UK. Offshore Challenges Sailing Team moves ahead with Farr design IMOCA Open 60 Print E-mail
Monday, 13 November 2006
Lou Newlands:


The Offshore Challenges Sailing Team is moving ahead with the build of the first of two planned IMOCA Open 60 ocean racing boats. Sufficient funding, provided by the family of long term Global and Performance Partners that have supported Ellen and the team since 1998, has been put in place to progress the build of the first boat, with the objective very much still in place to build a second in the near future. Negotiations to secure the Principal Title Partner are ongoing and once in place will underpin the build of the second boat and the overall naming of the new team. This will bring to fruition the long-held plan for Ellen MacArthur to head up a two-boat sailing team that will realise the potential of new and exciting talent to compete in the highly competitive 2007-2009 IMOCA World Championship. The decision on which new sailors will join the Offshore Challenges Sailing Team is yet to be taken, although there are four or five potential candidates who have the ability to succeed in the discipline of short-handed ocean racing. The IMOCA circuit covers thousands of ocean racing miles in a mix of solo, two-up and five-up races; a truly international fleet of over 25 competitive boats, racing around Europe, North America and, of course, around the planet.

The build of the first boat, a Farr design, under the expert direction of Technical Director, Neil Graham, and leading boatbuilder, Paul Quinn, will commence imminently in Cowes with launch expected in May 2007 in time for the start of the IMOCA season with the Calais Round Britain Race (June) and then the start of the two-handed, non-stop round the world, Barcelona World Race (November).

Further build and design information will be announced shortly; an announcement regarding principal Title Partner is not expected until January.
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