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Vendée Globe 10th November 2012

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Once every four years the Vendée hosts the Vendée Globe, the world’s most prestigious round-the-world single handed yacht race. The competitors leave Les Sables d'Olonne in November and return without stopping and with no assistance. This race is often referred to as the Everest of the sea

The last race was in 2008, it was the 6th race and started on November the 9th at 13.02 and the 30 protagonists from around the world pushed their sixty-foot super yachts to the point of destruction in order to be the first home. This event showcases the Vendée to the world, and the Vendéens take it very seriously. Their publicity
machine was working overtime with huge buildings in Paris being lit with the Vendée Globe emblem, and television crews from around the world being invited to cover the occasion. Every school in the Vendée was issued with publicity packs for each child, including brochures, plans, DVD’s and a lot more. Even the auto route toll charges were suspended for the 3 weeks leading up to the start of the race, and the parking charges were also cancelled everywhere in Les Sable d'Olonne for the same period.
The Vendée Globe village was contained within the Port de Plaisance and was open for 3 weeks before the start of the race. The Village was packed full of free information, with posters, stickers and brochures that anywhere else in the world would be for sale, here, being given away without charge. There was a state of the art interactive sailing simulator to test ones virtual sailing skills and videos everywhere. Of course all of the boats with their skippers were there for you to take a close look at, and believe it or not everything is FREE.

During the race the village closes down, re-opening again just before the race leaders arrive home. It is a show not to miss.
For the 2012 race the village will move to Paris once the race has started so that even more people can enjoy its educational features.

If you didn't make it to Les Sables d’Olonne you were able to follow everything on their excellent website which contains some of the best video you will find on any website of its ilk.

The 7th Vendée Globe starts 10th November 2012.

The Vendee Globe village is open from the 20th October to the 11th November 10h to 20h, entry is free and you will find a wealth of information, practical things to do as well as being able to get up close to the boats and their skippers.
Opening of the Village from October 20 to November 11, 2012 from 10am to 20pm (free admission) Place the Vendée Globe - Port Olona - 85100 Les Sables d'Olonne.
Evenings night (closes at 22h): 20 and 27 October and 3 November 9, 2012. exceptionally Village open Nov. 10 at 8 am and will close its doors on November 11 to 18. Pontoons open to the public from 20 October to 8 November from 10am to 20pm.
Through the 3 weeks that the village is open there will be concerts and entertainment both indoors and exterior including each day in the tourist pavillion a gastronomique event when one of the Vendees top chefs is joined by one of the skippers to present a dish of the day using local Vendeen products.
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