Skip to main content

Vendée victims

Seventeen of the 30 sailors had retired from the race as of late January.

A look at who they are and what went wrong.

Nov. 11

Image placeholder title

Kito de

Pavant, Groupe Bel


Nov. 11

Yannick Bestaven,


Nov. 11

Marc Thiercelin, DCNS


Nov. 18

Alex Thomson, Hugo Boss

Cracked hull,

port side.

Nov. 26

Jeremie Beyou, Delta Dore


starboard side spreaders.

Dec. 7

Unai Basurko, Pakea Bizkaia

Damaged starboard rudder box.

Dec. 13

Dominique Wavre, Temenos II

Shattered keel head prohibits canting.

Dec. 15

Loick Peyron, Gitana Eighty

Mast snapped multiple times in 30 knots of wind.

Dec. 15

Image placeholder title

Bernard Stamm, Cheminees


Went aground in 40- to 45-knot winds.

Dec. 16

Mike Golding, Ecover

Dismasted in a 55-knot squall.

Dec. 16

Image placeholder title

Jean-Baptiste Dejeanty, Maisonneuve

Halyards and

autopilot difficulties.

Image placeholder title

Dec. 20

Yann Elies, Generali

Broken left thighbone in

 rough waters; thrown

against bow pulpit while

prepping a sail.

Dec. 29

Image placeholder title

Derek Hatfield,

Algimouss Spirit of Canada

Knocked down with bare poles;

damage to the spreaders.

Dec. 29

Image placeholder title

Sebastien Josse, BT

Knocked down at 65 knots in a snow squall in the Roaring 40s;

serious damage.

Jan. 1

Image placeholder title

Jean-Pierre Dick,

Paprec-Virbac 2

Lost port rudder after

collision with an

unidentified object.

Jan. 4

Jonny Malbon, Artemis

Delaminated mainsail

Jan. 6

Jean Le Cam,

VM Materiaux

Keel bulb snapped off, boat capsized.

See related story: "Pain, perseverance in the Vendée Globe."

This article originally appeared in the March 2009 issue.