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New Kid on the Block

At 30, Guirec Soudee ( is a freshman in the IMOCA class having just dipped his toe into its fast running waters this year. His voyage towards the Vendee Globe is dominated by a fairy-tale image of a young man and a chicken, Monique to be precise, on the high seas. But make no mistake, after 45,000 miles and an incredible sixth place in this Vendee Arctique - Les Sables d’Olonne, this kid’s for real.


The Village of the Vendée Arctique

The Vendée Arctique village in Les Sables d'Olonne will open its doors to the public on Saturday 4th June at 10h00 and will remain open during the all race, until Sunday 26th June - the date of the prize-giving ceremony.

The public will be able to come and discover the IMOCA moored at Port Olona, on the famous Vendée Globe pontoon, from Saturday 4th to Sunday 12th June, the day of the start. Activities on the theme of the Arctic will be organised throughout the 3 weeks of the village.

Visitors will be able to follow the race live, attend Lives sessions with the skippers and take part in various activities until the finish and the prize-giving ceremony on Sunday 26th June.

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The Route of the Vendée Arctique

This will be the first time that the Vendée Globe skippers will attempt to round Iceland by crossing the Arctic Circle. They will set off from Port Olona to sail around Iceland, before returning to Les Sables d'Olonne to complete this innovative and demanding 3,500 mile course.

As the first qualifying race for the Vendée Globe 2024, the Vendée Arctique will allow the IMOCA Class skippers to test their boats in conditions similar to those of the Vendée Globe by confronting the seas of the Far North single-handed.

It is a demanding course, which will involve the skippers negotiating the wind shifts and acceleration of the wind due to Iceland's relief. The sailors will have to expect a complex race in terms of manoeuvres and sail changes.


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