Fins and foils of Vendee Globe race boatsNov 7, 2016
Last minute preparation before the start.
The days leading up to the start of the Vendee Globe solo round the world race involved the skippers making last minute tweaks and crowds of sailing fans getting a look at the boats. Here are some photos from dockside in Les Sables-d'Olonne. Taken by experienced ocean sailor and shore crew guru Brian Harris prior to the start on November 6, 2016, they show some of the advanced elements, such as the scimitar-like foils, multiple pop-up rudders and deck spreaders routinely used on these boats.
Clockwise from upper left: Crowds lined the docks to get a look at the racers; A foil on Hugo Boss; Line handling setup on Hugo Boss; Edmond de Rothschild from astern; Edmond de Rothschild with its foils covered; a foil on No Way Back.