The Vendée Globe a race under high satellite surveillance.

The Vendée Globe is the only solo, non-stop, without assistance sailboat race around the world. Nicknamed “Everest of seas”, only 71 sailors under 138 managed to reach the fish line since its creation. This figure is showing how difficult this worldwide event is, in which sailors are facing extreme cold, huge waves and threatening sky…

Icebergs detected from space

CLS provides the Vendée Globe 2016 its knowledge in processing satellite data and radar imagery, altimetric/elevation datas (sea level), and ocean currents models to detect icebergs and forecast ice drift throughout southern latitudes. Why use satellite detection ? Satellites are the only way to monitor large and dangerous areas around the Austral ocean. Moreover, radar satellites…

CLS equips 29 skippers of beacons of location by satellite #VG2016

CLS installed its tracking equipment MAR YI and MAR VR tags to improve the safety of skippers and help organizers to support real-time progress of the Vendee Globe race. MAR YI tag sends short message position, continuously and in real time by using Iridium satellite constellation. This beacon is lightweight, waterproof and shockproof, featuring 110-day…

Michel HOREAU, Bouvet Rames Guyane Race Director

Michel HOREAU, Bouvet Rames Guyane Race Director. He has great experience in the world of ocean racing. He has competed in many races (Whitbread, Ostar, Twostar, La Baule/Dakar, Québec/St Malo, Triangle Atlantique, etc), and has raised the profile of numerous others in the media, including Vendée Globe, Route du Rhum, Transat des Alizés, Trophée Jules Verne…

Mathias LOUARN

Mathias LOUARN, Deputy Director of Vendée Globe 2004-2005, 2008-2009 and of Solitaire du Figaro since 2003.