MARBLEHEAD, Maryland — When U.S. sailor Rich Wilson sets sail in the Vendée Globe nonstop single-handed around the world race in November, he might be alone on the boat, but more than 500,000 schoolkids will be tracking his progress.
The most challenging and most famous sailing race in the world, the Vendée Globe involves sailing 28,000 miles around the world alone. It sets sail and finishes in Les Sables d’Olonne in Brittany, France, after rounding the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, Cape Leeuwin in Southern Australia and the infamous Cape Horn at the tip of South America.
Wilson is an experienced sailor and won the Newport-to-Bermuda race. He holds three world sailing records.
Wilson’s motivation to participate in the race is to engage and educate students around the world, with some 500,000 students and schools in 45 countries participating in his educational program.
When the race starts on Nov. 6, Wilson’s daily progress can be followed on his website.