Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Stand-by in Marseilles & iShares Cup in Venice

by Vincent Borde and Caroline Muller

Mediterranean crossing record, Marseilles / Carthage

Groupama 3 on stand-by in Marseilles. Image copyright Claude Almodovar.

With respect to the programme announced for Groupama 3, Franck Cammas and his crew are on stand-by in Marseilles from 6th May, ready to set off on their attempt at the Mediterranean crossing record (Marseilles/Carthage). The seven sailors are now awaiting the most favourable weather conditions with which to begin their attack of this record spanning 458 miles. It is worth noting that the time to beat is 17 hours 56 minutes 33 seconds, a time held since September 2004 by Bruno Peyron aboard the catamaran Orange II.

From this morning, the Groupama team is in Code Orange...

iShares Cup, round 1, in Venice

Groupama iShares Cup. Supplied image.

Contested aboard 12 metre long one-design catamarans referred to as "eXtreme 40s", the iShares circuit will make stopovers in six European countries: Italy, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Holland and Spain. Sailing aboard Groupama 40, Franck Cammas will rediscover some familiar faces from the multihull world, notably French sailors Loïck Peyron and Yann Guichard, as well as Australian James Spithill and even the double Olympic medallist Shirley Robertson, all of whom will be racing their own steeds.

The first rendez-vous of the season will take place from 15th to 17th May 2009 in Venice...


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