New three year program for Jeremie Beyou
Following his second disappointing retirement from the Vendee Globe, Jeremie Beyou is bouncing back with the announcement of a new three year program with his sponsor Maitre CoQ. This will involve two campaigns - one on the Figaro circuit, the other in the IMOCA class. This year the Maitre CoQ campagin's two main events are the Solitaire du Figaro and the Transat Jacques Vabre in November.
Yesterday, Beyou had the chance to sail his new Beneteau Figaro 2 during the season's first practice season at the Pôle Finistère Course au Large training centre in Port La Forêt.
"We had an intense year in 2012," said Beyou. "There were memorable moments which we shared with Maitre CoQ's employees and our co-partners, but it was also a year mainly focused on the technical preparation of our boat for the Vendée Globe. But apart from the Krys Ocean Race on the MOD70 (with Michel Desjoyeaux on Foncia) I have not been racing. So the 2013 season will be completely different for me. I am happy to do a lot of races and resume training. This year, I will give up on the technical side to concentrate on competing - which is what I like!"
While he is competing in the Solitaire du Figaro this year, Beyou says his aim is to win the event in 2015. "So I am approaching the 2013 season with great humility. I left this circuit a year ago and a half and since then, the Figaro sailor have, as always, continued to train and progress. I am no longer the favorite. I'll have to take my bearings and see how I can upgrade: it is a great challenge!"
Beyou has sold his Vendee Globe steed (the 2008 Vendee Globe winner, Foncia) to Joerg Riechers and is now on the hunt for a new boat - presumably one of the ones soon to arrival in Les Sables d'Olonne. Which boats remains to be announced .
"The boat will be launched in early April, and we'll be sailing after that. May and June will be reserved for corporate sailing with our partners. September and October will be devoted entirely to training at the Pole Atlantique Course au Large." '