Life in the fast lane

Mark Lloyd / Oman Sail
Brian Thompson tells us about the Oman Sail MOD70 program ahead of the Krys Ocean Rcae
The first major bout between the new MOD70 trimarans gets underway tomorrow with the start of the Krys Ocean Race between New York and Brest in northwest France. With the recent announcement of the Volvo Ocean Race going one design for their next event in 2014, the Multi One Design is an interesting test case to see the pros and cons of a offshore one design ‘big boat’. Five MOD70s are taking part with a line-up that includes several teams from the defunct ORMA 60 class the Multi One Design has replaced. Foncia once upon a time raced in the ORMA circuit with Alain Gautier on the helm, but now has former Géant skipper Michel Desjoyeaux in the driving seat. Gitana/Groupe Edmond de Rothschild have been through even more skippers including Lionel Lemonchois, Fred le Peutrec, Loick Peyron and Yann Guichard but now has Seb Josse as their skipper. Yann Guichard himself skippers a new team, Spindrift Racing, while Swiss ORMA 60 skipper Stève Ravussin, who was integral to conceiving the class with its patron Marco Simeoni, is driving Race for Water. The newest team to the MOD70 class is Oman Sail, with French Volvo Ocean Race sailor Sidney Gavignet continuing his role with the Omani team following his participation in the 2010 Route du Rhum, which ended up with his maxi-trimaran unfortunately folding up from beneath him while mid-race. The Omani MOD70 certainly has the most international crew with ex-470 sailor and electronics guru Jeff Cuzon the only other Frenchman on board, supported by American Barcelona World Race sailor Ryan Breymaier, who was previously with Roland Jourdain’s now sadly defunct Veolia Environnement MOD70 team. With them are two Omani crew in Mohsin Al Busaidi, who was the first Omani to sail around the world when he survived a lap of the