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    Is this the Figaro III?

    The first 45 Figaro 3 were awarded to their owners by drawing lots at the Nautic last December.
  2. Sorry if this has already been posted : Extract of an interview of Jérémie Beyou in Voiles et Voliers ( : Revenons à la course. Il semble qu’à bord, vous ne soyez pas très contents de ce qui sort via les «race experts» qui approfondissent la stratégie et les secrets de réglages sur le Net et les réseaux sociaux ? J. B. : Ils en disent trop ! On a vraiment le sentiment d’avoir beaucoup travaillé sur les performances, afin d’avoir un petit plus (Dongfeng est clairement un peu plus rapide que ses adversaires, ndlr) et quand tu vois que les mecs expliquent au monde comment il faut régler un VO65 et donnent tes «ficelles» avec arrêt sur images, c’est anormal. Ça n’intéresse pas que les gens qui régatent mais nos adversaires directs. Ce n’est pas la prime à l’entraînement ! On a démarré tôt, on a mis beaucoup d’énergie et de moyens autour de la cellule performance avec Fabien Delahaye, Cyrille Douillet et Bertrand Pacé. Je ne fais que répéter ce que dit Charles, mais depuis le début de la course, les commentaires des «race experts» ne vont pas dans le bon sens et desservent selon moi Dongfeng. […] : Let’s get back to the race. It seems that on board, you are not very happy about what is coming out via the “race experts” who are deepening the strategy and the secrets of the boat’s settings, on the Net and on the social networks ? J. B. : They are saying too much ! We really have the feeling we worked a lot on performances to have something more than the others (Dongfeng is clearly slightly faster than its opponents, ed) and when you see that the guys explain to the world how to set a VO65 and give your “tricks” with freeze frames, that’s abnormal. That not only interests people that sail, but also our direct opponents. This is not a training bonus ! We started early, we put lots of energy and resources on the performance team with Fabien Delahaye, Cyrille Douillet and Bertrand Pacé. I’m only repeating what Charles says, but since the beginning of the race, the commentaries of the “race experts” are not going in the right direction and don’t serve Dongfeng. That might be a possible reason for poor media coverage on Dongfeng...
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    Transat Jacques Vabre

    Transat Jacques-Vabre: A skipper in custody, suspected of sexual assault magictr | November 4, 2017 | News | No Comments A skipper who was to take the start of the Transat Jacques-Vabre has been placed in police custody Friday night on suspicion of sexual assault, it was learnt on Saturday with François Gosselin, attorney of le Havre. The events took place Friday in the early evening, ” according to witnesses, a woman was found crying in the hallway of a hotel claiming to have suffered a sexual assault “, said to AFP François Gosselin. The custody was extended “because of the contradictions between the respondent and the victim” The skipper was arrested Friday shortly after 20:30 and placed in police custody. It was extended on Saturday in the early evening, said the prosecutor of the Harbour, “because of the contradictions between the respondent and the victim.” A survey of fragrance is ongoing and the hearings are continuing. The race organizers have refused to comment on the case at this stage of the investigation. The skippers of the Transat Jacques-Vabre trans-atlantic race in double, will set off on Sunday from le Havre to 13h35 to reach Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. Un skipper de la Transat Jacques Vabre arrêté pour agression sexuelle Radio tendanceouest Le 04 novembre 2017 à 12:19 Par : Gilles Anthoine Un skipper de la course à voile la Transat Jacques Vabre, dont le départ est donné dimanche 5 novembre 2017 au Havre (Seine-Maritime), a été arrêté pour agression sexuelle. Ce samedi 4 novembre 2017, il serait toujours entendu par la police. L'information est confirmée par une source judiciaire. Un skipper devant prendre le départ de la Transat Jacques Vabre 2017 a été arrêté dans le cadre d'une enquête pour agression sexuelle. Selon nos informations, il aurait été arrêté ce matin, samedi 4 novembre 2017. Il s'agirait d'un skipper étranger d'une trentaine d'années. L'individu serait actuellement entendu au Havre (Seine-Maritime). Une enquête a en tout cas été ouverte. Le Parquet devrait officiellement communiquer en fin de journée sur cette affaire. Here it says : « According to our information, he was arrested this morning, Saturday, November 4, 2017. It would be a foreign skipper in his thirties. »
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    Thomas Ruyant Shattered French yachtie's next move after violent collision off NZ coast: 'I need sleep, I need to eat' When Bluff Coastguard arrived to rescue a French sailer floundering off the New Zealand coast on his yacht after a violent collision last night, things appeared much worse than they expected. On tvnz, 1news now (video) :
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    Last images from Thomas Ruyant, who thinks he hit a container, the choc was violent. He is not sure the boat will hold
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    Gusts of 50 knots for Thomas Ruyant
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    Universal Tracker

    Mille fois merci, vous êtes génial Volodia !
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    VOR 2017-18

