Trofeo Julio Verne, Yann Guichard con Spindrift Racing va por el record.


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ALERTE TV : 3 décembre 2019
ALERTE TV // TROPHÉE JULES VERNE //
DÉPART DE SPINDRIFT RACING

Yann Guichard et ses onze hommes d’équipage ont largué les amarres ce mardi à 11h30 de La Trinité-sur-Mer : le trimaran noir et or va ainsi rallier la ligne du Trophée Jules Verne, au large du phare de Créac’h (Ouessant) pour un départ dans la nuit (vers 21h00). Dans une brise de secteur Est modérée, Spindrift 2 devrait mettre six à sept heures avant de contourner Ouessant.

Retrouvez les images des derniers moments à terre de l’équipage et du départ du maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 de La Trinité-sur-Mer dans le bout-à-bout disponible directement sur notre espace presse.

Images libres de droits pour un usage presse dans le cadre du Trophée Jules Verne 2019.

LE TROPHÉE JULES VERNE EN BREF :
Départ et arrivée : ligne entre le Phare de Créac’h (Ile d’Ouessant) et le Cap Lizard (Angleterre)
Tour du monde du monde en équipage par les trois caps (Bonne Espérance, Leeuwin, Horn)
Distance la plus courte à parcourir : 21 600 milles (environ 40 000 kilomètres)
Ratification : World Sailing Speed Record Council, www.sailspeedrecords.com
Temps actuel à battre : 40 jours, 23 heures, 30 minutes et 30 secondes
Vitesse moyenne : 21,96 nœuds
Date du dernier record : janvier 2017
Détenteur : IDEC Sport, Francis Joyon et ses 5 hommes d’équipage

ÉQUIPAGE DE SPINDRIFT 2 (plus grand trimaran de course au monde) :
Yann Guichard (skipper)
Erwan Israël (navigateur)
Jacques Guichard (chef de quart / barreur-régleur)
Jackson Bouttell (barreur / numéro un)
Thierry Chabagny (barreur / régleur)
Grégory Gendron (barreur / régleur)
Xavier Revil (chef de quart / barreur-régleur)
Corentin Horeau (barreur / numéro un)
François Morvan (barreur / régleur)
Duncan Späth (barreur / régleur)
Erwan Le Roux (chef de quart / barreur-régleur)
Benjamin Schwartz (barreur / numéro un)

Jean-Yves Bernot (routeur à terre)

Brest Atlantiques. Maxi Edmond de Rothschild en el tramo final rumbo a Brest.


© Yann Riou / PolaRYSE / GITANA SA

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Comunicado de Prensa
Brest, 03 diciembre 2019
Brest a la Vista, Épica en Azores

Los franceses Frank Cammas y Charles Caudrelier siguen imparables hacia la meta de la Brest Atlantiques, donde se espera la llegada de su Maxi Edmond de Rothschild mañana miércoles antes de mediodía. El duelo entre Macif y Actual Leader por la segunda plaza sigue apretándose cuando solo 26 millas les separan.

Los tentáculos del anticiclón de las Azores se mantienen alargados para Actual Leader (Yves Le Blevec Alex Pella) y Macif (François Gabart/Gwnénolé Gahinet), tras el paso del líder Maxi Edmond de Rothschild por una inesperada autopista hacia Brest que les permitía pasar por en medio de las islas Azores. Además, al estar navegando por delante de un frente, sus singladuras han seguido siendo muy buenas, incluso marcando hoy su segunda mejor marca de 24 horas en esta regata con 728 millas recorridas a un promedio de 30,4 nudos.

Un poco ralentizados (menos de 400 millas efectivas en 24 horas) y obligados a rodearlo, para evitar caer atrapados en sus calmas por una dorsal anticiclónica, los dos trimaranes Ultim mantienen su intenso duelo al suroeste del famoso archipiélago atlántico. Si ayer la distancia entre ambos era de 50 millas, esta mañana el español Pella y su patrón francés Le Blevec se acercaban a menos de una hora del Macif. Las opciones de atacar desde atrás con un poco más de viento espiando la ruta de su predecesor, obligan a Gabart y Gahinet tener un ojo puesto en el retrovisor. Concretamente en el sistema AIS, que sitúa en la carta electrónica la posición de los barcos cercanos para alertar posibles abordajes, la misma herramienta que permite al perseguidor Actual Leader espiarles, y saber qué condiciones tiene Macif unas millas a su proa. Una valiosa información en los momentos de navegación con vientos moderados e irregulares como están viviendo.

