Vendée Globe skipper Steve White turns down the chance of a historic world first


Provisioning for Steve White’s three-and-some months at sea in the Vendée Globe is a bit different. Steve is a vegetarian.

The funny thing is that in his great struggle to find funding for his project, he turned one offer down that might have made food shopping much more complicated.

On hearing that he was a vegetarian, one possible donor offered money if he would become the first vegan to sail round the world.

Steve turned it down. I wondered how he’d get the 6,000 calories a day he’d need in the Southern Ocean on a vegan diet. Steve laughs and tells me he’s not sure he’d have room for all the cheese.