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MOD70 European Tour to visit Marseille

70ft one design trimaran will be in town at the same time as the Alpari World Match Racing Tour

Thursday March 22nd 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: France

Marseille will host the MOD70 fleet from 23-30 September in the only French stopover during the MOD70 European Tour. The exciting new generation of one-design offshore trimarans will be based from the natural sailing arena of Roucas Blanc concurrent with the Alpari World Match Racing Tour event taking place at the same time.

The fleet of MOD70s will have raced to Marseille from Cascais, Portugal and will sail off Marseille's famed corniche on Friday 28 September and Saturday 29 September, as the prelude to their final leg of the MOD70 European Tour which will finish in Italy. Aboard their one design trimarans skippers Stève Ravussin, Michel Desjoyeaux, Sébastien Josse, Sidney Gavignet and Yann Guichard and their star studded crews will therefore race on equal terms against each other on these highly competitive inshore races that will comprise city races and speed trials.

Marseille has chosen to welcome this MOD70 class alongside the World Match Racing Tour, which the city has hosted for the past four years running.

In the heart of the sailing arena of Roucas Blanc the MOD70 and J/80 fleets will take turns to race close to the coastline to give fans the chance to follow the racing live from land or enjoying the ambience of the race village, providing entertainment, running commentary and large screen.

Franck David, Executive Director of Multi One Design S.A.: "Being welcomed in Marseilles, a large French city, alongside an event on the Alpari-World Match Racing Tour, is a real opportunity for our new MOD70 circuit. Our aim is to showcase the fleet of MOD70s in the venues that host Multi One Design Championship events to as many people as possible, provide good entertainment and also allow our partners and competing team owners the opportunity to host quality public relations events. I think that all these elements will come together at the end of September thanks primarily to the town of Marseille, to whom I extend my appreciation."

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