This video boasts never seen before footage of the two Nautor Challenge boats, Amer Sports One and Amer Sports Too, battling it out in the world's premier ocean race. Grant Dalton, one of the most famous ocean racers of all time, led the challenge and skippered his boat into the history books, taking overall third position against a highly
Alongside Dalton, skippering the all-female entry was Lisa McDonald, one of the most respected sailors of her generation having competed in the last Whitbread and America's Cup.
From the announcement in February 2001 that Nautor's Swan were to enter the race, this enthralling video follows the two boats and their crews over the 32,700 miles that were covered in approximately 10 months over 9 legs and 4 oceans. The dramatic footage shows the roller coaster of emotions that the crews endured, from exasperating total calm to the storms of the Southern Seas.
The video also takes a detailed look at the vision of Leonardo Ferragamo, Nautor's Swan President who envisaged a 'Grand Prix' team that would echo the success that Nautor's Swan have had in previous global races, such as the Swan 65 Sayula II, winner of the first ever Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973/74. The Nautor Challenge story also demonstrates how these two entrants served as a mission of technological research: the lessons learned from this extreme event are invaluable when it comes to the
production of Swans.
This in-depth account of Nautor Challenge and one of the most demanding yacht races in the world is available now from www.nautorgroup.com and would make the perfect Christmas gift for any sailing enthusiast.