Kevin Escoffier: Looking To Set The Record Straight in 2024
Kevin Escoffier became famous on the last Vendée Globe for all the wrong reasons. Rescued by Jean Le Cam after his IMOCA PRB broke up spectacularly early in the Southern Oceans, the episode overshadows the fact that Escoffier was very much in contention in what, after all, was just his second ever solo IMOCA race, only two years after he made the jump from crewed round the world races and record setting. Now the 41 year old racer from Saint Malo is looking to put the record straight on the next edition. With long time Vendée Globe supporters PRB, Escoffier has taken a pragmatic short cut to having a new boat on the water as quickly as possible, taking over a part build Guillaume Verdier designed IMOCA which was to be raced crewed in The Ocean Race. The boat is being finished by Jason Carrington Boats in England. The Vendée Globe website caught up with Kevin in Palma, Mallorca at the Copa del Rey where he was in his role as an ambassador for North Sails clothing.
Time Compensations To Skippers Involved In the Rescue of Kevin Escoffier
The International Jury of the 2020 Vendée Globe have published their decisions for time compensations awarded to three of the four skippers who were involved in the rescue operation for Kevin Escoffier during the period late afternoon and overnight Monday, November 30 when the skipper had to abandon his boat some 850 miles SW of Cape Town.
In the images sent this morning by PRB and the French Navy Kevin Escoffier smiles broadly. The sailor who had to be resuced by Jean Le Cam when his boat broke in two Monday Nov 30th disembarked this morning on the island of Reunion where he thanked the whole crew of the Nivôse, whom he has spent the last four days at sea with in the Indian Ocean. Note that the French Navy picked him up last Sunday after he had spent several days on board Yes We Cam! with Jean Le Cam.
Relieved Escoffier Speaks About His Rescue By Jean Le Cam
After being rescued from his liferaft by fellow Vendée Globe competitor Jean Le Cam in big seas and strong winds the early hours of this morning some 840 nautical miles South West of Cape Town, South Africa, Kevin Escoffier has been recovering on board Le Cam’s appropriately named IMOCA 60 Yes We Cam!