    Dongfeng is back Article in French in this newsletter : Translated in English (automatic translation) on the site of "Tip 1 Shaft" : # 2 DONGFENG 2, THE RETURN It has long dreamed of Vendée Globe, but while his comrades come out in procession Channel Sables d'Olonne, Charles Caudrelier will fly to China. Next Monday at the annual meeting of the key executives of Dongfeng and Volvo, in Wuhan, the headquarters of Dongfeng Motor, the former head quarter of Franck Cammas will announce its third participation in the Volvo Ocean Race and his second under the colors of the Chinese manufacturer. A new commitment much like the previous one: same sports structure - OC Sport, whose CEO, William Semblat , negotiated for months this new contract; even team manager - Bruno Dubois , currently Director of Groupama Team France; even technical director - Neil Graham - and even athletic frame: if they have not signed a contract, Pascal Bidégorry and Thomas Rouxel are highly prospective and several Chinese crew formed during the previous edition. "For the rest of the crew, we will seek to recover from the experience, especially in foreign seamen," said Caudrelier which is currently discussing with several of them. The former winner of the Solitaire and Jacques Vabre also hopes to embark Yann Riou as "OBR" (onboard reporter), even if the rules on the matter have changed - the "mediamen" are theoretically selected by the organization and affected by it to the boat. With the rule change aimed at enhancing the diversity of crews, Caudrelier should also recruit one or two women - Marie Riou is on the shelves, as if in echoed several newspapers, but is waiting to learn more about its Olympic projects. Another innovation is important: this time it's Dongfeng Motor - Dongfeng Trucks instead - which finances the campaign, by significantly increasing the budget, estimated between 15 and 20 million euros, "the equivalent that of Abu Dhabi in the last Volvo, "says a source close to the case. This allows the team to move to second tier sponsors. "We are going to benefit from all that we missed last time, says Charles Caudrelier: a cell performance, a ground browser preparation steps, a coach full time, over shore team." Before adding, ambitious: "We have no excuse not to target the top step of the podium." The Franco-Chinese team goes much sail. A little match race and then Sydney to Hobart with a Chinese owner, return VO65 - refit in currently in Lisbon - in March in Lorient Groupama in the base, participation in the Spi Ouest-France on one or two supports ... the pre-program Volvo looks "complicated" according Caudrelier because the organization led by Mark Turner ponders engage VO65 on ... the Bridge in late June before a return deckchair, Cowes week, a race between Cowes and Lisbon, zero to Alicante leg ... "This amounts to a Volvo a year instead of 9 months!" The discussions are completed. Meanwhile, the skipper of Dongfeng does not sulk his pleasure: "It's good to start with ideal conditions!" So, it seems some top sailors are coming back...
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    " Setbacks for Sébastien Destremau and Alex Thomson " :
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    Is this the Figaro III?

    [...] The budget will be between € 150,000 (the price of a new Figaro Bénéteau 2) and 200 000 € TTC ready to sail, the idea being that the choice of this new monotype lasts ten years. [...]
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    Here it is : Three extra places for the 2016 Vendée Globe « At a meeting held today (Wednesday 29th June) in Les Sables d’Olonne with the organisers and skippers competing in the eighth Vendée Globe, Yves Auvinet, President of the SAEM Vendée made an unexpected announcement. Three extra places will be made available on top of the 27 initially planned in the Notice of Race. If all of the sailors complete their sailing and administrative obligations on time, no fewer than 30 skippers will be able to line up at the start of the non-stop solo round the world race on 6th November. This is good news for several reasons, including the internationalisation of the Vendée Globe, as ten nations may be represented, which would be a record in the history of the event. » Read more on Vendée site : They alsow list the 30 skippers officially registered for the moment : Jérémie Beyou (France), Tanguy de Lamotte (France), Vincent Riou (France), Morgan Lagravière (France), Armel Le Cléac’h (France), Paul Meilhat (France), Sébastien Destremau (France), Eric Bellion (France), Jean-Pierre Dick (France), Fabrice Amedeo (France), Sébastien Josse (France), Yann Eliès (France), Thomas Ruyant (France), Didac Costa (Spain), Kito de Pavant (France), Jean Le Cam (France), Bertrand de Broc (France), Louis Burton (France), Nandor Fa (Hungary), Rich Wilson (USA), Alex Thomson (GB), Arnaud Boissières (France), Alan Roura (Switzerland), Stéphane Le Diraison (France), Pieter Heerema (Netherlands), Romain Attanasio (France), Kojiro Shiraishi (Japan), Conrad Colman (New Zealand), Enda O’Coineen (Ireland) and Jean-François Pellet (France).
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    Team France

    Franck is back (video)
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    Another project for the Vendée : « Anna Corbella cannot imagine a Vendée Globe with no women » « After twice completing the Barcelona World Race, the double-handed round the world race on 60-foot IMOCAs, Anna Corbella believes she is ready to take another giant leap to sail solo. In spite of the tight timing, the Spanish sailor is doing her utmost to find a partner and to become the only woman lining up at the start of the next Vendée Globe. »