Landed by Banque Populaire at the end of March, Clarisse Crémer found a sponsor, L’Occitane en Provence, to participate in the Vendée Globe 2024.
Landed by Banque Populaire after her maternity, Clarisse Crémer has found a smile and should be able to be at the start of the Vendée Globe 2024. At 33, the sailor announced on Wednesday that she had reached an agreement with a new sponsor, in this case L’Occitane in Provence.
The sailor has joined the team of Briton Alex Thomson, recent buyer of the ex-Apivia that Banque Populaire intended for her, and will take over the helm of this Imoca for two years thanks to the partnership of L’Occitane in Provence. The 48-year-old British skipper, who has participated in the Vendée Globe five times, is committed to supporting and uniting know-how in order to build a determined and enthusiastic team.
Clarisse Crémer will thus reconnect with competition in order to once again experience the rhythm of a Vendée Globe. Seven years after discovering ocean racing and two years after a first round the world where she achieved the best female performance in history (87 days).
A new ambitious time trial
The project of the sailor and her new sponsor thus carries a real ambition since she will set off at the helm of the ex-Apivia, one of the most efficient boats of her generation. On board, Charlie Dalin won the Transat Jacques Vabre (2019) and finished 2nd in the Vendée Globe (2021) and the Route du Rhum (2022).
A time trial now begins with the aim of shaping the technical team, taking control of the boat, defining the competition calendar and starting the qualifying mile race for the Vendée Globe. Be that as it may, given the buzz triggered by her disembarkation, it seems likely that if the sailor did not manage to qualify by the mile race, she would receive an invitation from the organization thus ensuring his participation in the solo round-the-world trip.
“I have the Vendée Globe 2024 in mind”
«I am particularly happy and proud to be able to start this new adventure with L’Occitane en Provence. said the navigator. I’ve had the 2024 Vendée Globe in mind since my last visit to the Cape of Good Hope and it’s a privilege to have them by my side to pursue this challenge! These last few months have been intense, sometimes hard, but I will nevertheless always remain grateful to all those who believed in me and who allowed me, year after year, to progress and take part in the major events of ocean racing. Today I’m focused on the future: it’s a great joy to have an extraordinary boat and a great team to accompany me on this adventure, and I can’t wait to get back to sailing. The starting line of the Vendée Globe is still a long way off, there are still many challenges to be met, but I am putting all my energy into the success of this project to prove that with desire, determination and the right partners, we can make fairer society, business and sport. »
“One of the most talented navigators”
« Clarisse is one of the most talented sailors in ocean racing and she deserves to be at the start of the Vendée Globe next year launched on his side Alex Thomson. My team and I are delighted that L’Occitane en Provence is supporting Clarisse for the Vendée Globe. We want to prove that becoming a mother doesn’t change anything about the athlete you are. We intend to provide Clarisse with all the tools that will allow her to compete fairly. »
Tanguy Le Turquais also in the game
Clarisse Crémer’s companion, skipper Tanguy Le Turquais should also be on the starting line of the Vendée Globe 2024, with an IMOCA in the colors of Lazare, the homeless association. A boat also accompanied by Hellio, a key player in energy efficiency following the signing of a partnership. The objective and the ambition: to put the spotlight on the association to make visible the invisible of the street.
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