Muchas millas por su proa, concretamente 1.560 en la clasificación de las 16 horas, Maxi Edmond de Rothschild (Frank Cammas/Charles Caudrelier) encara en la recta final de esta Brest Atlantiques por el Golfo de Vizcaya. Sabedores de que la victoria está en sus propias manos, con permiso de la diosa Fortuna, están manteniendo un ritmo conservador para evitar riesgos que impidan su victoria. Su objetivo es evitar contratiempos durante las 220 millas restantes hasta la meta en Brest, donde se espera su llegada mañana con luz diurna, ralentizados por una disminución de viento a medida que se aproximen a la costa.

2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, día 1. Dos regatas sólo para los 49er.





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Germany emerge unscathed from a brutal opening day

Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel opened day one of the World Championships with a stunningly consistent performance while some of the other big guns failed to fire.

Two 49er races were completed after wild weather lashed the race areas off Auckland, New Zealand. With wind speeds up to 37 knots recorded on the race course earlier in the day, the sensible decision was made to keep all sailors ashore until sailable conditions arrived. After a delay long enough to cause even the most seasoned veterans to assume they were having a day off, the 49er fleet were sent out for two rounds of qualifying races.

With over 400 athletes competing from 40 nations and with the broadest ever suite of live coverage in Olympic sailing history capturing every race, the 2019 Hyundai World Championships will be the most important event on the sailors calendars prior to Tokyo 2020.

International fans can view the racing live at 49er.org/live or on Sky Sport 9 for those in New Zealand.

 

Red Fleet – A solid start but soggy finish for Burling and Tuke 

In the Red Fleet, reigning Olympic Champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke showed total confidence to kick off the regatta in the best possible way in front of their home fans. They won the battle to ‘win the pin’, the favoured left-hand end of the start line. This gave them the opportunity to put the bow down, accelerate their 49er up to full upwind pace, earning the Kiwis the opportunity to tack and cross the fleet, extending from there. They took a three-boat-length lead into the windward mark. It was all the more impressive given they then gybe-set – implying the far side actually had the better breeze.

The dynamic duo never looked back, pulling out a massive lead and a race win on the scoreboard.

In the second race it was Dominik Buksak and Szymon Wierzbicki (POL) who came off the left side of the course to pull away to a large lead by the first mark, again with most of the fleet heading right to the far side. The Poles extended to a sizeable lead but then almost capsized while negotiating the leeward gate, only just rescuing themselves from a watery error.

The chasing pack also suffered their spills, with second place Jonas Warrer and Jakob Precht Jensen (DEN) capsizing near the bottom marks. Burling and Tuke made a few passes to shift into second place, and then on the last downwind overtook the Polish for the lead. While the Poles overstood the layline and were struggling to keep their kite full, it was Burling and Tuke who made a rare error to capsize on their final gybe into the finish, dropping back to 11th across the line. What was so nearly a perfect start to the regatta for the home favourites – ruined at the final hurdle of day one.

49er Yellow Race 1 – French profit from huge wind shifts in opening race

In yellow fleet, the fleet was obviously eager after the long delay caused by the weather. Both the general recall first start and the all-clear second start featured boats tacking to port tack almost immediately after the gun as the post-frontal breeze tried to settle.

Louis Chambert and Hugo Fedrigucci (FRA 180) pulled out a huge lead at the top mark with a delta of 30 seconds, although a gybe-set proved to be the wrong move as the French sailed into a wind hole at the bottom of the first lap.

https://youtu.be/nzWcD_ZKEkI

On the second upwind in a French battle for supremacy, Kevin Fischer/ Yann Jauvin (FRA44) showed Erwan Fischer/ Clement Piquin (FRA655) how to sail a 49er upwind. Starting from the wrong side of a loose cover position, FRA44 accelerated out from under FRA655, around the front of their bow and tacked to cross on the starboard layline to lead into the top mark second time and never looked back.

