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The MOD70s are back…Brest to New York!

Posted on 24 July 2013 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Multi One Design] The countdown begins here…there are 300 days until the start of the second edition of the KRYS OCEAN RACE which will take the MOD70 fleet from Brest to New York.

Three hundred days for a chance for revenge for the fleet after the 2012 edition saw Spindrift, skippered by Yann Guichard, speed to victory from New York to Brest in a record time of 4 days 21 hours and 8 minutes. A rapid run across the North Atlantic provided a race of rare intensity on an oceanic scale.

The KRYS OCEAN RACE, starts on May 11, 2014 from Brest

Two years ago Brest gave the race an extraordinary welcome for the first edition of the KRYS OCEAN RACE by placing it at the heart of the Tonnerres de Brest (the Brest Maritime Festival) with its 700,000 visitors. For the start of the second edition, Brest will beat to the rhythm of the KRYS OCEAN RACE from May 3-11, 2014 with a program of sporting and cultural celebrations and many other entertainments (Brest City Races, a ‘Krys Match’, a brass band festival and street shows). “Brest, the harbour of departure for the great explorations of Laperouse and Bougainville and the major records of the Atlantic and circumnavigations, is the ocean gateway to the Atlantic and the Americas,” Jean-Claude Lardic, Vice President of Brest Evénements Nautiques, said. “The Krys Ocean Race from Brest to New York continues this great history with an exciting competition.”

Spindrift Racing won the inaugural Krys Ocean Race

36 storytellers, 6 boat owners and 2,950 miles of suspense

The KRYS OCEAN RACE will mark the return of the MOD70 fleet to the ocean for a rematch to New York, from east to west, against prevailing winds and currents. “After a very successful 2012 edition, we are pleased to host the second edition of the Krys Ocean Race,” Marco Simeoni, President of Multi One Design S.A. said. “It will take place in May 2014 and will take the fleet from Brest to New York. With the support of Krys opticians, the city of Brest and New York City, this transatlantic race is fast becoming a major international event in the sailing world. The participation of the one-design oceanic multihulls, the MOD70s, will guarantee a top-flight show.”

The MOD70 fleet which will line up for the start of this second edition will each have on board six sailors, including the greatest multihull skippers of our time.

Two events you should not miss:
- Official presentation of the KRYS OCEAN RACE and the teams at the Paris Boat Show, December 2013
- May 11, 2014: the start of the KRYS OCEAN RACE from BREST to New York City

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Spindrift racing: Power of three

Posted on 16 April 2013 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Spindrift racing] After re-fitting the maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 (formerly the record-breaking Banque Populaire V), the Spindrift racing team is gaining momentum. The 2013 program, designed and based around Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard, will marry regattas, ocean races and ocean records for the next four seasons.

The Fastnet Race in August for Spindrift 2

Spindrift 2 is currently at the CDK boatyard in Lorient for a complete check-up and will be launched in its new livery in early July. The first training session is scheduled so that Spindrift 2 does not break stride before the start of the Fastnet Race from Cowes on August 11. He holds the record for the 600-mile race in the English Channel and the Irish Sea, winning in 1 day 8 hours and 48 minutes at an average speed of 18.1 knots (approved WSSRC record) in August 2011. “This year will be dedicated to discovering the boat and familiarising ourselves with the size of the machine so we can determine what technical developments it is possible to make for next season.” Yann Guichard said.

After the first outing in the Fastnet, Spindrift racing will dedicate 2014 to the formation of a team of a dozen people to set records: An Atlantic crossing, the Route Discovery, a Mediterranean crossing, Jules Verne …

“This joint project with Yann is about drawing together human and sporting adventures that fit our criteria: creating a new challenge and team, performing and not resting on our laurels,” Dona Bertarelli said. “Although it is a logical next step for Yann in his career, for me it is a 90 ° turn and a big challenge to get involved in this ocean racing format that I do not know. It is my desire to progress further and discover the deep.” 

The Geneva circuit for the D35 Ladycat

Competing since 2007 on the Decision 35 circuit on board Ladycat, Dona Bertarelli continues her quest for the Geneva Holy Grail after winning the Bol d’Or in 2010, the first victory by a woman skipper (and crew of mostly women), since creation of the event in 1939! Third in the Vulcain Trophy last year behind Realstone Sailing and Alinghi, the crew’s ambition is for more of the same in 2013 and to fight for the podium in the fleet of twelve one-design catamarans. Eight races are scheduled from mid-May until the Bol d’Or in mid-June, then in September on Lake Geneva.

