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François Gabart in training for the Rhum

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François Gabart Artemis Challenge 2013

François Gabart is continuing with his intensive preparations for the Route du Rhum and linking together a series of sea trials through until the end of July. After a significant 5-month refit to optimise the boat, the most recent winner of…

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Stamm and Le Cam together around the world

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Bernard Stamm avec Jean Le Cam pour la Barcelone World Race

These two great personalities from the Vendée Globe are joining forces for the upcoming circumnavigation of the globe, the Barcelona World Race. Supported by his partner Cheminées Poujoulat, Swiss skipper Bernard Stamm is taking over…

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Michel Desjoyeaux to coach the Spanish in the Volvo Ocean Race

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Michel Desjoyeaux coach du Team Espagnol pour la Volvo Race

Double winner of the Vendée Globe, Michel Desjoyeaux will be taking part in another round the world race, this time in crewed configuration with stopovers. Indeed he’ll be coaching the Spanish team led by Iker Martinez. His experience…

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PRB v.2 for Vincent Riou

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SAILING - PRE VG 2012-2103 - LES SABLES D'OLONNE (FRA) - 26/10/2012 - PHOTO VINCENT CURUTCHET / DPPI / VENDEE GLOBE - VINCENT RI

Vincent Riou was relaunched in Port-La-Forêt after four months in the yard with two objectives. Firstly, the aim was to bring her within the terms of the new IMOCA rules end secondly there was the goal of making her the fastest boat at the start…

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The new Initiatives Coeur on show in Vendée

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Tanguy de Lamotte avec Bruno Léger, Directeur Général de K-LINE (à gauche) et Franck Vallée, Directeur d’Initiatives Coeur (à dr

This weekend, Tanguy de Lamotte presented his new boat to the staff of the Vendée-based company K-LINE in les Sables d’Olonne. The firm has joined Initiatives as a joint sponsor supporting the project. Tanguy will be competing in his…

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Jérémie Beyou has won the 2014 Solitaire du Figaro

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Jérémie Beyou remporte la Solitaire du Figaro 2014

Jérémie Beyou has triumphed in Cherbourg. He won the final leg, but more importantly his third Solitaire du Figaro, after his successes in 2005 and 2011. Three wins in the major summer event is quite some achievement, as only three Vendée…

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Thomas Coville testing his giant Sodebo

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Le nouveau maxi-trimaran SODEBO de Thomas Coville à l'entraînement

Five short weeks after the launch of the Sodebo Ultim’ maxi-trimaran in Vannes, the tests and preparation for the Route du Rhum are continuing for Thomas Coville. Training will continue through July with two offshore trips planned. Then on around…

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