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At 65, Eric Loizeau feels ready for his first Vendée Globe

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Eric Loizeau pourrait faire le Vendée Globe 2016

One of the legendary figures of French sailing back in the 70s and 80s is aiming to compete in the next Vendée Globe. A sailor and mountaineer, Eric Loizeau is in remarkable shape at the age of 65, which means he can seriously think about taking…

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Another hemisphere and time to deal with St Helena

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Une partie de l'équipage de Dong Feng sur le pont

The seven crews competing in the Volvo Ocean Race have all entered the Southern Hemisphere. Off the coast of Brazil, this weekend they passed the symbolic halfway point in this race to Cape Town, where the first leg ends. They are now having to deal…

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The Rhum as preparation for the Vendée Globe

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9 skippers IMOCA au départ de la Route du Rhum 2014

When the Route du Rhum gets underway, fans of the Vendée Globe will be closely watching the battle between the nine skippers in the IMOCA class. But they should also keep an eye on three other categories, in which a certain number of sailors,…

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François Gabart aiming to win the Rhum

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François Gabart, au départ de la Route du Rhum

The most recent winner of the Vendée Globe will be taking part in his final major race in the IMOCA circuit, when the Route du Rhum transatlantic race gets underway, as after this event, he will be spending his time working on his maxi-trimaran,…

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Foils or not? Some explanations from Jean Kerhoas

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Jean Kerhoas, Président de l'IMOCA

The IMOCA General Meeting took place in Nantes on Wednesday 15th October. Two important decisions were taken: foils were allowed and the rule won’t be changed before the end of the next Vendée Globe. So there will be foils on the latest…

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Armel Tripon competing in the Rhum without a sponsor

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For Humble Heroes, le monocoque IMOCA d'Armel Tripon

Armel Tripon, the skipper from Nantes, will be the only rookie in the IMOCA class in the Route du Rhum finding himself up against the Vendée Globe stars. Over the past few months, the skipper of "For Humble Heroes" has been getting…

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Jérémie Beyou looks back at his preparation for the Rhum

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SAILING - PRE VG 2012-2103 - LES SABLES D'OLONNE (FRA) - 24/10/2012 - PHOTO JEAN MARIE LIOT / DPPI / VENDEE GLOBE - JEREMIE BEYO

Following on from his final training course and with just a few weeks to go to the start of the Route du Rhum, which begins from St. Malo on 2nd November, Jérémie Beyou is taking it easy for a few days. An opportunity for the skipper…

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Come In Vendée, Jean-François Pellet’s project

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Jeff Pellet souhaite participer au Vendée Globe 2016

With a brand new concept, opening up to small businesses and putting them all on an equal footing, the sailor from Les Sables, Jean-François Pellet is taking up the challenge of uniting as many partners as necessary to line up at the start…

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