VENDEE GLOBE 2009 WINNER
Sunday February 1st, 2009
Desjoyeaux wins Vendee Globe.
43 year old Michel Desjoyeaux Has won the Vendee Globe.
Michel Desjoyeaux time of 84 days 3 hours and 9 minutes has smashed Rious 2004 record of 87 days.
He is also the first person to win this incredible event twice, after just beating one of Harbourguides favourite sailors Ellen MacArthur back in 2001.
'I still don't understand how I'm here like this. I just tried to sail my boat as well as I could. A race is won largely before it begins with experience and preparation - 80% before, 20% during the race by working hard.
'I didn't need to push too hard, wasn't stressed at any point, and it seemed very easy. Even 25th December with a rudder problem I dealt with it. I didn't sit there worrying about it.'
If you remember back to the beginning of the race Desjoyeaux had to return to Sables d'Olonne for electrical repairs that cost him almost two days on the leaders.
The Harbourguides Crew would like to congratulate Michel on his victory and all the competitors just for entering this incredible event.
Bring on the next Vendee!
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