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MOD70 christened

French actress Anne Richard cracks the bubbly on Steve Ravussin's Race for Water

Friday March 25th 2011, Author: Sandra Mudronja, Location: France

The MOD70 Race for Water, the first of the new series of MOD70 one-design trimran was christened in Lorient this evening by French actress Anne Richard.

It has been an action-packed week for the MOD70 the launch of the first boat, an educational day for Lorient school children, the organisation of a Forum entitled 'Ocean racing, a platform for sustainability?' attended by several specialists such as Catherine Chabaud, Roland Jourdain and Vincent Lauriot-Prevost.

Multi One Attitude Foundation’s ambassador boat, the MOD70 #1, skippered by Stève Ravussin, will participate this year in two races and in a test fleet race.

“I am committed to fight hard with my new boat, the MOD70 Race for Water, to obtain the best results; I will do my best to promote our message: the preservation of water!” says Stève Ravussin, just a few hours before the christening of his new racing machine. “We have already a good racing program this year, with two mythical races, the Stockholm Round Gotland Race in Sweden in July and the Fastnet Race in Great Britain in August, followed by the test match this autumn, where all the teams participating in the circuit will try to win on an equal footing!"

Ravussin's rival skippers - Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia), Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environnement) and Sébastien Josse (Gitana Team) - were by Ravussin’s side for the christening of Race for Water outside the Cite de la Voile Eric Tabarly, along with French actress Anne Richard, a long time friend, who was chosen by Stève to represent the children, the actual godfathers and godmothers of the boat. Richard writes and recounts children’s stories, and her CDs are loved by the small ones. Richard was assisted in the ceremony by Malo and Ambre, both 10 years old,

Anne-Cecile Turner, Multi One Attitude Foundation Director, said: “It is great to see Race for Water in the sea. It is the result of a hard work. She is now ready to carry our message around Europe and around the world.”

Marco Simeoni, Multi One Design and Multi One Attitude Foundation President: “This has been a fantastic week. The Foundation has launched the first actions aiming to increase public awareness about water preservation, both with the children and with the nautical industry community. The MOD70 Race for Water is not only the ambassador of the Foundation, but also the ambassador of the entire MOD70 series. Already 4 teams are registered and we will announce the fifth team in April. We are confident that 12 boats will be on the start of the first Ocean World Tour".


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