27 October 2021

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Alan Roura Will Race The Former Hugo Boss in 2024

Twice the youngest skipper on the Vendée Globe (12th 2016 at the age of 23, then 17th in 2020 at the age 27) Swiss skipper Alan Roura has announced that he had acquired Alex Thomson's Imoca Hugo Boss. Thomson revealed on Monday that he will not race the 2024 edition. The radical VPLP design may have encountered a few technical hitches during its career so far but it has proven one of the fastest Imocas yet.
For Alan Roura, this is a new page to be written in an improessive career, but now with a boat capable of delivering him a podium finish, or indeed a race win. His new main partner  will be unveiled soon: “This acquisition is part of my performance project in 2024, with the desire to participate with a boat that is both efficient and reliable, of which I will be able to exploit the full potential after three seasons of training before the Vendee Globe. I am obviously more than happy to have succeeded in creating the right backstory to be able to pitch for this next goal. "
Alex Thomson and alan Roura have planned to sail together during a handover period. 
In brief

A new boat for Sam Davies

Not since English skipper Dee Caffari sailed to sixth place in the epic 2008-9 race has a female skipper started the Vendée Globe with a latest generation, up to the minute IMOCA. Now her friend, former rival and her past Volvo Ocean skipper Sam Davies will level up the playing field when she attack the 2024, tenth Vendée Globe with a new Sam Manuard boat currently being built at Black Pepper Yachts in Nantes, a sistership from the moulds of Armel Tripon’s L’Occitaine en Provence which is now Bureau Vallée 3.

Once completed, the hull will be taken to the Initiatives-Coeur facility. There the strengthened technical team will assemble of the Imoca. The design of the boat will incorporate different foils, for and different ergonomics, the idea being to adapt the boat to Sam’s way of sailing. Fourth on that Vendée Globe in 2008-2009 the English racer will have the means to fight on equal terms for an historic victory in 2024.

25 October 2021


The suspense is at its peak in the heart of the Atlantic!

This first edition of the Vendée Globe Atlantic eSeries is living up to all its promises: boats everywhere, total uncertainty about the weather conditions to come... the race is exciting!


Alex Thomson:"What they want is to have a father"

To many it comes as a shock, even if he has been unusually quiet since he had to retire from the last Vendée Globe. But today British skipper Alex Thomson confirmed that he will not compete in the 2024 Vendée Globe and plans to move on to work with a new, younger generation of skipper or skippers.  He made his emotional announcement at a press conference today Monday October 25th in Paris.

21 October 2021


The Notice of Race for the 2024 Vendée Globe is published

The SAEM Vendée, the organizing entity behind the Vendée Globe, has just published the Notice of Race which details the rules for competing in the 10th edition of the Vendée Globe. Applications for the Vendée Globe 2024 will open on Monday February 14, 2022, at D - 1000 before the Start day, scheduled for November 10, 2024. The qualification pathway to the Vendée Globe is reinforced. The maximum number of racers for the 2024 Vendée Globe is set at 40.


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