This weekend, enthusiastic sailors will be heading to Port Olona in Les Sables d’Olonne This weekend, enthusiastic sailors will be heading to Port Olona in Les Sables d’Olonne for a competition known as the Port Olona Award. This is a regular fixture in the sailing calendar and events like this take place throughout the year in the port. For visitors to this popular beach resort in Vendee, such sailing events can be an enjoyable observer sport. They also encourage many holiday makers to sign up for a few sailing lessons during their break. All along the Vendee coast there are plenty of sail and surf schools to help build your technique and confidence on the water. This time next year, millions of people are expected to be preparing for a very special event; The Vendee Globe. This solo round the world boat race is described as the Everest of the Seas. It is a tough and demanding challenge for the world’s most experienced and fearless sailors, who will literally battle against the elements and extreme conditions with no one but themselves to rely on. Twelve sailors have currently registered for the event and it is expected that 25 participants will be ready at the starting line on 6th November 2016. The scale and significance of the race means that it attracts plenty of supporters, media attention and boat enthusiasts, so like any major competition, millions of visitors are expected to arrive in Les Sables d’Olonne next November. Preparations Underway To benefit from this influx of people, the Vendee resort is going to be pulling out all the stops in the build up to the international boat race. There is likely to be a buzz in the town long before the race commences and next year’s holiday makers could enjoy being part of the preparations. Our campsite is in walking distance from Les Sables town centre and Port Olona, so you can get involved in events during your stay. Many hotels, restaurants and attractions and shops could be spending the winter ensuring that their facilities and service can be top notch for this major event. If you are planning a Vendee holiday in the summer months, this could be a major advantage. If you are hoping to get out and see the start of the race in November, you’ll have to book early in order to find a place to sleep!
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