Confirmation of the first single-handed multihull race

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The very first single-handed round-the-world race in the Ultim giant multihulls will take place in 2023, 15 years after the vision was originally conceived.

An incredible test of man and machine awaits the skippers, in a race which will undoubtedly make the greatest heroes of ocean racing. The meeting of these 32-meter giants promises an extraordinary sporting feat that will be shared with people around the world, guided by strong values ​​of surpassing oneself, humility, commitment, perseverance and ambition. Adventure, talent and shared emotions will place the event at the heart of the sporting conversation and mark an important moment in the history of ocean sailing.

The long awaited summit

The idea of ​​a solo round-the-world trip for these multihulls was born more than 15 years ago. However, the idea that these marvels of ocean navigation and innovation could drive the 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 come to life. 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 ”, declared Patricia Brochard, President of the Ultim 32/23 Class.

Charles Caudrelier, Skipper of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild said: “This solo round-the-world trip in an Ultim is a dream that I did not even dare to hope for in my career. 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 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 2 years, it’s this goal that motivates me and keeps me moving forward every day.

The creation of a race of this magnitude – which marks the start of an exciting new chapter in ocean sailing – was made possible through the joint efforts of boat owners and their skippers, Class and expertise. OC Sport Pen Duick for event management. .

“More than 40 years after the first edition of the Route du Rhum, the announcement of the Ultim solo round-the-world race bears witness to the pioneering character and know-how of OC Sport Pen Duick. We are delighted to be able now to start working with boat owners on the implementation of this superb project which will undoubtedly be an important step in the history of sailing ”, declared Hervé Favre, President of OC Sport. Pen Duick and organizer of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe and The Transat CIC.

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 the event since the creation of the project.

The level of competition and the caliber of the skippers promise to be exceptional, with formal commitments already confirmed by the following teams:

  • 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)
  • SVR-Lazartigue, a newcomer to the world of large trimarans (skipper, François Gabart) also supports this new project and its strong and unifying ambition.

Armel Le Cléac’h, skipper of Banque Populaire declared: “I am delighted to see the Ultim program revolve around major and very motivating sporting events, which will also create superb sporting moments for all enthusiasts. Our boats are magical, and I am happy that we can share them with the public around beautiful adventures. I can’t wait for it to start!

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