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Louis Burton / Bureau Vallée

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Bureau Vallée / <small>© François Chevalier</small>
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A lighter and more ergonomic Burée Vallée equipped with a new keel, new sails and an improved mast was re-launched in 2011 after undergoing radical improvement. Formerly known as Delta Dore, the yacht was built in 2006, finished 2nd in the Calais Round Britain Race and 4th in the 2007 Fastnest Race. She already competed in two SNMS Trophies (2nd in 2007 and 4th in 2008), one Barcelona World Race in 2007 and one Vendée Globe in 2008.

 

Former names: Delta Dore
Designer: Farr Yacht Design
Construction: JMV Industries
Launch date: September 2006
Length: 18.28 m
Beam: 5.85m
Draught: 4.5m
Displacement (weight): 9.3 tons
Centreboards: 2
Mast height: 28 m
Keel Blade: Carbon
Sail area upwind: 300 sq metres
Sail area downwind: 600 sq metres

 

Portrait

Nationality :
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

2011
7th place in the Transat Jacques Vabre (with N. Burton)
7th place in the Transat B to B

2010
20th place in the Route du Rhum
Winner of the Course des Antipodes

Other
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)
 

Press contact

Charlotte BIMES
+33 (0)6 21 39 49 05
cbimes@frettecommunication.com

 

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