 

49er Yellow Race 2 – France make it 2 from 2

Lucas Rual / Emile Amoros (FRA 8) performed the classed ‘dead bird’ start; starting right on the boat end of the line and tacking immediately to the right-hand side, resulting in a fair sized lead after lap one. Sailing in phase and positioning themselves perfectly between second place and the next mark, the French never looked like giving it up, although Jakob Meggendorfer and Andreas Spranger (GER 22) had closed the gap to just 8 seconds by the finish. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Logan Dunning-Beck and Oscar Gunn came from deep in the fleet to finish third, using all their downwind speed to get back into contention. After a 21st in the first race, it was just the Kiwi team needed before heading back ashore.

49er Blue Race 1 – Young Irish keep Olympic medallists at bay

After a general recall the Blue fleet was the last race to get going as they suffered from unstable winds. By the time racing did get going the wind started picking up quickly and many top teams got caught out on the wrong rig settings.

Some of the favourites in this fleet – such as Lukasz Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski (POL 42) – found themselves with a lot to do at the first windward mark. Portuguese sailors Jorge Lima and Jose Costa suffered rig damage and were forced to pull out of competition for the rest of the day, a disappointing start to the regatta with Costa also suffering an ankle injury.

Showing no hesitation were Rio Olympic bronze medalists Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel (GER 4), but in tacking to the left side upwind the experienced Germans let slip the 2018 Junior World Champions from Ireland, Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove, who overtook for the lead.

In a tight downwind battle, the young Irishmen held off the Olympic medallists to win their first ever race at a World Championship, a massive moment for any sailor.

 

49er Blue Race 2 – Heil & Ploessel bring it home

In race two, Heil & Ploessel (GER 4) got an excellent start off the pin end of the start line, giving them the control on the left-hand side of the race track. The Germans tacked and crossed the bulk of the fleet before putting in another hitch all the way to the left-hand layline. Heil & Ploessel rounded the first mark with a 60 metre lead over the Brazilians Marco Grael & Gabriel Borges (BRA 15). Germany extended the lead for the race win, putting them in first overall of the 49er World Championships after day one, a very consistent performance by Heil & Ploessel where so many other top names faltered. Brazil held on for second across the finish line, followed by Lukasz Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski (POL 42).

 

49erFX and Nacra 17 sent home without racing

Athletes and fans alike will have to wait an extra day for the 49erFX and Nacra 17 fleets to hit the water. With daylight disappearing, the 49erFX and Nacra 17 fleets were sent home before getting a shot at the water. Both fleets will be first on the roster for day 2, with four scheduled races in each fleet, to try and catch up on the qualifying series.

Results

49er

1st Erik Heil/ Thomas Ploessel GER 2-1; 3pts

2nd Kévin Fischer/ Yann Jauvin FRA 1-4; 5pts

3rd Bart Lambriex/ Pim van Vugt NED 3-4; 7pts

4th Dominik Buksak/ Szymon Wierzbicki POL 7-1; 8pts

5th Erwan Fischer/ Clément Pequin FRA 3-5; 8pts

 

Full results available at

https://49er.org/event/2019-world-championship/#49erresults

Brest Atlantiques. Maxi Edmond de Rothschild a menos de dos mil millas de meta.


© Yann Riou / PolaRYSE / GITANA SA

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Press Release
Paris, Saturday 30th November 2019

Under 2000 miles to go for Maxi Edmond de Rothschild

With less than 2000 miles to go before the finish of Brest Atlantiques, Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is now racing against the clock to reach the Azores as quickly as possible and then head straight for Brest. Meanwhile, for MACIF and Actual Leader, it looks like it will be an interesting and strategic play off to finish the race.

Even though they now have a comfortable lead, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier are in no way slowing down. In a video taken by media man Yann Riou, Cammas explains why: “Having passed Cape Verde, the challenge for us now is to reach the Azores as soon as possible in order to enter into a front, and benefit from favourable wind conditions to get us quickly back to Brest. We’re doing everything we can to make fast progress, albeit with pretty light winds.”

These light winds did in fact slow them down for part of today, with the boat averaging 22.8 knots between the 11am and 3pm rankings. If they manage to reach the Azores as scheduled on Monday, they should then be able to attack the final stretch at speed, and arrive in Brest on the morning of Wednesday, December 4th. If not, they’ll encounter some difficult weather conditions, and it will be a few hours later before they are able to reach the finish.

