20 of the best single-handed sailors will set off from the french port of Les Sables d’Olonne tomorrow (Saturday 10th November 2012) for the Vendee Globe. This is a 24,000 mile, 3 month race, travelling east to west via the three major capes, Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn.
Alex Thomson is one of only three British skippers in the race and here he speaks about what the race means to him –
This next video is an interview with Robin Knox-Johnston speaking about Alex. Robin Knox-Johnston was the first man to perform a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the globe. On 14 June 1968 Robin Knox-Johnston left Falmouth in his 32-foot (9.8-meter) boat Suhaili, one of the smallest boats to enter the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. Despite losing his self-steering gear off Australia, he rounded Cape Horn on 17 January 1969, 20 days before his closest competitor Bernard Moitessier, who subsequently abandoned the race and sailed on to Tahiti. The other seven competitors dropped out at various stages, leaving Knox-Johnston to win the race and become officially the first man to circumnavigate the globe non-stop and single-handed on 22 April 1969, the day he returned to Falmouth.