There are shared stories of experiences from many of the 22 races spanning 42 years.

Already, 20 sailors from 10 countries, including three Australians, have signed up to compete in the next Golden Globe Race, slated to start on 4th September 2022, and many more have expressed an interest to compete.

The legendary round-the-world sailing event and its premier partner will focus on a broad range of initiatives to promote the restoration of ocean health, embedding sustainability in all event operations.

Black Jack took line honours less than 3 minutes outside her record time, while three casualties included Ichi Ban, dismasted 45 minutes after the start.

Invitation to take part in the 3570 nautical mile race is open, and has already attracted five entries, including 1930 classic S&S 53 Dorade.

President of the IMOCA, Antoine Mermod, said the class works with the aim of always being available, listening and sharing ideas.

Admittedly it’s capped at only 30 boats, mostly because of marina constraints at a couple of stops along the way, but they could probably have sold twice as many entries such is the popularity of short-handed sailing at the moment.

Second place of the second stage between Horta and La Rochelle was enough to take the overall win on combined time.

The CYCA Sailing Committee anticipates a larger fleet than the average 95 entries of recent years with early indications of a bumper start on December 26, 2019 for between 120 and 140 boats.

There is no stopping Francis Joyon whose latest ambitious project includes ambitious two famous records.

Despite his extended time at sea, Tapio has plenty of food on board and has retained his sense of humour.

This line-up of twenty-nine IMOCAs is the third biggest in IMOCA history, after the 2016-17 and 2008-09 Vendée Globes, and is due to the Rolex Fastnet Race being a qualifier for the next Vendée Globe.

NZMYC have agreed to run the race under the YNZ Category 3 requirements, minus the requirement for a life raft or dinghy, in the hope of attracting more entries.

At 3pm, the 10 Class40s taking part in the Défi Atlantique left the port of Horta on the way to La Rochelle 1,300 miles away.

Alan Roura’s second campaign for the Vendée Globe is characterised by a huge leap forward, getting into a foiling boat and learning from an experienced co-skipper.