Despite limited training opportunities, preparations for the Vendée Globe (Start November 2020) are ongoing. It is still open whether the two transatlantic regattas this summer – The Transat CIC and New York-Les Sables dOlonne – really take place. These are the last qualification regattas for the 30 starting positions, 35 participants have registered. Or 34 now, after Giancarlo Pedote ITA had to announce his retirement from the race after the withdrawal of his sponsor – the news (ita.). —– In a 5-part video series Alex Thomson GBR, one of the favorites for the race, grants one a look behind the scenes of his team.