2016 Third place in Vendée Globe (IMOCA Maître CoQ)
2016 Winner of the New York – Vendée (Les Sables d’Olonne)
2014 2nd in the Route du Rhum (IMOCA Maître CoQ)
2011 Winner of Transat Jacques Verbe with Jean-Pierre Dick
Three times winner of Solitaire du Figaro
2014 1st Route du Rhum(IMOCA)
2012 1st Vendee Globe
2012 2nd in the Europa Warm Up
2011 Winner of the B to B Transat
4th Transat Jacques Vabre (S.Col)
Participated in Barcelona World Race (M.Desjoyeaux)
2010 Single-handed offshore racing French national champion
Winner of the Istanbul Cape
2nd in the Solitaire du Figaro
2009 2nd in the Transat Jacques Vabre (K.de Pavant)
3rd in the single-handed offshore racing French national championship
3rd in the Transat BPE
2008 3rd in the Istanbul Cape
Best « rookie » in the Solitaire du Figaro
Résidence : La Forêt Fouesnant (Finistère)- Age : 29
Boat : Macif
Vendée Globe Wins and Performances : First Vendée Globe
François Gabart, 29, is seen as one of the most gifted yachtsmen of his generation. He is a friendly and methodical skipper with a rigorous and scientific approach to his job, which does not prevent him from enjoying offshore racing with an enthusiastic freshness. Coming from Charente – a French department – he went sailing for over a year with his family when he was 7. It is a slice of his life which has left its mark on him. François started to build his career through Optimist races, Moth races and Olympics series.
During 12 years, he successfully combined studies and sailing and received an engineering degree from INSA (a French engineering school) in Lyon and won several international races, including two sailing Tour de France for students.
Single-handed offshore racing French national champion in 2010
From 2008, he performed well in the Figaro Bénéteau II class. Voted « Most talented young skipper in Brittany », he also finished forst in the « rookie » ranking of the Solitaire du Figaro. The following year, he won the 2010 Macif skipper trial and became the single-handed offshore racing French national champion under the colours of the insurance company. In December 2010, he moved from a Class to another since he won the 2011 B to B Transat and finished second in the 2012 Europa Warm’Up on the MACIF 60-foot yacht competing in the IMOCA tour.
Armel le Cléac’h/Britair
2016 1st Vendee Globe
2012 2nd Vendee Globe
2010 2nd Route du Rhum
2009 3rd Transat J.Vabre
2008 IMOCA World Champion
2008 2nd Vendee Globe
2008 2nd Artemis Transat
2007 7th Transat J.Vabre
2006 4th Route du Rhum
2004 1st AG2R Transat
2004 6th Quebec–St Malo
2003 1st Figaro Race
ARMEL LE CLEAC’H CROWNED NEW IMOCA WORLD CHAMPION 2009
Watch out for the jackal
Growing up between the rocks and currents of the treacherous Morlaix Bay, Armel le Cléac’h owes his strange nickname to his extraordinary determination. On the water, « the jackal » never gives anything away. Attentive to every detail, refusing to give an inch. His inspiration and ocean racing talent come in addition to a strong personality, to the extent that it is almost impossible for his opponents to influence the choices he sticks with right up until the end. It is this strength that gave him victory for example in the AG2R transatlantic race in 2004 with Nicolas Troussel, his long-time friend. Armel Le Cleach
This rough diamond, who began to sail at the age of nine created a shock at the beginning of the decade when he made a roaring entry into the ever so demanding Figaro class: second in 2000 and the winner in 2003 just a few seconds ahead of … Alain Gautier, who decided to hand him the helm of his giant trimaran. However, it was a large monohull and taking part in the Vendée Globe that was in the back of Armel Le Cléac’h’s mind. Fourth in the last Route du Rhum, he is certainly not taking part just to be in the race, as indeed could be seen from his recent second place in the Artemis Transat.
2nd in Vendee Globe 2008/2009
4th in the 2006 Route du Rhum
• 7 Figaro single-handed events (winner in 2003)
• 2 AG2R transatlantic races with Nicolas Troussel (winner in 2004)
• Skipper of the Foncia trimaran in 2005, 6th in the Quebec – St Malo in 2004
• French solo ocean racing champion in 2003
• Winner of the Round France sailing race in 2001
On the 60’ « Brit Air?»
