Vendee Globe Village Opens

The Vendée Globe Village has been officially opened by Philippe de Villiers in Port Olona with all the solo yachtsmen on hand for the official photograph.


Meanwhile, Alex Thompson’s Hugo Boss was dismasted and holed by a fishing boat awaiting entry to the port. 

Between now and the start on 9th November, hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected in the race village in Port Olona. On the “Place du Vendée Globe”, right next to the race pontoon, which is completely open to the public, the village reflects the exceptional character of this edition of the Vendée Globe. The village is spread over more than 15,000 m2 including a covered area of 9000 m2.

In the village, open from 10 in the morning to 7 in the evening, the public will be able to discover:

  • A multimedia centre of 800 m2 presenting the race and skippers with films, displays and models. In this centre, TV Vendée will be organising live meetings to be broadcast throughout the village and the department
  • An educational centre of 600 m2 will offer more than 10,000 schoolchildren the opportunity to discover the history of sailing, the maritime heritage, the oceans and the environment using the Vendée Globe as an educational tool. 
  • An area dedicated to the Vendée Globe partners and the boats´ sponsors, who will present their businesses and their involvement in sailing and ocean racing. 
  • A shopping centre where firms and tradesmen will be displaying and selling their products around two themes « Vendée business », « The sea and sea sports». 
  • Over more than 2000 m2, catering areas, reception rooms and PR offices, which will remain open in the evenings and where a number of events are planned. 

Organisers want to show that the Vendée Globe is for the public. As at each edition, the Vendée Globe pontoon is open to all visitors. The fact that the public can get right up close to the boats and the skippers is an important element, offering that very particular atmosphere of friendliness and openness you find at the Vendée Globe.


To finish, each evening from 7.15, a light and sound show will bring to life the pontoons and the marina area tracing the route taken by the thirty Vendée Globe skippers…