The Vendée Globe is a sailing boat regatta that consists of a complete circumnavigation alone, without the possibility of docking or external assistance (on pain of exclusion) with arrival and departure from the port French Les Sables-d'Olonne, in the vendée department of the Pays de la Loire region.
The initiative was founded by Philippe Jeantot in 1989, and has been held every four years since 1992. Because of its characteristics, the regatta is a very hard test of individual endurance, and is considered by many to be the most significant of sailing competitions; it is nicknamed "L'Everest de la mer" or "L'Everest des mers". In any case, the Vendée Globe and Golden Globe Race are the only regattas in the world alone, without stopovers and without assistance that provide for the complete circumnavigation of Antarctica.
The 9th edition of the Vendée Globe was announced at 2.20 pm on Sunday, November 8, 2020;  33 skippers started, of whom 6 were women (records for this competition). The only Italian in the race is Giancarlo Pedote on Prysmian Group.
Due to the anti-Covid measures in force in France, only insiders and family members of competitors were admitted to the starting operations.
The first to cross the finish line of the Sables d'Olonne on January 27, 2021, after 80 days 06 hours 15' and 47" of the race, was skipper French Charlie Dalin at the helm of APIVIA, but in light of the compensation established by the Jury to some skippers who intervened to the rescue of Kevin Escoffier, Yan Bestnickaven on Maître CoQ IV, who crossed the finish line on 28/01/2021 at 05:19:46 (local time), 7 hours and 45 minutes after the debutant Dalin, is the winner of the 9th edition of the Vendée Globe by virtue of the 10 hours and 15 minutes of bonus. Giancarlo Pedote, the only Italian skipper in the competition, finished with the 7th real time that earned him the 8th place overall in the general classification. The weather conditions have as usual heavily influenced the outcome of the race, putting a strain on the boats and in particular the new generation IMOCA armed with the great foils: the most sensational case is that of the abandonment of the great favorite of the eve Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss who after some serious structural damage to the boat, repaired during the descent of the Atlantic, had to abandon the regatta for the break of the rudder when it was 1800 miles from Citta del Capo.