Please select your home edition
Lloyd Stevenson Catalyst 45 728x90px2 TOP

21 Vendée Globe skippers from the 2021 Vendée Globe set to race the Transat Jacques Vabre

by Vendée Globe 6 Nov 2021 08:07 PDT
Transat Jacques Vabre © Vendee Globe

No fewer than 21 skippers from the last Vendée Globe 2020-2021 will leave to cross the Atlantic Sunday from start line of the Transat Jacques Vabre, the double handed race which this year follows a 5800 nautical miles course finishing in Martinique. The strong Imoca class sees 22 boats racing, a phenomenal fleet for the immediate post Vendée Globe period.

By comparison with the 2017 edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre - the last post Vendée Globe edition - then there were IMOCAs lining up after an edition won by Armel Le Cléac'h. And so there is a direct reflection of the incredible interest in the next edition which will start in November 2023. In the fleet of 22 boats, 17 of them raced the last edition of the solo non stop round the world race.

The Imoca 60-foot race program continues to grow and increasingly is an essential part of the tougher qualification process for the race. Combined with the technical rules imposed on the boats this has made them more reliable to the point that 75% of them finished the last Vendée Globe in comparison with a usual average closer to 50%. The benefit is that more than ever, sponsors and partners are continuing and extend their commitments from one edition to the next.

With the notable exception of Jean le Cam, Boris Herrmann and Maxime Sorel, seven of the top 10 of the Vendée Globe 2020-2021 are present on the Le Havre starting line. While racing their existing boats which they took round the world recently, Yannick Bestaven (Maître CoQ), Charlie Dalin (Apivia) and Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut) have all announced the build of a new boat in their pursuit of glory on the 2024 race. Jérémie Beyou (Charal) and Sam Davies (Initiatives-Cœur) are both also building new.

Louis Burton (Bureau Vallée) will be racing the boat which is new to him. He bought L'Occitane-en-Provence from Armel Tripon. And it will be a first big trans ocean race for Romain Attanasio (Fortinet - Best Western) as well who has got his hands on SeaExplorer - Yacht Club de Monaco from Boris Herrmann.

Unfinished business

Others still have scores to settle, Charlie Dalin maybe won the last edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre with Yann Eliès, but wants to keep up a winning run that surely helps salve any lingering disappointment of being overtaken by Yannick Bestaven on the strength of his time compensation, even after crossing the Vendée Globe finish line first. That chimes with the drive of Paul Meilhat who is his co-skipper on Apivia, who abandoned the Vendée Globe 2016 into Tahiti. So too there is some unfinished business for Thomas Ruaynt, whose Vendée Globe was compromised by the loss of his port foil, here partnered with the highly driven Morgan Lagravière who pulled out of the 2016 Vendée Globe into South Africa.

Jérémie Beyou's 2020-21 race was not anything close to what was wanted by one of the pre-race favourites. On this TJV he again sails with his friend of some fifteen years Christopher Pratt. They have to erase the twin frustrations of the Vendée Globe 2020, for Beyou who finished 13th after leaving Les Sables again three days after the fleet. But this duo especially have to exorcise memories of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2019. They led into the Doldrums but got badly stuck and suffered as Apivia slid away to and take victory.

Sébastien Simon (Arkea Paprec) has chosen Eliès, to accompany him in this rematch. Simon knows his contract will not be extended with the sponsoring partners and really intends to make his mark on this race, a way of preparing for the future. The Vendée Globe was cruel to him as well, forcing him to retire before the Cape of Good Hope. Also in that category, sailors who abandoned and are out to fight for a strong result to take them into the next quadrennial are Sam Davies and Isabelle Joschke (MACSF). Nicolas Lunven is the co-skipper for Davies and Fabien Delahaye for Joschke.

Fabrice Amedeo (Nexans - Arts & Fenêtres) who retired into Cape Town has a score to settle with his immediate past. He wants a good result and races with the young Figarist Lois Berrehar. Nicolas Troussel fully intends to show the best of CORUM-L'Epargne racing with Sébastien Josse, eminent weather consultant for the last Vendée Globe and above all an exceptional sailor who won the 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre on the MOD70 Gitana.

Brothers (and Sisters) In Arms

Three 100% Vendée Globe 2020-2021 duos take part on the Coffee Route. Damien Seguin and Benjamin Dutreux join forces on Groupe Apicil; Stéphane le Diraison and Didac Costa are on Time for Oceans; Manuel Cousin chose Alexia Barrier for Groupe Setin - 4myPlanet. And meantime Clément Giraud (Compagnie du Lit - Jiliti) is crossing with Erik Nigon who lent him his boat to allow him to race the Vendée Globe. Arnaud Boissières takes Rodolphe Sepho who has bought his boat as 'Cali' has bought Initiatives-Cœur/

Kevin Escoffier who was so memorably rescued by Jean Le Cam is paired up with Armel Le Cléac'h in the Ultimes class aboard Banque-Populaire. Three Vendée Globe winners are present on this edition: François Gabart (2012-2013, trimaran SVR - Lazartigue), Armel Le Cléac'h (2016-2017, Banque-Populaire) and Yannick Bestaven (2020-2021, Maître-CoQ).

Related Articles

Thousands honour Vendée Globe skippers
Emotions and celebrations suppressed by the pandemic for over a year came bursting to the fore Tens of thousands of partying, passionate Vendée Globe race fans and well-wishers lined Les Sables d'Olonne's Grand Plage, the main sea front promenade, last night (Friday) to honour the heroic 2020-2021 skippers. Posted on 5 Jun
Dalin: "The year couldn't have started better"
With victory in the IMOCA Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race Charlie Dalin (Apivia) won the third edition of the Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race which in fact is his first solo victory in IMOCA and his fourth overall IMOCA race win since 2019 in all different formats combined. Posted on 22 May
25 skippers for Vendée Arctic-Les Sables d'Olonne
A race of discovery to the northern waters of the Arctic Circle Alain Leboeuf, President of SAEM Vendée and the Department of Vendée has just presented the skippers of the second edition of the Vendée Arctic - Les Sables d'Olonne, more than 2 years from the 10th edition of the Vendée Globe. Posted on 20 May
2020 Vendée Globe skippers grand parade
Taking place on the Remblai in Les Sables d'Olonne on Friday 3rd June To launch the summer season, the festivities will begin on Friday 3rd June 2022 with the Grand Parade of the 2020 Vendée Globe Skippers, to celebrate these men and women of the sea. Posted on 14 May
The dream makers - Episode 4
Marrying up skippers and sponsors It is a long and mostly difficult path to the start line of the Vendée Globe and not everyone makes it. Here is number four in our series of those team members who work behind the curtain in a while variety of different roles Posted on 21 Apr
Vendée Arctique: Two months to go
Skippers will leave Les Sables d'Olonne and head north towards icy waters of the Arctic Circle At 5:00 pm on Sunday 12th June 2022 will be given the start of the Vendée Arctique, the first chapter of the Vendée Globe 2024 adventure. Posted on 13 Apr
The vanguard of a new generation
Harayda sets his course for the 2024 Vendée Globe In a few days time young British skipper James Harayda will take over his new IMOCA 60, Stéphane Le Diraison's 2007Groupe Finot designed and built A Time For Oceans, and his ambition of taking on the 2024 Vendée Globe takes one enormous step forward. Posted on 3 Apr
Twice as many cellulose fibres as microplastics
Fabrice Amedeo collected 53 samples using the microplastics sensor fitted aboard his sailboat A study by three French institutes: Ifremer, the University of Bordeaux and the IRD (a public research institution), reveals that the surface water of the Atlantic Ocean is twice as polluted by cellulose fibres as it is by microplastics. Posted on 2 Apr
Éric Bellion creating thefirst Vendée Globe “team”
One of the best rookies of the 2016-2017 Vendée Globe returns Now, just these past days having turned 46, Eric Bellion - who was one of the best rookies of the 2016-2017 Vendée Globe - is is off and running again. Posted on 21 Mar
NOR for Vendée Arctique 2022 is published
IMOCA skippers will leave from Port Olona on June 12th The President of SAEM Vendée, the organisers of the Vendée Arctique and the Vendée Globe, publish the Notice of Race detailing the rules for participation in the Vendée Arctique - the first qualifying race for the Vendée Globe 2024 Posted on 18 Mar
Zhik 2022 Choice of Champions FOOTERUpffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW FOOTERSea Sure 2021 - FLO - FOOTER