With Sailorz, sailors finally have their media


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Yannick Bestaven after crossing the finish line of the 2020/2021 edition of the Vendée Globe, off Sables-d’Olonne (Vendée), January 28, 2021. SÉBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS / AFP


A little over a year ago, on November 8, 2020, thirty-three of them set off from Les Sables-d’Olonne to try out the adventure of the ninth Vendée Globe. An adventure as much as a race, which will have seen, this time, a winner (Yannick Bestaven on Master-Rooster-IV) cross the finish line in second position (behind Charlie Dalin on Apivia), because of the compensation in time which will be very justly granted to him for having made a U-turn in the South Atlantic, in order to participate in the rescue of Kevin Escoffier.

These are the moments that bring us back to life The big family of the globe. But what makes the interest of this rather classic documentary – the twists and the images are widely known to enthusiasts – is to have asked four “old” to comment on this ninth edition. Thus, Alain Gautier, winner of the second, in 1993, and coach of Isabelle Joschke at the start, salutes the very good trajectories, in the south, of Damien Seguin and Benjamin Dutreux, after recalling the media and family pressure, to which s ‘adds that of the sponsors, which weighs on the sailors before departure, for once spared because of … Covid. A feeling shared by Michel Desjoyeaux, double winner of the Vendée Globe (2001 and 2009). Vincent Riou and Armel Le Cléac’h also bring their expertise.

About fifty hours

Appreciate? It’s much easier than crossing Cape Horn, since you only need to subscribe to the very latest platform: Sailorz. Wanting to be – with a touch of humor in view of its means – the Netflix of sailing, well received by the industry, Sailorz currently offers around fifty hours of viewing. At its head: Pierre-Yves Lautrou. Journalist at The Express for fifteen years, he took part in the Mini Transat in 2001 and the Route du rhum in 2014, before founding, two years later and with the sports journalist Axel Capron, Tip & Shaft. Designed as a simple newsletter for enthusiasts and professionals, Tip & Shaft quickly diversified by offering conferences and training (how to find sponsors, how to properly prepare your Mini Transat, etc.).

In 2018, “Into the Wind” was born, a series of podcasts from exceptional browsers, which “Take the time to look back on their journey and tell their story over the long term”. Two years later, they organized the competitive sailing film festival at the Grand Rex in Paris: Wind. It was on this occasion that they crossed paths with Frédéric Chevance, who worked for Canal + and the Fox group. Together, they imagine Sailorz, the first video on demand platform dedicated to competitive sailing.

Launched on December 1, after raising 500,000 euros in funds, Sailorz should make it possible both to distribute videos posted on YouTube more widely and for free, but also original documentaries, which the trio even hope to produce soon (at least in part ). What justifies the monthly subscription to 5.99 euros, especially as new content will be launched every Thursday. If he aims “Crazy about boats, to those who dream of them at night”, According to Pierre-Yves Lautrou, Sailorz should satisfy the frustrated and the amateurs, enlightened or not, who like to dream of the sea. Good luck, then, to Sailorz!

The Big Family of the Globe, documentary by Nicolas Raynaud (Fr., 2021, 52 min). Available on subscription via Sailorz (€ 5.99 per month).