Les Sables d’Olonne, France (5 March 2021) – When the Finnish solo skipper Ari Huusela crossed the finish line of the year 2020 -2021 Vendée Globe this morning at 08:35:46 a.m. UTC in the spring morning sunshine, light winds and mirror-smooth seas, to take part in the solo non-stop race the world 25th Taking up space was the definitive conclusion to an ocean racing dream that has taken up almost all of his free time over the past 22 years

The elapsed time for Huusela is 116 days, 18 hours, 15 minutes, and 46 seconds 36 days after winner Yannick Bestaven and Charlie Dalin crossed the finish line

Huusela’s low-risk “One Chance Only” race around the planet was conducted with the judicious weather management and safety precautions one would expect from a long-haul pilot who always wanted the 58-year-old at his own Ocean Racing Pinnacle event at the 58-year-old give absolute best chance to finish the course

Huusela is an airline maintenance engineer who turned professional pilot and has been an avid amateur ocean racer since 1999 when he first drove a tiny Mini650 across the Atlantic He is the first skipper of a Nordic nation to start and complete the Vendée Globe

He may be the last finisher to cross the finish line in 25th place after a record entry of 33 skippers on 8 November breaks through, but it is doubtful that there is a sailor in this race who takes more pleasure in him almost every day of the race

“I cried most of the last night, I thought about it for so long,” said Huusela with “I’m very grateful to my team. Without them I wouldn’t be here and for Alex Thomson, who pushed me and me first helped a lot to get the project started. And this greeting here today is so touching
“To have participated in all the starts of this race since 1996 and to finally be done today, to see all these people at sea, in the canal and now in the country, is just amazing, to be able to enjoy it myself. I am so happy that Les Sables d’Olonne and the Vendée organize this race It’s just wonderful to see these lovely people from Les Sables d’Olonne taking care of us and being out here this morning ”

And while he was quickly building his reputation as the “super lucky sailor” of the race, he also had tough times, especially when striking back the Atlantic in great, confused seas

“The hardest part was when the boat slammed when the sea conditions were so awful and confused that the boat slammed and at the time im popped I thought the boat was going to break into pieces and it was so uncomfortable at that time Being a boat took two or three days and I called Niina (his partner and project manager) and said I had reached a point where I hoped the boat would break in two and I could be rescued from a cargo ship will and save me ”

Both technically and mentally, he suffered his biggest setbacks very early in the race, in the first few weeks. After Huusela overcame these small problems himself, the two main modes have since been either “Happy” or “Super Happy”

As he closes a Vendée Globe that has the highest number of finishes ever – 25, seven more than in 2016-17 when 11 of the 29 skippers that were abandoned start – Huusela can also reflect that he is almost everyone in the race was the way around

It wasn’t until the last two weeks of the course that he finally lost touch with his closest rival when Alexia Barrier fled the high pressure zone south of the Azores to move several hundred miles ahead of the Finnish skipper, who had suffered three frustrating days crawling at under five knots and only doing about 50 miles a day

When Huusela spoke a few days before his arrival, he confirmed again that his only main goal was always the goal. If he was in the last position, that wouldn’t concern him

“I’m not worried at all I’m just super happy to be in the race and to be where I am When I started the race I would have liked to have done it in 110 days, but it doesn’t matter to me whether it’s 150 days That’s fine as long as I’m done I knew I would be far from the others The most important thing is to deal with a solid boat in good shape ”

The completion of the Vendée Globe marks the culmination of a career in ocean racing that began in the mini class in the late 1990s.He completed the Mini Transat in 1999 on a Finnish boat designed by Kamu Strahlmann and previously in the 1997 race was sailed

He finished 13th out of 16 finishers, one place behind French skipper Yannick Bestaven.In recent years, he has bought the Andrew Cape-designed former Aberdeen Asset Management, which Sam Davies placed 11th in the 2001 race Place was sailed

For reasons that he still does not fully understand, he was not allowed to start the 2003 Mini Transat race – because the organizers said he had not collected enough miles on his “new boat”. He fearlessly sold the boat to Isabelle Joschke and helped her start class before finding his previous Mini, which was in disrepair in a field in Ireland. So he completely upgraded the boat and rode the 2007 Mini Transat on 37th place

