Multi Cup 60 calendar announced

The ORMA 60 trimarans are coming to London!

Tuesday January 31st 2006, Author: Benedicte Etienne, Location: United Kingdom
The Multi Cup 60’ will get underway in London on 8 May this year with the start of the first of the season’s six events. At French Yacht Club headquarters in Paris earlier today, ORMA chairman Gilles Cambournac and French Sailing Federation chairman Jean-Pierre Champion unveiled the full programme for the first edition of this new crewed multihull championship.

Following 9 December’s announcement on the creation of the Multi Cup 60’, ORMA was keen to put together an innovative calendar. The firmly European nature of the circuit is symbolic of the desire to open up the class internationally, starting with a spectacular and highly original rendezvous on the banks of the Thames! And it is a programme that also meets the sporting desires of the skippers, who wish to be able to combine crewed events with solo training with a view towards this autumn's Route du Rhum.

On 8 May therefore, the competitors will set out on the season’s Multi Cup ocean race on an unusual course: London-Alpes Maritimes. The boats are expected at the finish between 15 and 19 May. Present on the circuit in 2005, Alpes Maritimes Conseil Général is renewing its commitment alongside ORMA by accommodating the finish of this event in a town to be finalised at a later date.

In addition to the offshore race there will be five coastal events this season. Alpes Maritimes Conseil Général is also becoming the partner of the first coastal event of the season, the Alpes Maritimes Trophy, to be contested in the form of two coastal events on 20 and 21 May.

For the remainder of the programme, the class will benefit from the support of historic partners such as Marseilles and Port de Fécamp, which have been playing host to the 60ft multihulls for five and 12 years respectively, together with some totally new destinations which will see the crews explore the waters of Trapani in Sicily and Portimao in Portugal.

The calendar:

- London-Alpes Maritimes: start 8 May
- Alpes Maritimes Trophy from 20 to 21 May
- Italy Grand Prix - Trapani, from 1 to 4 June
- Grand Prix de Marseille, from 22 to 25 June
- Portugal Grand Prix - Portimao, from 13 to 16 July
- Grand Prix du Port de Fécamp, from 7 to 10 September

Gilles Cambournac also took advantage of the presentation to thank Benjamin de Rothschild, the owner of the Gitana trimarans who has instigated this transformation.

Key features of the Multi Cup 60'

- A circuit spread over four years so as to offer a secure future to the professional teams and their owners
- An international circuit, initially through the competition venues and eventually via the new format
- An exclusively crewed circuit
- A competition aimed at the general public with changes to the way the events are organised.
- A circuit that is compatible with and complementary to the top single and double-handed ocean meetings (Transat Jacques Vabre, Route du Rhum,
- Boats entered in the Multi Cup 60’ have to take part in all six events on the programme.
- At the end of the season, the title of Multi Cup Champion will be awarded.

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