The Vendée Globe forms part of Sodebo’s history and these are special times for the Vendée-based company.
20 years ago, we embarked on this legendary race as a shipowner alongside Thomas Coville. Then in 2004, we continued our involvement by becoming an official sponsor of the event. Each edition is unique. Every edition of the Vendée Globe illustrates the incredible changes in the world of ocean racing, which evolves continuously. You only have to look at how boats have changed to understand that as one edition has followed another, we have entered a new era; and yet, for all that, there is still room for everyone. What are common are the stories of these men and women committed to an adventure that will inevitably change them.
At Sodebo, we, too, have experienced these transformations associated with the desire and the daring to innovate and perform in our industry to better meet the expectations of our consumers. Over these last 20 years Sodebo’s reputation has increased 12-fold. For these reasons, and to support a race that showcases such incredible characters, how could we not want to continue this remarkable adventure?
The ninth Vendée Globe launches next November and we are proud to partner with it for the fifth time in succession. The number of boats entered, the return of female skippers to the competition, the presence of several foreign skippers, the diversity of the participants, the arrival of numerous foilers alongside more proven boats… give every reason to expect an exceptional race. The 2020 edition will be another unmissable event within the world of French and international sport.
The public will be there and so will we. Our teams will be waiting for you at our stand to tell you about our company and its products.
More than an adventure, the Vendée Globe will be a great festival for ordinary people, a respectful, human, family event. Expect records to be broken again!