Almost 6 months after the first skippers crossed the Vendée Globe finish line already the tenth edition, starting November 2024, is on everyone's mind. And the enthusiasm stemming from the last edition is significant, already there are around 45 sailors who are wanting to be on the starting line in just over three years time. And so here is a round up of the state of play as we go into summer, knowing of course that the clock is always ticking.
The Vendée Globe has really never stopped. Yes the finish line is crossed but the challenge is ongoing for many. Some skippers made no secret that during their last weeks on board they were already working to make their projects continues. "2024 is already only tomorrow", Romain Attanasio said during the latter days of his race.
For those who want to be competing at solo racing’s absolute pinnacle, re-immersing themselves in the most prestigious challenge is a "must. According to figures from Figaro Nautisme, already 45 skippers would like to enter the next edition (there were 34 in 2020).
Here is a broad overview
THEY SHOULD START WITH A NEW BOAT
The announcement came accompanied by a great fanfare in a massive TV studio in early May. Charal and Jérémie Beyou (13th in the last edition) announced the construction of a new IMOCA monohull. The new Charal 2 will be designed by Sam Manuard and is presented by the skipper as "a break with the rounded bow" and a "relatively easy, ergonomic and versatile" boat.
Boris Herrmann announced on this Vendée Globe site his desire to have a new boat, a VPLP design “We want to continue for the next 4 to 5 years,” he explained aiming for crewed The Ocean Race and the next Vendée Globe. In May he was already in a"full discussion on the design" and has a target of launching by next June. His boat is being built at the Vannes yard Multiplast, like that of Maxime Sorel who has also announced he will build new. The blond haired solo racer who was tenth in the Vendée Globe has a new sponsor, Chocolats Monbana alongside the continuation of the partnership with V and B and the area of Mayenne. He decided to have an Apivia sistership with MerConcept. This, he sees, is a way to give a new dimension to his project" while having "the assurance of having a boat ready as soon as it is launched, scheduled for June 2022".
Same too for Kevin Escoffie who will have a new PRB. Currently freelancing with Banque Populaire to sail in the Transat Jacques Vabre, the skipper announced at the end of May that he would carry on with PRB who have bought a new boat hull. They have in fact bought the hull of an IMOCA which was being built by Carrington Boats to a desig by Guillaume Verdier. Escoffier is delighted with the advance in timing he gets from taking on a hull which is all but built and so he says it will "make the new PRB more reliable".
For his part, Armel Tripon, who no longer enjoys the support of L’Occitane en Provence, announced the construction of a new scow (a boat with a rounded bow), while resuming sailing and competing in the Ocean50 multihulls
THEY HAVE BOATS WHICH ARE NEW TO THEM
The ‘transfer window’ or the sales funnel if you like always goes on at the end of each edition, as skippers chase boats which will take their game up a level, or two. Just as he was after 2016-17 the one who got the ball rolling was Louis Burton. Third in the Vendée Globe, the Saint Malo skipper acquired L’Occitane en Provence on which he is currently competing in The Ocean Race Europe. "It's like a dream, I'm discovering a new machine that makes me want to take on even more challenges," he explained during the launch of his newest boat;
Meantime Bureau Vallée 2 has found a happy buyer: Pip Hare. The effervescent Briton (19th in the last Vendée Globe) and her sponsor Medallia are lining up for a more competitive, faster more sporty boat, a “very efficient” boat, emphasizes the Briton on our website.
At the beginning of May, we learned that Romain Attanasio was also going to experience the joys of sailing with foils. The sailor has acquired the Malizia IMOCA from Boris Herrmann (Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco) which he has put in its new colours thanks to the support of a new sponsor, Fortinet, which will be alongside Best Western.
THEY WILL START WITH THE SAME BOAT
Fabrice Amedeo is the first in this category. After retiring into South Africa he will go for a new cycle with the same boat. He benefits from new colours as the Nexans company has joined it.
Kojiro Shiraishi will also be on the same boat for his third participation. He announced in April that together with his sponsor, DMG-Mori. "The boat and I will set out to be faster and I will try to make the boat more comfortable to sail and improve the foils".
THEY WANT TO GO BACK BUT ...
The winner of the last edition, Yannick Bestaven, remains vague on his intentions, even if he assures us that his current boat is "almost sold". First to cross the line, second in the final standings, there is no doubt that Charlie Dalin will be part of the adventure again. He has been testing new foils, the uncertainty about his participation in 2024 boils down to one question: will he leave with the current revamped Apivia or with a new boat?
