25 October 2020
Clarisse Cremer: "There is still a lot unknown to me on this Vendée Globe"
In what is actually a very short time Clarisse Cremer has gone from the Mini Transat in 2017 to the IMOCA and the Vendée Globe in 2020. But at the age of 30 years old, nothing seems to distub her chirpy demeanour and her unquenchable thirst for learning. She clearly has a mature, solid mindset. Performance and a result on her conventional daggerboard Banque Populaire IMOCA which was SMA before are but one side of the equation for Clarisse, most of all she aims to enjoy and get something from every single day of her Vendée Globe.
Sam Davies: “We need to have some girls here next time with brand new boats as real favourites”
It is eight years since Sam Davies was at the Vendée Globe pontoon as a competitor. She has proven super competitive in the preliminary races with her well optimised Initiatives Coeur. She is tipped by many as an outside hope for the podium as she has the experience, the drive and the skill to get her boat to the finish.
Meet Sam Davies
She is English but lives in France. She has a degree in engineering from Cambridge University and cut her teeth in a naval architects office before working with hardware brand Harken. Fourth in the Vendée Globe 2008 her target this time is to beat Armel Le Cléach’s record of 74 days 3 hours. Meet Sam Davies.
24 October 2020
Kojiro Shiraishi : "This is not a one time shot"
After retiring into Cape Town in 2016 when the top of his mast broke, Japanese skipper Kojiro Shiraishi is back with a brand new VPLP design which is a sistership to Jérémie Beyou’s Charal. His is a relatively late programme, the boat was launched last year but Shiraishi has not done many miles on the boat and his only race was the Vendée Arctique on which he finished 10th. But the effervescent Japanese skipper tells is this project will go through to the next race in 2024.
Smells Like Keen Spirit Louis Burton
The solo racer from Saint Malo is back to start this mythical race for his third time. He sails Bureau Vallee which won the 2016 race as Banque Populaire. He tells us about his preparation and how he is learning to associate particular smells with positive images to help with the inevitable times of low morale.
Situation: Almost Normal. 15 Days to the start of the Vendée Globe.
At one week since the Vendée Globe Start Village officially opened and with 15 days to go before the start, the expansive site at Port Olona, Les Sables d’Olonne has, until today, enjoyed great weather for the passionate crowds who have visited the famous dock and the 33 IMOCA race boats which are almost completely primed and ready for the Sunday November 8th 1302hrs when the start gun will sound.
23 October 2020
Ari Huusela: “I am a finisher "
Full time career airline pilot Ari Huusela will return to his job flying long haul with FinnAir after his Vendée Globe. The solo racer from Finland is putting his desire to finish as his top priority as he seeks to realise a dream of more than 20 years. Huusela has been to five Vendée Globe starts. This time he is a starter, racing STARK, the Owen Clarke design which has two laps of the planet already as Dee Caffari’s Aviva and Gaes Centros Auditivos. He says he will do all he physically can to maintain his 100% record finishing all the ocean races he has started.
Nico Troussel: "We Made Some Big Choices, We Are Crossing Our Fingers"
With a programme which was always designed to be late but carefully managed at a high level Nicolas Troussel still finds himself in at the deep end. But despite the tight timings to prepare for his first Vendée Globe aboard the latest to be launched new generation IMOCA, nothing seems to phase the double winner of the Solitaire du Figaro.
Isabelle Joschke: "if I had wanted to have only the good times, I would have chosen another profession "
Isabelle Joschke (MACSF) has continued to build her strength and her experience in the IMOCA class. Here in Les Sables d’Olonne she is now ready to take on the Vendée Globe with a burning desire to experience much more than just the competitive side of the solo race round the world
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