Baker's boat

Sebastien Josse's Open 60 VMI is christened in Les Sables d'Olonne

Sunday October 13th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: France
Sebastien Josse, the young Figaro sailor who raced around the world earlier this year with Bruno Peyron on board the maxi cat Orange is now in charge of his own Open 60 with the Vendee Globe in his sites. But first there is the little matter of the Route du Rhum next month.

At a party in Les Sables d'Olonne, Josse's boat was recently christened under the colours of her new sponsor, the Vendee-based bakery VMI.

The boat was originally Sodebo, built for shipwrecked Vendee Globe competitor Raphael Dinelli and originally fitted with a canting rig. When relations between Sodebo and Dinelli took a turn for the worse it was Thomas Coville who took over on board as skipper and campaigned this Groupe Finot design in the last Vendee Globe. With the swap of allegance of Coville and his pizza-making sponsor to the 60ft trimaran circuit, Josse bought the boat earlier this year.

The christening was attended by 400 employees of VMI with the champagne being broken by Anne Cogny, an employee of VMI who will also be godmother of the boat and VMI's Christian Vabret, who will be its godfather.

Josse is expecting to leave Les Sables d'Olonne on 25 October to head for St Malo and the start of the Route du Rhum.

"! feel ready. The boat is at the point technically because my team has carried out an excellent work," commented Josse. "I must still spend time at sea to familiarise myself more with the boat and that is what I will do in the days to come."

Sebastien Josse assists VMI' s godmother in the champagne cracking

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