The Ocean Race : les dernières infos Tip & Shaft

The Ocean Race is a crewed round-the-world stage race of great difficulty. Find the news and investigations of Tip & Shaft on the subject.

The Ocean Race Europe

Will the new course of The Ocean Race attract more teams?

On November 4th the organizers of The Ocean Race announced that the start of the next edition would be postponed by around two months and that the new course would be altered to remove planned stops in China and New Zealand. What is the purpose of these changes? Will they attract more Imoca teams? Tip & Shaft investigates.

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11th hour racing team en IMOCA

Simon Fisher: “The Ocean Race Europe is a great learning experience”

When five times round the world navigator Simon ‘SiFi’ Fisher starts The Ocean Race Europe with the 11th Hour Racing Team it will mark the real start of the journey towards The Ocean Race 2022-2023. Winner of The Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-15 with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, his sixth race will be encompass a whole new challenge as the race adopts the IMOCA. Tip & Shaft caught up with SiFi in Lorient just before the race starts….

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Pour Stewart Hosford, il faut que le Vendée Globe 2020 ait lieu à la date prévue

Stewart Hosford: “Offshore sailing can show itself to be a leader and a differentiator”

With the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the whole planet, it has meant a great deal of uncertainty for sport in general and sailboat races are no exception. To try to get to grips with this new situation, Tip & Shaft is carrying out a series of five interviews about the future of sail racing. Our fourth guest, Stewart Hosford, CEO of Alex Thomson Racing from 2010 to 2019, is now CEO of Sir Keith Mills’ pan global sports investment group Origin Sports.

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Nathalie Quéré et Chris Nicholson gèrent encore le VO65 d'AkzoNobel

Nathalie Quéré: “Sailing can help companies rebuild themselves around positive messages”

With the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the whole planet, it has meant a great deal of uncertainty for sport in general and sailboat races are no exception. To try to get to grips with the new situation, Tip & Shaft is carrying out a series of five interviews about the future of sail racing. Our third guest, Nathalie Quéré is an expert in sponsorships, she works as a consultant and managing director of W Ocean Racing, a management company involved in sailing which she co-founded with the Australian skipper, Chris Nicholson.

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Mark Turner pense que la voile doit prendre un virage sociétal

Mark Turner: “The most important question is what is the meaning to what we do”

With the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the whole planet, it has meant a great deal of uncertainty for sport in general and sailboat races are no exception. What will the impact be on our sport? What changes will there be to the economic model? How do races need to change? How will sponsors behave? To try to get to grips with this new situation, Tip & Shaft is carrying out a series of five interviews about the future of sail racing. Our first interviewee, Mark Turner, cofounder with Ellen MacArthur, of Offshore Challenges, which became OC Sport, was head of the Volvo Ocean Race between 2016 and 2017, and now works as a consultant.

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Phoenix, the South African TP52 taking part to the 52 Super Series

Abby Ehler: “Diversity is a benefit, it’s not a hindrance”

Britain’s Abby Ehler has three Volvo Ocean Races round the world under her belt. Since last year she has moved from mainly offshore roles to sail on the 52 SUPER SERIES as the only full time female pro sailor in the grand prix inshore fleet, racing as mid bow on the Plattners’ Phoenix team. Late last year she completed the first Transatlantic of a modern IMOCA in fully crewed ‘Ocean Race’ mode. Tip & Shaft caught up with Abby in Cape Town…..

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After for years on the Figaro circuit, Swiss Justine Mettraux wants to sail on other supports

Justine Mettraux: “I really want to do The Ocean Race again”

After four seasons in the Figaro circuit, Justine Mettraux will only be competing in 2020 in the Transat AG2R La Mondiale, in order to hand over her Figaro 3 TeamWork to her fellow Swiss sailor, Nils Palmieri. Mettraux, now 33 years old, was discovered in France in the Mini 6.50 (2nd in the 2013 Mini-Transat). She tells us why she is moving on, talks about her projects, in particular The Ocean Race, and looks back at the start of her career on Lake Geneva.

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Yoann Richomme will lead the VO65 Racing for the Planet on ne next edition of The Ocean Race

Yoann Richomme: “The Ocean Race ticked all the boxes for me”

As a very successful solo racer, singlehanded Route du Rhum winner and twice La Solitaire champion, Yoann Richomme might represent something of a surprise choice as skipper of the Mirpuri Foundation’s VO65 Racing for the Planet for The Ocean Race. Tip & Shaft caught up with ‘Yoyo’ just before the hard work starts on a programme which is designed to be a race winner.

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