£9,000 fine for French skipper Marc Guillemot

French skipper Marc Guillemot has been fined £9,000 for infringement of navigation rules during his Round Britain and Ireland record attempt in June. Guillemot was charged with breaking navigation rules twice in the Straits of Dover in June during his attempt to beat his own record.He had failed to attend an earlier hearing in Southampton on 2 October and the court issued a warrant against the skipper. The validity of the warrant issued by the judge was contested by Guillemot at the high court, which led to it being cancelled, and his summons to appear was put back until after the Vendée Globe. Following his early retirement from the Vendee Globe he attended a hearing on 6 December at the Magistrates Court in Southampton and was fined £9,000.