Louis Burton / Bureau Vallée
What can be learnt from the Route du Rhum
Nine skippers from the IMOCA class took part in the Route du Rhum, the first major solo ocean race since the last Vendée Globe. There was confirmation for some, disappointment for others and some revelations. Time for us now to take a look…
The Rhum as preparation for the Vendée Globe
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,…
Louis Burton, a sailor with a rather unusual background
You can find out all about Louis Burton, who at the age of 29 has already taken part in the Vendée Globe (2012). Unfortunately his adventure came to a sudden end when his boat collided with a trawler. Since he entered the IMOCA class back in…
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Résidence : Paris
Age : 27
Boat : Bureau Vallée
Website : www.louisburton.bureau-vallee.fr
Vendée Globe Wins and Performances : First participation.
Louis Burton a surgi dans l’univers de la course au large sans crier gare. C’est en dehors du sérail que ce jeune entrepreneur parisien a fait ses premières gammes de marin. Et il y a toujours du « Titi parisien » chez lui, un petit côté Zazou ou Dandy, c’est selon. Mais qu’on ne s’y trompe pas, cette nonchalance et cette élégance cachent une pugnacité à tous crins.
Louis Burton appeared in the world of offshore racing out of the blue. This young Parisian businessman learned the ropes outside the sailing circles and there will always something so Parisian about Burton who, depending on when you see him, may look like a hipster or a dandy to you. But make no mistake, his nonchalance and elegance are only there to hide his out-and-out pugnacity.
He joined the IMOCA Class with no other goal than 2012 the Vendee Globe!
During the 2010 Route du Rhum, Louis was injured after a collision with a trawler in mid-Atlantic yet he continued the race at the helm of his Class 40 yacht. It was his first transatlantic race, as well as his sponsor’s, Bureau Vallée, already supporting him back then. Obviously the experience did not make Louis Burton’s dream of adventure on the oceans any less strong. Quite the opposite, it made him want to take things even further and achieve greater performances. That is why he joined the IMOCA Class, sailing on Jérémie Beyou’s former Delta Dore with no other goal than the 2012 Vendee Globe in mind. He started with the 2011 Transat Jacques Vabre with his brother Nelson. It was a tough race and while the heavyweights of the class were forced to retire, the Burtons hold on tight and were even part of the race’s top three for a few days. At the end of the Transat B to B, the skipper returned to Europe, qualified for the Vendée Globe and started training. Following Michel Desjoyeaux’s advice saying that “a race is first won on dry land”, the youngest skipper of this 7th edition was smart enough to surround himself with a small and united team. Louis Burton may be young but his experience as both a skipper and an entrepreneur make it easy for him to get organized, deal with tight schedules and clock up miles and miles.
Wins and Performances
7th place in the Transat Jacques Vabre (with N. Burton)
7th place in the Transat B to B
20th place in the Route du Rhum
Winner of the Course des Antipodes
5 participations in the Spi Ouest France
Best ranking: 8th (skipper / crew)
5 participations in the Obelix Trophy
Best ranking: 4th (skipper / crew)
5 participations in the Trophée Atlantique
Best ranking: 3rd (skipper / crew)
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