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Jérémie Beyou presents Vendé Globe entry

Posted on 27 January 2012 by Valencia Sailing

[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.

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Arnaud Boissières finishes seventh in Vendée Globe

Posted on 22 February 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Vendée Globe] At 14h35’50″ GMT today (Sunday 22nd February) Arnaud Boissières, the skipper of Akena Vérandas, crossed the finish line of the 2008-2009 Vendée Globe in seventh place after 105 days 02 hours 33 minutes and 50 seconds of racing averaging 11.04 knots on the water covering 27,841 miles. He sailed the 24,840 theoretical miles at an average speed of 9.85 knots.

A teenage dream came true today. At the age of seventeen, he was present with his father at the start of the first Vendée Globe in 1989. It was a trip to Les Sables d¹Olonne to see the first Vendée Globe heroes and to forget the leukaemia, which had been discovered six months before. After two and a half years of chemotherapy, Arnaud Boissières decided to earn his living from his passion for the sea. Cali raced in the 1999 Mini Transat when terrible conditions decimated the fleet. His boat was dismasted, but he completed the race after a pit stop in France. He raced twice subsequently, finishing third in 2001.

Arnaud Boissières finishes seventh in Vendée Globe. Les Sables d’Olonne, 22 February 2009. Photo copyright Pierrick Contin / Vendée Globe

He also worked as a preparateur for Yves Parlier and Catherine Chabaud and sailed with Olivier de Kersauson on his Oryx round the world race attempt. Today, twenty years after the first Vendée Globe, his life has come full circle back to Les Sables d¹Olonne, where today he was welcomed by tens of thousands of spectators, as was the case for the six competitors, who finished before him.

In this particularly tough Vendée Globe, making it back to Les Sables d¹Olonne is in itself an achievement. Cali, as Arnaud is nicknamed, could never have imagined finishing seventh, when he set out. The icing on the cake after a round the world race that he managed prudently on his Open 60 which was launched back in 1998.

A Finot-Conq design with a fixed keel that finished sixth in the hands of Thomas Coville in 2001 and fifth with Sébastien Josse in 2005, apart from a ripped solent, a broken wind generator and a satellite dome ripped off in the Pacific, he did not suffer any major damage, in spite of going through some severe storms, including one at Cape Horn, which he rounded for the first time on 16th January.

After a long struggle with Dee Caffari and Brian Thompson, Arnaud Boissières got left behind in the climb back up the Atlantic, where he was handicapped by his torn solent. After a final North Atlantic low on 6th February, Cali completed his Vendée Globe in light airs in the Bay of Biscay. A gentle finish, mirroring the character of the skipper, whose quiet determination ensured that the project was smoothly run from the beginning to the end.

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Historic second Vendee Globe victory for Desjoyeaux

Posted on 01 February 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Vendée Globe] Sailing more than 28,303 miles, averaging around 13.2 knots, French solo skipper Michel Desjoyeaux has shattered the Vendée Globe race record today by 3 days 7 hours and 39 seconds on his way to becoming the first skipper ever to win the solo non stop around the world race twice. The course is effectively 1150 miles longer than in 2004 when

After winning the race in 2000-1 on PRB, eclipsing the young emerging British skipper Ellen MacArthur by 1 day 28 minutes, Desjoyeaux joined the 30 strong field for this race, the biggest entry ever for a round the world race in sailing history, as one of the clear favourites.

After a successful odyssey into big racing multihulls, Desjoyeaux returned to monohulls in 2007 when he won the highly competitive Solitaire du Figaro, going on to win the Transat Vabre in late 2007 on his return to the IMOCA Open 60 class in which the Vendée Globe

Michel Desjoyeaux crosse the finish line victorious. Les Sables D’Olonne, 01 February 2009. Video copyright Vendée Globe

Desjoyeaux crossed the finish on Sunday 1st February at 15:11.08 GMT , after 84 days 03 hours 09 minutes of racing. Foncia completed the race in twenty knots of breeze under sunny skies, greeted by a massive armada of spectator boats before beking warmly welcomed by huge crowds who gathered along the waterfront and harbour area of Les Sables d’Olonne, where the race departed at 1202 GMT November 9th 2008.

