45 skippers want to participate in the next Vendée Globe race
Almost six months after the first skippers crossed the finish line of the Vendée Globe, the tenth edition, from November 2024, is already on everyone’s mind. And the enthusiasm generated by the last edition is significant, already around 45 sailors want to be on the starting line in just over three years. And here is an overview of the inventory as summer approaches, knowing of course that time is always running out.
As regular readers know, Ireland showed great interest in the last race with four campaigns mentioned at one point, but none ultimately made it to the 2020 start line.
Only one Irish boat has ever reached the start line of the Vendée Globe and that was during the 2016 race, when Galway sailor Enda O’Coineen made the Olonne du Sable line. His entry Kilcullen dismasted off New Zealand in January 2017 and he never finished the race but, to his credit, O’Coineen finished the course by sailing the boat back to France in April 2018 and became one of the few Irish sailors. go around the world alone.
The Vendée Globe has never really stopped. Yes, the finish line has been crossed but the challenge is permanent for many. Some skippers did not hide the fact that during their last weeks on board, they were already working to make their projects last. “2024 is already tomorrow,” said Romain Attanasio in the last days of his race.
For those who want to compete at the absolute pinnacle of solo racing, immersing themselves in the most prestigious challenge is a “must”.
According to figures from Figaro Nautisme, already 45 skippers would like to participate in the next edition (they were 34 in 2020).
Here is a large overview
THEY SHOULD START WITH A NEW BOAT
The announcement came with a great fanfare in a huge television studio in early May. Charal and Jérémie Beyou (13th in the last edition) announced the construction of a new IMOCA monohull. The new Charal 2 will be designed by Sam Manuard and is presented by the skipper as “a break with the rounded bow” and a “relatively easy, ergonomic and versatile” boat.
Boris Herrmann announced on this Vendée Globe site his wish to have a new boat, a VPLP design. In May, it was already in “full design discussion” and aims to launch it by next June. His boat is under construction at the Vannes Multiplast shipyard, like that of Maxime Sorel who has also announced that he will build new ones. The blond haired loner who finished tenth in the Vendée Globe has a new sponsor, Chocolats Monbana alongside the continued partnership with V and B and the Mayenne region. He decided to have an Apivia sistership with MerConcept. It is, according to him, a way of giving a new dimension to his project “while having” the assurance of having a boat ready as soon as it is launched, scheduled for June 2022 “.
Ditto also for Kevin Escoffie who will have a new PRB. Currently freelance at Banque Populaire to take part in the Transat Jacques Vabre, the skipper announced at the end of May that he would continue with PRB, which bought a new boat hull. They indeed bought the hull of an IMOCA which was built by Carrington Boats on a design by Guillaume Verdier. Escoffier is delighted with the time saving he gets by tackling a nearly built hull and therefore says this will “make the new PRB more reliable”.
For his part, Armel Tripon, who no longer enjoys the support of L’Occitane en Provence, announced the construction of a new barge (a boat with a rounded bow), while resuming sail and running on the Ocean50 multihulls.
THEY HAVE BOATS THAT ARE NEW TO THEM
The “transfer window” or sales funnel if you prefer continues at the end of each edition, as skippers chase boats that will take their game up a level or two. Just as he was after 2016-17, the one who got the ball rolling was Louis Burton. Third in the Vendée Globe, the skipper of Saint-Malo acquired L’Occitane en Provence on which he is currently participating in The Ocean Race Europe. “It’s like a dream, I’m discovering a new machine that makes me want to take on even more challenges,” he explained when launching his new boat;
In the meantime, Bureau Vallée 2 has found a happy buyer: Pip Hare. The effervescent Briton (19th in the last Vendée Globe) and her sponsor Medallia are lining up for a more competitive, faster and more sporty boat, a “very efficient” boat, underlines the Briton.
At the beginning of May, we learned that Romain Attanasio was also going to taste the joys of sailing with foils. The sailor has acquired the Malizia IMOCA from Boris Herrmann (Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco) which it has put on its new colors thanks to the support of a new sponsor, Fortinet, who will be alongside Best Western.
THEY WILL START WITH THE SAME BOAT
Fabrice Amedeo is the first of this category. After his retirement in South Africa, he will leave for a new cycle with the same boat. It benefits from new colors since the Nexans company has joined it.
Kojiro Shiraishi will also be on the same boat for his third participation. He announced in April that with his sponsor, DMG-Mori. “The boat and I will try to be faster and I will try to make the boat more comfortable to sail and improve the foils”.
THEY WANT TO RETURN BUT …
The winner of the last edition, Yannick Bestaven, remains unclear about his intentions, even if he assures us that his current boat is “almost sold”. First to cross the line, second in the final standings, there is no doubt that Charlie Dalin will be part of the adventure again. He is testing new foils, the uncertainty about his participation in 2024 comes down to one question: will he leave with the current revamped Apivia or with a new boat?
