Jeremie Beyou's first words in the Channel and on the dockside after finishing 13th....
"I am super happy and super proud of what I did in the end. In sport we must never give up, even if the scenarios we encounter are not what we expected. This was not the Vendée Globe that I expected, I can’t hide that fact. It was super hard at the beginning but it is so beautiful to have now finished like this.”
Jérémie Beyou, who was one of the outstanding pre-start favourites to win the Vendée Globe crossed the finish line in 13th place today (Saturday 6th February) after having had to return to Les Sables d’Olonne because of technical breakdowns and restart over nine days after the fleet started on Sunday 8th November. The skipper of Charal finished at 08:15:58 hrs UTC this Saturday 6th February in an elapsed time of 89 days, 18 hours, 58 seconds. He finished 9 days, 15 hours, 12 seconds after winner Yannick Bestaven.
Jérémie Beyou (Charal) was at the 10.30am radio session this morning. He talks about the difficult conditions he is facing in the middle of the Azores and about his haste to finish his round-the-world race.
Jérémie Beyou, Charal 'I sail better when there are others around'
Leading the vanguard group at the back of the fleet, Jérémie Beyou, joined at 5am, is happy to swallow up the miles and sail with other competitors while taking care of his boat. The skipper of Charal is expected to round Cape Leeuwin in 7 days.