Created in June 2020 and organized by the IMOCA Class and See-to-Sea, the Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne was intended to replace two major races in the IMOCA Globe Series, The Transat CIC and the New-York-Vendée-Les Sables d'Olonne, both of which were cancelled due to the health situation, but which are essential for the 2020 Vendée Globe qualifications. This first edition was a success with the participation of 20 IMOCA boats. The event was won by Jérémie Beyou (Charal) in 10 days, 5 hours, 14 minutes and 8 seconds, closely followed by Charlie Dalin (Apivia) and Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut).
For this second edition, the Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne will leave on June 12, 2022, heading for the Arctic Circle. The skippers will have to sail a 3,500 mile (6,600 kilometers) loop, taking them around Iceland before returning to Port Olona. An extreme solo adventure!
This event, coefficient 4 in the IMOCA Globe Series, will be the first qualifying stage for the 2024 Vendée Globe. An event not to be missed for the skippers of the fleet!