Vendée Globe 2020, the technological challenge is getting ready in the heart of the Bretagne Sailing Valley®3 min de lecture

On 8th November last, the Vendée Globe racers set off on a new round-the-world sailing race. These exceptional racers are sailing on racing cars, most of which are designed, manufactured and equipped in the heart of the Bretagne Sailing Valley®.

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Of the 33 boats to set off on the “Everest of the Seas”:

  • 18 (nearly 55%) were conceived and designed in Brittany, including 5 of the 8 new generation boats,
  • 16 (more than 50%) manufactured on the territory, including 5 of the 8 boats of the new generation,
  • And, as far as the skippers are concerned, whether or not they are natives of the area, 20 (over 60%) are installed with their team in the heart of the Bretagne Sailing Valley®.

In order to showcase Breton expertise, BDI has organised, through its Eurolarge programme, a series of video-cafés every Thursday in October. In 5 episodes, we offer you the opportunity to watch this series of enlightening content on current affairs related to competitive sailing and the Vendée Globe. All the videos contains Englis subtitles. 

1) Why do sponsors choose IMOCA Class boats as a communication medium?

Four speakers were connected to the webinar to express their point of view: Antoine Mermod, président of IMOCA, Fabrice Amedeo, skipper of Newrest-Art & Fenêtres, David Sineau, team-manager of Initiatives Cœur, and Philippe Hassel, director of communication of the Apicil Group , partner of Damien Seguin.

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2) Racing Around The World. How Do The Skippers Adapt To Their Machines?

The second Visio-Café invited four speakers : Charlie Dalin, the Apivia skipper, Quentin Lucet, architect from VPLP, Laure Jacolot, doctor at the Finistère offshore racing centre, and Ariane Pehrson, founder of Saveurs & Logistique.

3) The technologies used aboard the flying boats, the latest developments in terms of design and construction »

The 3rd meeting was about « The technologies used aboard the flying boats, the latest developments in terms of design and construction » with three speakers : Luc Talbourdet, founder of Avel Robotics, Yann Dollo, CEO of CDK Technologies and the boat designer, Sam Manuard.

4) Going digital for performance and security 

The 4th meeting was about the digital and the security on board. It gathers 4 speakers : BSB Marine boss Gaetan Gouerou, Jean-François Cuzon, who runs Pixel sur Mer, Olivier Douillard, founder of Aim 45, and Henry de Malet a research engineer at NKE Marine.

5) How technology from racing boats is being used aboard commercial shipping


The final one was shown on 29th October and was dedicated to the transfer of technology from sail boats to merchant shipping.

Marc Van Peteghem, co-founder of the VPLP design team, Yann Penfornis, managing director of the Multiplast yard and Vincent Drévillon, assistant director at Pixel sur Mer, talked about this important process of diversification concerning all those involved in the sector.

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For any information, do not hesitate to contact us !
Carole BOURLON, Head of competitive sailing and composite sector – +33 (0)2 97 88 23 23