Sill and Gartmore enter EDS
Vendée Globe skipper Josh Hall announced the entry of his Finot-designed speed-machine, Gartmore, one of the lightest and fastest of the current Open 60 fleet. Gartmore is being prepared at her base in Caen, France, and June will be a training month for Josh and his crew, including sailors from England, France, Italy, Spain and America.
Roland Jourdain today also confirmed that his Open 60 Sill is to race in the EDS Atlantic Challenge. Roland was placed third in the Vendée Globe 2000/ 01 on board this Lombard-designed boat, which is widely regarded as one of the fastest machines in the Open 60 Class. During the Vendée, Jourdain broke the solo 24-hour monohull record when he sailed a staggering 435.3 miles in perfect conditions on the North Atlantic stretch towards the finish. Sill is already back in action after a post-Vendee refit, Roland and his crew will be training off the Brittany coast for the next two months.
The start will be in St Malo on 3 July 2001. The fleet will then sprint to Hamburg, Germany where the yachts will remain for two days before making their way to Portsmouth, where another sprint should guarantee a spectacular finish.
After a short stay in Portsmouth the fleet will depart for Baltimore on the east coast of the USA where the expected arrival date is the 14 July. American spectators will then be witness to another short photo-finish sprint as the boats make their way slightly up the coast to Boston. The fleet will leave Boston en-route back to St Malo where they are expected to arrive around the 22 August 2001.