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Our ocean racing campaign pushes the boundaries of innovation, technology and human performance

The current 4-year campaign cycle culminates with the Vendée Globe Race which starts on 10th November 2024.

Looking ahead we plan to compete in the 2025-2029 cycle and are actively looking for sponsors to support this ambition.  

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APR

TRANSAT

CIC RACE

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NOV

VENDéE

GLOBE RACE

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AUG

ROLEX FASTNET RACE

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NOV

TRANSAT JACQUES VABRE

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JUN

VENDéE ARCTIQUE

NOV

ROUTE

DU RHUM

MAY

GUYADER BERMUDES 1000 RACE

SEP

DéFI AZIMUT LORIENT

APR

TRANSAT CIC RACE

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NOV

VENDéE

GLOBE RACE

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2024

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MAY-JUN

NEW YORK

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2025

2026

2027

2028

SEP

DEFI AZIMUT LORIENT

MAY-JUN

NEW YORK

VENDéE RACE

MAY

GUYADER BERMUDES 1000 RACE

SEP

DEFI AZIMUT LORIENT

JUL

ROLEX FASTNET RACE

OCT

TRANSAT JACQUES VABRE

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SKIPPER

Oliver Heer Swiss skipper on boat
Swiss skipper Oliver Heer demonstrates the passion, resilience and determination to compete.

TEAM

Oliver Heer Ocean Racing team
Ollie can't do this alone!  He is supported by a dedicated team who are committed to the journey.

BOAT

Oliver Heer Ocean Racing sailing boat
Our IMOCA is designed to be sailed single-handedly and to withstand the most extreme ocean conditions.

about us

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what is The Vendée Globe?

The Vendée Globe is a solo, non-stop, unassisted, round-the-world yacht race. It takes courage, perseverance, resilience, and passion to compete.

 

The Vendée Globe is widely acknowledged to be the toughest ocean race. Only the world's best skippers are able to compete. 

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the route

Vendée Globe route map Oliver Heer Ocean Racing

SOLO

44,000KM+

80+ DAYS

the 'everest of the seas'

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Nicknamed the ‘Everest of the Seas’, the Vendée Globe race is a circumnavigation of the globe, over 44,000KM, taking up to 3 months.

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This non-stop race is sailed solo; the skipper must sail completely alone without external help or support for the entire route.

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Taking place every 4 years, it takes courage, endurance, resilience and passion to compete.

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Only 114 people have ever crossed the finish line, only half the sailors who start the race ever finish! 

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During the race, Ollie will have to sail through some of the harshest conditions and most remote places on the planet.

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At times, sailors will be closer to astronauts on the International Space Station than to anyone on Earth.

race schedule

The schedule comprises of 18 races over 4 years in 13 different countries, culminating with the Vendée Globe. This is known as the IMOCA Globe Series. This series includes the most prestigious solo, double-handed and crewed extreme sailing races in the world.

Sailors must compete in the IMOCA Globe Series as part of a gruelling qualification process to prove their eligibility to race in the Vendee Globe, making them the "BEST" sailors in the world.

Oliver completed his qualification in 2022, but a lot of training and preparation is still required before the next edition of the Vendée Globe race starts in November 2024.  

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28 april 2024

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29 MAY 2024

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10 november 2024

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