After a prudent, careful passage across a boisterous Bay of Biscay, negotiating one last stormy low pressure, a triumphant Clarisse Cremer crossed the finish line of the ninth Vendée Globe at 15:44:25 hrs UTC to take an excellent 12th place on Banque Populaire X.
Behind the radiant smile there lies a resolute, talented fighter. Clarisse Crémer, the skipper of Banque-Populaire X may be an IMOCA and Vendée Globe bizuth, a rookie, but she is a fast learner and has a great mentor in defending champion Armel Le Cléac’h.
Match Racing on the Vendée Arctic -Les Sables d'Olonne Race
After starting off Les Sables d’Olonne on Saturday afternoon Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut) turned back southwards at the IOC UNESCO virtual mark, located to the SW of Iceland, at 1141hrs CET this Thursday 9th July, leading the Vendée Arctic -Les Sables d'Olonne Race
At La Base, Lorient's expansive former submarine base which is home to many of France's leading ocean racing yachts, including 11 IMOCA 60s which are bound for this winter's Vendée Globe, the post lockdown activity is reaching fever pitch. The solo racers and their teams are trying to make up for lost time to catch up on valuable sea miles, testing and training.
The 11 monohulls based in Lorient - Charal, Corum L'Epargne, Banque Populaire X, Initiatives-Coeur, DMG Mori, LinkedOut, Prysmian Group, La Fabrique, MACSF, Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco and Newrest - Art & Fenêtres are fully primed and their technical teams and skippers are now looking to build in maximum reliability and search for any extra speed gains.