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.
Swiss Vendée Globe Alan Roura has unveiled his principal sponsor as the Swiss watchmaker Hublot who will support him for the next three seasons including the Vendée Globe 2024. Roura now has one of the most potent IMOCAs in the fleet, the former Hugo Boss developed by Alex Thomson for the 2020-2021 edition. Roura who was the youngest skipper in history to start and finish the Vendée Globe when he finished in 12th place on the 2016-2017 edition when he was just aged 23 went on to finish in 17th place in 2020-2021.
For Hublot, this is not their first link with the Vendée Globe. In 2004-2005, the Swiss manufacturer awarded the Palme de l'Emotion and three numbered 'Vendée Globe' chronograph watches to Vincent Riou Jean le Cam and Mike Golding, who comprised the 2004-5 podium.
22 December 2021
Alan Roura’s Christmas to Remember
After a long, morale sapping summer searching for financial support the Swiss skipper Alan Roura has found a new, major title sponsor and has a truly exceptional boat, the ex-Hugo Boss. And so the skipper who been the youngest sailor on the last two successive Vendée Globe races is looking forwards to the Festive season armed with a new boat and a good programme on the horizon after having done a few weeks of training since the handover from Alex Thomson Racing.
Twice the youngest skipper on the Vendée Globe (12th 2016 at the age of 23, then 17th in 2020 at the age 27) Swiss skipper Alan Roura has announced that he had acquired Alex Thomson's Imoca Hugo Boss. Thomson revealed on Monday that he will not race the 2024 edition. The radical VPLP design may have encountered a few technical hitches during its career so far but it has proven one of the fastest Imocas yet.
For Alan Roura, this is a new page to be written in an improessive career, but now with a boat capable of delivering him a podium finish, or indeed a race win. His new main partner will be unveiled soon: “This acquisition is part of my performance project in 2024, with the desire to participate with a boat that is both efficient and reliable, of which I will be able to exploit the full potential after three seasons of training before the Vendee Globe. I am obviously more than happy to have succeeded in creating the right backstory to be able to pitch for this next goal. "
Alex Thomson and alan Roura have planned to sail together during a handover period.
13 February 2021
Alan Roura's Press Conference
Here are a few little highlights of the Press Conference of Alan Roura the young skipper of La Fabrique who has already completed two Vendee Globes at the age of 27.