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Our sailors have arrived in Martinique!
Alan and Simon crossed the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre on Tuesday November 21 at 3:15 p.m. (local time) in Fort-de-France (8:15 p.m. Swiss time). Alan and Simon finished in 19th position after 14 days, 10 hours 45 minutes and 26 seconds of racing. They will have covered 4,993 miles at an average speed of 14.40 knots between Le Havre and Fort-de-France. A new transatlantic race completed for the IMOCA Hublot, proof of reliability which is now certain, and a new experience rich in lessons for Alan, one year before his third participation in the Vendée Globe.
Their reaction upon arrival
Transat Jacques Vabre : Good start for Alan!
With an invigorating but maneuverable start in around 25 knots of wind, and a first front waiting for them as they leave the English Channel, the start of the race promises a seamless jump into the action, heading west. It's only afterwards that tactics should spice up the game, with the rounding of Brittany first, and the DST of Ouessant to be left to port or starboard, and two clear-cut options between northern and southern routes, with the island of Santa Maria in the Azores to be left to starboard.
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Transat Jacques Vabre: Here we go!
Finally, Alan and Simon set off yesterday morning for the Transat Jacques Vabre, bound for Martinique! After leaving Le Havre's Bassin Paul Vatine early this morning, the IMOCA Hublot headed for the starting line, before setting off at 9:30 a.m. in conditions that allowed the fleet to put on a show.
Click on the link below to watch the start video.
Transat Jacques Vabre: The IMOCAs remain at the dock
Due to "conditions too rough to pass Cape Finisterre safely", the race management of the Transat Jacques Vabre has decided to send out an overview for the IMOCA fleet. The start has therefore been postponed to a later date for the 40 boats entered in the category.
Click on the link below to watch the video of the postponed start for the IMOCA boats.
Rolex Fastnet Race
The start of the 50th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race was given this Saturday, July 22, from Cowes on the Isle of Wight in England.
“Departures with this boat, with has a closed cockpit, are never easy. Moreover, with 29 Imocas, 35 knots of headwind and in a corridor a mile wide, it doesn't make things any easier! But it's going to be fine and once out of the solent, I know that everything will be good” declared Alan a few hours before taking the start of his second race of the season aboard his Imoca.
The conditions in the starting area were looking tough and unfavorable to the shape of the hull and the foils of Alain's Imoca. Nevertheless, Alan and his co-skipper Simon Koster remained convinced of the benefit of taking part in these preparation races.
The results of the race are expected between this Monday evening and Tuesday morning.
Follow the race here
Guyader Bermude 1000 Race: Alan and and Simon finish in 8th place!
Alan Roura and Simon Koster crossed the finish line in Brest on Friday 12th May at 10h12'22''. The Swiss duo thus finished 8th in their first double-handed race, after 4 days, 20 hours, 12 minutes and 22 seconds at sea.
The two Hublot skippers sailed the 1,385 miles of the course at a speed of 11.9 knots on the great circle route (theoretical direct route). In reality, they covered 1,614 miles at an average speed of 13.9 knots (on the water). They arrived in Brest 13 hours 57 minutes and 20 seconds after the winners Thomas Ruyant and Morgan Lagravière.
From Cascais to Brest: 5 days before the Guyader Bermuda 1000 Race
Back from almost five weeks of training in Portugal ten days ago, Alan Roura, Simon Koster and the Hublot Sailing Team are back at the start.
With five days to go before the competition resumes, the Swiss duo is preparing to head for Brest, the starting town for the fourth Guyader Bermuda 1000 Race, the launch race of the 2023 season, which will be run as a double-handed event for the first time.
Privileged interviews with Alan Roura - episode 4
The fourth and final episode of our video series "Les entretiens privilégiés avec Alan Roura" is dedicated to sustainable development which is at the heart of Alan's project.
Hublot is an Imoca boat that is self-sufficient in renewable energy, with a deck entirely covered in solar panels, capable of sailing around the world without using diesel.
Sailors like Alan have a very clear view of climate change and have a front row seat to see it. The Vendée Globe participants are the only sailors who sail so far south on our planet. Every year the limit of sailing goes up as the ice melts. From 60 degrees south, the sailors are now sailing in the 40 degree zone, which makes the circumnavigation much longer.
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Alan Roura chooses Simon Koster as co-skipper
It is a 100% Swiss crew that will be sailing on board the Hublot IMOCA for the 2023 season. Alan Roura has decided to team up with Simon Koster from Zurich.
"For several years I had been looking to put together a 'Swiss made' crew for double-handed races," says Alan Roura, happy to finally be able to put his project into practice on the occasion of his fourth Transat Jacques Vabre.
Simon Koster, 34 years old, who recently finished 4th in the Route du Rhum in Class 40, has a degree in electronics and has been through the dinghy school. He is an all-round sailor and an outstanding technician, who will be supporting Alan in his quest for performance.
