Mark Lloyd / Artemis Ocean Racing

MOD70s at Cowes Week

New additions this year for the Artemis Challenge

Wednesday June 20th 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom

For the sixth straight year the Artemis Challenge will be one of the highlights of the 2012 Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week. In a new twist to the classic race around the Isle of Wight, the 2012 Artemis Challenge will see the IMOCA 60 monohulls joined by the MOD 70 trimarans competing to claim £10,000 for charity. The 50 mile long race this year will take place on Thursday, 16 August.

The Artemis Challenge will welcome back the best British offshore racers before they take on the Vendée Globe in November. On the start line will be Mike Golding on Gamesa and Artemis Ocean Racing II. They will be joined by MOD 70s Foncia, skippered by double Vendee Globe winner Michel Desjoyeaux, Sidney Gavignet on Oman Sail with a crew including Britain's Brian Thompson, and Swiss racer Steve Ravussin on Race for Water.

Mark Tyndell, CEO of Artemis Investment Management, said, “The return of the Artemis Challenge continues the legacy of this wonderful event. We are pleased to welcome back some of the best British solo skippers in the world as they prepare for the Vendée Globe, as well as welcoming for the first time the impressive MOD 70s, skippered by some of the biggest names in offshore racing. Both sets of boats should deliver a fantastic spectacle and compete to raise money for great causes.The race follows the classic America’s Cup route around the Isle of Wight, ie clockwise, starting at 1000 on the Royal Yacht Squadron Line.

The Artemis Challenge at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week has long attracted a strong list of celebrity guests. Teams competing in the race in the past have included sports stars Zara Phillips, Amy Williams, Will Greenwood, Mike Tindall and James Haskell, as well as other stars from the world of entertainment, such as Ewan McGregor, Davina McCall, Bryan Adams and James and Oliver Phelps, the Weasley Twins from the Harry Potter movies.

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