Rich Wilson Completes Vendée Globe 2016-17

February 21, 2017: Rich Wilson today crossed the finish line of the Vendée Globe solo round the world yacht race after 107 days, 48 minutes and 18 seconds at sea. Wilson, 66, is the oldest skipper and the only American in the race, and finished in 13th place. His progress in the singlehanded 27,440 mile race from Les Sables d’Olonne on the coast of France was followed by over one million people in 79 countries around the world. The majority were school kids who were able to read his daily ship’s logs, listen to his podcasts and ask questions through  the website for his educational program sitesALIVE! Wilson has become the fastest American to sail around the world, beating the 2004-2005 Vendee Globe record of Bruce Schwab, who completed the race in 109 days,19 hours and 58 minutes.  He also beat his own Vendée Globe record when he competed in the 2008-2009 edition and finished in 121 days and 41 minutes.

Why Race Vendée Globe 2016?

Aboard Great American III, Rich Wilson finished 9th of 11 finishers of 30 starters in Vendée Globe 2008-9
At sea he engaged 7 million readers & 250,000 students in live Science, Math & Geography topics via 50 US Newspapers & Online
What's the Vendée Globe?
The Solo, Non-Stop, Around-the-World Race, ~28,000 miles, ~100 days at sea
The Everest of the Seas...
Or is it the other way around?!
So why race again?
30+ countries globally (red) were interested to publish our VG2008 school series, yet we ran out of time to bring them in - now we have the time
To fill that global interest, Rich will return for Vendée Globe 2016 aboard Great American IV (ex-Mirabaud)
Our GOAL? - To send structured, interactive, live content to 3 global sitesALIVE! programs
#1 - EDUCATION: To excite & engage students in Science, Math & Geography from our real-world adventure
#2 - ASTHMA: For Inspiration, Awareness, Fitness & Compliance (Rich has severe asthma)
#3 - SENIORS: For Inspiration, Nutrition, Sleep, Fitness & Community (Rich will be 66 at start)
To know the Vendée Globe, read Rich's book! (Reviewed by The Wall Street Journal)
Or book Rich for a Lecture at your Corporate, Club or Civic Event
Race with Rich in Vendée Globe 2016 by:
• Corporate Sponsorship of Great American IV
• or Private Support of sitesALIVE!

See another slideshow:
Great American IV (ex-Mirabaud)
History of sitesALIVE! – Early Years…