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2008 SeaSailSurfers

SeaSailSurfer of December 2008 : Michel Desjoyeaux

From last to 1st in the Vendée Globe

mardi 30 décembre 2008Christophe Guigueno

On December 3rd, Michel Desjoyeaux wasback in the top 10 of the Vendée Globe, 3 weeks after his second start from Les Sables d’Olonne. At the end of the month, he is the leader. Mich’Desj is the SeaSailSurfer of December.

February 2008’ SeaSailSurfer : Jean-Pierre Dick

Winner of the Barcelona World Race Barcelona World Race #barcelonaworldrace with Damian Foxall : Paprec Virbac’ skipper has won the two-handed round the world race with co-skipper Damian Foxall. Does this make Dick one of the top ranked skipper to succeed to Desjoyeaux and Riou in the Vendée Globe ?

In 2005, Dick finished 6th in the Vendée Globe, the non-stop solo round the world yacht race. If he never competed for the win he showed everybody a new approach to concieve an Open 60 monohull. He was the first to ask Farr Yacht Design and has been followed in that way by many skippers. Including himself as he asked the Kiwi designer to design him again the new Paprec Virbac.

After half a round the world race to set sail the new boat to France, and a full one in the BWR, he appears now as one of the top guns for the next Vendée Globe. During this competition (a Vendée Globe prologue) he said he learnt a lot from Damian Foxall, especially to react quickly after technical problems. That will help him a lot next winter, alone.

For the february month, Jean-Pierre Dick is the SeaSailSurfer of the month. With special mentioin to Foxall and to Servane Escoffier who did finished her round the world race without any stop.

SeaSailSurf’s barometer of February 2008

Going Up
;-) ;-) ;-) Lionel Lemonchois Gitana XIII’ skipper adds a nw trophy to his collection with the New York - San Francisco New York - San Francisco #NewYorkSanFrancisco record.
;-) ;-) Seve Jardin Young Aussie win the skiff Skiff #skiff world champ at his second attempt.
;-) Alex Thomson Finishing second of the BWR, the Brit shows he is able to finish a round the world race.
Going Down
:s-( Bernaz & Le Breton The place to Bejing will go to one of them in France Team. But they finished only 18 and 20 in the Laser world.
:-( :-( Leboucher & Garos French 470 sailors finied ahead Charbonnier & Bosset in qualification races but let them the place in France team for Bejing.
:-( :-( :-( Franck Cammas Groupama 3’ skipper capsized away from New Zealand during the Jules Verne Trophy. But crew are safe and sponsor will rebuilt the giant trimaran.

Dans la même rubrique

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SeaSailSurfer of the month : Armel Cléac’h, SeaSailSurfer of August 2003

SeaSailSurfer of the month : Samuel Manuard, SeaSailSurfer of June 2003

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