Ari HUUSELA

IMOCA Globe Series38th
Points60 pts
Age57 (10/28/62)
Top performance9th of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe 2014 in Class Rhum (Pogo40)
Joined Imoca on2018
TeamAri Huusela Ocean Racing
BaseHELSINKI
PartnersUkkoverkot, HPP Attorneys, Containerships, Climecon, Helly Hansen

Profile

Unlike many in the sport, I began sailing as adult.  I soon realized that sailing would be my other passion in addition to flying. Now I have 30 years of experience in ocean racing.

"There are many variables to master – driving the boat; analyzing weather; withstanding extreme conditions; mental strength; and physical endurance. Huusela has been driven by a hunger to accomplish his goals and the unbelievable beauty of being alone at sea.

During all these years from his first trans Atlantic Classe Mini race in 1999 Huusela has kept his daytime job and still continues working. His professional background is a benefit in understanding a sailboat as he worked many years as an airplane mechanic. In his current day job with the A350 captain’s hat on, Huusela says he sort of sails in the air. Only the airplane wing is horizontal, while a sailboat’s wing is set up vertically.

As a pilot and a skipper Huusela typically approaches things with realistic expectations. He has earned every and each of his achievements by hard work. Everyone is allowed to dream big, though."


First Nordic

Il faut beaucoup de détermination, de discipline, d'esprit d'entreprise, d'équipe engagée, de partenaires avant-gardistes et de connaissances internationales de pointe pour participer à ce sport de classe mondiale. Venant des mers du Nord lointaines qui gèlent en hiver et où peu de gens connaissent l'énorme pouvoir d'influence de ces courses océaniques humaines, aventureuses et performantes, Huusela et son équipe ont un défi assez grand à leur portée. Les défis, cependant, sont des défis à gagner - ils sont le sel et le poivre de toute cette histoire qui écrit une histoire vraie. L'équipe et ses partenaires ont déjà réussi à faire d'Ari Huusela le premier skipper nordique à s'élancer dans une course officielle Imoca. C'était dans la Route du Rhum 2018. Le Vendée Globe est leur objectif ultime.

Sailing Highlights

2019: Transat Jacques Vabre - 26th
2019:
Bermudes 1000 Race - 16th
2018: Route du Rhum 2018 - 11th 
2014: Route du Rhum - 9th
2007: Mini Transat - 55th
1999: Mini Transat - 13th

Boat

Name ARIEL 2
Sail numberFIN 222
ArchitectOwen Clarke Design
Construction2007, Hakes Marine, Wellington (Nouvelle-Zélande)
Former namesAVIVA, GAES Centros Auditivos
Length18,28 m
Beam5,57 m
Draught4,5 m
Weight8,5 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeMât Classique
FoilsNo
Surface voile max.
Près270 m2
Portant580 m2

Team

© François Van Malleghem
©
© François Van Malleghem
© Jari Salo
© Jari Salo
© ALEXIS COURCOUX
© © Jean-Louis Carli/Alea
© © Jean-Louis Carli/Alea