Sailing: The New York Vendée, last tests before the world tour

After a grandiose spectacle and speed races last Friday near the Statue of Liberty in Manhattan Bay in New York, twenty-eight skippers set off this Wednesday to attack the North Atlantic for the New York Vendée Les Sables d’Olonne. This race has only taken place once, in 2016, and was won by Jérémie Beyou in 9 days, 16 hours and 57 minutes.

This New York Vendée will, for certain skippers, be a qualifier for the next Vendée Globe who will leave on November 10. Some in fact already have their ticket, but others, like Clarisse Cremer, have the obligation to complete it. There are 3,200 miles to cover and 1 mile covered will earn 1.5 miles counted for selection. Remember that there can only be forty of them departing from Les Sables d’Olonne on November 10. “We will be able to let the horses go, pull on the boat to see if there are things to change or improve.” confides Norman Charlie Dalin, one of the favorites. Among the other favorites, Yoann Richomme, winner of the “outbound” transatlantic, the Transat CIC between Lorient and New York at the beginning of the month, Thomas Ruyant and Jérémie Beyou.

The sailboat of Vendée Sébastien Simon at the feet of the Statue of Liberty
SAEM Vendée Globe

We are going very north, the summer period is settling in the Atlantic and this will make us a nice technical transatlanticconfides the Sablais Sébastien Simon skipper of Groupe Dubreuil, we will be able to let go a little more“. “This time we will be more in competition modeadds the other Vendée resident Benjamin Dutreux on Guyot Environnement, we will have to push the mushroom and I would like to try some sail configurations alone before the Vendée Globe“.

Eleven nationalities are represented in this transatlantic race which “allows offshore racing to shine internationally and particularly in a country where solo racing is not sufficiently knownexplains Laura Le Goff, general director of the Vendée Globe, and for some skippers there is a lot at stake to be on the starting line of the Vendée Globe.”.

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