Erik Nigon has bought the former Bureau Vallée and is aiming for the 2020 Vendée Globe

Cap sur le Vendée Globe 2020 pour Erik Nigon

I wanted a boat that was both reliable and efficient and I’m really pleased. I now have to get used to her and get ready for the first stage of my journey, which will be the 2018 Route du Rhum.” Erik Nigon is clearly over the moon about buying an IMOCA which did so well in the last Vendée Globe in the colours of Bureau Vallée with Louis Burton at the helm. Erik will be relying on a professional team with Lalou Multi, Lalou Roucayrol’s team that is based in SW France and which will help prepare the boat. Erik Nigon: “An IMOCA is a step up for me. Everything is so big about it and I need to remain humble. I want to do my best to ensure everything goes well and that I manage to complete the round the world race, so I am going to rely on the support of this team and their excellent knowledge of these boats.”

“My new project needs supporters and partners”

Erik is continuing to promote the battle against AIDS and his new boat like his Multi 50 will be called Vers un monde sans sida (Towards a world without AIDS). “This is a new adventure that is beginning with a new challenge in sight. Another dream to see through and a leap forward on the road to overcoming AIDS,” added Erik. He is now looking for partners to allow him to compete in IMOCA class races, including the 2020 Vendée Globe, but he also wishes therm to be involved in health and social policy aiming at bringing to an end the disaster of AIDS before 2030. “I have the charity AIDES at my side, which is a major association against AIDS and has been on my Figaro boat since 2005. So it’s been twelve and a half years and we’re halfway through the struggle… We have 12 and a half years to go before 2030 to stop this pandemic. If we manage to identify all those carrying the virus and if they all have access to treatment, we will stop it spreading and bring AIDS to an end. This is a global fight and I want to spread this message around the world and its oceans and show through this example that it can be done.”

Erik Nigon’s boat will be based in Port Olona with the following programme: the 2018 Route du Rhum, the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre and the 2020 Vendée Globe. “I managed to fund my past twelve years of racing myself, but this new project requires extra support and I need partners to commit. Get in contact with me and we’ll have some fun together.”

Source: Erik Nigon’s press service
Translation: Mer & Media

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