Jérémie Beyou, who was one of the favorites before the start, crossed the finish line in 13th place yesterday (Saturday, February 6) after having had to return to Les Sables d’Olonne because of technical breakdowns and restart over nine days after the fleet started on Sunday 8th November.
The skipper of Charal finished at 08:15:58 hrs UTC this Saturday 6th February in an elapsed time of 89 days, 18 hours, 58 seconds. He finished 9 days, 15 hours, 12 seconds after winner Yannick Bestaven. Beyou made an extraordinary effort to melt as many seats as possible. But his fourth attempt at a non-stop world race turned out to be a very different challenge than he had hoped. Nevertheless, his main focus for the last four years has been to win the Vendée Globe, his return to the Navy is a great achievement that has earned him great respect among peers and fans of the competition. Beyou’s campaign had all the hallmarks of a race winning programme. The three times winner of La Solitaire du Figaro admitted he learned a lot about how to sustain high speeds and push very hard in the south as a member of the Volvo Ocean Race winning Dongfeng race team. He has has a well funded well structured team, backed at least until 2022 by Charal, a latest-generation boat designed and built before the others (it was launched first of this generation in August 2018) which has benefited from two years of fine-tuning and two seasons of racing. Successes included a podium finish in the Transat Jacques Vabre racing with Christopher Pratt and July victory in the Arctic Vendée Les Sables d’Olonne.
At 44 years of age Beyou was third in the 2016-17 race on his last participation in the Vendée Globe and was setting himself up to win. But technical problems after just three days racing decided otherwise. On the evening of 11th November off Cape Finisterre, after topping the rankings on several occasions Beyou suddenly announced that he was making a U-turn. He sailed back fast to the port of Les Sables d’Olonne to repair, among other things, a snapped starboard running backstay a damaged rudder and some sundry essential composite repairs. The rules allow him to come back only to the start port. There his team are waiting to evaluate and put an immaculately executed pit stop back at the race pontoon. Working around the clock he had until 18th November 14h20 to start the race again.
“What is hard is the decision to turn back. You know that you are immediately being forced to give up all that you have concentrated on during four years of preparation.” said a seemingly broken and defeated Beyou on his arrival at the Port Olona dock. “Now, seeing everyone here again, it brings back a big dose of emotion and it’s not easy to deal with it, really I’d rather be anywhere but here.”
The extended team of experts worked miracles. Among other damage a partial bulkhead in the cockpit also needed to be repaired. But on 17 November at 5.10 pm local time it is mission accomplished, Charal crossed the starting line for the second time. And meantime the fleet on its ninth day at sea was led across the Equator by long time title rival HUGO BOSS skippered by Alex Thomson.Beyou’s race was new and different. He set and valued small daily goals. He had to find reasons to push hard and enjoy and be satisfied with what he was doing in his own bubble, instead of measuring all the time against rivals and rankings. For almost a month he sailed completely alone, chasing the tail of the fleet. The weather in the South Atlantic is not good for him, but in early December he is in The roaring forty overtook their first opponent (Stark) before crossing Cape of Good Hope. At the entrance to the Pacific Beyou has caught up with the next group and then passed Cape Horn in 17th position in the company of Arnaud Boissières and Alan Roura, whom he would overtakes off Argentina. He gradually comes back to the level of Romain Attanasio, who suffers in the doldrums for a very long time. The two men will sail together for the whole of the climb back up the North Atlantic. They pass together inside the Azores archipelago where they are hit by a big depression. And they end one after the other with hours, distance.
32nd position on 29/11/2020 at 09h42 UTC after 20d 20h 22min to 10d 20h 23min from leader HUGO BOSS
Cape of Good Hope
27th on 12/12/2020 01h07 UTC in 33d 11h 47min to 11d 01h 56min of leader Apivia
20th on 23/12/2020 18h58 UTC in 45d 05h 38min to 10d 07h 33min of leader Apivia
17th on 11/01/2021 15h34 UTC in 64d 02h 14min to 9d 01h 52min of the leader Master CoQ IV
14th on 25/01/2021 04h05 UTC in 77d 14h 45min to 8d 08h 53min from the leader Bureau Vallée 2
Max. distance over 24 hours. On 25 December 13:00 UTC: 476.66 nm, at an average speed of 19.9 knots.
From 08 November at 15:00 UTC to 09 November 04:00 UTC for 13:00hrs
From 10 November 04:00 UTC to 10 November 11:00 UTC for 07:00hrs
Charal, VPLP plan (foils) built at CDK Technologies, launched on 18 August 2018
Romain Attanasio crossed the finish line in Sables d’Olonne at 17:06:02 (French time) after 90 days, 2 hours, 46 minutes, and 2 seconds. In total, Romain’s range was 27,596.93 nautical miles, which was covered by an average speed of 12.76 knots. Before sailing, Romain spoke about his desire to improve his ranking from 4 years ago, when he finished 15th. Mission accomplished for the 43-year-old – he finished 14th. For the group of six who are the next – Arnaud Boissières, Kojiro Shiraishi, Stéphane Le Diraison, Pip Hare, Alan Roura and Didac Costa, their last days on the racetrack became less clear with a series of depressions coming from the west. The six are currently sailing in front of this fast-moving front. The wind is shifting to the northwest today, as the front passes with strong sea and gusts. From Monday a second depression will affect Didac Costa, later the rest five racers. The wind of 35 knots with gusts up to 45 knots will also generate a stormy sea with waves up to eight or nine meters. For those who can’t keep up, the southern route will be needed to avoid the strongest winds. Manu Cousin, Clément Giraud and Miranda Merron take advantage of the eastward movement in the high-pressure area, which will allow them to sail on a more direct course. Alexia Barrier and Ari Huusela are close reaching towards the doldrums in a NE’ly trade wind.
15. Kojiro Shiraishi – [DMG MORI Global One ] —> 1,384.29 nm from the finish
16 Arnaud Boissieres – [LA MIE CÂLINE – ARTISANS ARTIPÔLE ] —> 1,406.03 nm from the finish
17. Alan Roura – [ La Fabrique ] —> 1,423.04 nm from the finish
18. Stéphane Le Diraison – [TIME FOR OCEANS ] —> 1,429.31 nm from the finish
19. Pip Hare – [ Medallia ] —> 1,536.36 nm from the finish