A few weeks after the end of her eventful collaboration with her sponsor Banque Populaire, Clarisse Crémer should leave for a new challenge allowing her to be at the start of the next Vendée Globe.
The navigator should take part in the solo world tour aboard… the boat which was intended for her and which Banque Populaire had bought last year, a few months before the highly publicized divorce between the two parties.
According to the Figaro Nautisme website, skipper Alex Thomson (second in the Vendée Globe 2016) has acquired this Imoca (ex-Apivia) belonging to Charlie Dalin who sold it at the end of the Route du Rhum 2022. Not having the intention of being at the start of the 2024 edition, the Welshman should rent the boat to the Parisian by birth.
However, it will have to find funding and quickly set up a project with a new sponsor.
However, the file seems to be on the right track.
Clarisse will undoubtedly surprise many people by succeeding in setting up a major sports and marketing project in a few weeks
", slipped in a well-informed member of the Imoca class.
Still according to Figaro Nautisme, the 33-year-old sailor and young mother should also be able to benefit from an invitation to take part in the next Vendée Globe without having to fill in all the qualification boxes.
An obstacle at the origin of its separation from Banque Populaire.
In fact, after giving birth to her child, she was unable to accumulate the miles necessary for her registration.
The race direction being inflexible on the point of the regulations, Banque Populaire had been forced to dismiss Clarisse Crémer.
A decision that had been the source of a big controversy.
Two weeks later, the banking group announced its outright withdrawal from the Vendée Globe 2024.