The artist-writer-sailor Titouan Lamazou has come up with the design of the official poster for the first edition of the Voiles de Saint Barth. Emotionally attached to these islands that he discovered in 1976 with Eric Tabarly, Titouan has made a lot of friends there since then, in particular with the Poupon brothers, Luc and Philippe, who have sailed together so many times in these paradise waters, and François Tolède, who is now Director of the organising committee for the Voiles event. The winner of the first Vendée Globe designed a work fitting in completely with his favourite themes, the eternal woman, the sea and beautiful yachts, all in tones that mix together in perfect harmony the modernity of contemporary yachts and the elegance of the gaff rigs of yesteryear.
Jean-Louis Etienne will be leaving France this evening to make his way to the Generali Arctic Observer expedition base camp in Spitsbergen (Arctic Polar Circle). The explorer gave a final press conference this morning from the flight control centre at Generalis headquarters in Saint-Denis. He stressed that the stand-by period for the expedition will begin on 8th April, which means that from that date the balloon could take off as soon as the expeditions router believes there is a favourable weather opportunity.
Franck Cammas and his men on Groupama 3 drew alongside under blue skies in the Port du Château this Sunday morning to the applause of an enthusiast local crowd. After having beaten the Jules Verne round the world record in a time of 48d 07h 44′ 52”, the crew prepared themselves for the barrage of questions in front of the public, the media and their families… Extracts from an emotional and memorable day, coloured by good humour, a true sense of team spirit and mutual respect.
On February 14th, 2010 in Valencia, the black trimaran of the American Challenger, BMW ORACLE Racing, equipped with a wing of 68 meters, beat the catamaran of the Swiss Defender, Alinghi, to win the 33rd Americas Cup Match. Many talents from the French marine industry (sailors, naval architects, technicians and engineers) contributed to the development of what just might be the fastest racing boat of its size ever built. Among them, experts from HDS have shared in this technological challenge and contributed to the birth of the largest wing ever built for a sailing yacht.
The only thing that could possibly be more fun than competing in the International Rolex Regatta, scheduled for March 26-28, is watching it from shore. Among the highlights of the regatta’s three racing days are Friday’s “town races,” which take the fleet from St. Thomas Yacht Club right into the heart of the bustling commercial harbour of Charlotte Amalie.