Wednesday, 22 June 2011
Groupe Bel. Image copyright Gilles Martin-Raget/Groupe Bel.
by Groupe Bel media
The new Groupe Bel keel will arrive in Port Camargue this week. After the trimming of the part by the team technicians, the launching and masting of the monohull will be able to begin.
This timing will not enable the participation, as initially planned, in the Giraglia Rolex Cup "offshore" race, leaving from St. Tropez next Wednesday. However, Kito has already established an incredible sailing calendar, with joint training at the end of June with a choice companion, since the British 60' monohull, Hugo Boss, skippered by Alex Thomson, will be taking up quarters for a few days at Port Camargue!
"Making rings in the water is good, but doing it with another boat is even better", says the skipper with amusement, who suggested to Alex that he should come and seize this great opportunity, since his boat is currently sailing in the Mediterranean. For two weeks, the yachts will be able to rate each other during speed tests, but also during maneuvers, and even the occasional race offshore. All this, of course, is intended to boost the preparations for the Transat Jacques Vabre in which Groupe Bel will line up alongside Hugo Boss and the entire 60 foot IMOCA fleet (leaving from Le Havre on 30 October, heading for Costa Rica).