(Article) – Charal Leads Fleet Into First Night Of Ninth Vendee Globe After Emotional Send Off

​A sea mist shrouding the start zone off Les Sables d’Olonne held up the start of the ninth edition of the Vendée Globe solo non stop round the world race for nearly one hour and 20 minutes.  

But for their patience the record-sized 33 boat fleet was rewarded by late Autumn sunshine, a near perfect 10-12 knots south easterly breezes and flat seas when the start gun finally sounded at 1420hrs French time, sending the lone 27 men and 6 women skippers off on their 24,296 nautical miles round the world challenge.

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