Arkéa becomes Title Partner of the Ultim solo round the world • Live Sail Die
Julien Carmona, Chairman of Crédit Mutuel Arkéa: “Arkea supports sporting events that resonate with its human and cooperative values and its taste for innovation. The group’s past and future are intimately linked to Brest and its metropolis. It was therefore only natural for Arkéa to join forces with local players to support the launch, in Brest, of a new Ultim class race. We also aim to increase our support for the maritime sector in the face of the challenges of today and tomorrow. This new partnership between Arkéa and OC Sport Pen Duick is therefore an integral part of this commitment.
Cédric Malengreau, Managing Director of the Arkéa* subsidiary: “Arkéa’s commitment to this new race in the Ultim class illustrates our passion for sailing and the sea, while echoing our support for the Imoca Paprec-Arkéa, which will take part in the Vendée Globe in 2024. ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE – Brest 2023 represents an exceptional event. sporting event for our region, and we are proud to be able to support its launch alongside local institutions. This major event is eagerly awaited by sailing enthusiasts and offers everyone the opportunity to experience an extraordinary adventure.
*Arkéa is a subsidiary of the Crédit Mutuel Arkéa group. It provides the group’s subsidiaries with a set of means and services for communication and promotion of their activities, based on a strong and value-creating brand.
Hervé Favre, President OC Sport Pen Duick: “Last December, we were very happy to be able to announce Brest as the departure and arrival port for the Ultim Round the World Solo Tour 2023. Today, we are proud to announce that the Crédit Mutuel – Arkéa group has become the title partner of this already legendary race and baptizes it “ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE – Brest”. Having by our side such a partner, historically committed to ocean racing, and with whom we share the same values and commitments, reinforces our ambition to go further in this exceptional sport that is ocean racing.
Arkéa will accompany us alongside the city of Brest, the Brittany region, and the department of Finistère, to organize this incredible race. The ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE – Brest could not have seen the light of day without the confidence of all the players and owners of the major offshore trimarans and Class 32/23s. We would like to thank them warmly. So, let’s look to 2023, a year that promises to be rich in emotions, spray and extraordinary sporting exploits!
Edouard Coudurier, Chairman and CEO Telegram Group: “The Télégramme Group and its subsidiary OC Sport Pen Duick are very pleased to welcome the Crédit Mutuel – Arkéa group as the title partner of the first Ultim 32/23 single-handed round-the-world race, which will start from Brest. All the conditions are now met, and the teams of the Télégramme group are fully committed to making this major event a sporting, human and media success.
The Telegram Group is pleased to contribute to strengthening Brest, headquarters of the Crédit Mutuel Arkéa group, as a reference port for major maritime issues, as well as the Ultim 32/23 class, as part of a long-term partnership including the ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE – Brest will be the highlight.
Loïg Chesnais-Girard, President of the Brittany Region: “Once again, Brittany will participate in the writing of a new page in the history of nautical races by inaugurating the first round the world in an Ultim. It is always a source of pride to embark on these new challenges and a privilege to witness them firsthand. The rivalry between these giants of the ultra-fast seas promises an exceptional spectacle and unprecedented competition, which will also highlight the technical prowess made possible by this cutting-edge sector, combining technological development and high-level sport.
François Cuillandre, Mayor of Brest and President of Brest Métropole: “I am proud to see that sport and more particularly offshore racing, which is part of our identity, is able to unite the players in our region. I salute the commitment of the Arkéa group to be by our side for this great project. This is an important announcement for Brittany and for our territory. As Mayor of Brest and President of Brest Métropole, I know that the people of Brest will be very proud to welcome the best skippers in the world and the start of this new great adventure of racing around the world. It is of course a privilege for our territory, but it is above all the fruit of ambition and long-term work to make Brest and its harbor the most beautiful in the world, the port of departure and arrival of the Ultims, to welcome these exceptional boats. I have no doubt that the public will fully support, and this event will become a beautiful and popular party.
Maël De Calan – President of the Departmental Council of Finistère: “The Departmental Council is proud to support water sports and the sector of excellence represented by ocean racing in Finistère. Already present with the Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race, La Solitaire du Figaro, the Concarneau – Saint-Barthélemy double-handed Transat (formerly Transat AG2R la Mondiale) and the ProSailing Tour, we continue to mobilize to promote the values of sailing. We are delighted to financially support the ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE – Brest.
Jean Luc Denéchau – President of the French Sailing Federation: “The Ultim Round the World will be a human and technological challenge for the teams taking part. Sailing alone on such machines will require approaching this race with a lot of humility and pragmatism, to carry out this adventure and ultimately emerge victorious. This race around the world will allow us to live great moments and share extraordinary exploits with the public. I am convinced that the French will follow this sporting event with great attention. Once again, these exceptional sailors will carry the values of our sport.
This course is a challenge, both for the sailors and for the organizers, and has materialized thanks to the commitment of the OC Sport Pen Duick, which will build an extraordinary event, and thanks to the Utim 32/ 23, whose mission is to define a framework and regulations allowing boats to race together and unite the skippers and owners who sponsor them.
The French Sailing Federation will support the class and the organizer in setting up this world tour, and we would like to thank the partners and the private and public economic players who allow this new race to see the light of day and help us faithfully to promote our sport and its values. I wish a great success to the ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE – Brest 2023 and a beautiful sea to the participants.
Patricia Brochard, President of the Ultim 32/23 Class: “The Ultim 32/23 Class has had this ambition to see its fantastic machines circumnavigating the planet, racing and solo, for years. This extraordinary project is now a reality. We rejoice because it has been a long road to get there. Territories of the Great West, now title partner and each of us, with the organizer OC Sport Pen Duick, can now aim for a single objective: its success. Everything is in place to achieve this. »
About OC Sport Pen Duick:
OC Sport Pen Duick is the French subsidiary of the OC Sport group in charge of offshore racing events. Created to manage the sports campaigns of Eric Tabarly, on the one hand, and Dame Ellen MacArthur, on the other, emblematic figures of international sport, the group faithfully perpetuates the spirit and the values which animated these founding pioneers: living and share unique experiences with the public, athletes and partners.
Historically involved in ocean racing, the group has developed unique expertise in professional sailing based on dual know-how in team management and the organization of the most prestigious races (Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe, La Transat CIC, La Solitaire du Figaro, double-handed Transat Concarneau – Saint-Barthélemy, ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE – Brest, etc.).
OC Sport is a Telegram group company.