Seven years later, after a spell, he returned with F18 catamarans off the coast to realize his dream of the Vendée Globe and took up the Solo Route du Rhum on a Pogo 40 in the Rhum class and sailed on steady race to ninth place

But the Vendée Globe was always his goal and in April 2018 he bought the Owen Clarke design, which was launched as Dee Caffaris AVIVA for the 2008/09 race and which she also used for the 2010/11 Barcelona World Race Corbella went with Anna

In the time he had from flying the Airbus 350 for his job, he prepared his campaign for the Route du Rhum 2018 to Guadeloupe, on which he finished in 2018 and the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2019, with Mikey Ferguson the 26th Taken place His goals have always been modest, as have his budgets He just got enough miles and experience for his Vendée Globe challenge

The summer before the start, he secured sponsorship from STARK, one of the largest Finnish building materials groups. While participating in their program, he won three national sponsorship awards in his homeland, where Huusela has become a national hero with a large following

When he on 8 Leaving the dock for his Vendée Globe on November 11th, it was an emotional moment.It was the fifth time he was at Les Sables d’Olonne for the first time and this time he crossed the border

In fact, he settled into his routine early on, even if he felt a little more nervous than his “normal” transatlantic races to which he had become accustomed

His confidence was weakened when he flattened in the first major front system followed by an electrical problem – his batteries were overcharged by the hydrator, resulting in a complete system failure – Huusela worried that his race would be plagued by daily problems

“At first it was like the Route du Rhum or the Mini Transat or the Transat Jacques Vabre,” he asked himself. “But I had a bad time in the doldrums with lots of thunderstorms and rain like I’ve never seen before I thought I was drowning in the rain and after that it was annoying to face the wind for the first time while I didn’t like it

“After that it was so nice to sail to South Africa that I really got involved and enjoyed sailing under my A3, my largest code sail. At one point under South Africa we had three boats within a mile, Clement Giraud, Séb Destremau and me and I took photos and it was really cool It was sunny with nice days with easy kilometers It wasn’t really like the big south ”

He has set strict wind limits for his route – a maximum of 30 knots before the wind – in order to minimize the burden on himself and the boat, for which he has a considerable financial credit and which he therefore has on his return in had to sell in good condition

“I stick to my comfort zone, a slower, longer route, but I’m always so happy to be here I feel safe and I felt the boat was safe So I can stay in the race ”

At Cape Leeuwin, to the north, he stayed away from a nasty low-pressure system through which his closest rival and runner-up Alexia Barrier was sailing

“I just didn’t want to be in those areas. I enjoyed the stable conditions and the easy miles and I was sure I could keep the boat in one piece. The main thing was to finish the race for me I don’t think that I’ll ever have the chance to do a big project like this again and so I have to make it to the end ”

His toughest days were wiping out a few days after takeoff and when he was forced through a 40-50 knot storm to get to Cape Horn

“The boat was flattened and the mast was in the water, I’ve never seen that before, so this night was really, really bad, just a few days after the race

“The strong headwind that was coming into Cape Horn was so bad with the waves that I had two erasures with the waves, but they weren’t that bad as the mast didn’t hit the water, but it was scary ”

In fact, he was not very isolated and alone in Cape Horn, but in close company with Alexia Barrier and Sam Davies, who did their Vendée Globe outside of the race, and he enjoyed and benefited from contact with them and many other skippers the ascent up the Atlantic

“But the worst parts of the last time have struck in the terrible waves of the Atlantic, that was really bad for me and the boat”

The final days of his race, spring sunshine and shallow seas were a fair reward for Ari Huusela, who has become a huge national hero at home in Finland, as well as a cherished one for his apparent memory of this Vendée Globe endless good-humored Christmas advent messages and his daily video reports from the super happy sailor on ‘STARK IMOCA Vendée Globe 2020’ …

