Open 60 to visit conference

An update on the Petit Bateau conference to be held in Southampton on 17 March

Monday March 5th 2007, Author: Jerry Freeman, Location: United Kingdom
Delegates to the SOLO Sailing Conference in Southampton on 17 March have the chance to get up close and personal with an Open 60, the former Gartmore/Pindar, veteran of both the Around Alone and the Vendee Globe singlehanded around the world races in the hands of Josh Hall and Emma Richards. New owner and OSTAR class winner, Steve White of White Ocean Racing, is keen to show the delegates over his Finot Conq designed flyer in which he plans to compete in future grand prix events, currently sailing under the banner of bluQube.

The Open 60 should be easy to spot in Ocean Village Marina where her 25m tall carbon mast towers over the other yachts on pontoon L.

Solo racers or those interested in the sport will gather for the first time at the conference to examine developments in the racing scene including the latest on class 40 and the new Express 40. Proposals for the new Class950 will be show cased by the French design promoters of FoX 9.50 and Dick Koopmans will present the Dutch interpretation of the box rule with his VQ32.

Solo race promoters will be describing their future events with presentations by Classe Mini, Jester Challenge and Racing at Petit Bateau. The prospects for the OSTAR 2009 will be examined in detail by a panel of crusty veterans of the race.

Quantum Sails chief Peter Kay will be on hand to give his view on the particular challenges of racing sail design in the short-handed world, and J Boats plan to reveal an exciting new craft afloat for the first time in UK waters.

Tickets to the first ever Solo Sailing Conference, organised by Racing at Petit Bateau Ltd, are available from

The conference takes place at Royal Southampton Yacht Club starting at 14.00
Saturday 17 March, and the race boats are open for viewing between 10.00 and
13.00 hrs in Ocean Village marina.

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