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.
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