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JÖRG RIECHERS: MASTERS OF THE SEAS PORTRAIT

46 year-old Jörg Riechers from Hamburg in Germany has taken on IMOCA as a new step in his career. Jörg started sailing on the Baltic aboard his family’s boat before moving on to complete the full dinghy circuit, with notable excellence in the Laser series at international level, and on J24 – a cabined regatta yacht – on which he won the title of European Vice Champion.

 

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JÖRG RIECHERS: MASTERS OF THE SEAS PORTRAIT
JÖRG RIECHERS: MASTERS OF THE SEAS VIDEO PORTRAIT
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SKIPPER PORTRAIT : FRANCOIS GABART – MASTER OF THE SEAS

At 31 years of age, François Gabart is amongst some of the greatest champions in solo offshore racing. Current IMOCA World Champion, this skipper sailed before he knew how to walk.

« As an infant, I was already on board a cruising boat, going on adventures and voyages. I started sailing an Optimist at the age of 6, then motorop, then a Tornado dinghy and then the Figaro class, my first trial of offshore racing, before moving into the IMOCA class a couple of years back. As I grew up, boats have grown up with me. »

 

PHOTO Vincent Curutchet

PORTRAIT FRANCOIS GABART – MASTER OF THE SEAS
PORTRAIT VIDEO FRANCOIS GABART – MASTER OF THE SEAS
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SKIPPER PORTRAIT : VINCENT RIOU 'MASTER OF THE SEAS'

42 year-old skipper Vincent Riou was born in a small South Finistère fishing village called Loctudy, where he still lives today. “I’ve always lived by the sea and it’s always been part of my environment since childhood. I can’t say if I would have been a commercial sailor or fisherman if I hadn’t become an ocean skipper, but I would most certainly have done something close to the sea, if not on the sea.”

 

Photo: Thierry Martinez

SKIPPER PORTRAIT : VINCENT RIOU 'MASTER OF THE SEAS'
VIDEO PORTRAIT : VINCENT RIOU 'MASTER OF THE SEAS'
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ARMEL TRIPON : SKIPPER PORTRAIT

39 year old Armel Tripon’s first sailing experience was on an Optimist on the River Erdre, but his first real experience of boats and sailing took place during his high school years when he set off with some friends on a Muscadet boat. He describes the experience as a revelation and from then on he has had only one thing on his mind: sailing. 

ARMEL TRIPON : SKIPPER PORTRAIT
VIDEO PORTRAIT ARMEL TRIPON
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The Rhum, this legendary race!

1 month to go before the start of the Route du Rhum - 2 November 2014 in Saint-Malo, France!
9 of our IMOCA 60 offshore sailors are competing.
Check out the event teaser to have a little taste of what's coming next. 

The Rhum, this legendary race!
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IMOCA's start by drone view - Défi Azimut 2014

Beautiful images by drone view for the IMOCA's start on the Défi Azimut 2014.

© Photo Credit : Défi Azimut

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Stéphane Debuire
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IMOCA's start by drone view - Défi Azimut 2014
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After the Rhum 2014, a new IMOCA 60 for Andrea Mura!

The Italian skipper Andrea Mura attend to the next "Route du Rhum - Guadeloupe Destination" in Rhum Class aboard the Open 50 Vento di Sardegna, with whom he had already won the 2010 edition of the race. This Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, he announced his participation in the Vendee Globe on a new generation boat.

 

After the Rhum 2014, a new IMOCA 60 for Andrea Mura!
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100 days from start

Anticipation, excitement, enthusiasm. These are some of the feelings experienced today both by the organization of the Barcelona World Race and the participants of this race around the world non-stop double handed. In exactly 100 days from the start of one of the toughest competitions in the world, a race that is an adventure and a challenge that tests human limits.

100 days from start
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Cheminées Poujoulat hits the water!

After completing her refit on Tuesday 16 September and then having her keel stepped on Wednesday, the 60-foot monohull Cheminées Poujoulat with which Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam will take the start of the Barcelona World Race on 31 December 2014, was launched on the morning of Thursday 18 September in Brest. 

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Cheminées Poujoulat hits the water!
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BERTRAND DE BROC : MASTER OF THE SEA : SKIPPER PORTRAIT

53 year old French skipper, Bertrand de Broc was born in Quimper, in the Finistere region. He grew up on the shores of the Odet River where he started sailing with his father on the family Requin, an old race boat. He learned to helm and took part in windsurfing during most of his teenage years whilst going through training at the sailing scholl in Ile-Tudy. He then progressed into the Merchant Navy, but abandoned his studies after a year to concentrate on a career in offshore sailing.

Photo Credit: Thierry Martinez/Sea&Co

BERTRAND DE BROC : MASTER OF THE SEA : SKIPPER PORTRAIT
VIDEO PORTRAIT BERTRAND DE BROC
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JEREMIE BEYOU MASTERS OF THE SEAS PORTRAIT

At 38 years old, this Brittany skipper displays some focused motivation: “Staying motivated and passionate about what we do is not a challenge in itself, but for me that is a key point. The day I no longer feel like going sailing to win races, with all of the pressure and sometimes the hard knocks that can bring, will be the time to stop. But for now all is good, I still have the burning desire!”

© Yvan Zedda

PORTRAIT JEREMIE BEYOU – MASTERS OF THE SEAS
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01 Jérémie BEYOU 062 pts
02 Marc GUILLEMOT 059 pts
03 François GABART 046 pts
04 Louis BURTON 038 pts
05 Vincent RIOU 037 pts
06 Jean LE CAM 033 pts
07 Bernard STAMM 025 pts
08 Armel TRIPON 024 pts
10 Tanguy DE LAMOTTE 021 pts
11 Bertrand DE BROC 015 pts
11 Arnaud BOISSIERES 015 pts
13 Guillermo ALTADILL 012 pts
13 Zbigniew GUTKOWSKI 012 pts
15 Anna CORBELLA 009 pts
16 Alex THOMSON 005 pts
17 Nándor FA 003 pts
18 Jörg RIECHERS 002 pts
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Route du Rhum - Analysis time

As the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe prepares to round off proceedings with the official prize-giving in Pointe-à-Pitre, the skippers competing in the IMOCA Ocean Masters World C...
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

A faultless and historic double for François Gabart on MACIF

For their final race, François and his 60-foot MACIF have written a new page in the history of sailing. In every one of his first attempts, François Gabart has managed to achieve success...
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A question of timing

With the finish in Guadeloupe beginning to take shape, those solo sailors still out on the racetrack have been negotiating a particularly shifty tradewind system for several days. Stormy squalls, viol...

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