Same problem for Sam Davies (Heart Initiatives). This is what she told Tip & Shaft: “With the team and the partners, we are looking for a way to ‘upgrade’ for the next Vendée Globe. Nothing is decided, we are looking for the best possible solution. “
Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) has not announced anything formally to him but would be in favor of the creation of a new boat. Nicolas Troussel does not close the door to the idea of building a boat either: “It will depend on what happens this year”, he confided before taking part in The Ocean Race. Damien Seguin (Groupe Apicil), for his part, reaffirmed in the Journal du dimanche “wanting to sail on a foil boat from 2022”.
Thomas Rettant explained that his “history with the Vendée Globe is not over”, he is currently with LinkedOut until the Route du Rhum 2022. However, it is difficult to imagine him missing the next round the world trip and he is also currently participating in The Ocean. Race Europe. Among her teammates, we find Clarisse Crémer, 12th in the last Vendée Globe, who reaffirmed her desire to participate again, without any official announcement having yet been made to this effect. Alexia Barrier is also said to be at the same stage.
Arnaud Boissières has also expressed his wish to participate in a 5th Vendée Globe. But the question is with which boat? On several occasions, he expressed his wish to acquire Maître Coq IV, the boat of the winner and his friend Yannick Bestaven. “More than ever, I want to leave a competitive and lasting imprint on the Vendée Globe,” he explained to Ouest-France. Isabelle Joschke also aspires to come back. However, the skipper who races under the colors of MACSF does not necessarily want to have a new boat, she told Voiles et Voiliers.
For his part, Alan Roura must face the withdrawal of his sponsor, La Fabrique. The Swiss sailor remains however particularly motivated to find new partners, as he confided to Voiles et Voiliers: “I am confident in my ability to convince sponsors to accompany me”. Sébastien Simon is also looking for partners because Arkéa Paprec is leaving the adventure at the end of the year but will build a new boat for a still unknown skipper.
At Miranda Merron, who also experienced the withdrawal of her godfather, Campagne de France, the equation is more complicated. “Miranda would love to go back to a Vendée Globe but without sponsors or substantial financial means, I don’t think that could happen,” said Halvard Mabire of Voile et Voiliers.
THEY WANT TO PARTICIPATE
A project takes shape for Louis Duc. He who had recovered the IMOCA Fortil from Clément Giraud, damaged after a fire, has just announced the arrival of a first partner, the group of landscapers Lantana Paysages. The adventurer Guirec Soudée, known for having sailed around the world with a hen, is working on participation. He bought IMOCA from Benjamin Dutreux (OMIA-Water Family, 9th). This is also the case for Antoine Cornic who acquired the ex-Spirit of Canada (Derek Hatfield, Vendée Globe 2008).
Sébastien Josse has repeatedly reaffirmed his desire to be there. Yann Eliès, who has just completed the double-handed Transat, says “he has regained his faith” and is aiming for “a boat of the 2020 generation or the previous generation”, as he explained to Voiles et Voiliers. Violette Dorange, also involved in the double-handed Transat, expressed her willingness to set up a project and seek funding.
Two other participants on The Ocean Race Europe are also in the running: Justine Mettraux and Yoann Richomme. Swiss sailor Mettraux, who cut her teeth aboard 11th Hour Racing, is aiming for a “2nd or 3rd generation IMOCA”. Finally, it should be noted that the names of Nicolas Boidezevi and Jorg Riechers are also mentioned for this next edition. Case to follow!
A raid of boats
2024 New Boats
- Sea Explorer for Boris Herrmann
- Eleventh hour 2
- V&B Monbana-Mayenne for Maxime Sorel
- Charal 2 for Jérémie Beyou
- PRB for Kevin Escoffier
- Office Vallée 3 for Louis Burton
- Corum L’Epargne
- DMG Mori
- Medallia (formerly Bureau Vallée 3) for Pip Hare
- Fortinet-BestWestern (ex-Sea Explorer) for Romain Attanasio
- Nexans-Art & Fenêtre for Fabrice Amedeo
- Prysmian Group for Giancarlo Pedote
- For sale: Arkea Paprec, Hugo Boss, Charal 1, Linkedout, Maître Coq
- Germany team, ex-Acciona
- Banque Populaire sold
- Yes We Cam, La Mie Caline, Time For Océan, Omia Water Family sold
- Apicil for sale
- Thank you from Sébastien Destremau
- Manu Cousin’s Setin Group
- MACSF by Isabelle Jochke
- The Bed Company of Clément Giraud
- Miranda Merron’s French Campaign
- Louis Duc 2008 Farr Plan
- Maxime Sorel’s V&B
- Alan Roura’s Factory
- The spirit of Canada by Antoine Cornic
- Stark oj Ari Huusela (for sale)