News in brief
Jean Le Cam is registreded
"Yes We Cam!" His passion for the Vendee Globe is undimmed and so Jean Le Cam will once again be on the starting line for the next Vendée Globe. He is super motivated and is now one of the first sailors to have definitively validated his registration after having fulfilled all his medical and administrative obligations. It is his way of saying ' count on me, i'll be there'
Registration validated for Sam Davies
The British sailor Samantha Davies has also validated her registration for the Vendée Globe and is 'in'. Her participation in the Bermuda 1000 Race and then in the Transat Jacques Vabre allowed her to be qualified in accordance with the race's sailing instructions. So for Sam, too, all that remained was to carry out all the administrative and medical procedures and submit her files to the race director. Done and dusted and Sam is in.
Jérémie Beyou is entered into the Vendée Globe
After Arnaud Boissières and Fabrice Amédéo, Jérémie Beyou becomes the third sailor to validate his entry to the Vendée Globe. Already pre qualified because he completed the Vendée Globe 2016, Beyou qualified his registration with his participation in the Transat Jacques Vabre last autumn followed by the required 2000 miles solo retrun passage from Salvador de Bahia to the Azores. After that all that remained was to complete the administrative and medical files. The Charal skipper was, of course, the first to launch a new brand boat for the Vendée Globe 2020. His registration among the first declared skippers keeps him on course.
A Dozen Newly Qualified Skippers
Following the Transat Jacques Vabre several aspiring Vendee Globe skippers took advantage of the return delivery passage back across the Atlantic to complete the 2000 miles solo passage required to validate their qualification. The rules specify that a two handed Transatlantic needs to be complemented by a solo 2000 miles approved passage.
And so Jérémie Beyou (Charal), Charlie Dalin (APIVIA), Clarisse Crémer (Banque Populaire), Kevin Escoffier (PRB), Thomas Ruyant (Advens for Cybersecurity) and Benjamin Dutreux (Water Family) sailed the return passage alone to validate their Vendee Globe qualification.
Other skippers who logged required miles on the Bermuda 1000 Race, validated their entry by finishing the Transat Jacques Vabre. Also qualified now are Maxime Sorel (V and B - Mayenne), Pip Hare (Pip Hare Ocean Racing), Miranda Merron (Campagne de France), Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian Group), Yannick Bestaven (Maitre CoQ) and Samantha Davies (Initiatives Coeur) .
No Vendée Globe 2020 for Yann Eliès
In the end Yann Eliès has decided to give up on his quest to be at the start of the Vendée Globe 2020. Delays to the construction of a new boat,which it was hoped would begin at the start of November, have pushed the already tight timeline beyond the limit. Unfortunately a build is now deemed impossible.
The deadline, to be ready on July 1 for qualifying the boat no longer seems tenable. Predictably, having got so close, Eliès is frustrated. "We had expected a build period of of eight months, which was already a bit of a technical feat. But we are in the first week of December and the build has not started. It would be totally unreasonable to carry on with such an adventure.
Now Eliès will focus on other projects, but his overarching goal is clear: he will do everything to be present at the start of the Vendée Globe 2024.
Clément Giraud has put his Vendée Globe on hold.
Clément Giraud, whose IMOCA Fortil suffered a fire just a few days before the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre has been forced to put his Vendée Globe in its current form on hold. Repairs to his boat are time consuming, costly and important and his title sponsor has chosen to disengage from the project.
This has come has a big blow to the sailor from the Mediterranean navigator who until the accident had largely been on course.
"Although I am terribly disappointed and hurting for my team and myself, I do respect the decision of my partner. We have done some good things since we got the boat eight months ago. That includes two solo races (the 900 Nautiques of Saint-Tropez and the Bermuda 1000 Race), the Grand Prix Guyader, and we sailed 12,000 miles between Toulon, Brest and Le Havre and had dozens of associations and schools committed to following and supporting our project. "
For Giraud the choice is that he either finds a new partner who will back the repair and renovation of his IMOCA, or he has to decide to commit to another, different boat and request an exemption from the race direction to be able to start the Vendée Globe.
That said he knows only too well that this will only be possible if fewer than 34 competitors are registered to start, the rules stating that the events required to validate the boat’s entry must be sailed on the boat which was entered on the November 1stdeadline. So it looks like Giraud has some difficult times ahead but he has already proven that he can move mountains to make his dreams come true.
Armel Tripon goes scow
In Nantes at the Black Pepper yard L'Occitane's solo racer Armel Tripon has unveiled his new boat for the next Vendée Globe. The new Sam Manuard design is different form all the latest-generation boats, betting on a chunky, scow shaped bow as has been successful in Class 40 and the Mini 650s. The team have clealrly pushed the envelope in a new direction. By betting on the concept of the scow Sam Manuard and Armel Tripon are expecting a more comfortable boat capable of holding high average speeds. Next week on the Vendée Globe globe website there will be a full interview with the skipper of Occitane who explains his choices.
Delivery trip back from the Transat Jacques Vabre: solo sailing preferred
After the Transat Jacques Vabre, it is time to return to solo sailing. Several sailors will be taking advantage of the return trip between Salvador da Bahia and their home port to see how they cope sailing solo.
It is also an opportunity for the sailors who only had the Transat Jacques Vabre to qualify, to clock up the vital 200 miles of solo sailing that are required. A chance to gain some experience and obtain their qualification for the Vendée Globe at the same time. Something well worth the effort.
That is why Clarisse Crémer (Banque Populaire X), Charlie Dalin (Apivia), Thomas Ruyant (Advens for Cybersecurity) and Kevin Escoffier (PRB) have set off alone. Fabrice Amedeo (Art et Fenêtres) does not require these 2000 miles of solo sailing, as he completed the last Vendée Globe, but he has decided nevertheless to sail as if he was alone on this return trip, where he is merely accompanied by a media reporter. He sees this as a good way of getting more experience alone aboard, as he looks forward to the next Vendée Globe. Arnaud Boissières (La Mie Câline – Artisans Artipôle) has also decided to return sailing by himself.
We should add that aboard Initiatives Coeur, the delivery trip back to France is an opportunity to welcome a prestigious guest on board. French astronaut, Thomas Pesquet is continuing his exploration of the planet.
Fabrice Amedeo is second solo skipper to enter the Vendée Globe.
After Arnaud Boissières who was first official entry, Fabrice Amedeo is now the second solo skipper to have his entry completed for the next Vendée Globe.
Amedeo, the 41 year old journalist turned sailor, was already pre-selected as he, of course, finished the Vendée Globe 2016. Subsequently Fabrice qualified his new boat, which was previously the VPLP-Verdier designed No Way Back, when he finished last year’s solo Route du Rhum 2018.
So all that remained was to complete the administrative and medical details required and that was done before his start of the Transat Jacques Vabre.
His firm entry validates all of the continued efforts he has made since he finished 11th in the last Vendée Globe in 2016-2017. He has confirmed partnerships are complemented by his hard earned experience gained on each of the subsequent races he has competed in. Consequently his hopes of an improved result on the next race grow with each race completes.
At one year to go before the start, Amedeo’s registration is an important box ticked.