Return of The Challenge Mondial

Next year will see a rerunning of the successful fully-crewed offshore race for the 60ft trimarans

Monday October 7th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: France
Following on from the 60ft trimaran's fully crewed Challenge Mondial Assistance race in 2001, French race organisers Pen Duick have announced that they plan to run this event again on 11 May, 2003.

The first race saw an epic neck and neck finish between Alain Gautier's Foncia (with Ellen MacArthur on board) and Jean-Luc Nelias on Belgacom after 10 days and almost 3,000 miles of racing.

The new race will once again be in fully crewed 60ft trimarans and will start in Cherbourg-Octeville, the recent finish port of the Solitaire du Figaro. It will finish in a port, yet to be announced, in Italy. At present it appears that there will be no marks in the course like there were last time.

The 2003 Challenge Mondial Assistance will be season opener for the 60ft trimarans.

In 2001 this race ended with a neck and neck finish between Alain Gautier's Foncia and Jean-Luc Nelias' Belgacom after 10 days and nearly 3,000 miles of racing.

The next event in 2003 will again start from Cherbourg-Octeville, the recent finish port of the Solitaire du Figaro, in northern France and will finish in Italy.

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