From Europe to Brazil for the MOD70 Spindrift

This season, the skippers of MOD70 trimarans will compete in two major ocean races: the Route des Princes around Europe and the Transat Jacques Vabre double-hander in November. The tour of Western Europe from June 6 to June 30 stops in Valencia (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), Dublin (Ireland), Plymouth (England) and Roscoff (Brittany) and is for multihulls over 50 feet, divided into three classes.

To test the winter check-up, Spindrift will be launched around April 17, before heading for a tour of the Belle Isle, leaving from La Trinité-sur-Mer on May 4. At the end of the season, Yann Guichard will leave from Le Havre for Brazil (Itajai) on the Transat Jacques Vabre two-hander.

It is an extensive program for a Spindrift racing team that continues to grow and diversify. Yann Guichard will have more than 230 days of sailing this year, beginning his season at the last meeting of the AC45 World Series in Naples from 16 to 21 April aboard the Energy Team

D35 Program: Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing

  • May 10-12: Grand Prix of Versoix
  • May 25-26: Grand Prix Les Ambassadeurs
  • June 7-9: Open Versoix
  • June 8: Genève-Rolle-Geneva
  • June 15: Bol d’Or
  • September 7-8: Open Crans
  • September 21-22: Grand Prix Grange & C °
  • September 27-29: Grand Prix Beau-Rivage Palace

Program of the MOD70 Spindrift

  • April 17: Launch at La Trinité-sur-Mer
  • May 4: Tour de Belle-Ile (La Trinité-sur-Mer)
  • June 6 to June 30: Route des Princes (Valencia-Lisbon-Dublin-Plymouth-Roscoff)
  • November 3: Transat Jacques Vabre (Le Havre-Itajai)

Program of the maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2

  • Early July: launch in Lorient
  • August 11: Fastnet Race (Cowes-Fastnet-Plymouth)

D35 crew Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing:

  • Dona Bertarelli (skipper)
  • Yann Guichard
  • Marie Riou
  • Billy Besson
  • Arnaud Jarlegan
  • Devan Le Bihan

MOD70 Spindrift crew

  • Yann Guichard (skipper)
  • Jacques Guichard
  • Erwan Tabarly
  • Xavier Revil
  • Christophe Espagnon
  • Pascal Bidégorry
  • Sébastien Marsset

Crew of the maxi trimaran Spindrift 2

  • Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard (co-skippers)
  • Crew being formed

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The MOD70′s give up on 2013 season and focus on 2014-16

Posted on 27 March 2013 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: MOD70] The inaugural MOD70 racing season was deemed a great success proving the potential of the one-design MOD70 Class and the full value of this innovative concept in the sailing world through the boat performance, reliability, the tight races and exciting events. Over 850’000 visitors followed the competition in the race village of the “Krys Ocean Race” and “MOD70 European Tour”. Since the launch of the first MOD70, Race for Water, in March 2011, the circuit has generated an estimated 24 million Euro international media return.

2013 Competition Season

In the absence of a title sponsor for 2013, MOD and teams have opted on competing in events that include different classes.

The MOD70 fleet program includes a European Tour in the “Route des Princes” next June and most likely the “Transat Jacques Vabre” race between Le Havre (France) and Itajai (Brazil) with scheduled start on the 3rd of November.

2014 – 2016 Horizon

It is important to note that the MOD70 fleet is growing with the launch of MOD70 nr.06 Virbac Paprec (skippered by Jean-Pierre Dick) and the arrival of an American Team Orion Racing, which purchased MOD70 nr.02 (ex-Veolia) with Cam Lewis, regarded as one of the best multihull sailors in the USA, part of the team. A North-American team entry opens up new perspectives for the circuit.

With an international participation at the highest level composed of a minimum 7 teams, MOD’s objective is now to actively work on the 2014-2016 circuit program, with notably the second edition of the “Krys Ocean Race” (from Brest to New York). The first edition, with a finish during the Tonnerres de Brest, proved a great success and the second edition is soon to be announced.

The Multi One Design core principles, being a one-design MOD70 fleet, an international circuit, with inshore/offshore races and being an eco-responsible model, continue to be the benchmarks to which work continues with partners on developing the circuit from 2014.

