On 8th November last, the Vendée Globe racers set off on a new round-the-world sailing race. These exceptional racers are sailing on racing cars, most of which are designed, manufactured and equipped in the heart of the Bretagne Sailing Valley®. Of the 33 boats to set off on the “Everest of the Seas”: 18 (nearly
INVESTIGATING : available in the Bretagne Sailing Valley® News – Newsletter #3 – autumn At 1302hrs CET on 8th November 2020, 33 solo sailors will set off at the start of the ninth Vendée Globe. Eight of them will be aboard brand new boats launched between August 2018 (Charal) and May 2020 (Corum L’Épargne),
Analysis : available in the Bretagne Sailing Valley® News – Newsletter #3 – autumn Sponsors who are partnered with the 33 2020 Vendée Globe skippers, the solo race round the world are involved for a host of different reasons. Three of them, supporters of Sam Davies, Charlie Dalin and Isabelle Joschke, discuss the reasons
A breeze of feminization is blowing over the world of ocean racing. Since 2007, a professional sector financed by the Brittany Region and Crédit Mutuel de Bretagne has benefited major names in offshore racing: François Gabart, Sébastien Simon. The scheme is now open to women. Following a demanding selection process, a female sailor will be
The Imoca president, Antoine Mermod, has helped to bring the class together with The Ocean Race (formerly Volvo Ocean Race) whose forthcoming edition in 2021-2022 will be run on the 60-foot monohulls. He explains how the ocean racing ecosystem in Brittany can benefit from it. How did The Ocean Race open up to the Imoca?
The Breton competitive sailing ecosystem is unique. How do you see the role of the Eurolarge Innovation programme? I am one of those convinced that having a team working on a common project is better for progress than working alone. For me, Eurolarge Innovation is the team that carries the goal: to promote regional economic
‘‘Since I was tiny , I have dreamed of flying”, says François Gabart, holder of the round-the-world solo sailing record on his MACIF trimaran fitted with foils. “My dream has become a reality.” This revolution in technology makes boats glide above the waves. Free of all resistance, they gain enormous speed thanks to these marine
One of the special characteristics of the region is getting the corporate world to work with Research. An example with the FoilAddiCT project. FoilAddiCT - Foil Additive Composite Technologies - is one example of this type of collaborative project between research and corporate actors. It was started in 2016 and has received support from the Brittany region