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Stamm to appeal Vendee Globe disqualification

Swiss skipper attempting to get testimony from skipper of Russian ship

Friday January 4th 2013, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

The harsh disqualification from the Vendee Globe of Bernard Stamm and his yacht Cheminees Poujoulat has caused an outcry across the sailing world.

Stamm has announced that he will appeal his disqualification but in order to do this, must present new information to be considered.

Bernard Bonneau, President of the International Jury, commented: “We received an email yesterday from Bernard asking us to reopen his case. In this email, Bernard wants to have the Professor Khromov Captain’s testimony. We respect this and we will wait for this testimony. There won’t be any decision made today because it’s too complicated to contact every jury member.”

Until the information has been reviewed and a final verdict has been delivered the race office will continue to include Bernard Stamm’s positions and ranking in the four hourly reports (they had previously stopped tracking Stamm).

Stamm gave this heartfelt response. “The conditions currently are particularly difficult, but I wanted to tell you how much your messages have touched my heart. Receiving all this support from the racers means a lot to me.

"To the ones still competing, or the others, I want to tell you how proud I am to be a member of this fleet. To those who have asked the organisers to take me back in the race, I want to thank you once again, because it’s the proof that solidarity exists amongst each other. I also want to acknowledge the role of the IMOCA class and especially the chairman, Luc Talbourdet. Our class is beautiful and you direct it along the right path.

"I don’t know what the final decision will be, but whatever it is, I will continue to fight with all my strength. I wish you all to continue this wonderful fight we have started since we left Les Sables d'Olonne. The Vendée Globe is part of my life for nearly 15 years and I never had the privilege of finishing it. It may not be this time, but I will do everything to bring my boat back and to be proud of my adventure. Nobody will be able to take from me. Good luck to all and thank you again!" 

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