• 7th in the 2007 Transat Jacques Vabre (with Nicolas Troussel)
• Retired from the Transat Ecover B to B after dismasting in 2007
• 2nd in the Artemis Transat
Loick Peyron/Gitana Eighty
2014 1st Route du Rhum(Tri)
2008 Vendee Globe(ABO)
2008 Rekord SNSM
2008 Tea Route Hongkong-London Rekord
2007 8th Transar J.Vabre
2007 1st Ecover B to B
2005 1st Transar J.Vabre
2002 Route du Rhum ABO
1999 1st Transar J.Vabre
15x Solo Atlantik
Vita Loick Peyron
Residence: Le Pouliguen
(44) Birth date: born in Nantes in 1959
Vendée Globe achievements:
3rd entry in the Vendée Globe
Boat: Gitana Eighty
Web Site: www.gitana-team.com
2012 6th Vendee Globe
2011 9th Transat J.Vabre
2009 Teilnahme bei Extreme40
2008 Vendee Globe(Mastbruch)
2007 5th Transat J.Vabre
2006 5Oceans Mastbruch
nach Rettung Alex Thompson
2005 3rd Vendee Globe
2005 IMOCA World Champion
2004 IMOCA World Champion
2004 1st The Transat
2003 3rd Transat J.Vabre
2003 4th Rolex Fastnet Race
2003 3rd Calais Round Britain Race
2002 2nd Route du Rhum
2001 2nd Transat Jacques Vabre
2001 3rd EDS Atlantic Challenge
2000 7th Vendée Globe
Mike Golding – ECOVER
THE WORLD CHAMPION
ONE OF THE FAVOURITES WITH AN OLD SCORE TO SETTLE, HE’S READY FOR BATTLE
Age: 50: 27 August 1960
Place of birth: Great Yarmouth
Current residence: Warsash, Southampton
Marital status: Married to Andrea
Children: Son, Soren, 3
Originally a firefighter with the Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service, Golding made his name in sailing back in 1992 when he skippered a team of amateurs around the world westabout against the prevailing winds aboard the yacht Group 4 in Sir Chay Blyth’s first British Steel Challenge. He followed this up with a decisive race win in the same event four years later. In between these two events Golding had slipped in a third passage on this same tough westabout round the world course this time sailing his Challenge 67 yacht singlehanded without stopping. In doing so he became the first person to better Chay Blyth’s 292 days record for this passage, setting a new time of 161 days. Golding remains the only person to have sailed non-stop around the world in both directions – eastabout and westabout. Mike Golding ECOVER
Mike Golding ECOVER
Following his BT Global Challenge win, Golding embarked on his first Open 60 campaign with the support of Group 4 boss Jørgen Philip Sørensen. Team Group 4 won the first leg of the 1998/9 BOC Challenge (predecessor to the Velux 5 Oceans) only to run aground while rounding the top of New Zealand on the subsequent leg. He scored several podium positions in transatlantic events before disaster struck again in the 2000/1 Vendee Globe, when, just eight hours out from the start, his Team Group 4 was dismasted. Nonetheless, in a characteristic display of will power, Golding persevered, rerigged his boat and set sail eight days behind. He ultimately finished seventh recording the fourth fastest time.
“One of my skills is that I can make myself do what I don’t want to do. You know what you want to achieve and you are prepared to do everything to achieve it”
In 2001 Golding got his first backing from the Belgium ecological cleaning products manufacturer Ecover and association that allowed Golding to launch his second new Open 60 under their colours in 2003. In his new Ecover, a design by Owen-Clarke, Golding won both the Défi Atlantique and historic The Transat race in 2004 making him favourite for line honours in the Vendee Globe later that year. During this event his fast crossing of both the South Pacific and the Indian oceans led to two new ocean records. He moved into the lead briefly coming up the South Atlantic, only to break three halyards, which he feels cost him the race. But this was nothing compared to the loss of his keel just 50 miles from the finish line. Incredibly, Golding was able to complete make it to the finish line to take third position.
Golding was a pre-race favourite for the Vendée Globe 2000/1. Tragically, within eight hours of the start ‘Team Group 4’ was dismasted. After returning to the start in Les Sables d’Olonne, Golding’s team worked round the clock for eight days in order to successfully restep the spare mast before the deadline. In an amazing display of grit and determination he fought his way back up through the 24 boat fleet and after 102 days at sea finished 7th on the water and recorded the 4th fastest time for the race.