Desjoueaux said: “ It’s incredible, this little ray of sunshine is making it magical. I may have done it eight years ago, but it’s still incredible. I can’t take it in. I have been two months trying to understand what’s going on, how I’m doing it and so here I’m just enjoying it then we’ll think about it afterwards.

I never really worried about being behind. I won this Vendée Globe before the start with the choices I made, with the team and the experience I have built up.

I won this Vendée Globe before the start with the choices I made, with the team and the experience I have built up Eighty percent of the end result is before the start of the race. But it is a whole lot of things, and the other twenty percent are during the race itself, in believing, having faith, in doing it, manoeuvering, in punishing yourself, when I had to push a bit, but I never really suffered. I am always in the action, making the boat go fast.

I don’t think I have been cocky. We’ve had rough conditions in the south but I felt I was at ease and enjoying it a lot, so everything feels a lot easier that way, not to be too hard on yourself and just keep going.

Even on 25th December with my rudder problem, I didn’t sit around crying about what had happened. Everyone knows the Vendée Globe is hard and it’s only normal there aren’t many of us finishing.

It’s the hardest race that exists, simply, so it’s normal that there are not a lot of us left at the finish line.

Jules Verne had visualized 80 (days) and I think that’s do-able even with our boats, so I think in four years it’ll be doable The world hasn’t shrunk, but it is certainly possible to sail around the world in under 80 days, and it would have been possible this time without the ice this time.

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Michel Desjoyeaux in the lead but came "close to disaster"

Posted on 21 January 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Vendee Globe] There may be some minor encouragement for Roland Jourdain whose speed has risen to 8.4 knots this evening, but Michel Desjoyeaux’s lead has increased to 391 miles and will, almost certainly be over 400 miles again tomorrow. Jourdain will be hoping that he Doldrums are completely behind him.

Michel Desjoyeaux remains tight lipped about the problems he may have had to overcome, possibly before the Doldrums, saying in a French press report that he has been ‘……close to disaster, I have had problems which could have put an end to my race. I had a lucky escape.’

Video highlights from day 73 of the Vendée Globe. 21 January 2009. Video copyright Vendée Globe

With less than 50 miles to go to the Equator the skipper of Veolia Environnement will tonight or early tomorrow morning become the second competitor to return to the North Atlantic.

Behind the leading duo there is all to play for. Marc Guillemot, positioned 75 miles off the coast of Brazil (at the latitude of Rio) has Samantha Davies, further out to sea, trying to make good the miles she lost.

Although slowed down over the past few hours, she says she prefers her position to Marc Guillemot’s. For the Thompson/Caffari/Boissières trio, level with Uruguay now, the die is cast.

The Cowes skipper has slowed to just 4.8 knots this evening and has the South Atlantic branch of ‘Caffari Solo Sail Repairs’ in full swing behind him, just 20 miles away, making. She is more than 1.5 knots quicker than Bahrain Team Pindar.

Aboard his evergreen Akena Vérandas (the former VMI), which is certainly less powerful than his British rivals, Arnaud Boissières had no other choice but to attempt an option to the west to get out of an area of light winds and thundery squalls.

From Steve White, currently passing the Falklands to Norber Sedlacek in the middle of the Pacific, only Rich Wilson, heading towards the Horn was sailing above ten knots this evening.

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Michel Desjoyeaux already out of the Doldrums?

Posted on 20 January 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Vendée Globe] Has Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) escaped from the Doldrums even before crossing the Equator? That is the impression we get this morning, with his speed back up to 9.9 knots, but in this unpredictable zone, you cannot jump to any hasty conclusions.

The violence of the squalls could still offer some surprises to the clear leader in the sixth Vendée Globe. 334 miles further south, Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environnement) must be feeling more pleased after regaining 160 miles in 36 hours. At 13.3 knots this morning, he is making the most of the steady trade winds to win back the miles from his rival.

It may not be the Doldrums, but for Samantha Davies (Roxy), to the south of Rio, the effect is the same. Struggling in light winds her average speed over 24 hours has dropped to 6.5 knots. At the same time, Marc Guillemot (Safran), closer to the Brazilian coast has maintained his speed (11.6 knots) meaning that he is now just 35 miles from Sam, whereas 48 hours ago, 250 miles separated them.

