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Start of the Vendée Globe Sunday 6 November

The crowds were out early this morning in Les Sables to watch the sailors leave the Vendée Globe pontoon for the start area.

29 skippers will be setting sail from Les Sables d’Olonne for the eighth edition of the Vendée Globe at 12:02 hrs UTC on Sunday 6 November.

There are ten different nationalities among the 29 entrants, a record in the history of the Vende´e Globe.

Britain's Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss is taking part in his fourth Vendée Globe. He finished third in the least edition.

The race is officially 24,020 miles or 40,075 kilometres – the theoretical distance.

The leaders should complete the race in around 80 days. The record is 78 days, 2 hours and 16 minutes in 2013, by François Gabart.

Only Gabart and Armel Le Cléac’h (also in 2013) have completed the Vendée Globe in less than 80 days, the legendary time it took Philéas Fogg.

Most of the competitors will sail more, sometimes even more than 52,000 km to avoid icebergs and areas of high pressure (where there are light winds).

Live coverage of the start will be from 11:30 to 12:30 hrs UTC in English and French.

Entry List for Vendée Globe 2016/17

Switzerland Alan Roura La Fabrique
United Kingdom Alex Thomson Hugo Boss
France Armel Le Cléac’h Banque Populaire VIII
France Arnaud Boissières La Mie Câline
France Bertrand De Broc MACSF
New Zealand/United States Conrad Colman 100 % Natural Energy
Spain Didac Costa One Planet One Ocean
Republic of Ireland Enda O’Coineen Kilcullen Voyager - Team Ireland
France Eric Bellion COMME UN SEUL HOMME
France Fabrice Amedeo Newrest - Matmut
France Jean Le Cam Finistère Mer Vent
France Jean-Pierre Dick StMichel-Virbac
France Jérémie Beyou Maître CoQ
France Kito De Pavant Bastide Otio
Japan Kojiro Shiraishi Spirit Of Yukoh
France Louis Burton Bureau Vallée
France Morgan Lagravière Safran
Hungary Nándor Fa Spirit Of Hungary
France Paul Meilhat SMA
Netherlands Pieter Heerema No Way Back
United States Rich Wilson Great American IV
France Romain Attanasio Famille Mary - Etamine Du Lys
France Stéphane Le Diraison Compagnie Du Lit - Boulogne Billancourt
France Sébastien Destremau TechnoFirst - FaceOcean
France Sébastien Josse Edmond De Rothschild
France Tanguy De Lamotte Initiatives-cœur
France Thomas Ruyant Le Souffle Du Nord Pour Le Projet Imagine
France Vincent Riou PRB
France Yann Eliès Quéguiner - Leucémie Espoir

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