The stage is aglow as the ceremony is about to begin.  From Jacques Cartier to Jacques Cousteau, sailors have always been great heroes in this country.  Today there are several who have become celebrities by their courage in this race.  This year's winner is the Frenchman Michel Desjoyeaux who was challenged up to the last minute by the Englishwoman Ellen McArthur.  For more on this captivating event you may wish to see the official website at: http://www.vendeeglobe.com .
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