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The hull and deck of StMichel-Virbac assembled

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Assemblage de la coque de StMichel-Virbac

The final assembly of the hull and deck of the IMOCA monohull, StMichel-Virbac, aboard which Jean-Pierre Dick will be competing in the next Vendée Globe, started on Tuesday at the Multiplast yard in Vannes. The structural bulkheads inside the…

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Fabrice Amedeo ready to take up the challenge

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Fabrice Amedeo, skipper du monocoque Newrest-Matmut

The dream is coming true for Fabrice Amedeo. In Lorient on 3rd July he launched Newrest-Matmut, the 60-foot IMOCA, aboard which he will compete in his first Vendée Globe in 2016. The journalist / ocean racer has a lot to learn, and is tackling…

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Riou at the midway mark in the Tour de France à la Voile

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Vincent Riou en Diam 24 devant Les Sables d'Olonne pour le Tour de France à la Voile.

Vincent Riou in Les Sables-d’Olonne’s channel at the helm of a Diam 24? It’s not exactly insignificant for the skipper of PRB, who is currently competing in the Tour de France à la Voile. Lying in eighth position overall at…

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Couples forming for the Transat Jacques Vabre

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Sam Davies avec Tanguy de Lamotte pour la Transat Jacques Vabre

With a view to the Transat Jacques Vabre, the skippers of the IMOCA class are selecting their co-skippers for this double-handed race between Le Havre and Itajaí (Brazil), which is due to set sail on 25 October 2015. Among the latest names…

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In Orsenna’s eyes

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Erik Orsenna en visite au chantier Multiplast

Just back from the United States, Academician Erik Orsenna took a brief detour via Vannes in south-west Brittany, to see how things were progressing with the build of the monohull St Michel-Virbac at the Multiplast yard. Jean-Pierre Dick and Fabien…

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A very different situation for Louis Burton

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Louis Burton

He is one of the sailors officially pre-registered for the next Vendée Globe. Forced to retire in 2012 after colliding with a trawler, Louis Burton will be back for a second go but with a very different standard of preparation and status.

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