Summer 2001 brought the EDS Atlantic Challenge a new style 5-leg event for fully crewed Open 60 Grand Prix yachts. Golding signed a new sponsorship agreement with Ecover and for the first time Golding raced the boat with a full crew. A consistent performance throughout the 7 weeks of the event gave Golding and ‘ECOVER’ 3rd place overall. In the 2001 Transat Jacques Vabre, Golding and his co-skipper Marcus Hutchinson finished 2nd behind ‘Sill’ and ahead of British rival ‘Kingfisher’.
The boat underwent a serious refit and the true test of the new configuration came during the infamous Route du Rhum in late 2002. In a race of attrition, Golding and fellow Briton, Ellen MacArthur, broke away from the pack, getting hundreds of miles ahead of the fleet, swapping the lead for a great deal of the race. In the final stages, Golding suffered two blown spinnakers and after a hard-fought race finished a close 2nd out of the 59 starters. In an extraordinary show of British dominance, both British skippers broke the existing record (set by Yves Parlier) by more than two days and for the first time in the 24-year history of the race, arrived ahead of the multihull fleet.
British Steel Challenge 1992/3 – second place.
Record for fastest crewed west-about circumnavigations with stops
Group 4 Global Challenge
1993/4 beat Sir Chay Blyth’s world record for single-handed, non-stop around the world against prevailing winds and tides by 125 days, held the record for 7 years
BT Global Challenge 1996/7 – first place. Won five out of six legs
Transat Jacques Vabre
1999 – third place (Co-skipper – Ed Danby)
2001 – second place (Co-skipper – Marcus Hutchinson)
2003 – third place (Co-skipper – Brian Thompson)
2005 – fourth place (Co-skipper – Dominique Wavre)
2007 – fifth place (Co-skipper – Bruno Dubois)
2009 – 3rd place ( Co-skipper – Javier Sanso)
2000/1 – seventh place.
Set course record for 4th fastest time despite dismasting & restarting race eight days after fleet
2004/5 – third place.
Completed the race without a keel, following total loss of his keel 50 miles from finish line.
2008/9 – retired. Dismasted whilst in the lead on Day 37 of racing, in the Southern Ocean.
EDS Atlantic Challenge 2001 – 3rd place
Route du Rhum 2002 – second place. Broke event monohull record by two days
Calais Round Britain and Ireland
2003 – third place
2005 – second place
Défi Atlantique 2003 – first place
2000 – third place
2004 – first place. Set new east-west transatlantic record
SNSM Record 2006 – Winner
Crewed from Saint-Nazaire to Saint-Malo
Record holder in the Open 60 IMOCA Class: 1 day 8 hours 48 minutes 35 seconds
SNSM Record 2008 – 7th
The Velux 5 Oceans 2006/7 – retired from race following rescue of fellow competitor, Alex Thomson, and subsequent dismasting in the Southern Ocean
The Transat Ecover B to B 2007 – Retired due to a number of technical issues
JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2008 Winner – IMOCA Class
2008 3rd place
2010 1st place
2nd British Steel Challenge
Past round-the-world races:
1992-3 Global Challenge, 1993-4 RTW westabout solo, 1996-7 Global Challenge, 2000-1 Vendee Globe (7th), 2004-5 Vendee Globe (3rd)
Other sports: Mountain biking
Other interests: Family, music, reading
Most frightening moment: Southern Ocean knockdown on Challenge 67 and losing his keel 50 nautical miles from finish of Vendée Globe
Greatest achievements: Winning BT Global Challenge, finishing 3rd in 2004-05 Vendée Globe
Boat history: 1st Transat 2004, 3rd Vendée Globe 2004-5, Designer: Owen Clarke Design LLP Builder: Southern Ocean Marine Launched: June 2003 Construction: Pre-preg/wet-preg carbon/Nomex sandwich Type: Open 60 Beam: 5.7 Displacement: n/a Movable ballast: Canting keel Board: Twin asymmetric Rig type: Rotating mast Mast height 26m Upwind sail area: 260sqm Downwind sail area: 500sqm Recent mods: New keel Aug 06, ballast divided Sponsors: Ecover
2017 J.Verne Tr. IDEC 40Tage
2015 1st Barcelona World Race
2012 Vendee Globe-DSQ
2008 Vendee Globe – auf Kerguelen gestrandet
2007 IMOCA World Champion
2007 3rd Transat J.Vabre
2007 9th Calais Round Britain
2006 1st VELUX 5Oceans
2005 J.Verne Tr., OrangeII
2003 4th Calais-Round Britain
2002/03 1st Around Alone
2003 IMOCA World Champion
2002 IMOCA World Champion
2002 1st Regatta du Rubicon
2001 IMOCA World Champion
Siege und Plätze
2012 Vendee Globe DNF (Kollision Boje)
2010 5th Route du Rhum
2009 5th Transat J.Vabre
2008 Vendee Globe(Mastbruch)
2007 1st Calais Round Britain
2005 1st Vendee Globe
2003 4th Transat J.Vabre
2003 2nd Rolex Fastnet Race
2003 1st Calais- Round Britain
2001 4th Challenge Mondial Ass.
