The Vendée Arctic – Les Sables d’Olonne 2022 Offers a Demanding 3,500 mile course

  • The SAEM Vendée, the organisers  of the Vendée Globe, will also organize the “Vendée Arctic – Les Sables-d’Olonne” which will be the first qualifying stage for the Vendée Globe 2024.
  • The “Arctic Vendée Les Sables-d’Olonne” will leave from Port Olona on June 12, 2022.

The race was first run in July 2020 by the IMOCA Class. The first “Vendée Arctic – Les Sables d’Olonne offered the IMOCA racers a good final test of reliability which proved useful for the fleet before the Vendée Globe. Although because of the health situation the race had to take place ‘behind closed doors’ this race which took skippers to the tough weather systems in northerly latitudes, won over the hearts and minds of the Vendée Globe sailors as well as proving a rigorous competitive challenge.

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Les Sables d’Olonne and the Golden Globe Race held a media briefing on their stand at the Southampton Boat Show, Back row left to right: Simon Curwen, Robin Davie, Don McIntyre, Ian Herbert Jones, David Scott Cowper, front Arzu (Entrant Ertan Beskardes’ wife/ great support) and Aïda Valceanu. Picture Credit: Rob Havill

One year prior to the September 2022 start of the Golden Globe Race, Don McIntyre and the GGR team were joined by Les Sables d’Olonne, home port of the race and European capital of solo-sailing at the Southampton boat show

Dateline: Les Sables d´Olonne, Monday the 20th of Sep 2021

“Being in the UK one year prior to the start of the race was important for us” said Don McIntyre the GGR Founder & Chairman, “It is the perfect place to meet old friends such as Sir Chay Blyth; and the GGR 2022 not unlike the original edition has many British skippers as the largest contingent, including serious contenders for victory!”

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The report 17/09/2021

Commentary: The podcast – John Phillips, Director, Awyr Las

In this week’s podcast, John Phillips of Awyr Las joins Mark Williams to discuss the challenges around organisational structure, skills and knowledge development during shipping’s energy transition; why Maersk’s methanol solution may not wash for other ship operators; and why innovation in marine fuels continues to generate unexpected opportunities.

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Bring Back Confidence and Increase Ridership in the Ferry Industry

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Webinar: Bring Back Confidence and Increase Ridership in the Ferry Industry
Bring Back Confidence and Increase Ridership in the Ferry Industry
Join Marine Log for a live webinar on September 28, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

With the passenger ferry grant program accepting applications until October 5th, learn about how to apply to access this government funding, the sorts of projects that qualify and how you can apply technologies that can help keep passengers safe, bring confidence back to public transportation and increase ridership.


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