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Good news for Ruyant, Attanasio and Huusela

Thomas Ruyant, Ari Huusela and Romain Attanasio have all unveiled the names of new partners during recent days. Thomas Ruyant is still sponsored by Advens but his boat is named after the LinkedOut brand, a network for users who need a network. His boat is now called LinkedOut. Romain Attanasio has excellent news too: the Best Western® Hotel & Resorts group has joined his partner Pure. The boat now bears the name of Pure - Best Western.And the Finnish skipper Ari Huusela has found a main sponsor, Stark a leader in building materials in Finland. The boat will therefore carry the name of Stark.

Giancarlo Pedote will be at the start

The skipper of Prysmian Group has ticked all the boxes on the official race paperwork. So, now he is officially registered and joins the list of those certain of taking part in the next Vendée Globe. He is the 18th to join the list of skippers registered for this ninth edition.
Giancarlo Pedote will be racing in the Vendée Globe aboard Prysmian Group, the former Saint-Michel Virbac built in 2015, aboard which Jean-Pierre Dick finished in forth place in the 2016-2017 Vendée Globe and won the 2017 Transat Jacques-Vabre. This Imoca also displayed the colours of Ucar - Saint-Michel with Yann Eliès as skipper. After finishing second in the Route du Rhum in his category, he was forced to abandon his hopes of competing in the Vendée Globe, as he was unable to find the necessary funding. On 8th November, Giancarlo Pedote will become the fifth Italian to set sail in the Vendée Globe, after Vittorio Mallingri in 1992, Simone Bianchetti and Pasquale de Gregorio in 2000 and Alessandro di Benedetto in 2012.

Nicolas Troussel's New IMOCA CORUM L’Épargne is launched

Nicolas Troussel's New IMOCA CORUM L’Épargne is launched
© Eloi Stichelbaut / polaRYSE / CORUM L’Epargne

Sponsors CORUM L’Épargne have confirmed that the new IMOCA CORUM L’Épargne has been launched today in Port-la-Forêt. This marks the next stage in the preparation of this new generation IMOCA which is set to start the Vendée Globe on November 8, with the double winner of the Solitaire du Figaro Nicolas Troussel at the helm.

Begun more than one year ago, the completion of the IMOCA CORUM L’Épargne now enters its final, crucial phase. After months of work by the naval architect, Juan Kouyoumdjian, and Mer Agitée the yard of Michel Desjoyeaux, as builder and main contractors, the boat was put in the water today.

The launch of the boat and activities on the site today were carried out in strict compliance with health safety measures (barriers and physical distancing, reduced number of team personnel present on site simultaneously and the disinfection of equipment) as imposed by the pandemic Covid - 19. Several structural, system and measurment rules tests will follow during the coming days.

The CORUM L’Épargne project has been up against time constraints from the very beginning and so required agility and adaptability, qualities which have proven all the more essential recently. 

While staying strictly in accordance with official guidelines, Nicolas Troussel will now be able to work to prepare the boat and make it more reliable with the help of several top level aces, Nicolas Lunven, Sébastien Josse and Thomas Rouxel.

Commenting Greg Evrard, Director of the CORUM L'Épargne team said, “Adaptability, selflessness and creativity are obviously essential attributes required to keep this project moving forwards in a responsible manner taking account of everything, the events we are going through. I'm proud of the way this recently formed team has done so far. This mindset is very much required to meet the challenge of the Vendée Globe. "

Nicolas Troussel, Skipper of the CORUM L'Épargne team, double winner of the Figaro solo

"This launch opens a new chapter. So far, we have been in the build and organization phase. Now, whilst being attentive to the evolution of the health situation, I look forward to being able to sail. I look forward to being able getting going and feel the first sensations of balance and speed. I know my team is fully geared towards the success of the project. ”

Take Two, Stéphane Le Diraison Will Be Heading for the Start Line

Stéphane Le Diraison is on the Vendée Globe Start List.

"It's an incredible opportunity. Thank you to everyone who continues to follow me and encourage me. We are giving it everything!” It is a delighted Stéphane le Diraison who has just validated his registration for the solo nonstop round the world race. The Time for Oceans skipper is now the 17th sailor officially registered for the Vendée Globe. On November 8, he will start for the second time of his career aboard his 2007 monohull signed Finot-Conq. His boat is in the yard now completing an ambitious programme of modifications including the addition of a pair of foils.
The sailor who had to abandon his first attempt after six weeks of racing when his mast came down  has prepared his second campaign well. He is presently one of the skippers who sailed the most, having participated in all the major IMOCA races during the past two years.

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.

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