Launched in 2016, Vendee2020Vision is a new initiative to nurture Britons’ Offshore sailing talent along the path to success in yacht racing’s most challenging event - the Vendée Globe, the quadrennial singlehanded non-stop round the world race.
There’s one peak we Britons have failed to conquer for almost half a century.
The Vendée Globe has not earned the nickname the ‘Everest of the sea’ for nothing. It’s the ultimate test for a sailor. Gruelling, very, very lonely and pretty hairy. It takes an exceptional kind of person to win.
We believe that it’s high time that exceptional person was a Brit.
Vendee2020Vision is a shared vision borne out of a long term working relationship with Artemis Investment Management, the longest serving British company to sponsor ocean racing. For six years young British talent has been invested in with a view to achieving the rightful top spot on the podium for a Briton in the Vendée Globe.
As we speak, four of this country’s most talented yachtsmen and women are competing to be the one to fly the flag. The chosen one. And right now we’re also looking for a very special sponsor to share in his or her fame.
The Open 60s are the most extreme and exciting platforms in the world of competitive solo sailing. Designed to be sailed single handed, it is a radical, high performance boat, known for reaching world record speeds in extreme conditions.
Most of Britain’s best known sailing heroes have made their mark onboard Open 60s - Dame Ellen McArthur, Sir Robin Knox-Johnson, Mike Golding, Emma Richards, Dee Caffari and Alex Thomson. Although all have achieved impressive results, no British sailor has yet won the ultimate Open 60 challenge - the Vendée Globe.
The sport of single-handed offshore racing is growing - 50% more entries in the Vendee Globe 2016 (30) than in 2012, but fewer UK entries (down from 8 to 1) than ever before, providing a less cluttered brand environment for future British entries.
The 2012/3 edition of the Vendée Globe race generated extraordinary media coverage and PR exposure with 738 hours of TV coverage, on 65 channels in 190 countries. 9.3m unique visitors to the race website, 30 million videos viewed, and 2million people visited the race village, all in just three months.