Back to school: A promising start for the new IMOCAs
In the last four months, seven skippers have launched their new IMOCA. Six of them competed in the Défi Azimuth last week and have already demonstrated that they are up to the task even after a few weeks of training. As the Route du Rhum approaches, the sailors are already thinking about the major goal, the Vendée Globe 2024.
To launch the summer season, the festivities will begin on Friday 3rd June 2022 with the Grand Parade of the 2020 Vendée Globe Skippers, to celebrate these men and women of the sea.
This parade will take place on the Remblai in Les Sables d'Olonne. It will begin from Place de Strasbourg from 9.30pm to Casino des Atlantes and will be punctuated by a firework display visible from the Grande Plage.
A privileged moment of sharing between the public and the skippers who have made them dream of the open sea during this time of pandemic and confinement.
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.