Volvo Ocean Race, Desjoyeaux drops the ball.


Give or treat yourself to a subscription to the print + digital Journal of Sailing and for only 69 euros a year you get the magazine at home plus read it on your PC, smartphone and tablet. With a sea of advantages.

winning team does not change, a losing team does. Let’s not deny it: everyone expected more from the Spaniards of MAPFRE, who finished the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race (from Alicante, Spain, to Cape Town, South Africa) in last place. Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez are phenomena, but most importantly on board was the “professor,” Michel Desjoyeaux, one of the world’s strongest ocean sailors (he is the only one to have twice won the Vendée Globe, the non-stop solo round-the-world race). But evidently things on board did not go smoothly. It was clear from the outset that Desjoyeaux would not participate in all the stages, but his departure after the first stopover was not planned (although, a statement specifies, he will have an advisory role on the ground). The name of his replacement has not yet been announced.

Desjoyeaux said, “The decision to no longer sail aboard MAPFRE was made jointly by the team and myself. This is not an easy decision to make, but these are common issues in a working group. Even though I won’t be sailing anymore, I don’t think I wasted my time, in fact MAPFRE is a great team with great sailors.” For its part, the Spanish team did not comment on crew changes but wanted to emphasize that despite some engine and battery problems and minor damage, the boat arrived in Cape Town in relatively good condition.

Meanwhile, another turnover aboard the Spanish boat has been announced: Jean-Luc Nélias, one of the key members of Groupama’s winning crew in the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, will assume the role of navigator on board from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi, which will depart South Africa on Nov. 19. The transalpine Nélias was a navigator for Franck Cammas and contributed to the victory in the 2011/12 edition. He replaces the other Frenchman Nico Lunven who was part of MAPFRE’s group during the first stage.



Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Check out the latest issue

Are you already a subscriber?

Ultimi annunci
Our social

Sign up for our Newsletter

We give you a gift

Sailing, its stories, all boats, accessories. Sign up now for our free newsletter and receive the best news selected by the Sailing Newspaper editorial staff each week. Plus we give you one month of GdV digitally on PC, Tablet, Smartphone. Enter your email below, agree to the Privacy Policy and click the “sign me up” button. You will receive a code to activate your month of GdV for free!

Once you click on the button below check your mailbox



You may also be interested in.

Cino Ricci

Cino Ricci honored by America’s Cup Hall of Fame

Vincenzo “Cino” Ricci, strictly Cino to everyone, the legendary skipper of Azzurra and initiator of the first Italian challenge to the Cup in 1983, was honored with an award from the America’s Cup Hall of Fame. The Romagnolo, who will


Sign in