Anyone hoping to get through the 2016 Vendée Globe will have to put up with storms, waves the size of mountains, icy cold, solitude and a lack of sleep.
Of the 138 skippers who have set themselves the challenge since the first race back in 1989, just 71 have made it to the end. Everyone else has retired, been disqualified or died in the attempt.
On November 6, 30 of the world’s best yachtsmen will embark on this, the eighth edition of the ultimate solo sailing race.
The race starts at Les Sables d’Olonne in France and then it’s once round the globe, always heading east. It’s 40,000km in all.
The sailors get no assistance. They can consult a doctor by phone to seek advice, but no more than that. If they need treatment, they have to do it themselves.
Learn more about the most dangerous parts of the course …
One of the sailors, Conrad Colman, brings an entrepreneur’s approach and triathlete’s training to his toughest challenge yet. The native of New Zealand found his entrepreneurial zeal in Colorado building bike frames. He won overall honors in the Class 40 Global Ocean Race and competed in the Barcelona World Race.
Click here if you want to read more about Conrad’s story …
The Vendée Globe yacht is an Open 60. The number in its name being its length in feet. This year is a first outing for foils, which help the boats go faster. So sailing around the world in under 78 days (the course record) isn’t unthinkable in 2016.
To learn more about the boat, click here …