To compete in the 9th Vendée Globe, all 33 skippers had to have a final covid PCR test on Friday 6th November, a condition before they take the start tomorrow, after years of preparation. Implemented by Vendée Globe Doctor, Jean-Yves Chauve, the health protocol is to ensure all competitors are safe.
The result came this morning at 8:28am and is negative. Good news for the German skipper who is set to embark on this adventure at 13.02 on Sunday 8th November at Les Sables-d’Olonne.
“It’s a real relief! It is of course a bit scary to undergo these two tests: one on D-7 and the other on D-2 before the start… That’s why, in agreement with Team Malizia, we decided to confine ourselves even earlier than required. I’m delighted to be able to set sail on my boat and no longer have this sword of Damocles hanging over,” said Boris when the result was announced.
Due to covid, the start of this ninth edition will take place behind closed doors for the first time since the launch of this non-stop solo round the world race without assistance in 1989.
Vendée Globe fans and supporters of the skipper of Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco, the first IMOCA to officially represent the Principality, will however be able to watch the start that will be broadcast widely on TV channels (list of the TV channels available on the Vendée Globe website), as well as on Yacht Club de Monaco and Team Malizia websites and social networks.
YCM members who are particularly aware of this event will be meeting Boris via Zoom this evening at 8.00pm to encourage him in person – albeit remotely.
The Yacht Club de Monaco will also be following the Vendée closely, with meetings every Wednesday afternoon for young sailors in the Sports Section and members to understand what’s happening and why, and also to get involved by participating in a Virtual Regatta of the event.