Just 100 days left to the start of the Route du Rhum and 160 to that of the Barcelona World Race.
7 teams IMOCA 60 have registered to enter the Route du Rhum to try and be Roland Jourdain’s successor, brilliant winner of the 2010 edition. François Gabart (MACIF), Marc Guillemot (SAFRAN), Vincent Riou (PRB), Tanguy De Lamotte (Initiatives-Cœur), Jérémie Beyou (Maitre CoQ), Alessandro Di Benedetto (Team Plastique) and Armel Tripon (Imagine) have already confirmed entry. Louis Burton (Bureau Vallée) shall joint hem shortly.
The Barcelona World Race starts on 31, December and the competitors are finalising their entries but some strong duos are already in place to race in the double-handed round the world race, such as Bernard Stamm teaming up with Jean Le Cam, the both of them having confirmed their participation in the event.
There are some obvious bridges between Alessandro Di Benedetto and the Mini 6.50 world. How could we forget that he first sailed round the world non-stop and single-handedly aboard one of these small race boats. The franco-italian skipper has now settled in Les Sables d’Olonne, and it’s only logical that the organizers of the Mini Race Les Sables d’Olonne – The Azores – Les Sables d’Olonne have offered Alessandro to be the ambassador of the 2014 edition which started on Sunday, 20 July.
Not only does Alessandro support the race, but he has also decided to sail with the fleet to the Azores. He will sail back from Horta single-handed as a qualification passage for the forthcoming Route du Rhum.
Louis Burton is 29 years old and was born in Ivry Sur Seine in the Paris region. His life as a sailor began during his summer holidays with his brother and parents in the Ile aux Moines, Golfe du Morbihan, where he joined the local sailing school. He progressed to go through a few stages with the Glenans and really got into sailing properly at the age of 18 – he would have done so earlier had his parents not pushed him into finishing his studies !LOUIS BURTON : OCEAN MASTERS PORTRAIT : MASTER OF THE SEAS NO 12
Bernard Stamm has hardly stopped over the past few months, busily putting his new project into place. The determined Swiss sailor won his bet today as he prepares for a new round-the-world race – double-handed this time.
Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam at the start of the Barcelona World Race
With PRB launched and her mast stepped yesterday, Vincent and his team performed a 90° test in glorious sunshine this morning.
It’s always a spectacular operation, which the team wanted us to experience at first hand!
@ Vincent Riou - PRB - Vendée Globe
Major handling operations today in PLF. MACIF and PRB in the throes of preparations for restepping the masts and keels after their refit.
Jean-Pierre Dick is the fifth skipper to announce the launch of his IMOCA project.
After Alex Thomson and Hugo Boss, Armel Le Cleac'h with Banque Populaire, Morgan Lagravière with Safran and Sébastien Josse with Gitana it is the turn of Jean-Pierre Dick to present its project and its partners Virbac and ST MICHEL.Communiqué de presse du 1er Avril 2014