Banque Populaire dropping ClaCla

AT does have the PR down. When he was on standby in NYC for a transatlantic record he opened up his boat to a bunch of teenagers. Spent tons of time with us. At one point he said let's to a routing on the computer and he did and out popped a record setting pace. Fuzzy pictures because it was very dark down below. Also very cramped.



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ATR yesterday on FB shared a vote for Will Harris for Seahorse sailor of month award. So clearly they are seeing how much Malizia has raised the bar on in race media/reporting. Looking forward to the future !!
And Tom LaPerche with Holcim PRB is another candidate, I believe.


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At one point he said let's to a routing on the computer and he did and out popped a record setting pace. Fuzzy pictures because it was very dark down below. Also very cramped.
And ? Could you please develop a bit on what constitutes the totally monstruous heinous crime, here ?
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“I can’t wait to get back to sailing”: Clarisse Crémer confirms Vendée Globe 2024 ambitions with L’OCCITANE en Provence partnership 19/4/2023

At 33, French sailor Clarisse Crémer is embarking on one of the most exciting challenges of her career: competing in the next Vendée Globe, in November 2024.

After her sponsorship was dropped in January 2023 – which left Crémer without a team or a boat and put her Vendée Globe dreams on hold – she will now be joined by new title sponsor L’OCCITANE en Provence for a return to sailing following the birth of her baby daughter last November.

The Vendée Globe is the toughest sailing race on earth, where competitors have to contend with a gruelling solo, 24,000 mile non-stop circumnavigation of the world. Taking place every four years, starting and finishing in Les Sables d’Olonne in western France, skippers navigate high winds, ferocious waves and hazardous ice on their journeys to the finish line, in what remains the ultimate prize in solo sailing.

Crémer started her sailing career whilst at university and went on to finish second in her first solo race, the 2017 Mini Transat. She moved onto the Figaro class before joining her previous sailing team in 2019 to take on her first Vendée Globe in 2020 – where she achieved the best performance by a female skipper in the history of the race. The Parisian will now be returning to the sea, sailing, competition and the most iconic of races.

Clarisse Crémer commented: “I am particularly happy and proud to be able to start this new adventure with L’OCCITANE en Provence. I have had the Vendée Globe 2024 in mind since I last rounded the Cape of Good Hope and it is a privilege to have them by my side to pursue this challenge!

“These last few months have been intense, sometimes hard, but I will always be grateful to all those who have believed in me and who have enabled me, year after year, to progress and take part in the major events in ocean racing.
“Today I’m focused on the future: it’s a great joy to have an extraordinary boat and a great team to accompany me in this adventure, and I can’t wait to get back to sailing.

“The Vendée Globe starting line is still a long way off and there are still many challenges to be faced, but I am putting all my energy into the success of this project to prove that with desire, determination and the right partners, we can make society, companies and sport more equitable.”

With less than 20 months to go before the next Vendée Globe, Crémer will be able to count on the support, investment and motivation of L’OCCITANE en Provence. This partnership is based on the shared values for women’s empowerment, team spirit and authenticity. The commitment to reconnect people with Nature and themselves has also motivated L’OCCITANE en Provence to accompany Crémer in this adventure.

She will also be joined by a reference in ocean racing – Alex Thomson. The 49-year-old British skipper, who has taken part in five Vendée Globe races and twice finished on the podium, is committed to supporting and bringing together all the skills needed to build a successful campaign.

Crémer will have one of the best performing boats of her generation, the former Apivia. On board, Charlie Dalin won the Transat Jacques Vabre (2019) and finished 2nd in the Vendée Globe (2021) and the Route du Rhum (2022).

Adrien Geiger, Managing Director of L’OCCITANE en Provence said: “We are very proud to support Clarisse Crémer, a true role model for the new generations, and to help her accomplish her sporting and human adventure.

“We have decided to join forces to promote women’s leadership in sailing, a competitive world that is still largely male. Indeed, we make it a point of honour to support all women in their personal and professional projects.

“From 2020, we have decided to take a strong position on the key issue of parenthood. L’OCCITANE has become the first international cosmetics group to implement a parental leave policy on such a broad international scale. This policy applies to L’OCCITANE employees worldwide, including company-owned offices, factories and shops.”

“Clarisse’s struggle to combine her role as a mother with her career aspirations is that of many women.”

Alex Thomson, Team Principal, said: “Clarisse is one of the most talented sailors in ocean racing and she deserves to be at the start of the Vendée Globe next year.

“My team and I are delighted that L’OCCITANE en Provence will support Clarisse for the Vendée Globe. We want to prove to the world that becoming a mother doesn’t change who you are as an athlete. We intend to provide Clarisse with all the tools that will enable her to compete with equity.”

A time trial has now begun in order to shape the technical team, take charge of the boat, confirm the competition calendar and start the mileage race, to qualify for the next Vendée Globe which starts 10th November 2024
I thought the vendee org said they were very open to giving her an exemption to qualifying miles.
I think it would be a huge motivation boost to be able to qualify for the VG, as supposedly that was the reason why BP parted with her. She needs training with the new boat and after the maternity leave anyway, so why not go for the qualification events? First of all, I guess she is already super motivatedto sail, second they need to think about the sponsors too.
So I'm confident she'll not be counting on the free card, maybe just as a contingency plan.


