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Jean-Luc van den Heede (71)

France

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Name Jean-Luc van den Heede

Born June 8th 1945

Nationality French

Country of entry France

Jean-Luc van den Heede is the Father figure of French solo sailing. The 5-time circumnavigator already holds the record for the fastest solo west-about non-stop circumnavigation against the prevailing winds and currents, and has been a podium finisher in four previous solo round the world races. He finished 2nd in the 1986 BOC Challenge Around Alone Race, 3rd in the 1990 Vendee Globe Race, 2nd in the 1993 Vendee Globe, and 3rd in the 1995 BOC Challenge Around Alone Race. Van den Heede bought a Rustler 36 class yacht in august 2015 and spent the first few months test sailing her out in the Atlantic before commencing a complete refit in his home port of La Sables d’Olonne.

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Jean Luc van den Heede has completed a 6 month refit of his Rustler 36 class yacht, replacing her mast, rigging, ropes and engine. He also completed the compulsory test sail under jury rig and plans to spend the 2016/17 winter months sailing her in the English Channel and Bay of Biscay to test the yacht in strong winds.

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