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8 February 2005, 02:43 pm
Sébastien JOSSE Finishes in Fifth Place
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Vendée Globe
Les Sables d'Olonne, France

At 12:04:10 GMT today, Tuesday 8 February 2005 the 60 foot monohull VMI skippered by Sébastien JOSSE crossed the finish line of the Vendée Globe 2004, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France.

Josse's race time for the 23 680 miles is 93 days 00 hours and 02 minutes and 10 seconds at an average theoretical speed across the course of 10.61 knots.

References (GMT):

Start and finish: Les Sables d'Olonne (France)

Number of miles to cover: 23 680 miles

Start date: Sunday 7 November 2004 at 1202 GMT

Date of first arrival: Vincent Riou (PRB) on Wednesday 2 February 2005 at 22hr 49mn 55sec GMT.

Date of second arrival: Jean Le Cam (Bonduelle) on Thursday 3 February 2005 at 05hr 22mn 08sec GMT.

Date of third arrival: Mike Golding (Ecover) on Friday 4 February 2005 at 03 hr 17 minutes 13 seconds GMT.

Date of fourth arrival: Dominique Wavre (Temenos) on Tuesday 8 February 2005 at 05 hr 15 minutes 20 seconds GMT.

Josse's Race time: 93 days 00 hours 02 minutes 10 seconds.

Delay behind leader:.5 days 13 hours 14 minutes 15 seconds.

Sébastien Josse's Race (VMI):

Equator : 10 days 17 hours 58 minutes (18/11 at 0600 GMT)

Cape of Good Hope : 25 days 17 hours 30 minutes (3/12 at 0532 GMT)

Cape Leeuwin : 37 days 17 hours 48 minutes (15/12 at 0550 GMT)

Cape Horn : 60 days 11 hours 22 minutes (6/01 at 2324 GMT)

Equator : 77 days 1 hour 58 minutes (23/01 at 1400 GMT)

Finish : 93 days 0 hours 02 minutes 10 seconds

Portrait of Sébastien Josse

It was when he saw Alain GAUTIER's pictures of the Vendée Globe (92-93) that Sébastien JOSSE, then aged just 18, told himself that one day he too would take part in this great adventure. The huge surf in the Southern Seas impressed him enough on TV, but it was the reality of the region that really attracted him.

Twelve years later his dream started to take shape. However, it wasn't enough for Sébastien JOSSE just to take part. On board a fairly old boat (1998) with a fixed keel, 'Jojo' surprised more than one. In the first half of the course, the youngest competitor never left the front of the fleet, having a fabulous race. He was one of the great revelations of this Vendée Globe. Unfortunately on the 23 December, to the south of New Zealand, an iceberg lay right in front of his path and literally brought his dream to a halt.

The race may have been over, but not the adventure of the Vendée Globe… In his damaged boat, Josse set about another challenge; finishing the Vendée Globe as best he could. An experienced Figaro contender, co-holder of the Jules Verne Trophy aboard Orange I from 2002 to 2004, the skipper of VMI is at ease on all sorts of boat. Aged nearly 30, Sébastien Josse is the leading light in the new generation of sailors.

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