The 2012-2013 Vendée Globe will start in five months - on November 10, 2012 - in Les Sables d’Olonne. The entrants list, unveiled by Vendée General Council President Bruno Retailleau on Tuesday - 150 days before the start - in Paris, is growing longer and, as of today, 19 skippers have confirmed they will be on the start line. The upcoming seventh edition of the race doubtlessly promises to be a riveting one.
About twenty yachts on the start line
With three weeks to go before the end of the pre-registration period (July 1st), the Vendée Globe entrants list is taking shape as 19 skippers have already confirmed their participation and a few others have expressed their will to be at the start of the race but are still working on their budgets. In a particularly difficult economic context, this exceptional entrants list is the fruit of an outstanding joint effort by the skippers, the IMOCA and SAEM Vendée President Bruno Retailleau. About twenty yachts will eventually cross the start line of the Vendée Globe 7th edition. President Retailleau has recently unveiled the new features of this 2012 edition.
An increasingly international Vendée Globe
The Vendée Globe is enriching its international offer by making all of the event’s footage available to worldwide television channels free of charge and without any exclusive rights. Broadcasting agreements have already been signed in more than 100 countries. For the first time in the race’s history, all the content produced by the organization will be available in three languages: French, English and Spanish.
Vendée Globe in real time
The Vendée Globe website, with more than 230,000 visits in 2008, will be available on all devices (smart phones, tabs…). It will notably feature a new version of the Virtual Regatta game that should bring more than 500,000 players together. The website will also host the Vendée Globe video channel that will produce and broadcast the race’s daily highlights. And the « Junior Vendée Globe », a site developed by and for children, will complete the offer of the Vendée Globe website.
An even larger village in les Sables d’Olonne
From October 20 to November 11, Les Sables d’Olonne will doubtlessly be the world’s sailing capital city. The new race village will be larger and mostly devoted to the race presentation as well as the the protection of the sea depths and shores. It will spread over more than 10,000 square metres (107,000 square feet) and will be open to all visitors.
The Vendée Globe on the silver screen
French actor François Cluzet will be the patron of the Vendée Globe 7th edition. On November 10, with SAEM Vendée President Bruno Retailleau by his side, he will officially give the starting signal of the race. Cluzet will also star in a film about the single-handed sailing race around the world, along with Belgian actress Virginie Efira and French actor Guillaume Canet. This feature film will be directed by Christophe Offenstein and is the result of a partnership between the SAEM Vendée and Les Films du Cap.
* The 19 entrants : Jean-Pierre DICK (FRA/Virbac-Paprec), Vincent RIOU (FRA/PRB), Kito DE PAVANT (FRA/Groupe Bel), François GABART (FRA, rookie/MACIF), Jérémie BEYOU (FRA/Maître CoQ), Armel LE CLEAC’H (FRA/Banque Populaire),
Dominique WAVRE (SUI/Mirabaud),
Samantha DAVIES (GBR/Savéol), Alex THOMSON (GBR/Hugo Boss), Mike GOLDING (GBR/Gamesa), Marc GUILLEMOT (FRA/Safran), Arnaud BOISSIERES (FRA/Akena Vérandas),
Bernard STAMM (SUI/Cheminées
Poujoulat), Javier SANSO
(ESP/Acciona), Alessandro DI BENEDETTO
(FRA-ITA, rookie/Team Plastique), Jean LE
CAM (FRA/Synerciel), Tanguy DE
LAMOTTE (FRA, rookie/Initiatives cœur), Louis BURTON, (FRA, rookie/Bureau Vallée), Bertrand DE BROC (FRA/Votre nom autour du monde).
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