Michel Desjoyeaux round the world race
Michel Desjoyeaux's Ocean50 one design class (formerly the SolOcean) is looking at the possibility of holding a new singlehanded round the world race from Brittany to Brittany via the three capes with stopovers in various French overseas territories and departments en route.
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The event is in the process of being created by Desjoyeaux’s company Mer Agitée, the development team at Mer Forte led by Denis Juhel and the event organisers, Mer & Média.
The new race around the world, provisionally called the Breizh World Tour, was presented to representatives at Brest Métropole Océane (the Brest metropolitan council), the Regional Authority in Brittany and the Finistère Council on 29 May in Brest.
The first running of this new event, which is due to be raced every four years in between the other major French ocean races such as the Vendée Globe, Route du Rhum and Transat Jacques Vabre, will be held over the winter of 2017-2018. The race will last five to six months and will comprise 'four major legs'.
The event will be sailed exclusively by OCEAN50 monohulls, the one design class designed to allow skippers and their sponsors to race around the world while keeping budgets under control and commanding the maximum return on investment.
The event also aims to promoting Brittany, Finistère and Brest while promoting French culture and language. The event will make it possible to celebrate the history of the great French seafarers, who set out to conquer the world, like Antoine de Bougainville and Jean-François de la Pérouse, whose voyages began from Brest.
Michel Desjoyeaux commented: "This new project for a round the world race corresponds to the aims of our class. An event that will be hugely popular with the general public and the media, which is open to all and is truly international. For the first time the skippers will be able to offer their sponsors the opportunity to become involved in a brand new race around the world offering good media coverage while keeping costs down.
Leg 1: Brest-Reunion Island, via the Cape of Good Hope
Leg 2: Reunion Island-Tahiti, via Cape Leeuwin
Leg 3: Tahiti-French West Indies, via Cape Horn
Leg 4: French West Indies-Brest, final transatlantic race