News in brief
Simon’s maiden innings
The young skipper Sébastien Simon, aged 28, will be competing in the next Vendée Globe at the helm of an IMOCA monohull flying the colours of Arkea-Paprec, which will be designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian and with a project manager, Vincent Riou. Before moving to his new class, Sébastien Simon, 3rd in the French elite offshore racing championship in 2017, will race with Morgan Lagravière on a Figaro boat in the Transat AG2R – La Mondiale, which starts on 22nd April.
Amedeo announces a new partner
« I’m still hungry for the Vendée Globe. » Now certain that Newrest, his partner for the last Vendée Globe, will remain at his side, Fabrice Amedeo has announced the name of his new co-sponsor, Art & Fenêtres who will accompany him until the next non-stop solo round the world race in 2020. Based in the Sarthe, the company will be alongside him for his next races, including the Route du Rhum in November. The 60-foot foiler, Pieter Heerema’s former No Way Back, is due to be relaunched on 8th February.
Attanasio – a two pronged attack
As he busily prepares for the Transat AG2R - La Mondiale (start on 22nd April) on a Figaro, Romain Attanasio is also hard at work on his new 60-foot boat, Fabrice Amedeo’s former Newrest. Now certain that Famille Mary and Etamine du Lys will accompany him in the next Vendée Globe, Romain Attanasio is now hoping to find a third headline co-sponsor.
Le Souffle du Nord – Team Ireland set sails again to complete the voyage
On Friday 26th January, Irish sailor, Enda O’Coineen set sail from Dunedin, New Zealand, aboard Thomas Ruyant’s former Le Souffle du Nord, which has now been renamed Le Souffle du Nord – Team Ireland. He is heading for Les Sables d’Olonne, which he hopes to reach in April after sailing 13,000 miles via Cape Horn. For the Irish sailor, whose boat was dismasted in the Indian Ocean on 1st January 2017, this is an attempt to unofficially complete the Vendée Globe and for the association, it is an opportunity to take up a huge challenge by converting the 13,000 miles left to sail into 13,000 smiles, which each symbolically represent a sign of commitment to the North of France.