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12 April 2022

07:09
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Guirec Soudée and freelance.com partner up for the 2024 Vendée Globe

The adventurous French sailor Guirec Soudée and freelance.com who are the French leaders in the linking companies and external freelance talents have teamed up for an entry for the Venée Globe 2024.

Soudée’s story is inspiring. He spent five years sailing solo around the world, notably enduring a winter in Greenland that meant 130 days stuck in ice. He also sailed the Northwest Passage to reach Cape Horn and the South Pole. Last year, he rowed twice across the Atlantic, first from west to east, then in the other direction.

His 670 days going around the word were not entirely solo as he sailed many of them with Monique, a red hen adopted in the Canary Islands. And so his durability and self reliance are not in question and should be major attributes  during the Vendée Globe 2024.

He says his passion for solo round the world non-stop, unassisted racing dates back many years. A meeting with Éric Dumont (two participations, including 4th place in 1996-97) helped convince him that the format would work for him and he would enjoy the challenge.

Previously Roland Jourdain’s race fascinated and encouraged him and more recently the race of Benjamin Dutreux also inspired him to give it OK. The 30-year-old bought Dutreux’s boat which has been optimised by Éole Performance, Dutreux’s boatyard which is near Les Sables d’Olonne.  Sébastien Audigane has clocked six rounds of the world, will be the boat captain of freelance.com.

05 April 2022

12:55
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Paul Meilhat and Biotherm heading towards 2024

Paul Meilhat and Biotherm have announced their desire to line up together at the start of the 2024 Vendée Globe. The skipper from the Ile de France region, who during his first attempt at the solo round the world race was forced to retire in Polynesia at a moment when he was in third place in the race, will be back in the adventure with a brand new boat.

The 60-foot boat is currently being built at Persico Marine in Italy. The project is more or less a sistership to LinkedOut aboard which Thomas Ruyant finished in sixth place in the last Vendée Globe. She is due to be launched next August, which should allow the winner of the 2018 Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe to return to defend his title.

Paul Meilhat and Biotherm are both committed to protecting the ocean and will be working with the Tara Oceans Foundation, in particular by fitting sensors aboard Biotherm to gather data about the health of the seas around the world.

For Biotherm, entering the Vendée Globe has a particular meaning: in 1982, the beauty product manufacturer sponsored Florence Arthaud’s 60-foot trimaran in the Route du Rhum.

01 April 2022

12:23
#VG2024

Harayda sets his course at the vanguard of a new generation

In a few days time young British skipper James Harayda will take over his new IMOCA 60, Stéphane Le Diraison’s 2007Groupe Finot  designed and built A Time For Oceans, and his ambition of taking on the 2024 Vendée Globe takes one enormous step forward. But first he had the serious business of officially launching his Gentoo Sailing Team challenge for the Vendée Globe in London at the Royal Ocean Racing Club this Wednesday,

11:02
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A new partner and a proven, fast foiling boat for Benjamin Dutreux

Benjamin Dutreux's Vendée Globe 2024 project is in good shape. The skipper who lives in Les sables d’Olonne who was ninth on the Vendée Globe 2020-2021 in 81 days on a boat with straight daggerboards has announced a new partner whose colours will be on the IMOCA which was previously Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss on which he finished second in 2016-17.

Dutreux’s new partner is Guyot Environnement who have been active in sailing in the Figaro class  for more than ten years. And so the project is now Guyot Environnement - Water Family, the skipper staying with promoting the association he has been promoting since before his Vendée Globe.

Dutreux, his brother and his team have been working on the boat at the yard they own just outside Les Sables d’Olonne. Guyot Environnement – ​​Water Family will probably be at the start of the Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race and then June’s Vendée Arctic Les Sables-d’Olonne race this spring, followed by the Azimut Challenge and the Route du Rhum

23 March 2022

12:07
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Hublot partner Roura

Swiss Vendée Globe Alan Roura has unveiled his principal sponsor as the Swiss watchmaker Hublot who will support him for the next three seasons including the Vendée Globe 2024. Roura now has one of the most potent IMOCAs in the fleet, the former Hugo Boss developed by Alex Thomson for the 2020-2021 edition. Roura who was the youngest skipper in history to start and finish the Vendée Globe when he finished in 12th place on the 2016-2017 edition when he was just aged 23 went on to finish in 17th place in 2020-2021.

For Hublot, this is not their first link with the Vendée Globe. In 2004-2005, the Swiss manufacturer awarded the Palme de l'Emotion and three numbered 'Vendée Globe' chronograph watches to Vincent Riou Jean le Cam and Mike Golding, who comprised the 2004-5 podium.

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