Jérémie Beyou, who returned to Les Sables-d’Olonne on Saturday for a technical problem, finally decided to leave. The one who was one of the big favorites of this edition of the round-the-world solo and non-stop, the start of which was given on Sunday, November 8, will leave the pontoons this Tuesday, around 3 p.m.
Throughout the weekend, the “Charal” technical team harnessed themselves around the foil boat, one of the most powerful in the fleet. The starboard rudder, damaged during an impact with an UFO (unidentified floating object) a week ago, has in particular been replaced. Inspected the monohull was deemed fit to restart.
“I will try to build something different”
The 44-year-old skipper who won the two races of 2020, however, appeared still marked during the press conference organized on Monday. “I have cut everything since Saturday,” says the sailor from “Charal”. The cartography, the Instagram accounts of the other competitors… Except one, I don’t know why, that of Alex Thomson. So I saw that he was in the lead, I’m happy for him. “
Jérémie Beyou will not win the Vendée Globe, in which he is participating for the fourth time (he retired in 2009 and 2013 then finished 3rd in 2017, behind Le Cléac’h and Thomson). “I’m going to try to build something different, without waiting for anything. I want to rediscover the potential of this boat and regain confidence in it, explains the skipper ”. The record of the event (74 days 3h35) remains possible. “It was never something that was a driving force for me in this race,” said the one who dreamed of a victory.
Monday night, the race was still led by Alex Thomson (“Hugo Boss”). Eight days after the start, only Nicolas Troussel (“Corum”) who dismasted on Monday morning gave up.
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