Solo world race skippers named

Twenty yachtsmen have been named for the 7th Vendee Globe - the world's greatest solo yachting race!

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Skippers named for Vendee solo race

Alex Thomson before the start of his last Vendee Race attempt, in 2008 Credit: PA Wire

Twenty yachtsmen - including three Hampshire skippers - have been named for the 2012/2013 Vendee Globe race. Alex Thomson, Sam Davies and Mike Golding will sail single-handedly around the world in 50 days time.

Sam Davies taking part in her last Vendee Globe attempt in 2008 Credit: PA Wire

The event starts in the French village of Les Sables d'Olonne on November 10th and sails around the world from west to east via the three major capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin and the Horn.

There is a long slide down the Atlantic, then across the Southern Ocean, Indian Ocean and the Pacific. Then, it's back up the Atlantic, finishing from where it all started.

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