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Escoffier Is Registered

Kevin Escoffier has methodically and carefully checked all the required boxes, sports, administrative and medical and so this Thursday, March 26, the organization have validated the entry registration of the skipper of the IMOCA 60 PRB for the Vendée Globe 2020.

Escoffier is a remarkable allrounder, a sought after crew member on Jules-Verne trophy attempts (including setting a record in 2012 under skipper Loïck Peyron) and also a winner of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018, with the Dongfeng Franco-Chinese crew. But he is also an engineer specialising in foiling and he is the former director of the design office at Team Banque Populaire. Now the skipper from Saint Malo is now guaranteed to race the next Vendée Globe. He is the 16th official registrant.

Kevin Escoffier will sail the former IMOCA60 of Vincent Riou and will have the privilege of continuing the unbroken participation of the Vendée building supplies company PRB. It is the eigth participation in a row (out of 9) in the Vendée Globe of partners PRB, who in turn backed Jean-Yves Hasselin (1992), Isabelle Autissier (1996 ), Michel Desjoyeaux (winners in 2000/2001) and Vincent Riou (winners in 2004-2005).

Alan Roura is registered

The Swiss sailor Alan Roura has completed all the formalities required to register to start the upcoming Vendée Globe. All things remaining equal the solo skipper of La Fabrique is sure to be at the start of the 2020-21 race. He qualifies automatically from having finished the 2016 Vendée Globe and had to qualify his new boat on a transatlantic race and then complete all the administrative and medical formalities. That is now all done. And, once again as he was in 2016, Roura will once again be the youngest skipper in the race but now having accrued a heap more experience.

Yannick Bestaven Joins the List

Yannick Bestaven joins the group of official registrants. His qualification is validated, administrative formalities settled, he only has to concentrate on continuing to build miles to be guaranteed that he will be one of the 34 skippers expected at the start. For the La Rochelle sailor Bestaven this Vendée Globe will be quite different to the 2008-9 edition he first entered. This time he has a top drawer, totally up to date high-performance IMOCA 60 perfectly prepared which should draw all of his talent. Yannick Bestaven also initiated the use of hydrogenerators which have become essential for skippers on the Vendée Globe and other races.

Charlie Dalin is Officially Registered

Charlie Dalin is Officially Registered

The APIVIA skipper has joined the list of registered skippers for the next Vendée Globe. After winning the Transat Jacques Vabre alongside Yann Eliès was followed by his 2000 miles solo passage back from Brazil to France, the solo racer Dalin has ticked all the required boxes. He has fulfilled all the necessary administrative and medical formalities. Now he can focus on building on his debut success during the upcoming two Transatlantic races as seeks to finish on the podium of the Vendée Globe

Germany’s Boris Herrmann joins the list of participants

So now has German circumnavigator Boris Herrmann also been confirmed as an official registered skipper for the next Vendée Globe. He made his qualification with his boat on the 2018 Route du Rhum, now the multilingual skipper of Malizia - Yacht Club de Monaco already has enough miles on the clock over the course of his IMOCA Globe Series races to view his future with in the solo race round the world with some confidence and he should become the first German skipper to race on the Vendée Globe.

Manuel Cousin is officially registered

Manuel Cousin the skipper of Groupe Sétin has now fully validated his registration for the Vendée Globe. For the solo racer who originates in Normandy but who has been based in Les Sables d’Olonne for a few years this is an important step which really confirms his adventure is ‘on’. He has largely taken each of the key deadlines at his own pace and so now is right on schedule be at the start on November 8, 2020.

Benjamin Dutreux, new registered

The Water Family skipper Benjamin Dutreux has joined the the list of registered skippers for the Vendée Globe 2020. He has completed his required qualification course as well as all the  administrative and medical formalities. Now the young Vendée sailor can hope to complete his remaining requirments. To be at the Vendee Globe start, he must have completed enough miles to be among the 34 skippers selected. That mean this year's two early season races will be decisive. Given his position in the 'race' for miles and the fact that several competitors will not now line up at the start of The Transat or New York Vendée, it appears Dutreux has only to complete these two races across the Atlantic.

Clarisse Crémer has officially registered

It is the next key step for Vendée Globe rookie Clarisse Crémer. The young female skipper of Banque Populaire, who is being mentored by reigning  Vendée Globe champion Armel Le Cléac'h, has now officially registered for the solo non stop race around the world. All of the qualification procedures and administrative formalities have been validated by the organization.
And by the start of the Vendée Globe Crémer should have copmpleted two solo transatlantic races under her belt to ensure she is well set for the start on November 8.

Romain Attanasio signs up too.

It seems like each day sees a new skipper joining the list of entries. Romain Attanasio has confirmed his registration for his IMOCA Pure after having completed all the requirements needed of him, as someone who has completed the last Vendée Globe but who has a newer boat now. Registering is a signal of intent by Attanasio who still has to find one third of his total budget. Inking your name on to the list of entrants is a sure sign of commitment to potential sponsors.

Armel Tripon’s new Sam Manuard designed L'Occitane has been launched

A day ahead of schedule Armel Tripon and the Black Pepper© yard have put the IMOCA L’Occitane in Provence in the water at the builders in Nantes. The team now has two months left to set up the foils, satisfy the measurement and safety rules and get ready for the The Transat CIC Brest - Charleston. This of course will be the first test for this new scow bowed IMOCA 60 which is notably different to other latest generation machines.

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