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I thought the vendee org said they were very open to giving her an exemption to qualifying miles.

As far as I read the reports the VG organization was and is willing to give her the wild card. - But not while she has 0 miles in any of the qualification races. The VG also would not guarantee her the wild card. After all there might be someone else that also could use it and has an even better reason to get it. (There are still 6 months to register for the VG, deadline is October 23rd 2023.) That was probably the point when someone in BP decided to fire her without thinking about the consequences of that decision.

I hope that Clarisse is able to deliver on the water now that her campaign is back. Sailing the remaining qualification races and finishing in them makes for a much better story.

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this petition is basically calling for nothing, but is more of a lot of facebook likes to a post??

Well all's well that ends well, great move by AT racing. let's hope it works out and she can perform.

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In the wild.
One hears that Organon has signed on as a co-sponsor.



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Did the media resonance magnified tenfold by the "case", also play a part? “We will of course take advantage of the project to communicate externally, but what matters most to me is internal,” replies Adrien Geiger, who does not wish to reveal the amount of the investment. “Messages from employees who were very proud that we are supporting Clarisse, for me, are priceless. France represents 4% of L'Occitane en Provence's turnover, and the Vendée Globe is still a very French race, so if I only thought about it from a media and marketing point of view, I would have rather gone to do something in China or Japan than in France."
Lots more Tip&Shaft;

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The pioneering sailor you’ve probably never heard of: Nicolette Milnes Walker​


Nicolette Milnes Walker was the first woman to sail solo and non-stop from the UK to the USA. Julia Jones charts her trailblazing achievement
Nicolette Milnes Walker sailed from Dale to Newport in just over 44 days; she took the Azores route across the Atlantic. Credit: Nicolette Milnes Walker

Nicolette Milnes Walker sailed from Dale to Newport in just over 44 days; she took the Azores route across the Atlantic. Credit: Nicolette Milnes Walker Credit: Nicolette Milnes Walker
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Nicolette Milnes Walker was 28 when she set herself to be the first woman to sail solo and non-stop across the Atlantic from the UK to the USA.
This was in 1971.
Ann Davison had crossed single-handed in 1952 in her 24ft wooden yacht Peggy but she’d taken more of a cruise approach, pausing several times along the way.
It had been a remarkable achievement by a remarkable woman.


Almost 20 years later, Nicolette Milnes Walker was planning something different.
Nicolette Milnes Walker enjoyed fixing gear at sea, as it prevented boredom from setting in. Credit: Getty

Nicolette Milnes Walker enjoyed fixing gear at sea, as it prevented boredom from setting in. Credit: Getty
Boats and equipment had changed during the boom years of the 1960s.
Like thousands of other people Nicolette had built a Mirror dinghy from a kit. She’d been living in a Bristol University student flat and had to get it out through the window.
By the end of the decade mass production using GRP had revolutionised sailing as a leisure activity.
There was much more stuff on the market and many more people ready to have a go, even if they didn’t have a big bank balance or generations of sailing experience.
Practical Boat Owner, founded in 1967, was just the magazine they needed.

Nicolette Milnes Walker: Spark of an idea​

In January 1971 Nicolette had been to the International Boat Show at Earl’s Court and had become fascinated by the variety of equipment available.
The year before she’d sailed to the Azores with friends.
Now she began collecting catalogues, making lists and calculating what she’d need to sail to America alone.
To begin with it was just a game. She was good at planning – her current job was as an industrial psychologist devising experiments that helped test how people in high tech jobs might react under stress.
Gradually her ideas developed from the ‘what if?’ stage to the ‘why not?’
A blue hulled Pionier class boat on a craddle

Aziz was the 39th Pionier class racer to be built in the UK. Credit: Nicolette Milnes Walker
There were plenty of negatives. She wasn’t a hugely experienced sailor.
She could manage a dinghy but had never handled a yacht on her own, though her trip to the Azores had taught her what an Atlantic gale felt like.
She wasn’t a good swimmer but swimming alone in the Atlantic wasn’t going to help much anyway.
She was short sighted, she was female. Should that stop her?
Nicolette had a hunch that there were aspects of women’s inherited experience that might potentially make them more resilient than men.
That was one of the things she wanted to test, with herself as the subject of the experiment.
A windvane on the back of a yacht

Aziz was fitted with Hasler Gibbs self-steering gear. The boat didn’t have a stern pulpit so a bracket had to be fitted to support the windvane. Credit: Nicolette Milnes Walker
She wanted to know how she’d react to fear and loneliness: she also wanted the thrill of being first to succeed.
Imperceptibly she found she’d reached a decision: “I could find no reason for not going. So I decided to go.”
She resigned from her job and borrowed enough money to buy a small yacht.
She chose a second hand Pionier, a very early GRP design by EG van der Stadt. Built in 1963 and named Aziz (from its first owner’s polo pony) it would probably be considered unsuitable for single-handed distance cruising today.
Instead of the traditional long keel, giving good directional stability, Aziz had a fin keel and spade rudder.
Later, Nicolette described how difficult it had been to keep Aziz steady under engine, ‘a moment’s inattention and she whips round in a semi-circle’.
It became ‘quite a laugh’ to dash down to the cabin for a cigarette and matches and get back to the helm before Aziz shot off in the wrong direction. (In 1971 even a doctor’s daughter could smoke without shame