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Roland Jourdain Steps Forward - A Revolution in the Vendee Globe?

by on 7 Nov 2000
On Saturday morning, a skippers' briefing was held in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, at the Seashells Museum.

The meeting began with discussions relating to the race but
concerns arose quickly regarding the weather forecast.

It is going to be pure hell out there, in the bay of Biscay, on
Sunday night: 50 knot winds, gusting 60 to 65 knots, maddening
seas and 7-8 meter troughs. "Don't you care about sending us out
there in 60 knot winds, close hauled in the Bay of Biscay? We are
constantly being reminded of how important safety is, so it may be
wise to make a decision. We are sailors, not kamikazes!"
exclaimed Roland Jourdain.
Thierry Dubois, who capsized and was rescued in the 96-97
edition, agreed wholeheartedly.

Both Dominique Wavre and Marc Thiercelin spoke out, "Who wants to go? Let's vote on it".
18 voted for a delayed start, Yves Parlier wanted to abide by the rules which stipulate that all boats must cross
the start line but have 10 days to officially leave Les Sables d'Olonne, Di Gregario, Carpentier, Seeten and
Coville did not pronounce a vote. Eric Dumont was not present.

On Friday, Philippe Jeantot stated his desire to maintain the start, which was set for Sunday. For safety
reasons, Jeantot was forced to concede. "I cannot go against their collective will and seamanship."

The start is therefore advanced to Tuesday, November 7th, at 13:11 GMT+1.

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