Today 29 skippers departed from France in the 2016/17 VENDÉE GLOBE Around the world sailing race, the 8th running of the race. The course is over 24,000 nautical miles and will take up to 3 months to complete. These sailors are single handing 60 foot very high speed sailing vessels. They can easily average 15 knots per hour and can reach speeds of 30 knots. The skippers are from France, Switzerland, England, Ireland, and the USA.
You can follow these boats at http://www.vendeeglobe.org
There are also videos posted on YouTube!