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Today We Switch from Race Prep to Tracking the Vendée Globe 2020. Who’s With Us? 🙋🏼‍♀️

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Thirty-three skippers have set off on their around-the-world, non-stop, solo, and without assistance adventure. Departing from Les Sables-d’Olonne, the Vendée Globe 2020 fleet will travel 40,075 km over three months. The competition will be intense. The favorites will be vying to be the first to finish and attempting to beat a record of 74 days, 3 hours, 35 minutes, 46 seconds set by Banque Populaire VIII’s Armel Le Cléac’h, winner of the 2016 Vendée Globe.

While winning the Vendée is the ultimate honor, the race is a relentless experience, and completing the course is considered an extraordinary accomplishment. North Sails powers 22 IMOCAs competing in the 9th edition of the race. The Vendée requires skippers to push themselves and their gear to the most extreme limits. We’re proud these 22 programs have chosen North 3Di to deliver the reliability this race demands.

If you’re anything like the North Sails team, you’ll be joining us following the race (and obsessively checking the online race tracker!). Below is a cheat sheet of links we’ll be bookmarking. 



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North Sails teamed up with Loïck Peyron and polaRYSE to create a seven-part video series to celebrate the Vendée Globe 2020. Peyron joins North Sails to lend his voice as our narrator and offers his perspective on this legendary race by telling the story of the exceptional skippers who dare take on the challenge, the passion that drives them, and the quest for open-ocean adventure. Beyond, the modern Vendée features the emergence of women and international sailors, the ever-evolving technology of the IMOCA, not to mention the growing enthusiasm amongst spectators and all those who are passionate about this unrivaled competition. 

The first six episodes are on YouTube now. Episode 7 will feature footage for the start and drops later this week.

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