We are very excited and humbled to have been asked to be a supporter of the launch of the opening races for the Monaco Globe Series. Joan Mulloy will be the skipper of The Kilcullen Voyager, and we jumped at the chance to support a female adventurer!
Birgitta traveled to Monaco to hand-deliver our Burren Smoked Irish Organic Salmon for the Opening Ceremony at the Yacht Club Monaco, and to witness in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II the start of the Monaco Globe Series. This series launches Joan Mulloy's qualification for the Vendée Globe Challenge 2020.
Birgitta did not only get a chance to go out on one of the organisers' boats and zip through the sailboats after they started their race, no, she also met H.S.H. Prince Albert, and of course the members of Team Ireland.
The Vendée Globe Challenge is the only non-stop solo round the world race without assistance. Just think about the two words non-stop and solo - it doesn't get more challenging than that!
Just to give you a gauge on the difficulty: on 26th November 1989, thirteen sailors set off in this first edition, which would last more than three months. Only seven made it back to Les Sables d’Olonne in France.
Since then, the first seven editions of what the public refers to as the Everest of the seas, have enabled 138 sailors to line up at the start of the Vendée Globe, while only 71 have managed to cross the finishing line. This figure alone expresses the huge difficulty of this global event, where sailors face icy cold conditions, mountainous waves and leaden skies in the Southern Ocean.
Watch a video about the Monaco series: