What comparisons can we make between the separation and solitude of the Vendée Globe to the impact of national lockdowns and pandemic-induced isolation, remote working and social seclusion? And what can we learn from emotional intelligence software to help monitor the impact of this on our employees’ mental health?
What is the Vendée Globe?
The Vendée Globe is a 24,000 miles (39,000 km) sailing race around the world. Competitors have to sail single-handedly, taking short bursts of sleep to get by.
Fewer than 100 people have ever completed the challenge.
This race isn’t just about sailing experience and prowess on the water though.
Taking Separation and Solitude to the Extreme
“Each skipper will compete in his or her own bubble, separated from one another and any other human being for somewhere between two to four months, prohibited by the rules from accepting any assistance unless they’re in mortal danger” reports ESPN.
One skipper, Pip Hare – one of the six women in this year’s race – commented that it’s “not just the physicality of being locked down or isolated, but the problem solving, the resilience, the inner will to make things happen…”.
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