The battle is raging too between the Cape Horn Trio, Brian Thompson, GBR, (Bahrain Team Pindar), Dee Caffari, GBR (Aviva) and Arnaud Boissières (Akena Vérandas) off the Valdès Peninsula in Argentina.

On his ten-year-old boat, the Frenchman is finding it difficult to keep up with his British rivals. Dee Caffari is doing 16.9 knots this morning in spite of the damage to her mainsail has achieved the best performance over 24 hours. Caffari now finds herself just 70 miles behind Thompson and the same distance ahead of the French skipper, and she has been consistently quicker than her compatriot. But this group are expected to hit lighter winds todday.

After a quick passage towards Cape Horn, a traditionally bumpy and windy first rounding at 2030hrs last night, Steve White, GBR, (Toe in the Water) suffered the transitional slow down as he turns up the Atlantic towards the Maire Straits. But at 0600hrs this morning he had made nearly 100 miles since the lonely rock but, while last night his was pledging to do all he can to catch the trio nearly 1000 miles in front of him, light winds in the South Atlantic may thwart his ambition initially at least.

For Inauguration Day in his native USA, Rich Wilson is back in brisk 30 knots winds and has 1400 miles to Cape Horn, whilst the Dinelli and Sedlacek duo are making slow, but steady progress resolutely south of the SW Pacific Ice Gate, presumably deciding together when they will dip north to satisfy the gate’s requirement.

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Vendée Globe: Michel Desjoyeaux enters the doldrums

Posted on 19 January 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Vendée Globe] His drop in speed gives it away but so to the forecasters at Meteo France confirm this morning that Michel Desjoyeaux is officially into the Doldrums, some 24 hours earlier than expected. The ICTZ, the Doldrums are big, wide and active.

Bigger squalls interspersed with unsettled, light winds are now spread over a north-south band some 400 miles wide.

There are two things which might happen for the leader, neither is in his favour.

Video highlights from day 61 of the Vendée Globe. 19 January 2009. Video copyright Vendée Globe

The first is that they will contract with him, so simply sliding back to the north with Foncia and so Jourdain’s benefit may be augmented, or they stay just as wide and as active and catch Bilou earlier.

Foncia has slowed to 7.7 knots now and the advantage, such as it is, has swung back to Jourdain who has regained 37 miles since last night. Foncia still 462.5 miles ahead with 3351 miles to go.

For Veolia Environnment the trade winds have always been lighter, some 7-8 knots less in wind speed, and so Jourdain has always been destined to lose out on this stretch.

In third, BritAir and skipper Armel Le Cléac’h has been in these lighter trades too, also going less than 10 knots this morning. He is over 1000 miles behind Foncia, and 634.5 miles behind Jourdain.

The Cape Horn Trio still have good speed at the moment, in good breeze but they are approaching the high pressure and will start to slow in less than 24 hours. That’s bad news for Brian Thompson because his lead over Arnaud is just 71 miles, though he has gained three miles this morning and has been making 14 knots of boat speed to Calli’s 11.4. In turn Dee Caffari is on fire, is just 2.2 miles behind Boissières. She promised to try and show the boys how its done, and she is doing a good job today.

Steve White has a cold front to deal with as he heads to Cape Horn, 35knots of NW’ly wind and has just 136 miles to go to the Horn, he should get there between 10 and midnight GMT.

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Vendée Globe: Michel Desjoyeaux slows down but holds 500-mile advantage

Posted on 19 January 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Vendée Globe] Even if Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) has been slowed a little now on his dash towards les Sables d’Olonne, there is still a huge gap back to his second placed friend from Port-la-Forêt, Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environnement), who in turn has been extending his lead over Armel Le Cléac’h (Brit Air).

In effect the Atlantic has been consistently kind to some and cruel to others in how it has rationed the supply of wind. In truth the big ridges of high pressure have been persistent and tough to escape from for some, while others have been offered a diet of small low pressure systems to keep them moving well.

And while, from her disposition it might appear that the sun has shone and the winds have always been at her back in the pink tinged world of Sam Davies, the British skipper and Armel Le Cléac’h have been made to work hard all the way up the Atlantic so far.

Some huge differences in speeds can be noted this morning. Davies says she has beaten her record for going slowly, while Marc Guillemot (Safran) behind her is hooning along at more than 16 knots.

