2023 Solo Ultim World Tour confirmed >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News
The first solo round-the-world tour in maxi multihulls will take place in 2023, organized by OC Sport Pen Duick in collaboration with the Class Ultim 32/23 as well as the skippers and owners of the most advanced and exciting ocean in the world. – go racing boats.
The concept of a solo round-the-world trip for these 32-meter giants was imagined more than 15 years ago. However, the idea that these marvels of ocean navigation and innovation could drive winds around the world has been slow to materialize – and for good reason.
The balance between technical development, reliability and ambitious program is extremely complex. Thus, the first edition, which will be held at the end of 2023, is the fruit of many years of work to put in place such a revolutionary event.
“We are very happy to see this project see the light of day,” said Patricia Brochard, president of the Ultim 32/23 class. “Together, we will be able to prepare for this round the world trip and give this magnificent race, both very human and highly technological, the breath it deserves.
While the choice of the host city for the start and finish has not yet been decided, discussions are underway with the City of Brest, which has shown keen interest in hosting this event since the creation of the project. The level of competition and the caliber of the skipper promise to be exceptional, with formal commitments already confirmed by:
• Current – skipper, Yves Le Blevec
• Banque Populaire – skipper, Armel Le Cléac’h
• Brest Ultim Sailing – skipper to be confirmed
• Maxi Edmond de Rothschild – skipper, Charles Caudrelier
• Sodebo – skipper, Thomas Coville
“This solo round-the-world trip in an Ultim is a dream that I did not even dare to hope for in my career,” said Charles Caudrelier, Maxi Skipper Edmond de Rothschild. “I’ve always been very drawn to the Vendée Globe, but here, at the helm of the fastest boats on the planet and in flight mode, it’s quite simply the ultimate challenge.
“To lead such a boat alone on such a demanding world course is an extraordinary adventure that I am really proud to share with the Gitana Team and on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. I’ve been thinking about this world tour for two years, it’s this goal that motivates me and keeps me moving forward every day.
Source: OC SPORT