Chay Blyth launches new transatlantic challenge for Open 60s

Mike Golding will compete and Ellen MacArthur may also race

Friday January 5th 2001, Author: Andy Rice, Location: United Kingdom
Sir Chay Blyth has announced a new challenge for the Open 60 class, many of whom are racing through the Southern Ocean in the Vendee Globe at the moment. The EDS Atlantic Challenge will take competitors from St Malo across to the east coast of the USA and then back to St Malo for the finish.
The event will be run over five separate legs which will cover more than 10,000 miles in a total of 60 days, finishing back in St. Malo around September 5. While there is a good deal of the Vendee left to be completed, and no doubt a lot more drama along the way, it is difficult to say who will have the energy to be on the start line at St Malo in July! But Mike Golding has definitely already submitted the first entry in Team Group 4, and Ellen MacArthur and Kingfisher are also said to be interested in taking part.

The schedule and ports of call are as follows:

St Malo (France) to Hamburg (Germany) 7 - 11 July

Hamburg to Portsmouth (UK) 15 - 18 July

Portsmouth to Baltimore (USA) 22 July - 7 August

Baltimore to Boston (USA) 18- 21 August

Boston to St Malo (France) 26 August - 5 September

Sir Chay Blyth, executive chairman of the Challenge Business, stated: "We could not have asked for a more perfect title sponsor for this exciting event. Our aspiration is to build the EDS Atlantic Challenge into a race that ranks alongside the very best that sailing can offer. We intend to bring it to as many people across Europe and in the USA as possible. With a world-class company like EDS providing its support, we believe that is now possible. The EDS Atlantic Challenge is, without a doubt, a legend in the making."

Don Uzzi, an EDS senior vice president, commented: "EDS is very proud to be the title sponsor of this new and unique race. It is a perfect fit with our brand, and with the global nature of our business, it provides us with a powerful marketing platform. The competitive aspects of the event strongly reflect our approach to business, using a combination of innovation, speed, agility, urgency and teamwork. This is perfectly summed up by the strap-line for the event: "Extreme Performance, No Limits." EDS describes itself as a, "pure play global services company" (we're none the wiser either).

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