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Vendée Globe: the connected solitude of the convicts of the ocean


INVESTIGATION – For this ninth edition, the 33 sailors who are candidates for the great offshore adventure are hyperconnected, which makes the trip necessarily different from those of their predecessors.

As on land, garlands, red hats and other Christmas decorations have appeared on the Vendée Globe boats as the holidays approach. Following a ritual established since the first edition of the Around the World Tour in 1989, the sailors’ teams had, before departure, loaded and hidden a “special Christmas” bag filled with (light) gifts and a menu coming out of the ordinary for the big night. The ritual will be the same for New Years Eve on December 31 …

Thus, on December 25, in the heart of these southern seas which make sailors around the world tremble, and dream, Father Christmas, for once without his reindeer (nor sirens for that matter), was seen on the boat of Romain Attanasio (Pure-Best Western) and that of Arnaud Boissières (La Mie Câline). Then he went to greet the first Japanese in the history of the race, Kojiro Shiraishi (DMG Mori Global One), all smiles on the background of a banner Merry christmas. Damien Seguin (Apicil Group), the first disabled tour-du-mondiste, a,

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