After resuming training in mid-March in Lorient, to get the boat back up and running and Simon to get his bearings, followed by an intensive sailing phase in Cascais, Portugal, Alan and Simon will take part in the Guyader Bermuda 1000 Race in May, the Fastnet Race in July and the Défi Azimut - Lorient Agglomération in September. Autumn will then give way to the major events of the season, with the double-handed transatlantic race between Le Havre and Fort-de-France at the end of October, and its return race, this time solo for Alan, the Retour à La Base, a few weeks later.
La Nuit du Grand Large - relive this exceptional evening
Many thanks to the 550 participants who filled the Théâtre du Passage yesterday for the Nuit du Grand Large.
It was a wonderful evening with several famous skippers in attendance for the first time in Neuchâtel.
Click on the link below to relive this exceptional evening.
Live from La Nuit du Grand Large
The Bank is organising a major event on the theme of ocean racing in the presence of several renowned skippers for the first time in Neuchâtel.
This exceptional event will take place on Thursday 9 February at the Théâtre du Passage in Neuchâtel.
The evening is sold out but you can follow the event live on our website bonhote.ch.
Privileged interviews with Alan Roura - episode 3
The third episode of our video series "Les entretiens privilégiés avec Alan Roura" is dedicated to the importance of performance.
Alex Thomson's Imoca Hublot (formerly Hugo Boss) is known to be a high performance boat and has not yet revealed all her secrets to Alan and his team. The challenge is to weigh up the pros and cons of sailing the boat as much as possible or making technical changes to the boat to further improve its performance. But either way, in the end, it is the sailor who makes the difference as it is impossible to stay at full speed for more than 24 or 48 hours.
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Meilleurs vœux pour 2023 !
Bank Bonhôte sends you its best wishes for the festive season.
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Come and admire Alan's Imoca in your branch!
Beautiful models of the boat are now on display at our Neuchâtel headquarters and in our branches.
The main 1:40 scale model (55 cm long) is made of composite material, with mast, sails, fittings and ropes. It is located in the bank's entrance hall. Smaller 1/60th scale models (37 cm long) have been placed in our branches, so do not hesitate to approach our colleagues if you wish to admire them.
Privileged interviews with Alan Roura - episode 2
The second episode of our video series "Privileged interviews with Alan Roura" is dedicated to his Swiss and human project.
Born in 1993 in Onex, near Geneva, Alan has always raced under the Swiss colours and values the quality, performance and seriousness that our country conveys, also through its partners. He also talks about the importance of his team in his project, a team where women are well represented as they occupy four out of nine positions.
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Arrival of Alan Roura in Guadeloupe
Alan Roura crossed the finish line of the Route du Rhum 2022 yesterday afternoon in 21st place in the Imoca category with a time of 14 days, 1 hour and 47 minutes. He thus improved on his previous record by more than a day.
The Route du Rhum was an important race for his ultimate goal, the Vendée Globe, which will start in Les Sables d'Olonne in November 2024.
Visibly exhausted and disappointed with his performance, the 29 year old skipper did not lose his characteristic smile as you can see on the video of his arrival.
Route du Rhum - Happy competition to all!
The 138 participants in the Route du Rhum 2022 are off.
After a quiet start to avoid taking any risks in difficult cross seas, Alan Roura is back in the top 20 of the race despite the upwind conditions that are currently putting him at a disadvantage.
Northern, central or southern route, we will see what tactical choices the skippers will make to reach Guadeloupe.
Click here to see the map and Alan's position in real time.
5 days to go before the start of the Route du Rhum
The flagship event of 2022 is on the horizon for Alan Roura and his team.
Having arrived in St-Malo last week, they are busy with the final preparations for the boat before setting off for the 12th edition of this legendary race which takes place every four years.
Follow the start of the Route du Rhum!
The start will be given on Sunday 6th November at 1pm off St-Malo (Pointe du Grouin) and the arrival of the first competitors in Guadeloupe should be around 13th November for the Ultim category and 20th November for the Imoca. Alan Roura's previous record dates from 2018 when he completed the Route du Rhum in 15 days, 2 hours, 25 minutes and 37 seconds.
You can follow the start live on the official Route du Rhum website and the rankings in real time throughout the race. France 3 will be organising a special programme to be broadcast from 12.55pm.
We will be lucky enough to attend with a delegation from the bank which will be present in St-Malo from Friday 4th November. We invite you to live this experience from the inside by following us on the bank's Instagram account. On the programme: exclusive interviews, visit of the Imoca, St-Malo and live departure at the heart of the action.
Privileged interviews with Alan Roura - episode 1: a story of heritage
We are pleased to present the first episode of our video series "Privileged interviews with Alan Roura".
Through these reports, you will discover Alan's personality from a new angle as he confides in us about the values he shares with our school. In the first episode, he tells us about his history and his heritage, but also about his passion for sailing, which he intends to pass on to the skippers who will succeed him.
