Press Release

Garmin® electronics selected by Beyou Racing Team and its IMOCA CHARAL

Designed to win the Vendée Globe 2020, CHARAL’s IMOCA 60 is a concentrate of technology, reinforced by the presence of the latest products from Garmin’s Marine and Tool Watch range

October 18, 2019 7:00 AM EDT

Paris, France/Oct. 18, 2019 – Garmin International today announced its technical support of skipper Jérémie Beyou and the Beyou Racing team. After more than 20 years of regattas, Jérémie Beyou has written his name on the honor roll of the biggest French competitions. A seasoned and passionate sailor, alone or as a duo, the Breton skipper always pushes his limits to take them further. This year, it is on board the IMOCA 60 CHARAL, designed to win the next Vendée Globe 2020, that the Beyou Racing Team will cross the line to try win the Transat Jacques Vabre.

“We will take the start reassured at Le Havre and keeping in mind our last two victories during the Rolex Fastnet Race and the Défi Azimut,” said Beyou. 

A must-do for the IMOCA Globe Series calendar and an important step before the Vendée Globe 2020, the Transat Jacques Vabre will allow Jérémie and CHARAL to confront real-life conditions with some thirty boats and their skippers, always accompanied by the latest Garmin marine technologies on board.

“Having discovered the quatix during my Volvo Ocean race, I was seduced by its easy-to-use technology and its connectivity. Since then, I wear it during regattas but also on land to keep track during my physical preparation. My Garmin stays with me everywhere I go. Team Beyou Racing has been using Garmin marine products many years. We have already equipped our RIB fleet so I am very familiar with Garmin advantages and constant technological progress, Beyou added.

The team will be at the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre with Garmin technology onboard CHARAL, including the GMR Fantom™ 18 radar, GPSMAP® 722 chartplotter, AIS™ 800 transceiver, VHF 315i marine radio and the inReach® Mini satellite communicator. The skipper will also be equipped with the new MARQ® Captain tool watch that offers innovative features that can make all the difference during a race, such as the virtual start line, the time left before the start and the boat data.

Garmin is the world’s leading marine electronics manufacturer1 and was recently named Manufacturer of the Year for the fifth consecutive year by the NMEA, an honor given to the most recognized marine electronics company for support of products in the field. Garmin’s portfolio includes some of the industry’s most sophisticated chartplotters and touchscreen multifunction displays, sonar technology, high-definition radar, autopilots, high-resolution mapping, sailing instrumentation, audio, entertainment and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability, and ease-of-use. Other Garmin marine brands include FUSION Entertainment, Navionics, a premier supplier of electronic charts, and EmpirBus.

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