sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : 30 competitors to line up for Vendée Globe

30 competitors to line up for Vendée Globe

'Bernard Stamm - Cheminée Poujoulat - Vendee Globe 2008'    ©Benoit Stichelbaut

On Tuesday 16 September, in the presence of the thirty solo yachtsmen, who will be setting out from Les Sables d’Olonne on 9th November for the sixth edition of the Vendée Globe, Philippe de Villiers, President of the Vendée public-private partnership, the event organiser, presented the main features characterising this exceptional edition.

This year’s Vendée Globe is outstanding because of the number taking part and the quality of the line-up.

Seven nationalities are represented: 17 French yachtsmen, 7 from Britain, 1 American, 2 Swiss sailors, 1 Canadian, 1 Spaniard and 1 Austrian. A record number of entrants.

Thirteen lined up at the start of the first edition of the Vendée Globe in 1989, while there were twenty in 2004. There will be thirty in 2008. Looking beyond the simple number, it is the quality of the contenders that impresses most. Two former winners (Vincent Riou and Michel Desjoyeaux), five skippers, who have already been on the podium in previous editions (Jean Le Cam, Mike Golding, Roland Jourdain, Loïck Peyron, Marc Thiercelin) and two round the world champions from other races (Jean-Pierre Dick in the Barcelona World Race and Bernard Stamm).

Add to that the ambitious young guns from the Figaro circuit, such as Yann Eliès, Jérémie Beyou and Armel Le Cléac’h. Mix in a few, who are back again to add to their list of achievements, like Sébastien Josse, Dominique Wavre and Alex Thomson. Mix in a handful of highly experienced yachtsmen, like Marc Guillemot, Brian Thompson, Jonny Malbon and Kito de Pavant. Stir them together and you get what has to be the most fascinating line-up in ocean racing.

To finish, season with a pinch of sailors, who are in it just as much for the adventure as for the technical challenge. Jean-Baptiste Dejeanty, Arnaud Boissières, Yannick Bestaven and Raphaël Dinelli are setting out to sail cleanly and to complete the circumnavigation with their own weapons and iron-willed determination. Do not forget that touch of exoticism thanks to the strong Basque identity asserted by Unai Basurko, the participation for the second consecutive time of the Austrian yachtsman, Norbert Sedlacek, Steve White, who is taking part thanks to his own untiring efforts, the presence of the New World with Rich Wilson and Derek Hatfield. And finally that vital feminine touch with the two British yachtswomen, Dee Caffari and Sam Davies.

In total, the 30 skippers taking part in this sixth Vendée Globe have sailed no fewer than 32 round the world voyages and 21 Vendée Globes. More than ever before in the history of the Vendée Globe, it will be the quality of the sailor, his experience, talent, and no doubt a bit of luck that will make all the difference.

Bruce Schwab. Ocean Planet - Vendee Globe -  Jean-Marie Liot - DPPI?nid=48941_- Vendée Globe ©  

It is a crucial week for the yachtsmen taking part in the Vendée Globe, as they will be in Paris for the press conference presenting the 2008 Vendée Globe.

It will be an opportunity to take a look at all those entering the race and it will indeed be a final get together before they all arrive in les Sables d’Olonne by 18th October for the opening of the Race Village. Before the presentations get underway, they are busy clocking up the miles. In Port-la-Forêt, Michel Desjoyeaux, Jérémie Beyou, Sébastien Josse, Armel Le Cléac’h and Sam Davies got together for a weather training session run by Jean-Yves Bernot. The course was shortened for Michel Desjoyeaux, who had to head off to Valencia for the Champions’ Trophy, where he met up with two other contenders, Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron.

Jean-Pierre Dick has had a busy few days, as he was in Nice mid-week to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Virbac. He was not the only yachtsman in town, as Marc Thiercelin was on a visit to the Baie des Anges to support the two candidates, Romain Attanasio and Christopher Pratt, one of whom will take over from him.

As for Vincent Riou, he is surely relieved to have completed his 400-mile qualifier, which remained to be done after his keel change. So, now he is also officially qualified for the Vendée Globe.

With just over a month to go before the date by which the yachtsmen have to arrive in Les Sables d’Olonne, everyone is now in race mode. All of the boats have left the yard. Marc Thiercelin and Jean-Baptiste Dejeanty are the only ones left to do a 1500-mile qualifier, as both yachtsmen have announced their intention to change their keels.

http://www.vendeeglobe.org




by Vendée Globe media

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=48941

8:48 AM Wed 17 Sep 2008 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


News - USA and the World









Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,


Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
























Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
























2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes   
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins   
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016   
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing   
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes   
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3   
Formula Kite World Championships - Nocher and Bridge crowned Champions   
Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff   
Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3   
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act five - Absent without leave – the wind   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Images: Race day five   
Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2014 - Images by Ingrid Abery   
Youth Olympics - Gold to Argentinean and Chinese Techno 293 racers   
Youth Olympics Games Nanjing - Double Youth Olympic Gold for Singapore   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 - Two Handers celebrate   
Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Brazilian dance party   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT