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Vendee Season Begins With The Artic Vendee Plateau

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  • Vendee Season Begins With The Artic Vendee Plateau

    Alain Leboeuf, President of SAEM Vendee and of the Department of Vendee has just presented the very rich sports line-up of the 2nd edition of the Vendee Arctic – Les Sables d'Olonne, more than 2 years from the 10th edition of the Vendee Globe. The sporting and media successes of the 2020-2021 edition stimulated project leaders and their sponsors, so much so that the transition phase was particularly short. The Arctic Vend?e being the first of the five qualifying races* for the Vendee Globe 2024, it naturally attracts skippers committed to this deadline.

    The start will be given on Sunday June 12 at 5:00 p.m. The 25 skippers will then face 3,500 miles of a committed and unprecedented course , which will take them on a discovery of racing navigation on the Arctic Circle.
    The Vendee, a Department where tourism is the main economic activity, is strengthening its position as an organizer of offshore races with the desire to lengthen the tourist seasons.

    In the pure tradition of the Vendee Globe, the race embraces its popular vocation, with a large village open for 3 weeks, from June 4 to 26.

    The festivities will begin with the grand parade of skippers on Friday June 3 at 9.30 p.m.


    17 of the 25 skippers entered competed in the Vendee Globe; 15 took the start on November 8, 2020. 8 sailors are therefore launched in the race for their first Vendee Globe.
    The "seasoned" Vendee Globe (17 skippers):

    They ran the 9th edition in 2020 (15 skippers): Fabrice Amedeo (Nexans - Art & Windows), Romain Attanasio (Fortinet - Best Western), Jeremie Beyou (Charal), Arnaud Boissi?res (La Mie C?line), Louis Burton (Bureau Vallee), Manuel Cousin (Setin Group), Charlie Dalin (Apivia), Benjamin Dutreux (Guyot Environnement - Water Family), Pip Hare (Medallia), Isabelle Joschke (MACSF), Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian Group), Alan Roura (Hublot) , Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut), Damien Seguin (Apicil Group), Kojiro Shiraishi (DMG Mori Global One).

    Among them, two female skippers: Pip Hare (Medallia), Isabelle Joschke (MACSF)

    They ran the 8th edition in 2016 (2 skippers):

    Eric Bellion (As One Man powered by Altavia), Conrad Colman (Imagine).

    The "Rookies" who dream of their 1st Vend?e Globe in 2024 (8 skippers):

    Antoine Cornic (Ebac Literie), Louis Duc (Fives – Lantana Environnement), Benjamin Ferr? (Benjamin sends the P?pin), Nicolas Lunven (Banque Populaire), S?bastien Marsset (Cap Agir Ensemble), Guirec Soudee (, Szabolcs We?res (Hungarian, Szabi Racing), Denis Van Weynbergh (Belgian, Laboratoires de Biarritz).

    The Sports Platform in figures:

    - 25 participants including 2 female skippers (Pip Hare and Isabelle Joschke)

    - 8 international skippers : Szabolcs Weores (Hungarian), Denis Van Weynbergh (Belgian), Pip Hare (British), Isabelle Joschke (French-German), Giancarlo Pedote (Italian), Alan Roura (Swiss), Kojiro Shiraishi (Japanese), Conrad Colman (American and New Zealander).

    - 10 nationalities represented , through the game of binationalities: France, United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, United States.

    - The fleet is made up of 14 IMOCA with foils , and 11 IMOCA with straight daggerboards .

    The list of 25 skippers:

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