SAILING: Manu COUSIN and Alexia BARRIER, together on the Transat Jacques Vabre 2021

SAILING: Manu COUSIN and Alexia BARRIER, together on the Transat Jacques Vabre 2021

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Manuel Cousin and Alexia Barrier, together in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2021.

Manu Cousin and Alexia Barrier, competitors in the last Vendée Globe, will be co-skippers in the next Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre 2021, on the Imoca Groupe Setin 4myplanet.

Manu Cousin, 23rd in the Vendée Globe, and Alexia Barrier, 24th, completed their first round the world a few days apart. During these 3 months of racing, they communicated, supported each other and discussed their concerns. Sailing together this transatlantic seemed to them the continuity of their round the world trip.

"I have discovered Alexia in the last few years and I really like the way she sailed in addition to appreciating the person. I think we have great things to write about this 2021 program together. ”Explains Manu Cousin.

As for Alexia, she said: "With Manu, we get along very well, we supported each other in the preparation for the Vendée Globe and during the round the world trip. We talked a lot. I am delighted to be sailing his boat, which has undergone extensive modifications. I can not wait to see that. "

A sports program

The Imoca Groupe Setin 4myplanet, currently under construction in Port-La-Forêt at Mer Agitée, will be launched in mid-July. Therefore, the two sailors have established a complete sports program including training and races of the Imoca Globe Series 2021 championship, such as the Rolex Fastnet Race, which is scheduled to start on August 8, the Défi Azimut from September 15 to 19, 2021 and the Coffee Route next November.

A sporting and ... committed project

Beyond the sporting aspect that unites them, it is also their common and complementary commitments. They will thus embark a profiler from the Unesco program in partnership with Imoca, defend the protection of the oceans with the 4myplanet association, create an educational kit in the continuity of the kits produced by Alexia on all of its races and support the Coup de Pouce association, whose vision is that academic success is a right for every child. Thus the keywords of their duo will be: sport, science, environment and education.

The duo can't wait to get back to sea, by then, Alexia has already planned to go to the yard to see the developments of the Imoca, accompanied by Manu who will be able to explain all the changes made following the Vendée Globe 2020-21. .