The Vendée Globe and its racing cars are going on the sly
Les Sables-d'Olonne (France) (AFP) - Thirty-three skippers, some of whom will fly as much as sail aboard new-generation sea racing cars equipped with foils: the Vendée Globe, the legendary single-handed, non-stop race , started on Sunday in Les Sables d'Olonne.
After three hours of racing, the big favorites are already in the top three: Jérémie Beyou (Charal) leads the dance followed very closely by Charlie Dalin (Apivia) and Welshman Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss), all three aboard latest generation boats + steering wheels + And a 5 hour penalty was imposed on Louis Burton (Bureau Vallée 2) for false start.
The start had been delayed by more than an hour because of the heavy fog that fell like a screed on the Vendée coast, which did not allow the organizers to see the end of the line, two kilometers long.
This ninth edition left almost on the sly, through the fault of the coronavirus, the empty pontoons of this public who had massed 300,000 in 2016 along the channel.
The solo sailors of nine different nationalities, including six women, cut the line at the audible signal at 2.20 pm, without the noria of supportive boats which traditionally accompany them for the first nautical miles.
- 'Weird cocktail' -
"I find it hard to realize that I am taking the start of the Vendée Globe," confided the neophyte Clarisse Crémer (Banque Populaire X).There is a little emotion, a little fear.It's a weird cocktail.I wonder when I'm going to cry! "
Some, like Maxime Sorel (V AND B - Mayenne) or even Benjamin Dutreux (Omia - Water Family), could not contain their emotion by descending the gangway leading them to their boat, still moored at the dock at Port Olonna.
Posted Date: 2020-11-16