Born : 9 January 1972 (31 yrs)
Live in : Loctudy – France
Nationality : French
Who better than Vincent Riou to take over the helm of PRB from Michel Desjoyeaux? Vincent has been Michel’s most trusted shore crew for years and was the first one to join his team when the boat was built in 1999. He followed through the construction of the boat, specializing in the electronics, mechanics and interior design. Desjoyeaux moved into the multihull scene and naturally handed the reigns of PRB straight to Riou. There is no need for Riou to prove himself as he has been First Class8 French Champion three times, Figaro French crewed Champion, and scored a fourth in the Solitaire du Figaro and Générali Méditerranée. And now with his own Open 60, Riou has already won the Calais Round Britain Race, come 2nd in the Rolex Fastnet, and 4th in the Transat Jacques Vabre – he is a man who knows his racing machine and is on a mission to qualify for the Vendée Globe 2004. Riou is taking on the mantle of a champion and the reigns of a winning boat, and he should do well.
Joyon, der Recordjäger Francis Joyon war der erste Segler, der die Ultimate Trophy gewann. Am 9.1.2016 kreuzte er beim Jules Verne Rekordversuch 2015 nach 47 Tagen,14h,47min die Ziellinie- die drittbeste je gesegelte Zeit.
Er ist der Einzige, der zur gleichen Zeit folgende Rekorde hält:
The Round the World Record:
57 days,13h,34min, 6sec, February 2008
noch heute Rekord
The North Atlantic Record:
5 days,2h,56min,10sec, June 2013 (noch heute Rekord
666.2nm sailed,July 2012
Columbus Route Record
(Cadiz – San Salvador):
8 days,16h,7min,5sec, February 2013
2010 1st Route du Rhum
2008 Vendee Globe(Kielschaden)
2005 2nd TJV mit Ellen McArthur
2005 1st Calais Round Britain
2004 Vendee Globe(ABO)
2003 2nd Transat J.Vabre
2003 2nd Calais-Round Britain
2002 1st Regatta Rubicon
2001 4th Route du Rhum
2001 1st Transat J.Vabre
2001 2nd EDS Challenge
2000 3rd Vendee Globe
1999 4th Transat J.Vabre
Portrait Roland Jourdain
lebt in Quimper (Finistère)
40, geb. 28.April 1964
verh., 2 Kinder
Boot: Sill Véolia
2004 Vendée Globe 2000 3rd Vendee Globe
“Bilou” war in den vergangenen Jahren der Hauptrivale von Ellen Mac Arthur. Beide sind inzwischen ein paar Jahre älter und Roland Jourdain gehört weiterhin zu den Favoriten des Oceanyachting – auch beim Vendee Globe 2004/2005.
Seine SILL von Lombard bestimmte die Szene mit an vorderster Position. Zweimal wurde er zum World Champion Skipper in der IMOCA Klasse gekürt, deren Chairman er mehrere Jahre war.
Seine Erfolge hat er seiner ungeheuer vielfältigen nautischen Erfahrung zu verdanken, diie er in den vergangenen 20 Jahren auf den Ozeanen dieser Erde erworben hat. Sein größter Segelerfolg war der dritte Platz im letzten Vendee Globe 2000/2001(siehe unsere Berichterstattung von damals)
Sein Freund Marc Lombard baute ihm vor kurzem die neue SILL, die anfangs einige Schwingungsprobleme mit dem Kiel hatte.
