Vendée Arctique


Imoca Globe Series championship event
© ©Eloi Stichelbaut - polaRYSE / IMOCA
© Eloi Stichelbaut - polaRYSE /IMOCA
© Eloi Stichelbaut / polaRYSE
© François Van Malleghem / Imoca
© François Van Malleghem / Imoca
© Eloi Stichelbaut
© ©Eloi Stichelbaut - polaRYSE / IMOCA
© François Van Malleghem / Imoca
Start date


Distance3 566 NM (6 600 km)
Race trackLes Sables d'Olonne (FRA) - Cercle Arctique (IS) - Les Sables d'Olonne (FRA)
Race directorFrancis Le Goff
OrganizerSAEM Vendée
IMOCA reference timeJérémie Beyou (Charal) : 10j 05h 14min 08s


The Vendée - Arctique - Les Sables d'Olonne returns in 2022!

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!