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Bonhôte evening with Alan Roura at the Casino de Morges
Many thanks to Alan and his team for joining us in Morges for the launch of our new Bonhôte Strategies - Megatrend Equity ESG fund
Défi Azimut results
Our ambassador Alan Roura is back in the race! At home during the Défi Azimut which took place last week, he took 8th place in the speed runs and 13th place in the 48-hour challenge comprising 500 miles of solo sailing and a circumnavigation of the island of Groix.
With less than fifty days to go before the start of the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe, the Swiss sailor knows the magnitude of the event that awaits him. "This Azimuth Challenge has shown us once again just how strong the field is, and how capable everyone is of putting in a great performance."
Défi Azimut : a homecoming
After a three week summer break, Alan Roura is ready to put his foulies back on! Back at his base in Lorient since the end of August, the Swiss skipper has resumed training in preparation for his return to competition this week at the Défi Azimut. This event, which has become a flagship on the IMOCA circuit, should once again live up to its promise as a spectacle and a final test before the major event of the year: the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe.
Stay in Lorient with some guests
A few days ago, a small group of guests from the bank had the privilege of spending a day with Alan and his team while sailing on his Imoca. An exceptional memory illustrated by the photo above.
Vendée Arctique 2022, I had a real breakthrough
Alan Roura had a magnificent start at the front on 12th June in the Vendée Arctique.
After a few hours of racing, he chose a westerly option which did not favour him in the rankings, but then made a magnificent comeback.
He finished in 7th place in a competition that was prematurely stopped due to very difficult weather conditions.
Alan Roura : « This race was a real turning point for me. The Guyader Bermuda 1000 Race was my return to competition, but above all it allowed me to get back into shape and to start getting to know my boat. In the Arctic Vendée, I gained confidence in myself and in my boat, I was able to put my head down and go for it. Because that's what you have to do! Depending on the wind conditions, the boat's limit is the human element: as soon as the wind dies down, the boat goes for it! You have to trust it and let it do its job. I had to prove to myself that I was capable of doing it and I am. »
Alan Roura, on course for the 2022 Vendée Arctique
Alan Roura started the 2022 Vendée Arctique on Sunday. This unprecedented 3,500 mile race will take the solo skippers to the edge of the Arctic Circle.
After an excellent start, Alan experienced some technical problems that put him at the back of the pack, but nothing is done yet for the participants, who should be back in Les Sables d'Olonne around 23rd June.
Alan Roura - 52 minutes
Alan Roura was the guest of the editorial team of the comedy programme 52 minutes on RTS.
Click on the image below to watch his interview:
Alan Roura, 15th of the Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race
Alan Roura crossed the finish line of the Guyader Bermuda 1000 Race, the first race of the IMOCA 2022 championship, this Saturday 14th May at 23:26 in 15th position, after 6 days, 8 hours and 46 minutes of racing. This is an enriching first experience for the young skipper aboard his new boat, which means that he is already qualified for the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe.
Vorsichtiger Start für Alan auf der Guyader Bermudes 1000
Es geht los mit dem ersten Rennen der Saison in der Imoca-Klasse.
Alan Roura nimmt derzeit an der Guyader Bermudes 1'000 teil, einer Strecke von 1'200 Seemeilen, die von Brest aus startet.
Bei seiner ersten Einhandregatta seit seiner Ankunft von der Vendée Globe im Februar 2021 kündigte der Schweizer Skipper an, dass er am Steuer seines Segelbootes mit komplett geschlossenem Cockpit und stark eingeschränkter Sicht kein Risiko eingehen wolle: "Alex Thomson hat mich gestern Abend daran erinnert, in den Startphasen vorsichtig zu sein, und das war auch meine Absicht!".
Am Montagmorgen lag Alan Roura mit 60 Seemeilen Rückstand auf den Führenden Charlie Dalin auf dem 18. Platz
Photos Waves Sky Lounge in Neuchâtel
The announcement of our new partnership with Alan Roura was made yesterday at the Waves Sky Lounge in Neuchâtel.
Media feedback from the press conference
Many thanks to the media who reported on the new partnership between Alan Roura and Bonhôte Bank.
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Bonhôte sets sail as new major sponsor for Alan Roura’s next ocean campaign
The contract – signed in early March – covers the upcoming Imoca Globe Series, which the Swiss skipper is preparing to embark on next May, and will culminate with the world-famous Vendée Globe race starting in late 2024, known as the Everest of the Seas.
This partnership was officially unveiled yesterday evening at the Waves Sky Lounge in Neuchâtel, at an event attended by the Bank’s employees and selected clients.
Alan Roura’s visit to our Bank
Bonhôte staff in Neuchâtel were delighted to host Alan Roura on Monday.
Here are some of the photos taken during the event.
Alan was in Neuchâtel on Wednesday to finalise his four-year partnership contract with Bonhôte.