Krys Transatlantic Race headed for Brest
The Tonnerres de Brest 2012 Festival of the Sea this year will also be the Bastille Day finishing line July 14, of the first New York – Brest transatlantic, multi-hull Krys Ocean Race for which the starters’ cannon boomed on July 7.
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The custom of trans-Atlantic races goes back to 1866 with the initial competition between three American schooners, the Vesta, the Fleetwing and the Henrietta taking 13 days 21 hours and 55 minutes to reach the coast of Europe.
Today according to Marco Simeoni President of Multi One Design S.A — the designers of the multihull MOD70s class competing in the first-ever Krys Ocean Race — the one-design race by six sleek ultramodern trimarans will take just seven days.
Seven teams representing 3 nationalities have committed to the MOD70 circuit under the banner of the Multi One Championship. The KRYS OCEAN RACE will be followed by the European Tour that sets off from Kiel on 2 September.
The teams are:
- Race for Water
- Groupe Edmond de Rothschild
- Véolia Environnement
- Oman Sail
- Spindrift racing
- Musandam-Oman Sail
Krys Ocean Race organiser Franck David, said: “From a sporting point of view, the New York – Brest route is a very exciting one: the boats will be engaged in the path of prevailing winds and this should make for a great show. This is the first MOD70 race and so Brest’s agreement to host the finish in the midst of the famous Tonnerres de Brest festival gives the event the added importance it needs to attract media and public attention”.
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Story: Ken Pottinger