Without passing comment on the jury’s decision, the majority of the skippers competing in the Vendée Globe have expressed their support for Bernard Stamm in the context of his request to reopen the case.
Nobody is calling into question the international jury’s neutrality and impartiality and the skippers have chosen to share their opinion on the matter as they believe that this should be taken into account in the final decision.Hereafter is the letter sent to the Presidents of the Jury, the Race Committee and the SAEM Vendée:
Around the World January 4, 2013,
Subject: Protest Race Committee against Cheminées Poujoulat - Cases n°4 & n° 5
We, skippers of the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe, ask that the judgment against Bernard Stamm is revised.
We believe that his disqualification is unfair and that he deserves the right to finish the race and to be ranked.
We ask for this revision on the basis of the following facts:
We thank you for taking our views into account in your final decision.
Alex Thomson Armel Le Cléac’h Arnaud Boissières Alessandro di Benedetto
Bertrand De Broc Dominique Wavre François Gabart Javier Sanso
Jean le Cam Jean-Pierre Dick Kito de Pavant Louis Burton
Marc Guillemot Mike Golding Samantha Davies Tanguy De Lamotte Vincent Riou
* Jérémie Beyou could not be reached