Vendee Globe 2024-2025

Vendee Arctic 2022 - 12th June 2022
This race was introduced in advance of the 9th edition of the Vendee Globe. It is a qualifying event for Vendee Globe applicants. The course starts and ends at Les Sables d'Ollone and involves sailing to the West of the British Isles then North to Iceland, where they will sail around it's Northern coast before the return South.
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Thanks to Sebasten Destramau's blog: Arctic Vendée 2022 - Merci avec Sébastien Destremau
Here is the official Vendee article: News - The Vendée Arctic - Les Sables d'Olonne 2022 Offers a Demanding 3,500 mile course - Vendée Globe - En
 
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Vendee Globe qualification race - Transat Jaques Vabre

Apologies. I missed the notice of the start of this race. There has been drama already, with two IMOCA boats dismasted in the first days of the race. This is a blow for those boat teams but that's why the boats are being tested before they can be entered fully in to the VG 2024-5.

First the post by official VG site:
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News - 21 Vendée Globe skippers from the 2021 Vendée Globe set to race the Transat Jacques Vabre - Vendée Globe - En

Race news and course map from Sailing Scuttlebutt:

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Dismasting in Transat Jacques Vabre​

Published on November 10th, 2021

(November 10, 2021: Day 4, 19:37FR) – 11th Hour Racing Team’s IMOCA Alaca’i is out of the Transat Jacques Vabre – the IMOCA fleet is now down to 20 boats. The Ultimes have flown along, the Ocean Fifty continue at pace, while the Class 40s are still crawling before they can run.
IMOCA
Briton Simon Fisher and Justine Mettraux of Switzelrand alerted race management this afternoon that 11th Hour Racing Team Alaca’i had dismasted just north of Cape Finisterre off the Spanish coast. Both sailors are safe and uninjured. This is the same boat that Alex Thomson guided to a second place finish in the 2016 Vendee Globe.
It’s the second IMOCA 60 to have dismasted after Bureau Vallée, skippered by Louis Burton and Davy Beaudart, was forced to retire on Sunday night.

Dismasting in Transat Jacques Vabre >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Latest tack and extract from article specific to IMOCA class:
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Welcome trades in Transat Jacques Vabre >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

All the updates: Transat Jacques Vabre Archives - Scuttlebutt Sailing News
 
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Vendee Globe and Transat Jacques Vabre videos
  • Transat Jacques Vabre 2021-Highlights week 1
  • Pip Hare Ocean Racing look back at VG 2020-2021
  • Technical tour of new Medallia with Tech Director Joff Brown
  • Pip Hare solo training on new Medallia




 
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Vendee Globe qualification race - Transat Jaques Vabre

Apologies. I missed the notice of the start of this race. There has been drama already, with two IMOCA boats dismasted in the first days of the race. This is a blow for those boat teams but that's why the boats are being tested before they can be entered fully in to the VG 2024-5.

First the post by official VG site:
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News - 21 Vendée Globe skippers from the 2021 Vendée Globe set to race the Transat Jacques Vabre - Vendée Globe - En

Race news and course map from Sailing Scuttlebutt:

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Dismasting in Transat Jacques Vabre​

Published on November 10th, 2021

(November 10, 2021: Day 4, 19:37FR) – 11th Hour Racing Team’s IMOCA Alaca’i is out of the Transat Jacques Vabre – the IMOCA fleet is now down to 20 boats. The Ultimes have flown along, the Ocean Fifty continue at pace, while the Class 40s are still crawling before they can run.
IMOCA
Briton Simon Fisher and Justine Mettraux of Switzelrand alerted race management this afternoon that 11th Hour Racing Team Alaca’i had dismasted just north of Cape Finisterre off the Spanish coast. Both sailors are safe and uninjured. This is the same boat that Alex Thomson guided to a second place finish in the 2016 Vendee Globe.
It’s the second IMOCA 60 to have dismasted after Bureau Vallée, skippered by Louis Burton and Davy Beaudart, was forced to retire on Sunday night.

