Louis BURTON

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  • Podium ambiance during Finish arrival of Louis Burton (FRA), skipper Bureau Vallee, 7th of the sailing circumnavigation solo race Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on February 2nd, 2017 - Photo Olivier Blanchet / DPPI / Vendee GlobeArrivée de Louis Burton (FRA), skipper Bureau Vallee, 7ème du Vendee Globe, aux Sables d'Olonne, France, le 2 Février 2017 - Photo Olivier Blanchet / DPPI

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  • Podium ambiance during Finish arrival of Louis Burton (FRA), skipper Bureau Vallee, 7th of the sailing circumnavigation solo race Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on February 2nd, 2017 - Photo Olivier Blanchet / DPPI / Vendee GlobeArrivée de Louis Burton (FRA), skipper Bureau Vallee, 7ème du Vendee Globe, aux Sables d'Olonne, France, le 2 Février 2017 - Photo Olivier Blanchet / DPPI

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  • Finish arrival of Louis Burton (FRA), skipper Bureau Vallee, 7th of the sailing circumnavigation solo race Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on February 2nd, 2017 - Photo Olivier Blanchet / DPPI / Vendee GlobeArrivée de Louis Burton (FRA), skipper Bureau Vallee, 7ème du Vendee Globe, aux Sables d'Olonne, France, le 2 Février 2017 - Photo Olivier Blanchet / DPPI / Vendee Globe

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Louis BURTON

32 years old

Saint-Malo

This time he knows what he can expect. The youngest competitor and a rookie in the last Vendée Globe, Louis Burton saw his adventure come to an abrupt end after colliding with a trawler off Portugal. Understanding now how much it takes to compete and how much pressure there is at the start, Louis will gain from what he experienced in the first race, when he returns in 2016 after much more preparation and in very different circumstances. He will once again be aboard Bureau Vallée, a boat he has been sailing since 2011 and that he knows like the back of his hand. For his first solo race since the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe, Burton finished in a fine fifth place in the last Route du Rhum. A boost to his confidence, which should strengthen his determination as he looks forward to the next solo race around the world.

Louis comes from a rather unusual background in comparison to the other sailors. Born near Paris, he first sailed while on holiday in Southern Brittany. From the age of 18, he regularly raced and then carried out solo delivery trips. The turnaround came in late 2009, when he decided he wanted to compete on a Class40 in the 2010 Route du Rhum and he managed to get his budget together thanks (even back then) to Bureau Vallée. He made a highly successful entrance into the world of ocean racing. In spite of colliding with a trawler in mid-Atlantic, Louis continued his race at the helm of his damaged Class40 and managed to complete the race. He clearly wanted to leap ahead and in 2011 bought a 60-foot boat to begin his career in the IMOCA circuit. In spite of the scepticism of some, Louis Burton has found his place in the circuit.  Apart from the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe, the young skipper finished all the races he has competed in, including the BToB transatlantic race in 2011, two Transat Jacques Vabre races (in 2011 and 2013) and the 2014 Route du Rhum.

Louis Burton has two careers going today. He is both a skipper and businessman, as he runs the BG Race yard in St Malo. In spite of his busy schedule, he is spending a lot of his time focusing on the next Vendée Globe. His first goal will be to complete the race. But he will also want to do battle against boats from the same generation as his Bureau Vallée. In spite of some technical problems, he finished ninth in the last double-handed transatlantic race, in which he took part alongside another 2016 Vendée Globe contender, Romain Attanasio.

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BUREAU VALLÉE

IMOCA monohull

BUREAU VALLÉE
  • Sail number : 35
  • The boat’s previous names: Delta Dore
  • Designer: Farr Yacht Design
  • Chantier : JMV Industries
  • Launch Date: 01 September 2006
  • Length: 18,28 m
  • Beam: 5,85 m
  • Draught: 4,50 m
  • Displacement (weight): 9,3 tonnes
  • Mast height: 28 m
  • Keel blade: Carbone
  • Upwind sail area: 300 m²
  • Downwind sail area: 600 m²

Bureau Vallée
On 6th November 2016, when the start takes place of the eighth Vendée Globe, Louis Burton will have been sailing aboard the same IMOCA for five years. Few skippers know their boat so well. A Farr design launched in 2006, Bureau Vallée is none other than the former Delta Dore, a Farr-designed boat aboard which Jérémie Beyou set sail in the 2008-2009 Vendée Globe (forced to retire after dismasting) After the 2014 Route du Rhum,the boat went into the yard to lose some weight and the deck hardware was replaced and tuned. Between now and the Vendée Globe, Louis plans some other major changes (a new mast or the installation of foils) to, improve the performance of his monohull.
 

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