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American sailor registers for next Vendée Globe

Good news for the internationalization of the Vendée Globe: American sailor Rich Wilson officially preregistered for the next solo round the world race without stopovers.

With this in mind, he’s already training aboard the ex Mirabaud, a 2006 Owen Clarke design with which Dominique Wavre finished 7th in his last Vendée.

If he manages to balance the budget, Rich Wilson will, at 64 years of age, likely be the most senior figure of the 2016-17 event. His primary aim will be to finish the race, as he did in 2008/2009, securing 9th place after 121 days at sea. However, that’s not his only goal.

“I hope that with everything we’re doing the race’s notoriety will extend right across the USA and that we’ll see an increasing number of Americans in the race as a result,” he explains.