The MOD 70′s are in dire straits…

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Orion Racing join MOD70 Class

Posted on 21 February 2013 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: MOD70 Class] Multi One Design (MOD) announced today that US-based Orion Racing has purchased MOD nr.02. “MOD is delighted to welcome an American boat-owner as it increases the number of nationalities in the circuit”, said Marco Simeoni, President of Multi One Design. “Orion will bring a new dynamic to the development of the circuit and promote the MOD70 series in the American Market.”

Cam Lewis, one of the top American multihull sailors and longtime and ambassador for multihull sailing in the US, is a principal in the formation of the Orion Racing team. Cam Lewis is regarded as one of the top multihull sailors in the US having won the 1988 America’s Cup on the Wing Powered Stars and Stripes and skippered the Maxi-catamaran Team Adventure in The Race in 2000. “This is a great opportunity for sailing in the United States,” Lewis said. “The MOD 70 trimarans are at the cutting edge of the sport. They are purpose designed and built for close inshore racing as well as transoceanic racing. The conditions for racing the MOD70 between California, Hawaii and Mexico are incredible. I can’t wait to show American sailors how fantastic and fast these amazing machines are.”

With 2013 being a transition year for the MOD70 circuit, Orion Racing will be training in the Pacific to fully discover this latest generation of racing multihull. The boat and team will set up a training camp in Puerto Vallarta Mexico in May then move to San Francisco for the summer and fall season. Orion Racing Team preliminary race planning for 2014-2015 includes the MOD70 circuit and the Krys Ocean Race (from Brest to New York).

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The Multi One Championship 2012 is won by Spindrift racing

Posted on 04 October 2012 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: MOD70] The gala evening was a beautiful end to a great season of competition, between July 7th and October 2nd 2012, the five MOD70’s -Race for Water, FONCIA, Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, Spindrift racing and Musandam-Oman Sail have enjoyed 50 days of competition, racing at high speeds, high intensity at close quarters no matter if the format has been transoceanic, offshore or round the buoys sprint races.

The first KRYS OCEAN RACE (7-12 July), the transatlantic from New York to Brest was won by Spindrift racing and was completed in less than five days at an average speed of more than 25kts.

The inaugural MOD70 European Tour delivered a combined test of offshore and inshore racing, joining Kiel (Germany), Dun Laoghaire by Dublin (Ireland), Cascais (Portugal), Marseille (France) and Genoa (Italy) over the course of one full month of racing, from September 2nd to October 2nd. The finishes proved incredibly close, often only seconds separating the top finishers and results never concluded until the finish line was crossed. Michel Desjoyeaux’s FONCIA won this inaugural edition.

As for the 70 foot (22 metre) one design MOD70, they have prove to be the perfect platform, almost beyond expectation. They have proven very fast, reliable, seaworthy and perfectly evenly matched for speed. Capable of almost 40kts, they raced in all wind conditions without any technical problems. In the end it was the human performance, revealing the talents of the crew of six offshore and eight inshore, and not any technological advantage which made the vital difference.

And so this season is one which passed with flying colours. Next year the fleet will grow with the addition of Jean-Pierre Dick on Virbac-Paprec. There will be a new MOD70 European Tour in the spring, and a world tour to follow.

They said:

Yann Guichard, skipper of Spindrift racing, winner of the Multi One Championship:
“First was that super fast transatlantic and then a tour of Europe, both very stressful and high intensity but in the end it is the consistency which pays. Michel (Desjoyeaux) is 3 and 1, we 1 and 2. That is a great start for the first MOD70 season! It motivates us for the future too, continuing our work and efforts to do well in 2013. I am really happy. We are a new team which we built with Léo Lucet from the ground up in less than a year, so it is great to win the Multi One Championship in 2012. I’m happy for myself and for the team that we did so well. One of our strengths is that we worked so well as a team, there were always good combinations on board and a good atmosphere. It worked, the winning spirit was developed. And that is the role of the skipper. We had regular guys on board, as well as Pascal Bidégorry and others, and I am really pleased to have had him and everyone with us through the season”

