Developing the UK's shorthanded offshore racing talent


Mark Tyndall, CEO, Artemis Investment Management with Richard Simmonds
Mark Tyndall, CEO, Artemis Investment Management with Richard Simmonds
OC's Charles Darbyshire discusses how the Artemis Offshore Academy will work
It has been more than a decade in coming, but finally the UK is to have a shorthanded offshore training school, hopefully one day able to match France’s mighty and long established Pôle France Finistère Course au Large training centre in Port la Foret. Last week Artemis (Investment Managers, rather than Torbjorn Tornqvist’s AC/TP52/RC44 team) announced that they are to focus their sailing sponsorship on developing new talent on the shorthanded offshore side of the sport. This follows the success of Ellen MacArthur, and those who have followed after her, in events such as the Vendee Globe, which has proved to be one of the most headline-grabbing areas within sailing. The new project is being set up by OC, who run the singlehanded transatlantic race bearing the Artemis name and have more recently taken over the management of the Edinburgh-based investment house’s IMOCA 60 campaign as well. The Artemis Offshore Academy is a slight misnomer, as it will focus entirely on shorthanded and particularly singlehanded offshore racing. Unlike the French schools - which typically have a base in one location, usually where there is a gathering of boats, Port la Foret being the classic example – the AOA is to be of no fixed abode at this stage, with the plan for initial training to take place out of the Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy and then moving down to La Grande Motte in the south of France, where Franck Citeau, ex-Olympic Tornado sailor turned coach, has a training school. This is where Artemis’ Open 60 turned Figaro skipper Jonny Malbon spent last winter training. This is the initial plan, says OC’s Charles Darbyshire, who is setting up the Academy. “We are going to take it slowly slowly, to make sure we do deliver on what people have been wanting and asking

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