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Pete Goss keen for second crack at the Vendee Globe

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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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