11th Hour Racing, le futur Imoca de Benjamin Dutreux

On The Market: Benjamin Dutreux buys 11th Hour Racing


DIMITRI DESPIERRES, moves from the American Magic design team to join SailGP as senior design engineer.



ABSOLUTE DREAMER, Jean-Pierre Dick’s operation is looking for an administrative and commercial assistant to strengthen its team. It is a permanent position based in Lorient, to be filled immediately.

THE DMG MORI SAILING ACADEMY are looking for a skipper for one of their Mini 6.50 (David Raison proto) for the Mini Transat 2023 / Profile sought is a rookie with a solid technical background.

TEAM INITIATIVES CŒUR are looking for a boat captain / technical manager, a position to be filled quickly and based in Lorient.

SEABUBBLES is recruiting a manager to lead its future production team and assemble their new boats. Boatyard, electronics, fittings and composite experience required. A permanent position, based in Annecy.

HEOL COMPOSITES the designer and manufacturer of hollow structural parts in autoclaved carbon (foils, masts, battens etc.), is strengthening its position and recruiting a design engineer, a permanent position, based in Vannes.

ROMAIN PILLIARD is recruiting two versatile technical preparateurs with experience in large racing boats to prepare his 75-foot trimaran Use It Again! in preparation for the reverse round the world record this fall. Flexible service period depending on availability. Trimaran based in La Trinité-sur-Mer.

ROUTE DU RHUM 2022 CALL FOR PROJECTS: a national consumer company is looking for a skipper for the Route du Rhum 2022. Profile: young person with high potential or experienced (30-40 years old), already having a track record in the race for broad, good communication skills to share his experience internally. Send your application file to the Mer & Media agency.

MERCONCEPT is looking for technicians / boatbuilders for the build of an Imoca (some of the positions to be filled in November 2021); positions based in Concarneau.



MAXIME DE LAROCHEBROCHARD, a young engineer with a double degree in mechanical design, is looking for a position in a design office (structures, materials, design) in the offshore or maritime racing sector.

ANNE LE BOUIL, a qualified teacher with experience in event logistics as a delivery manager for the Roland Garros French Open tournament, is looking for a position in logistics and / or administration in Lorient in a team, a class or a race organisation.

ROZENN CUMUNEL is looking, from September 2021, for a company for his M1 work-study program in communication 365 (digital, press relations, community manager, events) at the European Communication School in Rennes.

ANTOINE BRUNEL, ex of the Imoca LinkedOut, Prysmian, SMA, offers his services as a rigger / deckhand or versatile preparer. Available from August 15 for short or long missions between Port la forêt and Lorient.



BENJAMIN DUTREUX announced on Tuesday that he has acquired the Imoca 11th Hour Racing, the former Hugo Boss on which Alex Thomson took second place in the 2016-2017 Vendée Globe. Dutreux will take possession of the boat when it returns from the Transat Jacques Vabre.

SAILGP:  ticket sales for the French stage of season 2 of SailGP, September 11 and 12 in Saint-Tropez, is open. In addition, the organizers announced the continued roll out there of the SailGP Inspire program intended to educate young people in sustainable developments as well as bringing in foiling and sail training and racing with fleets of RS Feva and Waszp.

WORLD SAILING has confirmed that the mixed doubles offshore racing 2021 European and World Championships will take place in August and September as as part of Marina Militare Nastro Rosa, the Tour of Italy. HEMPEL will be a partner of the world championship.

OC SPORT PEN DUICK will organize the solo round-the-world Ultim race (so far known as Brest Oceans), which will start at the end of 2023. In addition, Jean-Bernard Le Boucher (ex Macif) becomes the general manager of the class Ultim 32/23.

BEYOND MEAT has signed up as a partner for the English stage of SailGP in Plymouth (17-18 July).

THE GRAND PRIX DE MARSEILLE is no longer on the Pro Sailing Tour calendar.

MATCH RACE GERMANY, which is on the World Match Racing Tour calendar and was scheduled for September 8 to 12, will not now take place, the 2022 edition will be held from June 2 to 6.

ZHIK has signed a partnership with Dee Caffari and James Harayda to support them on their double offshore program.

THE MARITIME ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT of the University of Southampton is organizing a free online seminar on the theme “Sailing on the Edge: The Science Behind the Sport” on July 22 between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.



ROUND ITALY GENOVA-TRIESTE is the name of a new 1130 mile race that will pass round the Italian coast between Genoa and Trieste via the Strait of Messina. The start will be given on September 16.

SWAN announced this week the launch of its latest addition, the Club Swan 125 Skorpios, a 42.60-metre monohull designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian Yacht Design and built by Nautor Group, the boat is owned by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev.

Photo: Amory Ross


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