Marco Simeoni, President of Multi One Design S.A:
“For us, it was a season test. It was necessary to demonstrate the quality of the platform, the boats were solid, reliable and efficient. In the KRYS OCEAN RACE they sailed under extreme conditions but all finished safely in good condition, even Race for Water which was damaged due to their encounter with a container. The European Tour was also a challenge in terms of event organization and implementation of different race formats, inshore and offshore. In the end, it was amazing. The suspense was incredible. The one design really fulfilled its role, the boats finished in just a few minutes. The sailors made the difference. For them, it was extremely challenging. They were never able to relax for one month. That also contributes to the test of the tour. Inshore, the show was superb. I still have in mind the images of Dublin City races sailed in 20 knots of wind, the sun, it was magical. I’m really happy. It has been successful in every sphere in 2012. Given the current economic climate to be able to develop a circuit like we did this year is fantastic. For next year, our schedule is set and we are looking for title partners the World Tour. We will have at least six boats. And there is a very high probability that may be seven. “

Franck David, Executive Director of Multi One Design SA:
“It is a pleasure to have 100% of the MOD70’s here Genoa after this fantastic season. We had great, high level sport on this European Tour which was played out in the end on the last miles of the last leg between FONCIA and Spindrift racing, and between Musandam-Oman Sail and Race for Water for third place. As such, it is a success. And that’s the whole point of the one design. The boats are fast and efficient. This is a technical success. It was a challenge to put together 30 days of racing, in five countries lived at a very fast pace. Today we have four cities who wish to continue with us next year. We already know that in 2013, the course will be from south to north, so it will be another great story, perhaps even better. Now, there is more to do to see this fleet grow and internationalise. Paprec-Virbac will join us after the Vendée Globe. Then we still have boat N ° 2 for sale. There are active discussions with foreign teams: it is our goal to develop the international circuit as much as possible. “

General classification Multi One Championship 2012
1 – Spindrift racing EUR (Yann Guichard, FRA)
2 – FONCIA, FRA, (Michel Desjoyeaux, FRA)
3 – Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, FRA (Sébastien Josse, FRA)
4 – Race For Water, SUI (Stève Ravussin, SUI)
5 – Musandam, Oman Sail OMA (Sindey Gavignet FRA)

Rank Krys Ocean Race
1-Spindrift racing (Yann Guichard) arrived 12 July ’37 to 12 08 25.3 knots average (theoretical route) in 4d 21h 08 ’37
2-Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (Sébastien Josse) arrived July 12 at 13h 19 ’49 to 25.06 knots average (theoretical route) in 4d 22h 19 ’49
3-FONCIA (Michel Desjoyeaux) arrived July 12 at 13h 47 ’57 at 24.96 knots average (theoretical route) in 4d 22h 47 ’57
4-Musandam, Oman Sail (Sidney Gavignet) arrived on July 12 at 22h 05 ’38 to 23.3 knots average (theoretical route) in 5d 07h 05 ’38
5-Race For Water (Steve Ravussin) arrived on July 13 at 07h 32 ’32 at 18.47 knots average (theoretical route) in 6d 16h 32 ’32

Rank MOD70 European Tour 2012
1/ FONCIA avec 284 points
2 / Spindrift racing avec 282 points
3 / Race For Water avec 244 points
4/ Musandam-Oman Sail avec 242 points
5/ Groupe Edmond de Rothschild avec 228 points

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Spindrift racing wins the Krys Ocean Race

Posted on 12 July 2012 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Spindrift racing] Yann Guichard and the 5 men aboard Spindrift racing, Pascal Bidégorry, Léo Lucet, Jean-Baptiste Levaillant, Jacques Guichard and Kévin Escoffier have just won the Krys Ocean Race, first transatlantic race between New York and Brest (France) opened to 70 feet One Design Multihulls (MOD70 Class).

Spindrift racing crossed the finish line today Thursday July 12th at 14:00 hours, 08 minutes and 37 seconds, French local time.

They covered the 2 950 miles theorical course in 4 days, 21 hours, 8 minutes and 37 seconds, averaging 25.3 knots. Their actual course was 3 284 miles long, at 28.04 knots.

Spindrift racing, after a difficult start within New York bay, quickly took the lead during last Sunday night. They have since kept a steady pace over 30 knots, increasing their lead up to a 70 miles margin to runner up Sébastien Josse (Groupe Edmond de Rothschird), and Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia).

