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Pete Goss keen for second crack at the Vendee Globe

Goss dreams of second Vendee chance

Cornish sailor Pete Goss has said he would jump at the chance to enter the Vendee Globe for a second time.

Goss first completed the single handed round-the-world race in 1996, when he finished fifth on Aqua Quorum.

The 48-year-old, who has entered the Route de Rhum transatlantic race in October, told BBC Spotlight: "I'd love to do another Vendee.

"If someone came up and said 'here's an Open 60, would you like to do the Vendee' - I'd bite their arm off."

Goss added: "There's another Vendee in me definitely. I'm 50 next year, so maybe that'll be my 50th birthday present."

After his last appearance in the Vendee Globe, Goss was award a Legion d'Honneur, the highest civilian decoration in France, after saving the life of fellow sailor Rahael Dinelli, whose boat capsized during a storm in the Southern Ocean.

And with a return to solo-ocean racing now on the horizon in October, Goss is relishing the challenge the 3,500 mile course of the Route de Rhum will provide.

"I love single-handed sailing," said Goss. "The Route de Rheum is one of the world's classic races and I haven't done it because I've been doing other things.

"So this opportunity came along with Team Concise and it was just irresistible, a really good gear change."

Over 60 yachts are expected to take part in the Route de Rhum which begins in St Malo on Sunday, 31 October.

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