In second and third position, MACIF and Actual Leader crossed the Doldrums without any real problems, as François Gabart told their on board media man Jérémie Eloy: “Towards the end of yesterday, we weren’t going very fast at all; there was little wind and a pretty choppy sea, so it was difficult to make good progress. That said, we haven’t run into anything too extreme. Apart from a fairly strong squall of 22 knots, crossing the Doldrums hasn’t been as dangerous as it could have been. We got out at around 2-3am this morning.” Actual Leader followed suit a few hours later and are now 150 miles behind MACIF.

Looking at their current routes and progression, MACIF and Actual Leader are expected to arrive next Friday and Saturday in Brest. “We’re going to have to speed up and above all choose our options wisely,” says François Gabart. “We have to be quite tactical here, not to compete with Gitana, who now seem to have a fairly straightforward route back to Brest, but with Actual Leader. It’s going to be quite complex, there will be quite a few possibilities for us on the North Atlantic.” And so, the game is on right to the very end…

SailGP, Ben Ainslie se suma a la temporada 2020 con parte del equipo Ineos.


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Ben Ainslie’s INEOS TEAM UK joins Great Britain SailGP Team

Most successful Olympic sailor of all time to serve at helm of SailGP’s British entry

London – November 26, 2019 – Ben Ainslie – the most successful Olympic sailor of all time – today joined the Great Britain SailGP Team. Beginning in the global league’s second season kicking off in February 2020, Ainslie and a world-class squad of athletes will represent Great Britain in SailGP – sailing’s newest and fastest championship that boasts the sport’s largest monetary prize of US$1 million.

Ainslie’s SailGP team will be fully announced early next year, utilizing a combination of athletes from INEOS TEAM UK – the British challenger for the America’s Cup – and existing members of the Great Britain SailGP Team. The crew will pilot the revolutionary F50, which this year eclipsed the 50-knot speed barrier for the first time ever in sail racing, against at least five other national teams beginning in Sydney on February 28-29.

Ainslie is the most successful sailor in Olympic history, having competed and won medals – including four golds – at five consecutive Olympic Games (1996-2012). Following a win in the America’s Cup with ORACLE TEAM USA in 2013, Ainslie formed his own team for the 2017 edition, and is now leading INEOS TEAM UK’s bid to win the 36th America’s Cup, which will take place in New Zealand in 2021.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have one of the most successful Olympic athletes of all time – across any sport – join our global championship,” said SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts. “With crucial support from INEOS, Sir Ben Ainslie and the Great Britain SailGP Team will be contenders from day one and will create even more thrilling competition across our growing league.”

Current Great Britain SailGP Team grinder Matt Gotrel joins Ainslie as the second official team member of the 2020 squad. The 30-year old British Olympic champion rower will also join Ainslie and INEOS TEAM UK in their America’s Cup campaign.

“SailGP has proven itself as one of the most exciting sailing leagues, with top level competition and racing in iconic venues across the world,” said Ainslie. “The cutting-edge technology, speed and athletic requirements of the championship will provide a great sporting challenge. The Great Britain SailGP Team had a fantastic first season, and we’re excited to be part of this journey as the league continues to grow.”

INEOS TEAM UK’s family of partners – INEOS, Belstaff and Grenadier – will support the Great Britain SailGP Team, while AFEX joins the team as an additional Supporting Partner.

“The desire for INEOS and Ben Ainslie – alongside Belstaff, Grenadier and AFEX – to be part of SailGP is further testament to the commercial viability of our platform,” said Coutts of the league, which saw a total global TV audience of 256 million in its first season of operation.

INEOS, one of the world’s largest manufacturing companies, partnered with Ainslie in April 2018 to form INEOS TEAM UK. INEOS uses its world-class technologies and manufacturing know-how in supporting some of the world’s best athletes across sailing, cycling, athletics and football/soccer. The INEOS Sports Group has had a highly successful six months, with Team INEOS placing first and second in the 2019 Tour de France and Eliud Kipchoge making history in the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in October, as the Kenyan became the first person to run a sub-2 hour marathon, proving ‘No Human is Limited.’

Luxury British heritage clothing brand Belstaff and uncompromising 4×4 vehicle Grenadier are Supporting Partners, along with leading global payment and risk management specialist AFEX, which will serve as the Official Foreign Exchange Partner.

“We’re proud to partner the Great Britain SailGP Team – and help the team better manage its currency exposures,” said Wayne Mitchell, managing director at AFEX, which comes on as both a partner and service provider to the team. “As part of our deep commitment to innovation and excellence, we support sport around the world, and share the values of discipline and excellence that top athletes and teams embody.”

