On the main beach in Les Sables d'Olonne, Bruno Retailleau, Louis Guédon and several members of the General Council of the Vendée handed prizes to the eleven skippers who have completed their round the world race. From Bernard Stamm to Alex Thomson, Armel Le Cléac'h and François Gabart, each one of them had his moment. In addition to their trophies, Jean-Pierre Dick and Tanguy de Lamotte received respectively the Fighting Palm and the Emotion Palm, awarded by Sodebo and the Internet users.
For the fourth time, the awards ceremony took place on the main beach in Les Sables d'Olonne. About 100.000 people attended the hour and half show, where they were able to see on giant screens (over 500sq meters) the most beautiful images of the Vendée Globe and a 15 minutes retrospective film of the race.
For the first time, images of the film "En Solitaire" were presented with the exceptional presence of the main actor François Cluzet. The show ended with a firework display.
François Gabart Immortalized on the Rembla!
May 11, 2013 was a busy day for François Gabart. The sixth winner in the history of the Vendée Globe has left his fingerprints on his "Walk of Fame" plate, just like the five previous winners did before him (Titouan Lamazou, Alain Gautier, Christophe Auguin Vincent Riou and Michel Desjoyeaux twice): a strong moment for the youngest winner of this event, surrounded by some of his predecessors and several competitors of this year edition.
"I still cannot realize ... I saw so many people during three months, including tonight. What I know is that I realized my dream and I also made people dream. Especially since I was not expected at this stage. It's a great surprise for MACIF too. I do not know why, but I had to do this Vendée Globe, I needed it. And now that it's done, I'm very happy. I hope to be back one day." François Gabart (skipper of MACIF, Vendée Globe winner)
"The fight with François and the others was very intense. But once again living this adventure was something beautiful. My best memory was to see this crowd welcomed me after my world tour. These images will remain forever, that's the Vendée Globe magic." Armel Le Cléac'h (skipper of Banque Populaire, second place of the Vendée Globe)
Photos and videos available in press area of vendeeglobe.org
Vendée Globe 2012-2013 final leaderboard
1- François Gabart (FRA/MACIF) 78d 02h 18'
2- Armel Le Cléac´h (FRA/Banque Populaire) 78d 05h 33' (+3h17')
3- Alex Thomson (GBR/Hugo Boss) 80d 19h 23' (+2d 13h 49')
4- Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA/Virbac-Paprec 3) 86d 03h 03' (+8d 00h 47')
5- Jean Le Cam (FRA/SynerCiel) 88d 00h 12' (+9d 21h 56')
6- Mike Golding (GBR/Gamesa) 88d 06h 36' (+10d 04h 19')
7- Dominique Wavre (SUI/Mirabaud) 90j 03h 14' (+12d 00h 58')
8- Arnaud Boissières (FRA/AKENA Vérandas) 91d 02h 09' (+12d 23h 52')
9- Bertrand de Broc (FRA/Votre Nom autour du Monde avec EDM Projets) 92d 17h 10' (+14d 14h 53')
10- Tanguy de Lamotte (FRA/Initiatives-coeur) 98d 21h 56' (+20d 19h 39')
11- Alessandro Di Benedetto (FRA-ITA/Team Plastique) 104d 02h 34' (+26d 00h 17')
Bernard Stamm (SUI/Cheminées Poujoulat), disqualified
Did not finish
Marc Guillemot (FRA/Safran): Lost keel on November 10
Kito de Pavant (FRA/Groupe Bel): Hit a fishing boat on November 12
Louis Burton (FRA/Bureau Vallée): Hit a fishing boat on November 14
Sam Davies (GBR/Savéol): Dismasted on November 15
Jérémie Beyou (FRA/Maître CoQ): Broken keel jack issue on November 17
Zbigniew Gutkowski (POL/ENERGA) : Autopilot issue on November 21
Vincent Riou (FRA/PRB): Hit an UFO on November 24
Javier Sanso (ESP/ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered): Capsised on February 3