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33 solo sailors set to start the Vendée Globe as entry record is broken

by Vendee Globe 3 Sep 2020 20:54 PDT 8 November 2020
The spectactor fleet at start of the Vendee Globe in Les Sables d Olonne France on November 6th 2016 © Jean Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendee Globe

A new record sized fleet will compete in the 2020 edition of the Vendée Globe as 33 competitors are now registered to be on the start line off Les Sables d'Olonne on November 8. The strong entry underlines the continued growing interest in the solo, non-stop round the world race.

The field sees a notable return of women skippers as a record six female solo racers are set to take the line, while there is an almost equal balance between first time 'bizuths' or rookies and skippers returning for another crack at the ultimate solo ocean racing challenge. Clearly the Vendée Globe has matured to be an event which sailors do not only do once in a lifetime.

September 1st was the deadline nominated, by which time contenders had to have completed their application files, that is to say having fulfilled the administrative and medical formalities, to have completed validated a qualification course, but also being able to have produced a valid, up to date IMOCA class measurement certificate before October 15th. The additional time allowed for the presentation of the certificate is designed to allow teams to work on their late modifications before finally setting up the configuration of the boat for the race.

Last minute

A few competitors validated their qualification by finishing the Vendée - Arctique - Les Sables d'Olonne race, so completing their required solo course. Isabelle Joschke (MACSF), Kojiro Shiraishi (DMG Mori) did this when they crossed the finish line near the legendary Nouch Sud buoy.

They were joined by Clément Giraud who, following his participation in the Vendée Arctic Les Sables d'Olonne will be able to participate in the Vendée Globe on Erik Nigon's boat as he was unable to raise the necessary funds to be at the start.

Nicolas Troussel (Corum L'Épargne) and Louis Burton (Bureau Vallée 2), two sailors who already have the Transat Jacques Vabre to their credit qualified with their own Race Direction approved 2000 miles solo course, as did Didac Costa (One Planet One Ocean) recently from his native Catalonia. Penalized by the breakage of one of his foils in the early hours of the Vendée - Arctique - Les Sables d'Olonne race, Sébastien Simon (Arkéa-Paprec) was able to rely on a replacement route (2,000 miles) to complete his required qualifying miles as a debuting skipper with a new build boat. Likewise, Armel Tripon (L'Occitane en Provence), who suffered a damage in July, completed his registration file by making a clean passage also on a substitution course.

Sébastien Destremau, Last in but sorted

Given the fact that he had completed the 2016 Vendée Globe Sébastien Destremau (Merci) had to complete a solo course of 2,000 miles. He had done most of a required passage when a broken spreader base forced him to retire. As a common sense dispensation, the race director suggested that he complete an additional 1,000-mile course before September 15. Sébastien who holds dual French and Australian nationalities and who completed the Vendée Globe 2016-2017 fulfilled his deal with the race direction on Thursday this week, and so he is 33rd and last registered in this Vendée Globe 2020!

Two major dates

The skippers have already entered two major dates on their calendar.

  • On September 17, at the Palais Brongniart in Paris, there will be the press conference to present the event with all the sailors (subject to the rules imposed by sanitary conditions).

  • On Friday October 16, the entire fleet must have reached Port Olona for the inauguration of the Vendée Globe village and the start of the gauge checks. There will be three weeks left before the big departure.
Participation history:

1989-90: 13 boats at the start
1992-93: 15 boats
1996-97: 15 boats
2000-01: 24 boats
2004-05: 20 boats
2008-2009: 30 boats
2012-2013: 20 boats
2016-2017: 29 boats
2020-2021: 33 boats

Sailors registered on the 1st of September:

Fabrice Amedeo: Newrest - Art & Fenêtres
Romain Attanasio: Pure - Best Western
Alexia Barrier: 4Myplanet
Yannick Bestaven: Maître COQ IV
Jérémie Beyou: Charal
Arnaud Boissières: La Mie Câline - Artisans Pôle
Louis Burton: Bureau Vallee 2
Didac Costa: One Planet One Ocean
Manuel Cousin: Groupe Setin
Clarisse Cremer: Banque Populaire X
Charlie Dalin: Apivia
Samantha Davies: Initiatives-Cœur
Sébastien Destremau: Merci
Benjamin Dutreux: Omia - Water Family
Kevin Escoffier: PRB
Clément Giraud:
Pip Hare: Medallia
Boris Herrmann: Sea Explorer - Yacht Club De Monaco
Ari Huusela: Stark
Isabelle Joschke: Macsf
Jean Le Cam: Yes We Cam !
Stéphane Le Diraison: Time For Oceans
Miranda Merron: Campagne De France
Giancarlo Pedote: Prysmian Group
Alan Roura: La Fabrique
Thomas Ruyant: Linkedout
Damien Seguin: Groupe Apicil
Kojiro Shiraishi: DMG Mori
Sébastien Simon: Arkea - Paprec
Maxime Sorel: V and B - Mayenne
Alex Thomson: Hugo Boss
Armel Tripon: L'Occitane En Provence
Nicolas Troussel: Corum L'Epargn

*Needs to finish a stage of 1000 miles to qualify.

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