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Vendée Globe 2016 : 27 skippers officially registered

Race HQ set up at the foot of the Eiffel Tower

jeudi 4 février 2016Information Vendée Globe

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A top class sporting line-up with no fewer than nine nations taking part, Race HQ based at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, multi-screen international TV broadcasts, innovative digital and media arrangements... The eighth Vendée Globe already looks like being an exceptional vintage and confirms its place as the world’s leading ocean race and a major sporting event. Another new feature for this edition, henceforth a country will be the guest of honour. This time, it will be Brazil.

On Wednesday 3rd February in Paris, Yves Auvinet, President of the Vendée Council and SAEM Vendée, accompanied by Bruno Retailleau, President of the Pays de la Loire Region, Patricia Brochard, co-President of the Sodebo company and Lionel Pariset, commissioner in charge of maritime affairs for the town of Les Sables d’Olonne, presented the new features for the eighth Vendée Globe and the line-up of skippers for this 2016-2017 race.

With nine months left to go to the start, 27 skippers are officially registered, one more has signed up at the last minute and three others have pre-registered. No fewer than nine nations may be represented this year (France, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, the United States, New Zealand, Switzerland, Hungary and the Netherlands). This will be a record Record #sailingrecord for the event, confirming once again the global reach of this race.

Race HQ set up at the foot of the Eiffel Tower

The nerve centre for the Vendée Globe will be hosted by the City of Paris on Mail Branly, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. This 1700 square metre area for the media centre and race HQ (1000 square metres ground surface area) host many special events and exhibitions, as well as a bar and restaurant open to the public. More than ever, these arrangements confirm that the Vendée Globe intends to attract as many people as possible.

27 skippers setting out

The following skippers will be competing in the 8th Vendée Globe :

  1. 01 Jérémie Beyou (FRA) /Maître Coq.
  2. 02 Tanguy de Lamotte (FRA) / Initiatives Cœur.
  3. 03 Vincent Riou (FRA) PRB.
  4. 04 Morgan Lagravière (FRA) / Safran.
  5. 05 Armel Le Cléac’h (FRA) / Banque Populaire.
  6. 06 Paul Meilhat (FRA) / SMA.
  7. 07 Sébastien Destremau (FRA) / FaceOcean.
  8. 08 Eric Bellion (FRA) / Comme Un Seul Homme.
  9. 09 Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) /StMichel-Virbac.
  10. 10 Fabrice Amedeo (FRA) / Newrest-Matmut.
  11. 11 Sébastien Josse (FRA) / Edmond de Rothschild.
  12. 12 Yann Eliès (FRA) / Queguiner-Leucémie Espoir.
  13. 13 Thomas Ruyant (FRA) / Le Souffle du Nord.
  14. 14 Nicolas Boidevézi (FRA) /
  15. 15 Kito de Pavant (FRA) / Bastide-Otio.
  16. 16 Jean Le Cam (FRA) / N/a.
  17. 17 Bertrand de Broc (FRA) / MACSF.
  18. 18 Louis Burton (FRA) / Bureau Vallée.
  19. 19 Nandor Fa (HUN) / Spirit of Hungary.
  20. 20 Rich Wilson (USA) / Great American IV.
  21. 21 Alex Thomson (GB) / Hugo Boss.
  22. 22 Arnaud Boissières (FRA) / La Mie Câline.
  23. 23 Richard Tolkien (GB / N/a).
  24. 24 Alan Roura (CH / N/a), Un Vendée Pour La Suisse.
  25. 25 Stéphane Le Diraison (FRA – N/a).
  26. 26 Pieter Heerema (NL / N/a).
  27. 27 Romain Attanasio (FRA / N/a)
  28. + 1 last minute registration : Didac Costa (Spain)
  29. + 3 pre-registered candidates : Alessandro di Benedetto (ITA), Jean-François Pellet (FRA - Come in Vendée) and Conrad Colman (NZ).


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