The worldwide elite of offshore yachting is gathering in Lorient on the Atlantic coast of France to battle for glory at Le Défi Azimut, a novel showcase regatta over 4 consecutive days.
The occasion brings collectively 32 of the world’s greatest offshore skippers, cut up into 16 groups of two. Competing within the IMOCA class, which each 4 years contests the Vendée Globe solo round-the-world race, these women and men might be placing their high-performance yachts by means of their paces on inshore programs, on a two-handed offshore race and, to complete, a around the island race.
eleventh Hour Racing Group is competing with two crews: one consists of Justine Mettraux (SUI) and Simon Fisher (GBR), who not too long ago scored a 3rd place of their debut as a double-handed crusing crew on the prestigious Rolex Fastnet Race. The second staff is shaped by Charlie Enright (USA) and Pascal Bidégorry (FRA), who might be premiering the Group’s brand-new yacht because it takes to the racecourse for the primary time.
Excelling in sporting efficiency is, nevertheless, not the one purpose of eleventh Hour Racing Group. Devoted to elevating consciousness about ocean well being and driving optimistic change within the marine trade, the Group has labored with various supplies and put sustainable innovation at its middle when constructing the brand new boat.
Skipper Charlie Enright commented on the upcoming race: ”The second to stretch Mālama’s legs has come! We haven’t had quite a lot of time to coach on our new boat, so we sit up for testing every thing out at Le Défi Azimut. Our focus this 12 months is the Transat Jacques Vabre and we need to be certain the boat runs easily earlier than taking over a race throughout the Atlantic.”
An occasion nonetheless not well-known exterior France, Le Défi Azimut is a standout regatta in offshore yachting with a novel format. Divided into three elements, it consists of various challenges requiring the crews to reveal their abilities in quite a lot of conditions:
September 15: Pace Runs
Time to push these boats to full pace! Every staff will try to interrupt the IMOCA 60 document over a one nautical-mile course [1.15 miles; 1.85 km] between Lorient and Ile de Groix. There are as much as 4 goes for every crew who will sail the course on their very own every time, providing loads of alternatives for spectators to witness nice motion.
September 16-18: 48H Azimut
For the flagship occasion of Le Défi Azimut, the crews do an in a single day loop into the Atlantic Ocean. 48 hours is brief in offshore crusing phrases however lengthy sufficient for the competitors to warmth up between the groups. The skippers are supported by an onboard media man, making the race an inclusive digital expertise to be adopted on-line.
September 19: Tour de I’île de Groix
For the grand remaining, the groups will sail across the picturesque Ile de Groix off Lorient. Throughout this final race, the skippers can showcase their inshore racing abilities and their potential to get their greatest out of their boats when in shut proximity to their rivals on a brief course.
Le Défi Azimut is a part of the IMOCA Globe Sequence, a multi-event circuit of prestigious yacht races together with the solo Vendée Globe and Route de Rhum, the fully-crewed Ocean Race, and the double-handed Transat Jacques Vabre. All of the groups signed up for the occasion will begin the Transat Jacques Vabre (TJV) in November this 12 months, leaving from Le Havre, France to the French Caribbean Island of Martinique.
Simon Fisher, at present main the IMOCA Globe Sequence alongside co-skipper Justine Mettraux, is wanting ahead to getting began: “All these occasions are new to me, so I’m actually excited,” he stated. “The transition into double-handed crusing with Justine has been nice, and we sit up for build up our degree of competitiveness over the following few weeks main as much as the TJV. We’ve got most likely each stunned one another with how clean every thing goes between the 2 of us onboard. We actually work effectively collectively as a staff, and it feels nice!”
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