Vendée Globe 2016-2017: Éric Bellion, graduate of emlyon business school, became the first rookie to cross the finish line!

2017.02.14

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After sailing for 99 days, 4 hours and 56 minutes, Eric Bellion, (a 2001 graduate of the MSc in Management - Grande Ecole), achieved a great feat when he came in 9th place!

He was the first rookie to cross the finish line of the 2016-2017 Vendée Globe. Eric Bellion finished in 9th place. He made a spectacular comeback after a tricky start and the end wasn’t exactly easy either with a particularly rough patch across the Atlantic (algae caught in the keel, and seemingly placid seas peppered with unexpected violent winds etc.)

“The Vendée has changed my life.”  Bellion said during a press conference at the finish line, adding that he had “experienced in three months at sea what one would experience in 10 – 15 years on land”. At the end of this Vendée Globe, Eric Bellion had covered 28.048 miles on the water, at an average speed of 11.78 knots.

A diversity management trainer, Eric named his expedition ‘CommeUnSeulHomme’ acknowledging difference, which is a “key source of performance and innovation.”

Short term projects? “I’m going to take a break and I’m going to have lunch with each of the skippers so that we can catch up.” The warrior has certainly earned his break. Well done Eric, all of emlyon business school is proud of your achievement and your devotion to difference during the Vendée Globe 2016!

For more information:

See all data concerning Eric Bellion’s journey on the Vendée Globe website.