SIX WOMEN SAILORS are to start the solo, around-the-world Vendee Globe 2020-21 on Sunday.As Pip Hare notes: "More men have walked on the moon than women have completed the Vendee Globe." These six skippers are the focus of our coverage – the stories of courage and daring they bring to a competition with each other and 27 male sailors.
Alexia Barrier (France)
Alexia Barrier, 40, French, founded 4myplanet to advance science and education. She has sailed 120,000 blue ocean miles, competed in 14 trans Atlantic races and now races a boat built for the 2000 Vendee Globe.
Clarisse Cremer (France)
Clarisse Cremer, 30, French, founded a custom adventure travel business. She has catapulted to the Vendee Globe after finishing second in the 2017 Mini Transat and sails the boat that won the 2012-13 Vendee Globe.
Sam Davies (Britain)
Sam Davies, 46, British, an engineer and mother of one racing in her third Vendee Globe. She finished fourth in 2008-09 Vendee Globe, was dismasted in 2012-13, and sails a Vendee Globe finisher built in 2010.
Pip Hare (Britain)
Pip Hare, 46, British, a professional skipper who specializes in events of distance andendurance. She self-financed her rented boat,built in 1999, and sought a title sponsor until one joined in June.
Isabelle Joschke (France / Germany)
Isabelle Joschke, 43, French-German,a professional skipper and sailing instructor. She self-financed her first Mini Transat race, and help from money her mother had borrowed. Her boat was a prototype in 2007.