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.


Weather systems create wind that’s the fuel for the boats of the Vendee Globe 2020-21. Skippers must be expert forecasters and navigators to chart a course near favorable winds. But not so close to heavy weather that their boats, brains and bodies become fatigued. An up-to-the-moment forecast of wind strength, waves and barometric pressure is available via this link to the noted weather site, passageweather.com.