Dismasting in Transat Jacques Vabre >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Latest tack and extract from article specific to IMOCA class:
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Welcome trades in Transat Jacques Vabre >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

All the updates: Transat Jacques Vabre Archives - Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Interesting news for sure, and again we come back to strength for safety or lightweight for speed.
 
Transat Jaques Vabre

Sailing Uncovered did a decent summary of Week One but week two is.. erm.. uncovered... It's okay though because Planet Sail have covered Week Two! Are they taking turns? Maybe. There is some overlap as this episode starts on day 5.

"Whether it was for the giant Ultime tris and their long dive into the South Atlantic, or the shorter course for the Class 40s that turned west at the Cape Verde islands, everyone faced the same problem in avoiding the huge areas of light breeze that threatened to trap them. This edition of the famous double-handed race looks set to go down as one of the most taxing in the history of the event."

 

Transat Jacques Vabre Day 21 update: Monohulls continue to thrill​

by TJV Media 27 Nov 12:02 EST27 November 2021. FULL Link to Sail World

Charal's arrival completes the IMOCA podium but the racing rages on, especially for 4th and 5th between Initiatives Coeur and Arkéa-Paprec. The front of the Class 40 remains incredibly close with the current leader now just 600 miles from the finish. The Ultimes are now all safely in port.

A third placed finish for the third time running for Jérémie Beyou and Christopher Pratt.

The pair crossed the line in the early hours following a titanic cat and mouse chase with Apivia who finished second earlier in the day. The all-French crew also finished third in 2013 and the 2019 edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre race.

Charal and Apivia spent much of the time within sight of each other. It was only in the last 1,200 miles in the gybing battle along the Brazilian coastline, that Charlie Dalin and Paul Meilhat began to stretch ahead on Apivia.

Beyou and Pratt took 19 days 14 hours 59 minutes and 36 seconds to cover the 5,800 theoretical miles from Le Havre at an average speed of 12.21 knots, but they actually covered 6,574.22 miles at 13.96 knots. Her gap to the winner, LinkedOut, was 1 day 13 hours 38 minutes and 26 seconds.

Beyou said, "You have to be satisfied with a podium finish when there are great winners like Thomas (Ruyant) and Morgan (Lagravière), big congratulations to them. The gaps between the boats don't necessarily reflect the differences in level, the weather made things very difficult"

IMOCA fleet still thrilling

Can Briton Sam Davies in her 2010-built boat reel in the faster, newer Arkéa-Paprec to claim fourth place? That's the big question as the two boats race to the finish. Sébastien Simon and Yann Elies have a 20 mile advantage on Inititiatives Coeur with only 120 miles to the finish line.

Just a little further back in sixth is Davies' partner Romain Attanasio, who is in turn locked into a three boat battle with Italy's Ginacarlo Pedote on Prysmian Group and Corum L'Epargne.

Ultimes - and then there were five

The final Ultime competing, Sodebo Ultim 3 crossed the finish line overnight. It marked the end of a difficult and frustrating race for Thomas Coville and Thomas Rouxel. The huge multihull hit an object north of Madeira and despite stopping for repairs its co-skippers had to nurse the boat all the way across the Atlantic.

The pair took 19 days 14 hours 32 minutes 41 seconds to complete the race covering 9,573.33 miles at an average speed of 20,35 knots. The finished 3 days 12 heures 43 minutes 25 seconds behind the winning boat.

Class 40 - nailbiting stretch to finish line

The leading pack is keeping us on the edge of our seats. In the lead, Antoine Carpentier and Pablo Santurde Del Arco (Redman) have 600 miles to go to the finish line. The leading four boats are within only 40 miles of each other. As they approach Martinique the current angle of the wind will force the leaders to gybe. Benoit Hantzberg (Volvo) explains: "It's tricky because gybing is like going backwards, it takes us further away. We're going to head for Martinique as much as possible, because the first to gybe leaves the others free to take the podium."

