January 2nd, 2009
DESJOYAUX WINS VENDEE GLOBE USING D4® TECHNOLOGY
Michel Desjoyaux was the first to cross the finish line at the harbour of 'Les Sables D'Olonne' on the french atlantic coast.
The 43yr old frenchman completed the race in a record 84 days, 3 hrs, 9 mins on his boat Fonica. The record was previously held by fellow frenchman Vincent Riou. Desjoyaux acheived his second victory, having won the race eight years ago, but this time breaking the course record by over 3 days.
The Vendee Globe takes the competitors from 'Les Sables D'Olonne' around the world completely un-aided, and back to France through some of the worlds most treacherous oceans.
Another Frenchman Roland Jourdain is presently in 2nd place, approximately 1300 miles astern, and is expected to finish within the next 3-4 days (fingers crossed). Whilst Desjoyaux was crossing the line only 12 of the original 30 starters were still in the race. Several world reknown yachtsmen have had to retire, amongst them the two Swiss sailors Dominique Wavre and Bernhard Stamm, both who had to pull out in mid December.
We would like to congratulate Michel on his outstanding success and are very proud to have contributed, together with Incidence Sails, in this victory.
As we write this the next four yachts in the race are all using D4® Technology, and are all expected to finish within the next seven days.
The Vendée Globe - www.vendeeglobe.org/en - is considered to be the toughest yacht race in the world, 27,000 miles non-stop around the world ALONE.