Same problem for Sam Davies (Initiatives Coeur). This is what she said to Tip & Shaft: “With the team and the partners, we are looking for a way to 'upgrade' for the next Vendée Globe. Nothing has been decided we are looking for the best possible solution. "
Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) he has not formally announced anything but is believed to favour the creation of a new boat. Nicolas Troussel is not closing the door on the idea of building a boat either: "It will depend on what happens this year," he confided before taking part in The Ocean Race. Damien Seguin (Apicil Group), for his part, reaffirmed in the Journal du dimanche "wanting to sail a foilin boat from 2022 onwards".
Thomas Ruyant explained that his “history with the Vendée Globe is not over”, he is currently with with LinkedOut until the Route du Rhum 2022. However, it is difficult to imagine him missing the next round the world and he also currently competing in The Ocean Race Europe. Among his teammates, there is Clarisse Crémer, 12th in the last Vendée Globe, who has reaffirmed her desire to participate again, without any official announcement having yet been made to that effect. Alexia Barrier is also said to be at the same stage.
Arnaud Boissières has also expressed his desire to participate in a 5th Vendée Globe. But the question is with which boat? On several occasions, he has expressed his desire to acquire Maître Coq IV, the boat of the winner and his friend, Yannick Bestaven. “More than ever I want to put a competitive, lasting imprint on the Vendée Globe,” he explained to Ouest-France. Isabelle Joschke also aspires to come back. However the skipper who races in MACSF colors does not necessarily want to have a new boat, she told Voiles et Voiliers.
For his part, Alan Roura must deal with the withdrawal of his sponsor, La Fabrique. The Swiss sailor however, remains particularly motivated to find new partners , as he told Voiles et Voiliers: "I am confident in my ability to convince sponsors to come on board with me". Sébastien Simon is also looking for partners as Arkéa Paprec leaves the adventure at the end of the year but will build a new boat for an as yet undisclosed skipper.
At Miranda Merron, who also experienced the withdrawal of her sponsor, Campagne de France, the equation is more complicated. "Miranda would love to set off again on a Vendée Globe but without sponsors or substantial financial means, I don’t think it can happen," said Halvard Mabire to Voile et Voiliers.
THEY WANT TO PARTICIPATE
A project is taking shape for Louis Duc. He who had recovered the IMOCA Fortil from Clément Giraud, damaged after a fire, has just announced the arrival of a first partner, the group of landscape gardeners Lantana Paysages. The adventurer Guirec Soudée, known for having sailed around the world with a hen is working on a participation. He bought the IMOCA from Benjamin Dutreux (OMIA-Water Family, 9th). This is also the case for Antoine Cornic who has acquired the ex-Spirit of Canada (Derek Hatfield, Vendée Globe 2008).
Sébastien Josse has repeatedly reaffirmed his desire to be there. Yann Eliès, who has just completed the double-handed Transat, says "he has rediscovered his faith" and is aiming for "a boat of the 2020 generation or the previous generation", as he explained to Voiles et Voiliers. Violette Dorange, also entered in the double-handed Transat, expressed her willingness to set up a project and seek funding.
Two other participants on The Ocean Race Europe are also in the running: Justine Mettraux and Yoann Richomme. The Swiss sailor Mettraux who is cutting her teeth aboard 11th Hour Racing, is aiming for a "2nd or 3rd generation IMOCA". Finally, note that the names of Nicolas Boidezevi and Jorg Riechers are also cited for this next edition. Case to follow!
A round up of boats
2024 New Boats
Sea Explorer for Boris Herrmann
Eleventh Hour 2
V&B Monbana-Mayenne for Maxime Sorel
Charal 2 for Jérémie Beyou
PRB for Kevin Escoffier
Bureau Vallée 3 for Louis Burton
Medallia (ex-Bureau Vallée 3) for Pip Hare
Fortinet-BestWestern (ex- Sea Explorer) for Romain Attanasio
Nexans-Art&Fenêtre for Fabrice Amedeo
Prysmian Group for Giancarlo Pedote
For sale : Arkea Paprec, Hugo Boss, Charal 1, Linkedout, Maître Coq
Generation 2014 :
Nandor Fa's boat
Team Germany, ex-Acciona
Banque Populaire sold
Yes We Cam, La Mie Caline, Time For Océan, Omia Water Family sold
Apicil for sale
Merci de Sébastien Destremau
Groupe Setin of Manu Cousin
MACSF of Isabelle Jochke
La Compagnie du Lit de Clément Giraud
Campagne de France of Miranda Merron
Plan Farr 2008 of Louis Duc
V&B de Maxime Sorel
La Fabrique of Alan Roura
Spirit of Canada of Antoine Cornic
Cover photo © Yannick Bestaven / Maitre Coq IV