03 May 2022

Vendée Arctique - Les Sables d'Olonne

The grand parade 2020 Vendée Globe skippers

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.  

16 January 2021


Sébastien Destremau (Merci) forced to retire

Sébastien Destremau, the skipper of the 26th placed IMOCA Merci, has been finally forced to abandon his attempt to complete his second Vendée Globe.

11 January 2021


Sebastien Destremau discovers crack in bow of Merci

During a routine inspection of Merci, a large crack was discovered in the bow of the IMOCA at the bowsprit. Destremau writes......

"This morning like every morning, I go out on the deck to go for my little walk. At the bow I discovered a crack across the bow at the bowsprit from side to side. A glance under the bow and I have the impression that the bowsprit is broken and separating from the boat. My biggest fear is for the anchoring point for the forestay of the J2 which is there. "

02 January 2021


Destremau Fighting Issues That Might Cause Him to Abandon

In a message sent to the Vendée Globe editorial team, Sébastien Destremau thinks he is running out of solutions to his streering and pilot problems and may have to get parts from ashore and so is once again fighting the prospect of an official abandonment.

21 December 2020

On board

Destremau Dropping Back And On the Horns of A Dilemma

Sébastien Destremau (merci) continues to have steering, keel and pilot problems and is increasingly sailing towards a dilemma he will need to resolve, unless a pleasant surprise comes his way. 


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