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Start of Vendee Globe will change due to COVID-19

Start of Vendee Globe will change due to COVID-19

Vendee Globe organizers can reschedule the 2020/21 regatta due to the coronavirus pandemic. Back in April, they hoped that COVID-19 pandemic will end, and the start of the Vendee Globe sailing regatta will be held as scheduled — on November 8 in the French port of Les Sables-d'Olonne. However, the quarantine complicates preparations for the ninth round-the-world sailing race. In addition, mass gatherings of fans will not be possible under such circumstances. The final decision on holding or postponing the regatta will be announced on June 15, as president of Vendee Globe Yves Auvinet told France 3 TV.

The scheduled for June Vendee Globe prep race was moved to July 4. This will be a single-player competition, with the route passing through Iceland for the Arctic circle, and then to the Azores with a return to Les Sables-d'Olonne. The organizers revised the format of the race and added distance rules for the safety of participants.


Vendee Globe is a round-the-world single regatta that has been held every four years since 1989. Competitions are held without stops (non-stop) on single yachts of the IMOCA 60 class (Open 50 until 2004).