To launch the summer season, the festivities will begin on Friday 3rd June 2022 with the Grand Parade of the 2020 Vendée Globe Skippers, to celebrate these men and women of the sea.
This parade will take place on the Remblai in Les Sables d'Olonne. It will begin from Place de Strasbourg from 9.30pm to Casino des Atlantes and will be punctuated by a firework display visible from the Grande Plage.
A privileged moment of sharing between the public and the skippers who have made them dream of the open sea during this time of pandemic and confinement.
Giraud: 'If you told me a week ago that this was going to last another month, it wouldn't have been a big deal.'
Clément Giraud (Compagnie du Lit/JILITI) 21st on the dock...... “I was able to finish under the 100 days mark, that is a bit crazy. It was full of adventure. I was always happy to be racing around the globe. I must admit that in my head I thought it was going to be more complicated than this.
Clément Giraud Finishes 21st in the Vendee Globe On Compagnie du Lit/Jiliti
Clément Giraud crossed the finish line of the Vendée Globe this morning at 09:28:21 hrs UTC after 99d, 20hrs, 08m and 31s of racing. Finishing in 21st place on Compagnie du Lit/Jiliti, the 40 year old who grew up in Martinique achieves his original target, breaking the 100 days mark, by a matter of 3hrs and 52mins. But Giraud will be doubly satisfied as he very nearly did not make the start at all. After his boat went on fire just before November 2019’s double handed race across the Atlantic his sponsors withdrew from his project. But he was lent the 2006 Farr design by fellow competitor Erik Nigon and Giraud only finally secured the sponsorships of Compagnie du Lit and Jiliti last September.
The good news comes in waves as the clock ticks down to the start of the Vendee Globe, Alexia Barrier and Clément Giraud. Within a few days of finalising their registration for the race both solo skippers have announced new partners.
For Alexia Barrier, that new supporting partner is TSE, an independent French solar energy company which will now appear on the Mediterranean sailor's Imoca60 which is now named TSE - 4myplanet.
Meantime Clément Giraud is pleased to reveal his two partners: La Compagnie du Lit, who were sponsors of Stéphane le Diraison four years ago, and Jiliti, who are experts in the maintenance of IT infrastructures and programmes.
10 July 2020
Match Racing on the Vendée Arctic -Les Sables d'Olonne Race
After starting off Les Sables d’Olonne on Saturday afternoon Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut) turned back southwards at the IOC UNESCO virtual mark, located to the SW of Iceland, at 1141hrs CET this Thursday 9th July, leading the Vendée Arctic -Les Sables d'Olonne Race