SailGP Season 2 premiers in Sydney (February 28-29), before returning to the U.S. for events in San Francisco (May 2-3) and New York (June 12-13). Cowes on the Isle of Wight in the UK was recently announced as the first European event of Season 2, returning August 14-15, 2020, after a hugely successful event during the championship’s inaugural year. The remainder of the Season 2 schedule will be announced in the coming months.

The British team finished the inaugural SailGP year in fourth, behind podium finishers Australia, Japan and China, and ahead of France and the United States.

Brest Atlantiques, los tres barcos vuelven al hemisferio norte.


© Ronan Gladu / Actual Leader

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Press Release
Paris, Friday 29th November 2019
The fleet under surveillance

At 10:02am today, Actual Leader crossed the equator, which means that all three boats racing on the Brest Atlantiques are now sailing in the Northern Hemisphere, with Maxi Edmond de Rothschild more than a day ahead of its two rivals. For the six skippers, one of the priorities towards the end of the race is to preserve their trimarans which have been tested to varying degrees since the start in Brest on 5th November.

Maxi Edmond de Rothschild was the first to re-enter the Northern Hemisphere at 2:13 am on Thursday morning, with MACIF and Actual Leader both crossing the equator this morning, at 7:30am and 11:02am respectively, after exactly 24 days and 2 minutes at sea.

As was to be expected, given the respective speeds of the trimarans since Thursday morning, François Gabart and Gwénolé Gahinet managed to overtake Actual Leader in the middle of the night, as Gabart explained during the weekly video session held today: “I think we played the right strategy. On starting out, we were a little behind Actual Leader, and now we’re back just ahead, so we’re pretty happy. It was the right option to take.”

Aboard Actual Leader, Yves Le Blevec, who also joined today’s video session, has a slightly different take: “We were watching MACIF from the corner of our eye, and yes, they took a radically different option, but at the end of the day, we’re all on a level playing field in terms of strategy.” Following the action from a distance, Franck Cammas gives his opinion: “I think it was a success for MACIF, who gained a hundred miles on Actual Leader. It proves that it was an interesting option to take, even if it wasn’t the simplest.”

That said, these two trimarans are still very close to each other as they attack the Doldrums, which Maxi Edmond de Rothschild passed through very smoothly yesterday. It’s looking like it will be a close call all the way until Brest. Especially as at this stage of the race, the trimarans all have their own set of damages.

Yesterday, in a session organised by his team, François Gabart said: “We won’t hide the fact that we’ve had several problems that have slowed us down considerably, for example the drift before Rio, but right now, we’re sailing at almost 95% of the boat’s capacity, which is great for us!”

As for Actual Leader, Yves Le Blevec seems pretty satisfied with the state of their trimaran after 24 days at sea: “We have nothing major that is slowing us down, the boat’s potential is intact, just as it was when we left Brest more than three weeks ago”.

Finally, for Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, who at 3pm today had a solid lead of 544 and 620 miles over its rivals respectively, the priority is to preserve the boat: “Our main concern is to sail through safe areas only and not overwork the boat; we’re not in 100% attacking mode when changing our sails. Our strategy now is to reach the Azores as quickly as possible, to get ahead of a front and catch a southerly wind to take us to Brest. We hope it will be plain sailing from then on in winds of around 20-25 knots. That would be the ideal scenario.”

A scenario that would mean Maxi Edmond de Rothschild arriving in Brest on the morning
of Wednesday 4th December, after about 29 days of racing…

Clase IMOCA 60, una intensa temporada 2020 por delante. Primeras imágenes del nuevo L’Occitane de Armel Tripon, diseño de Manuard.


© Pierre Bouras

© Pierre Bouras

© Pierre Bouras

© Pierre Bouras

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Thursday 28 november 2019

2019 set the tone: the 2020 IMOCA season looks like being exceptional

A lot happened in the 2019 season to the sailors in the IMOCA class. There were three events on the calendar in the Globe Series: the Bermudes 1000 Race (solo), the Rolex Fastnet Race (double-handed) and more recently the Transat Jacques Vabre (double-handed). The latter won by Charlie Dalin and Yann Eliès, brought together a record line-up of 29 IMOCAs. In the World Championship rankings, Paul Meilhat remains on top before what looks like being an exceptional 2020 with three solo races on the programme: The Transat, the New York/Vendée and of course, the Vendée Globe.

