interviewed recently about this edition of the Vendée, including campaign challenges he’s faced, the upcoming start, and his famous boat. Read his interview here to find out exactly what’s going through this sailor’s mind as he gears up for the race.

For more information on Didac’s exciting second Vendée Globe, click here. You can find him on Instagram, @_didaccosta_, and on Facebook, @DidacCosta, as well.

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