Crossing the Equator, while representing an important landmark in the mind, will also signal one of the final hurdles before the finish in Vendée. It is indeed the vagaries of the Doldrums rather than the decreasing degrees of latitude, which are already interesting the solo sailors, as they make their way north. Usually positioned at 5 or 6 degrees north, at the moment they appear to stretch out into the Southern Hemisphere and also appear to be unusually active at the longitudes towards which the fleet is heading.

The gaps that have developed should ensure that a major hold-up in the Doldrums will have little net effect on positions, it is perhaps more a question of worrying about the violent squalls and their possible consequences.

The Thompson, Boissières and Caffari Trio have a good race on their hands. Thompson has shed miles to the chasing duo by virtue of them bringing up the better breeze from behind and now the Bahrain Team Pindar skipper only has 59 miles in hand over the French skipper this morning, and indeed Boissières has been more than matching the powerful Juan K design of late, while Caffari’s speed and hard work sees her back to within just 18 miles of Boissières.

Steve White, GBR, (Toe in the Water) is making good speed towards Cape Horn and should join the ranks of the ‘Cape Horners’ this evening.

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Vendée Globe: Michel Desjoyeaux applies turbo booster on Foncia

Posted on 17 January 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Vendée Globe] Into the trade winds since yesterday evening Michel Desjoyeaux has been able to apply the Foncia turbo booster and is now leaving Roland Jourdain.

Foncia is off Salvador, Brasil in about 15-20 knots windspeed and reaching along making 15.8 knots of boat speed. He has now gained over 80 miles on second placed Veolia Environnement since 1900h GMT Thursday night and his margin will increase until tomorrow morning at least, round about when Bilou should enter the more solid trade winds – at around 15 degrees south. Desjoyeaux’s lead is now his biggest ever now exceeding the lead of 342.9 miles he had on the Monday 12th January.

But Roland Jourdain is making very healthy speeds himself at 11.7 knots he is gaining on third placed Armel Le Cléac’h, making nearly 50 miles over the last 24h. In fact he is 465.3 miles ahead of Brit Air this morning.

Video highlights from day 69 of the Vendée Globe. 17 January 2009. Video copyright Vendée Globe

Brit Air has been in a gusty, squally little front this morning and there are a few of them around emanating from Argentina, so Armel start to gain a little between now and Monday.

In a high pressure ridge, Sam Davies (Roxy) is wriggling on, making 10 knots still despite slack breezes, but the light winds are threatening to make life slow for her, she might have to take a hit to the east to get better pressure.

Marc Guillemot on Safran is very slow this morning. He is just doing what Sam was doing yesterday although it does sound like he had very nasty, bumpy cross seas – boat-breaking conditions and this morning he had very little wind at all.

Brian Thompson has just gybed across to the east at the top of the Falklands Islands and has made good speed since yesterday. He has 25-35 knots of SW’ly wind and is going well making 11.2 knots this morning and 11.9 knots overnight.

Dee Caffari spoke this morning to Paris Race HQ, sounding tired but relatively happy after the stress and strains of the last few days. With the SW’ly breeze at 35 knots the sailing is more regular and so she is looking to catch up on her rest, and suggested that perhaps the 21st – next Tuesday – would be Mainsail Repair Day – when she would try to make a more substantial and effective job on her badly deteriorated, delaminated mainsail. She said how nice it was to be able to pass Cape Horn with Arnaud Boissières yesterday, the French skipper a first timer. She has been slightly quicker than him 12.3 knots to Akenas 10.4 kts to 10h and 12.5 to 10.5 over 24h.

“With my mini-main I never thought I would be glad to see 35 knots but there you are.” She said this morning.

Steve White is going well, making a good, simple, direct course with the hammer down on Toe in the Water making 12.7 to 12.8 kts and should be round Cape Horn Sunday night or Monday morning.

Rich Wilson was only heard very briefly and is in 35 -45 kts and was 236 miles to the final gate at 1130hrs GMT

Norbert Sedlacek reported that his keel problem is not too significant but he is taking steps to protect the head which has become slightly deformed, and so there is a little movement in it. The key thing is make sure it is well fixed in the tacks to reduce the movement, and he said he may sail with it on the centerline in the North Atlantic.

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