The north-easterly trade winds are forcing the chasing pack to make a southerly course so that they too can gain some angle on the climb to the finish.

Prize Giving

The prize-giving ceremonies for the first 2 classes to finish the 15th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre have taken place in the race village in Martinique. The first awards ceremony honoured the podium finishers in the multihull classes, Ultime and Ocean Fifty.

Rankings November 27 at 03:00 pm:

OCEAN FIFTY

All boats have arrived in Fort-de-France.
1. Primonial
2. Koesio
3. Leyton

ULTIME
All boats have arrived in Fort-de-France.
1. Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
2. SVR - Lazartigue
3. Banque Populaire XI

IMOCA
4. Arkea - Paprec - Distance to destination 115,32 miles
5. Initiatives-Cœur - Distance to destination 136,08 miles
6. Fortinet - Best Western - Distance to destination 184,97 miles

CLASS40
1. Redman - Distance to destination 537,14 miles
2. Seafrigo - Sogestran - Distance to destination 570,47 miles
3. Banque du Léman - Distance to destination 573,2 miles
Redman is the first Class 40 expected in Fort-de-France on Monday 29th at 21h00 UTC
 
TheTransat Jaques Vabre race is ongoing. This is what the map tracker looks like. Note that the photos alternate between the two crew members. Highlighter has defaulted to current 30th positioned boat.
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Race Tracker - Transat Jacques Vabre 2021 - Official website

I looked for week 3 highlights but at the moment most of the footage seems to be arrivals. The vast majority on YouTube is in French but there are some in English and some with English text.

Current rankings: Map and rankings - Transat Jacques Vabre 2021 - Official website

Rankings over this edition of the race can be found here: Historic - Transat Jacques Vabre 2021 - Official website These are in spreadsheet format.

More info on the race can be found here: 2021 Edition - Transat Jacques Vabre 2021 - Official website

News can be found here: News - Transat Jacques Vabre 2021 - Official website
 
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Transat Jaques Vabre update - Week 3 - Finish

75 boats and 150 sailors completed the race which finished on 5th December. Thomas Ruyant and Morgan Lagravière won the IMOCA class in LinkedOut. Here is some coverage of week three and the sprint to the finish.



The most relevant class results for this thread are for the IMOCA boats.
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You can review all the other results by class here:
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Map and rankings - Transat Jacques Vabre 2021 - Official website

Articles:
News - 75 boats complete the 2021 Transat Jacques Vabre - Transat Jacques Vabre 2021 - Official website
News - Big Win For Ruyant and LinkedOut - Vendée Globe - En
The IMOCA skippers getting ready to come back into the Class after the Transat Jacques Vabre
 
Pip Hare update

Pip missed out on the Trans Jaques Vabre as she and her team have been working intensely with the new Medallia. In this short video from Pip, she finishes her 2021 sailing season and Medallia comes out of the water for a full refit.

 
Vendee Globe 2024-5 - Chinese Paralmypian aiming to qualify

The Vendee Globe has been essentially a French event for most of it's existence. 2020/21 saw a much more diverse range of international competitors. With the increased media coverage during that episode, due in no small part to millions of potential viewers in lock down, this trend is set to continue.

Last season Japanese sailor, Kojiro Shiraishi fulfilled an ambition to complete the VG in honour of his mentor, Yukoh Tada. It's a long journey from Japan to the start and finish of Les Sables d'Ollone. Damien Seguin of France was the first disabled sailor to complete the Vendee Globe. Damien was born with a hand missing.

The Gibraltar Chronicle has an article about Jingkun Xu, a Chinese paralympian who hopes to take part in the 2024-5 Vendee Globe. Jingkun lost a forearm due to a firework accident as a child. He has sailed around the world before but over three years and with plenty of stops.

Chinese Paralympian sailor stops off in Gibraltar in pursuit of Vendée Globe dream

Chinese Paralympian sailor stops off in Gibraltar in pursuit of Vendée Globe dream
 
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