The FNOB invited to the Défi Azimut
A number of IMOCA skippers taking part in the regatta at Lorient made it clear that they are interested in taking part in the Barcelona World Race 2018/19. The new racing format of two legs is attracting both teams and sponsors
Lorient is a global landmark for ocean sailing. The French city is a hub for sailing technology and the Breton port is also home to the Citéde la Voile Éric Tabarly, one of the world’s most important centres for the practice of sailing and the embodiment of the spirit of the sport. The city is also the start and finishing port for a number of transoceanic regattas and for six years it has also been home to the Défi Azimut, an attractive and exciting inshore race for IMOCA yachts whilst in full campaign swing. The event takes place at the end of September, in the run-up to the big events on the regatta circuit calendar – the Vendée Globe, the Route du Rhum, and this year, the Transat Jacques Vabre. The racing gives teams a chance to fine tune rigging and to compare yacht preparation and features.
The FNOB was extended a special invitation by the organisers, and CEO Xosé-Carlos Fernández went along to meet skippers and sponsors interested in the Barcelona World Race 2018/19. Skippers such as Jean-Pierre Dick, Kito de Pavant, Morgan Lagravière, Roland Jourdain, Alain Gautier and Alan Roura were able to chat to the CEO of the FNOB and share their interest in taking part in the double-handed, round the world challenge. The skippers expressed their satisfaction with the new format of the race, an innovation on the IMOCA circuit which allows them to fulfil their IMOCA World Championship projects with even more sporting excitement and increased project reach and impact.