120,000 Celebrate Vendee 6. 7 To Start October 2012. 2


While those who still have motor-yachts sat in the harbour of Monaco on Saturday night, 120,000 people turned up on the beach in Les Sables for the Vendee Globe prize-giving ceremony. It goes to show just how popular this event is in France that the ceremony didn’t start until 10:30pm.

A huge podium was built for the 2008-2009 Vendée Globe skippers for the official prize-giving ceremony of the sixth race. The official site reports that no fewer than 120,000 people turned up for the show, that was entirely free and packed with emotion.

For skippers looking for sponsors for the next race, the date of the start of the next Vendée Globe will be the 21st October 2012. Although 29 skippers have declared an interest in starting the seventh edition of the race, British sailors may find it tough to find budget in an Olympic year.

  • Fabulous to hear. Can you imagine witnessing that fantastic level of support and emotion in the UK to recognise sporting achievement, other than perhaps for footballers? The closest the sailing fraternity and its supporters came was when Ellen came home after coming 2nd in the Vendée Globe 2000/1 and the welcome in Les Sables then was from 200,000 + people (including a lot of English supporters I'm sure); then she sailed up the Solent to Southampton amongst a sizeable armada of vessels and was quite rightly honoured for her sailing achievements.

  • Fabulous to hear. Can you imagine witnessing that fantastic level of support and emotion in the UK to recognise sporting achievement, other than perhaps for footballers? The closest the sailing fraternity and its supporters came was when Ellen came home after coming 2nd in the Vendée Globe 2000/1 and the welcome in Les Sables then was from 200,000 + people (including a lot of English supporters I'm sure); then she sailed up the Solent to Southampton amongst a sizeable armada of vessels and was quite rightly honoured for her sailing achievements.