On the market : sail racing moves #19

[DEPARTURES & NOMINATIONS] RÉMI DUCHEMIN confirmed on Wednesday that he has resigned as co-CEO of OC Sport; HERVÉ FAVRE, with whom he shared the CEO’s role takes responsibility for the entire group. BIANCA COOK, who sailed on Turn the Tide On Plastic on the last race Volvo Ocean Race and completed the Rolex Sydney Hobart on Ocean Respect Racing Team has…

Esailing taking off

After a first edition in 2018, which saw 169,000 players competing around the world, with victory going to a French gamer, in late January, World Sailing launched the second edition of the eSailing World Championship. The international federation, aiming to encourage sailing, received the support of the organising committee for the 2024 Paris Olympics at the end of February and announced that…

Stu Bannatyne: ‘Never say never…’

When Kiwi Stu Bannatyne won the final Volvo Ocean Race with Dongfeng Race Team last year he was completing his eighth Whitbread or Volvo Race. His win rate is probably the best in the business, the 2017-18 success being his fourth after New Zealand Endeavour in 1993-94, Illbruck in 2001-2 and Ericsson 4 in 2008-9. In his capacity with Doyle Sails he has recently…

On the market : sail racing moves #18

DEPARTURES & NOMINATIONS] JACQUES CARAËS will be alongside Kito de Pavant aboard Made in Midi for the first edition of the Atlantic Challenge, a double-handed or crewed race on Class40s (start from Pointe-à-Pitre on 23rd March). CHARLIE DALIN and YOANN RICHOMME will respectively be the co-skippers for Martin Le Pape and Pierre Quiroga on the Figaro 3 Skipper Macif in the Sardinha Cup. Anthony Marchand has called upon the services of PAUL MEILHAT to…

David Graham : “The target is to win the Tour Voile”

David Graham is the long standing CEO of the Oman Sail initiative. This year sees continued notable evolution as Sailing Arabia The Tour comes of age as a sustainable entity in its second year in the Diam 24. This year it attracted ten top quality teams and produced an excellent level of racing. And Franck Cammas and his company Joven have been…

Crisis, what crisis?

There are new Ultimes on the way for Sodebo, Macif and Banque Populaire, Vendée Globe projects are multiplying like rabbits (there are 48 active projects according to SAEM Vendée), there is  the ongoing success of the Class40 plus the bourgeoning enthusiasm for the Mini circuit. The success for French ocean racing is gratifying and well deserved, bringing employment and investment but right…

On the market: sail racing moves #17

[DEPARTURES & NOMINATIONS] PAUL MEILHAT has been chosen by Sam Davies to accompany her in the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre aboard Initiatives Coeur. JUD SMITH, world J70 champion, was named sailor of the year (2018) in the United States, while CARMEN and EMMA COWLES, world youth champions in 420 took the women’s title. JONAS GERCKENS, 14th in the last Route du Rhum in Class40, was elected Belgian sailor…

First toughts: the Figaro 3 is both physical and technical

Since the first batch were delivered on January 7th now 49 new Figaro Bénéteau 3s have been delivered to their proud new owners. More than thirty are sailing now, primarily spread between Lorient, Port-la-Forêt and Saint-Gilles Croix-de-Vie, where skippers are hard at work preparing for the first event of the season, the Sardinha Cup (26 March-13 April ). Tip…

On the market: sail racing moves #16

[DEPARTURES & NOMINATIONS] SCOTT OVER,  ex OC Sport, has been hired as the new Commercial Director of World Sailing. ROBERT DICKSON and SEAN WADDILOVE have been named Irish Sailors of the Year for 2018 in recognition of their gold medal victory in the 49er U23 Junior World Championships. GLENN ASHBY (Foiling Sailor) and the AC75 (Foiling Design) were among the prize-winners at the Foiling Awards, last Monday in Milan. EELCO…