The Transat Jacques Vabre: “A race with competition at every level”
The Transat Jacques Vabre never brought together such a line-up before with 29 pairs lining up at the start in Le Havre in the IMOCA class and 27 at the finish in Salvador da Bahia (only MACSF and Hugo Boss retired). “In terms of the race, it was a great edition,” declared Antoine Mermod, President of the IMOCA class. “The race was highly competitive at every level of the fleet, for the top five as for the final three. All of the pairings enjoyed racing against each other. It’s very promising for next season. If all three races are as tightly fought, it’s going to be fascinating to watch.”

The skippers getting used to solo sailing
Among the 27 boats which made it to Brazil, very few are returning by cargo vessel. Around twenty are sailing home and many of the sailors are doing the trip alone. “The 2020 season is entirely made up of solo races and the sailors need to settle back into this type of sailing. This is a good way of training before they tackle the races next year. In fact, the winter refits are largely down to adapting the boats to solo sailing. This return sail from Brazil will allow them to deal with the final details and make a few last minute improvements,”explained Antoine Mermod.

Paul Meilhat, still leading the IMOCA Globe Series
7th in the Transat Jacques Vabre with Sam Davies (Initiatives-Cœur), Paul Meilhat is still leading the Imoca Globe Series World Championship.” Apart from the Bermudes 1000 Race, Paul finished all of the races on the calendar, in particular winning the Route du Rhum and the Monaco Globe Series last year with Gwénolé Gahinet). Just behind him in the rankings is Yann Eliès, winner of the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre and second in the 2018 Route du Rhum. The German sailor, Boris Herrmann is in third place ahead of Fabrice Amedeo (who finished all of the races) and Vincent Riou. “The rankings in the Imoca Globe Series reward consistency. In front, we find all the sailors who did practically all of the races and who often finished well placed or as the winner. There will be lots of points to be earned in 2020.It will be then that everything will all be decided,” explained Antoine Mermod.
Next year, there will be three races in the Globe Series: The Transat (weighting of 4), New York/Vendée (weighting of 4) and of course, the Vendée Globe (weighting of 10).

The Top 10 in the Globe Series:
1. Paul Meilhat : 206 points
2. Yann Eliès : 192 points
3. Boris Herrmann : 180 points
4. Fabrice Amedeo : 169 points
5. Vincent Riou : 157 points
6. Damien Seguin : 143 points
7. Sam Davies : 140 points
8. Jérémie Beyou : 132 points
9. Kevin Escoffier : 131 points
10. Nicolas Lunvent : 131 points

Full rankings: https://www.imoca.org/en/standings

News in brief:

Armel Tripon unveils his Manuard designed boat in the colours of L’Occitane

Armel Tripon has unveiled the IMOCA aboard which he will be competing in the Globe Series in 2020. Designed by Sam Manuard and built by Black Pepper Yachts, this new generation foiler stands out with her scow shaped hull (rounded bow) and her moderate beam. “We based our ideas on being efficient in the Vendée Globe,” stressed Sam Manuard. “We wanted a boat that was easy to sail and would take good care of her skipper. The last Transat Jacques Vabre showed us once again that these new IMOCAs are very fast, but very demanding for the skipper and many of them do not believe it is going to be possible to keep up the same pace sailing solo as they did when double-handed.”

The IMOCA class present at the Yacht Racing Forum
One of the big events in sail racing, the Yacht Racing Forum was held in Bilbao on 25th and 26th November. The IMOCA class was of course present. Antoine Mermod: “In this event which brings together all those involved in sailing, we could see that the international reputation of the IMOCA class has grown. We are delighted to see that, as internationalisation was one of the main goals of our development strategy.”

The IMOCA class out in force at the Nautic Baot Show in Paris
The IMOCA Class will be present on several stands at the Nautic Boat Show in Paris, from 7th to 15th December at the Porte de Versailles. The class will present its 2020 race programme, with in particular, the 2020 Transat New-York Vendée and the Guyader Grand Prix. The IMOCA class will also present its Ocean Programme and the environmental measures put in place by the skippers, at the Cap Bleu Village. Finally, the model of an IMOCA that many of you may have seen at the Transat Jacques Vabre Village will also be displayed at the entrance to the Nautic Boat Show.