2009 2nd Transat J.Vabre
2008 1st Vendee Globe
2007 1st Transat Jacques Vabre
2006 4th Route du Rhum
2005 2nd Figaro Race
2004 1st The Transat
2003 4th Transat J.Vabre
2002 1st Route du Rhum
2000 1st Vendee Globe
Michel gewinnt überlegen das Vendee Globe Race 2008/2009
Der beste Segler der Welt
This gifted sailor that combines method with talent, turns everything he touches into gold. In the month of June 2004, he became the only sailor in history to amass as many victories in such prestigious races as the Solitaire du Figaro, the Vendée Globe, the Route du Rhum and The Transat.
Immersed from a very early age in the universe of sailing, with a father who was the co-founder of the famous sailing school of the Glénans, Michel Desjoyeaux devoted himself entirely to the Figaro initially (he won the Solitaire twice), prior to winning the Vendée Globe 2000-2001, on his first participation. Michel Desjoyeaux
Benoît Stichelbaut / Effets Mer©
Emulator of the Formula 40 then navigator on « Hydroptère », Mich’ Desj’ has always had an interest in multihulls. Logically he took the helm of his ocean-going trimaran Géant in 2002 and continued on his winning way. Since taking victory in the Route du Rhum 2002, an achievement that has gone down in the history books, he has just won his second single-handed transatlantic, the most difficult of all, The Transat… pulverising the reference time for the event in the process. His two victories in two years aboard a very recent trimaran constitute a veritable sporting achievement.
Michel Desjoyeaux in Kürze
geb.16.Juli 1965 in Concarneau
Ehefrau Marié, drei Kinder
Wohnort in Port La Forêt (Finistère)
Emirates Team New Zealand
2009 1st Audi Medcup (mastman)
2007 2nd Americas Cup(Managing Dir.)
2002 3rd Volvo Ocean R.
2002 1st THE RACE
1998 2nd Whitbread
1994 1st Whitbread
Married with two children
Dalton thrives on the challenge of creating a campaign: building the boats, moulding a crew and then competing in a tough, nine-month tactical battle around the world. Dalton manages his Whitbread campaigns like a business – key people in the Nautor Challenge campaign are responsible for important aspects of the programme but he oversees the sportive and technical project down to the most minute detail. While he enjoys the business life, he lives for the racing. Grant Dalton
Emirates Team New Zealand Managing Director
1981/82: Grant Dalton took part in his first Whitbread
1983: Southern Cross / Australia, including Sydney / Hobart
1985: Ocean Racing World Championship / Admiral´s Cup
1985/86: Whitbread, watch leader on Lion _blank Zealand with Sir Peter Blake
1993/94: Victory in the Whitbread
1997/98: 2nd place in the Whitbread
2001: Winner of THE RACE onboard the catamaran Club Med.
2001/02 3rd Volvo Ocean Race
2009 1st Audi Medcup (mastman)
2007 2nd Americas Cup(Managing Dir.)
2002 3rd Volvo Ocean R.
2002 1st THE RACE
2009 1st Audi Medcup (Emirates mastman)
Grant Dalton — a mission in Valencia
Known for his exploits from over two decades in round-the-world yacht racing, Grant Dalton has turned his attention to match racing and the America’s Cup.
Called to restructure and revitalise Team New Zealand after its loss of the America’s Cup in February 2003, Dalton’s mission is to win back the Cup in 2007.
He thrives on the challenge of creating a campaign, creating and managing a team, attending to sponsorship and marketing demands and running the business.
He has approached the task as managing director of Emirates Team New Zealand by retaining and recruiting key people in every area of the team’s operation and harnessing the creative energy for which the team is renowned.
Following a successful regatta series in Europe in September and October 2004 and the completion of the summer testing programme in Auckland, he is confident that Emirates Team New Zealand is on track.
Dalton gives key people responsibility for important aspects of the programme but he oversees the project in great detail. While he enjoys the business life (he is an accountant by trade), he lives for the racing. Life is somewhat different with Emirates Team New Zealand and the America’s Cup. “But it’s still yacht racing. There’s a need for team-work, co-operation and courage which can mean the difference between winning and losing.”
Aged 47, he sets a punishing pace, juggling his international travel and management responsibilities with full participation in the team’s sailing programme.
Grant has long had a passion for motor racing, being an avid F1 fan and with life with Emirates Team New Zealand more settled than a round-the-world campaign, he is making time to race on the New Zealand motor racing circuit.
