[Source: Vendée Globe] Winner of the last Solitaire du Figaro, then the Transat Jacques Vabre alongside Jean-Pierre Dick in the autumn, the skipper from Morlaix in Brittany, Jérémie Beyou announced on Friday morning that he will be taking part in the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe aboard the monohull on which Michel Desjoyeaux won the last edition of the race.
Jérémie Beyou will be making his return to the round the world race thanks to the support of his new partner, the Vendée based company Maître Coq, which specializes in high quality poultry products.
The Vendée Globe is pleased to see Jérémie Beyou returning to become the sixteenth skipper to register for the 2012-2013 race, which will start from Les Sables d’Olonne on Saturday 10th November.
The Vendée Globe on track
Following the recent registrations from Alessandro di Benedetto (ITA), Jean-Baptiste Dejeanty (FRA) and Samantha Davies (GBR) last December, Jérémie Beyou’s announcement takes us to sixteen skippers registered, fulfilling the goal set for the next Vendée Globe of seeing between 15 and 20 skippers lining up.
Bruno Retailleau, President of the SAEM Vendée: “The Vendée Globe is really pleased to see Jérémie returning as one of the entrants for the next Vendée Globe. His performance and determination confirm the high competitive standard that we shall be seeing in the next Vendée Globe. As President of the Vendée Council, I can also welcome the presence of another sponsor from Vendée, seeing the positive effects of the business community and leaders in Vendée becoming involved with the skippers. The Vendée Globe is an exceptional way to communicate, particularly for small and medium-sized businesses, who can currently make the most of some great opportunities… With Jérémie Beyou registering, the Vendée Globe is on track to hit the target we set ourselves of seeing between 15 and 20 skippers taking part.”
Beyou making his comeback
He was there at the start of the 2008 Vendée Globe, but after damage to the rig of his monohull, Jérémie Beyou was forced to suspend his race on 23rd November and head for the port of Recife in Brazil, where he announced his retirement from the race shortly afterwards. However, showing determination and strength of character, the Breton skipper promised that he would be back again…, and now he has achieved that first goal.
He began ocean racing at the age of twenty and having taken part in 12 Solitaire du Figaro events and 11 solo transatlantic crossings, Jérémie Beyou recently won the 2011 Transat Jacques Vabre (double-handed with Jean-Pierre Dick) and achieved his second victory in the Solitaire du Figaro (2005 and 2011). On board the monohull which Michel Desjoyeaux sailed to victory in the last Vendée Globe, Jérémie will be at the helm of a boat that should allow him to show everyone the full extent of his talent.