Who holds the circumnavigation record for the Vendée Globe? How long did it take this person to complete this legendary, around-the-world, solo, non-stop race? And just for fun, tell us: Who are you rooting for in the 2020-2021 Vendée Globe starting November 8th?
French sailor Armel Le Cléac’h won the 2016-2017 Vendée Globe and a long-running battle with British skipper Alex Thomson for the top spot in the solo round the world race, regarded as one of the toughest sporting challenges known to man. He earned a place in the Vendée Globe history books – completing the course in 74 days, 3 hours, and 35 minutes. His time sets a new record for the race, beating the previous record of 78 days, 2 hours, 16 minutes set by French sailor François Gabart in the 2012-13 edition by nearly four days.