MOD70s Kiel bound

MOD70 European Tour sets off on 2 October

Wednesday August 22nd 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: Germany

The MOD70 European Tour fleet of five MOD70 multihulls will muster in Kiel, Germany on Tuesday 28 August, ready for five weeks and almost 5,000 miles of racing around the European coastline, from the Baltic to the Mediterranean, finishing in Genoa on 2 October.

The inaugural event comprises challenging offshore legs from Kiel, Germany to Dùn Laoghaire, Ireland, to Cascais, Portugal onto Marseille, France with the race concluding in Genoa, Italy. The race starts from Kiel on Sunday 2 September.

The five offshore legs will encounter a full range of weather and sea conditions, from strong headwinds and big seas off the north of Scotland to the very light, unpredictable winds of the Mediterranean.

At each city stop the five identical MOD70’s, all equally matched 70 foot high speed offshore racing multihulls, will compete in a series of short, fast races closer to shore City Races and Speed Matches.

Aboard the five MOD70s will be some of the best multihull sailors in the world. Yann Guichard’s Spindrift Racing has already won the KRYS Ocean Race across the Atlantic and includes Atlantic and round the world record holders such as Pascal Bidégorry and recent winner of La Solitaire du Figaro, Yann Eliés. Michel Desjoyeaux, skipper of FONCIA has twice won the Vendée Globe along with the Route du Rhum and the OSTAR.

Class and circuit co-founder Stève Ravussin will be joined by Volvo Ocean Race winning skipper Franck Cammas and Thomas Coville aboard Race for Water.

Sidney’ Gavignet’s Musandam-Oman Sail will again have Britain’s fastest round the world sailor Brian Thompson on board. The Omani team will be joined by German ace Michi Mueller for the inshore city races.

Former Volvo Ocean Race and Vendee Globe skipper Sébastien Josse will be hoping his well trained team on board Groupe Edmond de Rothschild can improve on their performance in the Krys Ocean Race.

The MOD70 European Tour is the second event of the Multi One Championship, following on from July’s inaugural Krys Ocean Race which saw the five MOD70s race across the Atlantic from New York to Brest, France. The first three boats finished within less than two hours after crossing the Atlantic in under than five days with the winning boat making more than 711 miles in one 24 hour period.

Crew Lists :

Race For Water: Stève Ravussin (SUI), Yvan Ravussin (SUI), Franck Cammas (FRA), Thomas Coville (FRA), François Morvan (FRA), Loïc Forestier (SUI), Tanguy Cariou (FRA), Nicolas Heintz (FRA), Gurvan Bontemps (FRA), Benoît Lequin (FRA)

Foncia: Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA), Antoine Carraz (FRA), Thierry Chabagny (FRA), Charles Caudrelier (FRA), Emmanuel Leborgne (FRA), Xavier Revil (FRA), Sébastien Col (FRA), Alban Rosselin (FRA), Nicolas Texier (FRA), Julien Falxa (FRA)

Groupe Edmond de Rothschild : Sébastien Josse (FRA), David Boileau (FRA), Florent Chastel (FRA), Cyril Dardashti (FRA), Olivier Douillard (FRA), Christophe Espagnon (FRA), Antoine Koch (FRA), Thomas Rouxel (FRA)

Spindrift racing: Yann Guichard (FRA), Léo Lucet (FRA), Pascal Bidégorry (FRA), Jacques Guichard (FRA), Jean-Baptiste Levaillant (FRA),Yann Eliès (FRA), Kevin Escoffier (FRA), Devan Le Bihan (FRA)

Musandam-Oman Sail : Sidney Gavignet (FRA), Fahad Al Hasni (OMA) Moshin Al Busaidi (OMA) Khamis Al Amburi (OMA) Brian Thompson (GBR) Jean-François Cuzon (FRA) Thomas Le Breton (FRA) Michi Mueller (GER)

Offshore legs:

1 - Kiel, Germany to Dùn Laoghaire, Ireland. Start: 2 September. Finish: 5 September
2 - Dùn Laoghaire to Cascais, Portugal (1215 miles). Start: 9 September. Finish: 12 September
3 - Around Portugal Race (558 miles). 17-18 September.
4 - Cascais to Marseille, France (1071 miles). Start: 20 September. Finish 23 September
5 - Marseille to Genoa, Italy (672 miles). Start 30 September. Finish 2 October.

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