sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Vendee Globe update
Vendee Globe update

'Groupe Bel'    Gilles Martin-Raget ©Photo    Click Here to view large photo

In about a month, Vendee Globe 2012 skipper Dominique Wavre will be done with the drydock work on his boat.

The 56-year-old Swiss skipper, who is based in La Rochelle, is now taking care of the last details before lifting Mirabaud in the water. 'We have about one more month of work ahead of us and then we’ll finally get to hoist the sails and sail on the boat in real Vendée Globe conditions. That should happen around April 18', explains Wavre, who has already raced in three Vendée Globes. And then the time will come for the first sailing sessions, with a small crew, to become familiar with the specificities of the boat operation.

'All our sailing sessions will have a clear purpose that we are currently in the process of determining. We usually go out for about twelve hours, which is a tidal cycle. It basically means we sail for five hours and then five more hours on our way back. And we test as many things as possible every time, depending on the day’s weather and schedule.

'In a single outing, we may get to test a new reaching (crosswind) sail, specific boat operations, the hydro-generator and the bilge pump… And the time after that will be about something else, and the list will get shorter and shorter session after session.'

In addition to these training sessions, there are also many technical meetings (rescue organization, presentation of the floating ice tracking devices…) scheduled before the Vendée Globe starts. Like most other skippers, Dominique Wavre is not likely to have a lot of time on his hands before November 10…

Louis Burton still has not entirely secured the financing he needs to be on the start line of the Vendée Globe. But the 26-year-old skipper remains confident.

François Gabart, who just turned 29, may very well lose his status of youngest yachtsman in the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe soon. Louis Burton, who will be 27 in June, is actually doing all he can to raise enough money to be part of the round-the-world solo sailing adventure for the first time. Bureau Vallée - an office supplies, toner and stationary company - has been Burton’s sponsor since 2010, right before the Paris-based skipper competed in the Route du Rhum on a Class 40 boat and finished 20th. So far, the French skipper has raised 50% of the budget he needs. He has not set a specific deadline to get the rest of the money yet but Burton, who is also the director of a communication agency, is very optimistic about the future.

In the meantime, Louis Burton’s boat is still on dry dock and is undergoing transformation to be ready for the Vendée Globe start in November after Burton finished seventh in the last Transat Jacques-Vabre with his brother Nelson. The work on the monuhull should be over by the beginning of this summer.

Kito de Pavant chose the town of Port-Camargue, in the Gard area, to put his monohull Groupe Bel back at sea, which is the last symbolic step before the Vendée Globe starts in November.

De Pavant’s and his team share the common goal of clocking up nautical miles on board the boat so both the skipper and Groupe Bel are ready for their next big challenge.

There have been many launches of 60-foot IMOCA boats lately, mostly from teams who will face the challenge of the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe, as the winter dry dock work period is coming to an end. But Kito de Pavant chose to do things slightly differently from his fellow yachtsmen – and soon to be rivals – by having his boat come back to her natural element in the Gard department, and more precisely in the town of Port-Camargue, while a large majority of the latest launches took place in Brittany or in the Pays de la Loire region. That important step for the Herault-based skipper went well and the crane lifted Groupe Bell in the water right on schedule. The operation, which was organized in the marina, marks the end of an intense period of work and modification, the last before the Vendée Globe starts.

The boat was first thoroughly serviced with close attention to the structure as the monohull has already sailed around the world three times. New computer and electric systems have been installed, the ballasts volume has been extended and heavy specific work has made Groupe Bel more efficient at speeds where there was room for improvement. With such a well-prepared yacht, Kito de Pavant now has one priority and one only : experience what it feels like to sail on his boat, now that she is in offshore racing mode.

The skipper will not have to wait for too long as he is scheduled to start a ten-day period of various tests off the coast of Port-Camargue this coming Saturday before he engages in more offshore sailing in the Mediterranean sea in mid-April. It is therefore a broken-in boat in perfect working order that some Groupe Bell employees will get to see in the end of June. 150 of them – coming from more than thirty countries – will sail together and visit the monohull sponsored by their company with Kito de Pavant. But the ones who were not lucky enough to attend the regatta have had another opportunity to show they support the project by placing their thumb fingerprint on the Groupe Bel mast. More than 7,500 fingerprints have brought an original touch to the boat’s design as well as a proof for de Pavant that even when racing solo, he will never be alone on the ocean

Vendee Globe website


by Vendee Globe

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=95606

9:31 AM Tue 3 Apr 2012GMT


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







News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,


Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3 by Bob Fisher, Hamilton Island, Queensland








America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team by Richard Gladwell, Sail-world.com/nz,


2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1 by Markus Schwendtner, Istanbul
























Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery by Ingrid Abery/Sail-World.com,


Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England




























2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images
Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive
CORK Olympic Classes Regatta 2014 - Day one
Youth Olympics: practice over, athletes welcomed, time for YOG sailing
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record for Artemis-Team Endeavour
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 2
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland: Artemis sets fourth course record
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds survive as semi-finalists
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Breezy day 4 in Gdynia
RC44 World Championship - Dramatic improvement for Artemis Racing
18' Skiff International Regatta - Action begins August 25th
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Challenging conditions arise
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record-breaking monohull victory
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng Race Team finishes third
RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Bronenosec the star performer
Bahamian Olympic Sailor to carry flag in honour of Sir Durward Knowles
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Records continue to tumble
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Course Record for Team SCA   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Team Alvimedica completes the race   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
420 and 470 Junior European Championships - A crazy race day 3   
2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Monohull record smashed   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds take the early lead   
Frostad proud to have seven Volvo Ocean Race boats with seven sponsors *Feature   
RC44 World Championship - Bronenosec Sailing Team on form   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng defends third position   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind emerges into the sunlight   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board Team SCA with the   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board Azzam and Team Campos   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Twist of fate on day 5   
Mallorca’s Puerto Portals to host the 2015 TP52 World Championship   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board with Team Alvimedica   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain with on board with Team Dongfeng   
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Teams ready for action   
USA Match Racing Grand Slam Series - Kicks off in Chicago   
U.S. Youth Championships - Climactic finish on Lake St. Clair   
Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games - Lake Jinniu action on the horizon   


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