Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Vendee Globe Press Conference, Paris Boat Show

Rich Wilson was in Paris for the boat show last week when the Vendee Globe race committee released the NOR and held a press conference introducing the 15 skippers (so far) who are planning to be on the starting line in November 2016. (note, this video is in French and if you want to skip ahead to when Rich is introduced, move the slider to 30:42 when the ad is finished)

Of the 15 who plan to enter, 7 are building new boats:

Morgan Lagravière (FRA / Safran)
Armel Le Cléac’h (FRA / Banque Populaire)
Alex Thomson (GB / Hugo Boss)
Sébastien Josse (FRA / Groupe Edmond de Rothschild)
Andrea Mura (ITA / Vento Di Sardegna)
Jean-Pierre Dick (St Michel-Virbac)
Nandor Fa (HG / Spirit of Hungary)

And 8 intend to enter on existing boats:

Vincent Riou (FRA / PRB)
Yann Eliès (FRA/Groupe Quéguiner)
Jérémie Beyou (FRA / Maître Coq)
Tanguy de Lamotte (FRA / Initiatives Cœur)
Louis Burton (FRA / Bureau Vallée)
Eric Bellion (FRA / Comme 1 seul Homme)
Rich Wilson (USA / Great American IV)
Armel Tripon (FRA / For Humble Heroes)

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