British sailors meet for race details

Six British skippers, who want to race around the world, non-stop and single-handed met Vendee Globe organisers in London yesterday.

Dee Caffari, Brian Thompson, Steve White, Oscar Mead, Phil Sharp and John MacKay hope to be on the line for the 2012-2013 race, which is due to start from Les Sables d’Olonne on Saturday 10th November 2012.

“Britain, which will host the Olympics next summer, has a huge influence in Olympic sailing, but it should also aim to be up there on the podium of the Vendee Globe,” declared Denis Horeau, the Race Director.

British sailors, Mike Golding (Gamesa) and Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) have already announced they will be taking part in the 7th edition and Samantha Davies has also expressed interest.