More competitors at the start of the Vendée Globe

Vendée Globe start

On 8th November 2020, at 13:02, the 9th Vendée Globe will start from Les Sables–d’Olonne. Ever since its creation, the Vendée Globe – a sailing race round-the-world, solo, non-stop and without assistance - has been an essential reference in the world of offshore sailing. Driven by an ever-increasing popularity, the race attracts sailors from all horizons.

Nearly 400 days from the start, the number of candidates – 34 so far – already represents a first record for this 2020/2021 edition. The closing date for application is set on 1st November 2019 and the list of contenders is thus still likely to change.

In order to anticipate and support the involvement of many projects, Yves Auvinet, President of the SAEM Vendée – organizing company of the Vendée Globe – has announced that the Vendée Globe will welcome up to 34 competitors instead of 30.


  • Ice


    Eddy Lekens, Ice for his sailing friends, started sailing at the age of 9 and soon started racing with keelboats with his parents. He is the founder and owner of ClubRacer, one of Europe's most popular sailing websites. Eddy Lekens was in 2004 awarded for "best offshore sailor of The Netherlands" for his results with the Audi sailing team. His other passion away from sailing is being a omnichannel ecommerce consultant.