Mission Vendée Globe sailing yachts in open ocean with helicopter overhead

Mission Vendée Globe

The race committee puts their trust in the Privilège Signature 580

It’s been a sailing thriller! After 80 days, 3 hours and 44 minutes, Yannick Bestaven reached the finish line of the 9th Vendée Globe in Les Sables d’Olonne. Boris Herrmann who sailed close behind him shocked the audience by reporting a collision only a few miles before the finish line. The resulting damage cost him valuable time and left him fifth at the finish.

Vendée Globe race committee members on board Privilège Signature 580

The catamaran anchored very calmly at the finish line, so that we hardly felt the rough weather on board. For the Vendée Globe 2024, we would definitely consider her again.

RACE COMMITTEE MEMBER
Vendée Globe

For this year’s Vendée Globe showdown, the new Privilège Signature 580 served as committee yacht, marking the finish line together with a buoy and providing the basis for the Race Committee. Anchoring off the coast of Les Sables d’Olonne she provided a protected shelter from rain and fog as well as an exposed view over the finish line from the elevated position of the flybridge. Around 8:00 pm our skipper Eric Darni took her in position on the choppy sea.

Privilège Signature 580 aft in water lights illuminate ocean water with deep blue color
Vendée Globe race wind condition map
Privilège Signature 580 docked in harbor for Vendée Globe race
Photo take of Vendée Globe race boat at dock from the deck of docked Privilège Signature 580
Privilège Signature 580 sails behind camera and support boats at Vendée Globe race
Photograph from Privilège Signature 580 of Vendée Globe race boat being filmed by helicopter surrounded by support boats
Privilège Signature 580 race committee catamaran motors into harbor for the end of Vendée Globe race

“The catamaran anchored very calmly at the finish line, so that we hardly felt the rough weather on board. Sheltered by the covered cockpit and the glassed saloon, we were glad to observe the finishers comfortably and record the exact arrival times over a long period. For the Vendée Globe 2024, we would definitely consider her again.” said a race committee member of the Vendée Globe after the first long night.

The Vendée Globe and Privilège both share the same founder in Philippe Jeantot and the location of the famous Vendée Globe village. To help create awareness for climate change, Privilège supported Boris Herrmann as a technical partner during this year’s event. Even without winning the race he is the winner of our hearts as he made an important contribution to climate change research.

Boris Herrmann hoisted by crew members after Vendée Globe race with bottle of champagne held high in hand
Crew member holds two ignited red flares in hand on deck Vendée Globe race boat sea explorer
Crew member holds two ignited red flares in hand on bow Vendée Globe race boat sea explorer
Orange smoke signal flows from race boat sea explorer as crew members hold ignited red flares
Team photo of Boris Herrmann and his crew at finish of the Vendée Globe sailboat race

After taking part in all the Globe Series races since 2018 and returning from each one with great results, Boris Herrmann has also been named the IMOCA Globe Series champion. We applaud him on this amazing title and wish him good luck on all the coming races. We also congratulate all Vendée Globe skippers on their great achievement. See you in 2024!

Find out more about the famous race at: www.vendeeglobe.org

Photos & Video: © Martin Keruzoré / Team Malizia, Yvan Zedda / Alea, Eric Darni, Bertrand Serrell

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