A record sized Vendee Globe fleet of 30 boats answered the start gun at 1202GMT on Sunday under grey, threatening skies with an awkward swell and 13-18 knots of breeze.

Mike Golding on Ecover crossed the start line too early for the opening of his third Vendee Globe and the British skipper had to restart and found himself playing catch up. Michel Desjoyeaux on Foncia, considered one of the favorites, was also slow off the start line. Both were no doubt equally frustrated, but while the magnitude of the fleet and the early pace, is that of an inshore regatta, they have more than 26,000 miles and some three months to catch up.

Vendee Globe 2008-2009

Vendee Globe 2008-2009

Start of the 2008-2009 Vendee Globe singlehanded yacht race around the world – non-stop!

Read the full story here: Vendee Globe 2008-2009 Start with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston


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