Guirec Soudée and freelance.com partner up for the 2024 Vendée Globe
The adventurous French sailor Guirec Soudée and freelance.com who are the French leaders in the linking companies and external freelance talents have teamed up for an entry for the Venée Globe 2024.
Soudée’s story is inspiring. He spent five years sailing solo around the world, notably enduring a winter in Greenland that meant 130 days stuck in ice. He also sailed the Northwest Passage to reach Cape Horn and the South Pole. Last year, he rowed twice across the Atlantic, first from west to east, then in the other direction.
His 670 days going around the word were not entirely solo as he sailed many of them with Monique, a red hen adopted in the Canary Islands. And so his durability and self reliance are not in question and should be major attributes during the Vendée Globe 2024.
He says his passion for solo round the world non-stop, unassisted racing dates back many years. A meeting with Éric Dumont (two participations, including 4th place in 1996-97) helped convince him that the format would work for him and he would enjoy the challenge.
Previously Roland Jourdain’s race fascinated and encouraged him and more recently the race of Benjamin Dutreux also inspired him to give it OK. The 30-year-old bought Dutreux’s boat which has been optimised by Éole Performance, Dutreux’s boatyard which is near Les Sables d’Olonne. Sébastien Audigane has clocked six rounds of the world, will be the boat captain of freelance.com.