Spindrift racing wins the Krys Ocean Race

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Oman Sail’s MOD70 “Musandam-Oman Sail” is unveiled

Posted on 02 June 2012 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Oman Sail] After a traditional welcome with rose water and frankincense, His Highness Sayyid Tarik bin Shabib Al Said of Oman, presented Musandam crewmember, Khamis Al Anbouri with the national flag of Oman; it was raised by Fahed Al Hasni to the National Anthem, highlighting the significance of the sport to Oman’s maritime heritage.

“I feel very privileged to be here in St Nazaire for the launch and naming ceremony of Musandam-Oman Sail and to see this amazing MOD70 at the start of its career, carrying Omani colours and with Omani crew members onboard,” said His Highness Sayyid Tarik bin Shabib Al Said, adding: “They are in great company as Oman has some legendary sailing personalities, Sinbad for example dates back to the 9th century, they were people who were completely unafraid of going out on the high seas and putting their lives in danger to discover new places so in a way this team is a modern version of these people creating new Omani seafaring legends.

The MOD70 is a high profile and beautiful looking yacht, it’s fast, it’s cutting edge, it’s Oman Sail’s flagship and I think that it’s the star of the Oman Sail fleet and is worthy of that. Fair winds”

The ceremony was also attended by Ali Al Qassimi, Oman’s deputy ambassador to France, David Graham Oman Sail’s CEO and several officials from Oman Sail and the MOD70 organising committee.

Launch of Oman Sail's brand new MOD70. St Nazaire, 2 June 2012. Photo copyright Oman Sail

Musandam-Oman Sail is sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism and undersecretary, Her Excellency Maitha Al Mahrouqi, also Chairperson of Oman Sail, sees the Multi One Design circuit as an ideal fit for promoting the sultanate: “We see the MOD70 series as an innovative platform to boost awareness of Oman as a world-class tourism destination. Projections that the Krys Ocean Race and European Tour will attract a TV audience of 350 million, with 75% from Europe, is a perfect fit for our global brand strategy. Our yacht Musandam-Oman Sail will showcase our tourism brand attributes in a vibrant and exciting way. We want people to see Oman as an authentic Arabian destination where visitors will discover that beauty has an address.”

The trimaran, skippered by French offshore sailor Sidney Gavignet, is due to compete in its first race on Sunday ahead of a trans-Atlantic crossing and the start of the Krys Ocean Race from New York to Brest on the 7 July, which heralds the beginning of the Multi One Design campaign.

“Preparations are going well. Sunday will be our first race and our 20th day on the water. We have done some practice racing with other teams and we are quite happy with our performance so far. What’s very important for us is the mix between Omanis and non-Omanis onboard. I selected our non-Omani offshore sailors based on their experience, of course, but also for their spirit. They are very calm people, very performance oriented, but they also have the ability to communicate their experience to the Omani sailors very well,” said Sidney Gavignet.

Launch of Oman Sail's brand new MOD70. St Nazaire, 2 June 2012. Photo copyright Oman Sail

The eight-man crew is multinational with sailors from France, Oman and Great Britain and is part of the overall Oman Sail project that aims to rekindle the country’s maritime heritage through the sport of sailing. The three Omani sailors racing onboard have progressed through Oman Sail’s national sailing programme to the elite offshore team where they will represent their country on the international stage.

“This is a proud moment for Oman and for Oman Sail. This crew is part of our elite offshore team and we are particularly proud of Fahed Al Hasni, Mohsin Al Busaidi and Khamis Al Anbouri who have worked hard to earn their place alongside these French and British offshore veterans. Musandam-Oman Sail will race to the four corners of the world and in doing so will raise awareness of Oman as a tourist and investment destination while also inspiring young Omanis to follow in their footsteps,” said Oman Sail CEO, David Graham.

Mohsin Al Busaidi who became the first Arab to sail around the world non-stop in 2009 on board another trimaran named Musandam said: “Musandam-Oman Sail brings back a lot of great memories and we will carry this name with us now on our new journey that represents a huge milestone for Oman Sail’s offshore team. I am delighted to be a member of this crew and especially to be joined by two of my colleagues Khamis, our Extreme 40 national hero, and our young sailor Fahad who has shown great determination to qualify for the Musandam team. This project showcases the development of the Omani sailors in a very short time frame and we are just getting started.”

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Oman Sail’s MOD70 doing 30 knots!

Posted on 25 April 2012 by Valencia Sailing

Oman Sail’s MOD70 doing 30 knots!

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