Final Results (Top 10 of 33) *
1 Yannick Bestaven, Maître CoQ IV – Done Jan 28 (03:19:46) – 80: 03: 44: 46
2 Charlie Dalin, Apivia – Done Jan 27 (19:35:47) – 80: 06: 15: 47
3 Louis Burton, Bureau Vallee 2 – Done Jan 27 (23:45:12) – 80: 10: 25: 12
4 Jean Le Cam, yes we cam! – Done Jan 28 (19:19:55) – 80: 13: 44: 55
5 Boris Herrmann, Seaexplorer Yacht Club De Monaco – Done Jan 28 (10:19:45) – 80: 14: 59: 45
6 Thomas Ruyant, LinkedOut – Done Jan 28 (04:42:01) – 80: 15: 22: 01
7 Damien Seguin, Groupe Apicil – Done Jan 28 (11:18:20) – 80: 21: 58: 20
8 Giancarlo Pedote, Prysmian Group – Done Jan 28 (12:02:20) – 80: 22: 42: 20
9 Benjamin Dutreux, Omia – Water Family – Done Jan 29 (09:05:20) – 81: 19: 45: 20
10 Maxime Sorel, V and B-Mayenne – Done Jan 30 (03:50:15) – 82: 14: 30: 15

* Time prizes awarded to Yannick Bestaven, Jean Le Cam and Boris Herrmann for participating in the rescue of Kevin Escoffier will be applied when the skippers are done – details

The Vendée Globe is the only sailing race in the world that takes place solo, non-stop and without support All systems were launched on Aug. November for the 9 Edition inserted As of 1989 with 13 submissions that took place every four years, 33 skippers started from Les Sables d’Olonne, France in 2020

With the development of the IMOCA class for wrapping, these boats will fling their way around the world, swaying through inhospitable regions on carbon skates and following Armel le Cléac’h’s record of 74:03:35 in 2016-17: 46

2020-21 abrasion
Nov 16, 2020 – Nicolas TROUSSEL, CORUM L’EPARGNE – devastated
Nov 28, 2020 – Alex THOMSON, HUGO BOSS – Rowing damage
Nov Sep. 30, 2020 – Kevin ESCOFFIER, PRB – Hull damage (sunk)
Dec 4, 2020 – Sébastien SIMON, ARKEA PAPREC – Foil damage
Dec 5, 2020 – Sam DAVIES, Initiatives-Cœur – Kiel damage (collision)
Dec 11, 2020 – Fabrice AMEDEO, NEWREST – ART & FENÊTRES – Computer failure
Jan 9, 2021 – Isabelle JOSCHKE, MACSF – Kielstempelfehler
Jan 16, 2021 – Sébastien DESTREMAU, MERCI – Autopilot failure

Course of participation:
1989-90: 13 boats at the start
1992-93: 15 boats
1996-97: 15 boats
2000-01: 24 boats
2004-05: 20 boats
2008-2009: 30 boats
2012-2013: 20 boats
2016-2017: 29 boats
2020-2021: 33 boats

2020-21 entries
Fabrice AMEDEO: NEWREST – ART & FENÊTRES
Romain ATTANASIO: PURE – BEST WESTERN
Alexia BARRIER: TSE – 4MYPLANET
Yannick BESTAVEN: MAÎTRE COQ IV
Jérémie BEYOU: CHARAL
Arnaud BOISSIÈRES: LA MIE CÂLINE – ARTISANS ARTIPÔLE
Louis BURTON: BUREAU VALLÉE 2
Didac COSTA: ONE PLANET, ONE OCEAN
Manuel COUSIN: SÉTIN GROUP
Clarisse CREMER: BANQUE POPULAIRE X
Charlie DALIN: APIVIA
Samantha DAVIES: INITIATIVES-CŒUR
Sébastien DESTREMAU: MERCI
Benjamin DUTREUX: OMIA – WATER FAMILY
Kevin ESCOFFIER: PRB
Clément GIRAUD: COMPAGNIE DU LIT / JILITI
Pip HARE: MEDALLIA
Boris HERRMANN: SEA DECLARATION – YACHT CLUB DE MONACO
Ari HUUSELA: STRONG
Isabelle JOSCHKE: MACSF
Jean LE CAM: YES, WE CAM!
Stéphane LE DIRAISON: TIME FOR OCEANS
Miranda MERRON: CAMPAIGN DE FRANCE
Giancarlo PEDOTE: PRYSMIC GROUP
Alan ROURA: LA FABRIQUE
Thomas RUYANT: CONNECTED
Damien SEGUIN: GROUPE APICIL
Kojiro SHIRAISHI: DMG MORI
Sébastien SIMON: ARKEA – PAPREC
Maxime SOREL: V AND B – MAYENNE
Alex THOMSON: HUGO BOSS
Armel TRIPON: L’OCCITANE EN PROVENCE
Nicolas TROUSSEL: CORUM L’ÉPARGNE

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