03 May 2022

Vendée Arctique - Les Sables d'Olonne

The grand parade 2020 Vendée Globe skippers

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.  

01 April 2022

In brief

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

15 July 2021


Benjamin Dutreux Raises His Game For 2024 With The Purchase of 11th HOUR IMOCA

Benjamin Dutreux, the French solo racer whose home town now is Les Sables d’Olonne, confirmed on Tuesday this week that his team have purchased the IMOCA 11th Hour Racing. Built originally as Alex Thomson’s HUGO BOSS for the 2016-17 race on which the boat finished runner up, Dutreux is now setting out on an ambitious racing programme looking to peak on the solo round-the-world non-stop unassisted race, the 2024 Vendée Globe.

29 January 2021


Benjamin Dutreux, 9th in the Vendée Globe

This Friday, January 29, at 09:05:05 and 20 seconds UTC, Benjamin Dutreux crossed the finish line off Les Sables d'Olonne after 81 days, 19 hours, 45 minutes and 20 seconds of racing around the world solo nonstop and without assistance. The skipper of OMIA- Water Family, whose first Vendée Globe it was, finished 9th after leading the race and staying in the main peloton most of the race often alongside Jean Le Cam and Damien Seguin. At 30, armed with a 2007 generation boat which finished third in 2012-13 with Alex Thomson, a boat with classic daggerboards, Dutreux was one of the revelations of this edition.

24 January 2021

On board

Benjamin Dutreux......still in PacMan mode

Benjamin Dutreux nearly got stuck in the ridge, determined to give it his all in PacMan mode. The skipper of OMIA - Water Family managed to extricate himself yesterday having worked all night. Heading north, the Vendée Globe skipper is now working hard to stay in the game.


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