Grant Dalton has raced around the world seven times. His first was the 1981-82 Whitbread on board the winning Dutch yacht Flyer II. His most memorable circumnavigation was the 62-day winning sprint around the world as skipper of Club Med. That race started Jan 1, 2001 and finished on March 3. Club Med broke several records along the way including the distance sailed in 24 hours (656 nautical miles) and the fastest circumnavigation (62 days and 7 hours).
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Das deutsche Matchrace Ass
geb. 08.06.1954 in Berlin
2003 und 2007 Sieg America’s Cup mit “Alinghi”
1988 und 1996 Olympiasiege mit Soling
1976 Olympiasieg mit Finn-Dinghi
Schümannberichte bei SEGEL.DE
Ellen Mac Arthur
2008 Archipelago Raid/SWE
2007 startet 1.Extreme40 Serie
2006 1. Asia Rekords
2005 2nd TJV mit Roland Jourdain
2005 Tri-Rekord Around-Alone
2004 Transatlantik Rekordversuch
2003 J.Verne Tr.(Mastbruch)
2003 9th Transat J.Vabre
2002 1st Route du Rhum
2001 1st EDS Atlantic Chall.
2000/01 2nd Vendee Globe
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston(75)
2014 3rd Route du Rhum
2012 5th Open60 Rhum
2006 4th VELUX 5Oceans
1995 Knighted by the Queen
1994 Jules Verne Trophy
1985 World Champion Cats
1970/74/76 1st Round Britain
1969 Awarded the CBE
1968-69 first man world solo non-stop, 313 days
SIR ROBIN KNOX-JOHNSTON
THE ULTIMATE PIONEER
THE LIVING LEGEND RETURNS TO THE RACE TRACK TO RE-WRITE THE HISTORY BOOKS
Name: Sir Robin Knox-Johnston CBE
DOB: 17TH march 1939
Age at start of race: 67 yrs
Marital status: Widowed. Suzzanne (d.2003). 1 child: Sara (43 yrs)
Residence: Newton Abbot, Devon
Boat name: SAGA Insurance
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
The ramrod back, booming voice and military bearing are testament to time spent in the British Merchant Navy and Royal Navy Reserve during the late 1950s and 60s and once encountered, the strikingly fit 67 year old is seldom forgotten. A sailing idol for many and mentor to a fortunate few, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston instantly forms the focal point when a group of offshore yachtsmen gather: his enormous breadth of experience, inexhaustible repertoire of sailing anecdotes and rolling, throaty laugh are a hypnotic combination.
In July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent 21 hours on the Moon collecting rock samples and transmitting video images and historic soundbites to Earth. Three months before these astronauts first walked on the Moon, Knox-Johnston sailed his double-ended, 32 ft ketch, Suhaili, into Falmouth Harbour winning the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, becoming the first man ever to have sailed around the world non-stop.
Knox-Johnston sailed this singlehanded after 313 days and 30,123 miles alone. While Armstrong and Aldrin were able to chat constantly with Cape Canaveral, Knox-Johnston’s radio equipment failed after two-and-a-half months at sea leaving him with no means of communication and – in a pre-GPS era – reliant upon navigation via sextant and weather information from a mercury barometer.
“Whatever man may invent to make life simpler and safer, we can never control the sea”
Eight years later, Knox-Johnston returned to the open ocean and undertook a second circumnavigation as joint skipper of the fully-crewed Condor in the 1977 Whitbread Round The World Race. In 1993 at the age of 58 – when many sailors have firmly put thoughts of offshore racing behind them – Knox-Johnston teamed-up with the first mate from Condor, Sir Peter Blake, becoming the only non-French team to lift the Jules Verne Trophy for the fastest, non-stop lap of the planet on 92ft catamaran, ENZA New Zealand, in a time of 74d 22h 18m 22s.
“Personally, the thought of being at the beck and call of any phone caller when at sea contradicts the reason for going solo and removes the need to be self-reliant, but I concede it has its advantages”
37 years after his triumph in the Golden Globe Race, Knox-Johnson will sail one of the world’s fastest and most powerful monohulls into the most remote oceans on the planet: a mission that would intimidate any yachtsman half his age. Entering the Velux 5 Oceans is far more than a grand gesture and his unparalleled offshore experience – matched only by Mike Golding (Ecover) and Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) – makes Knox-Johnston a formidable race contender.
Boat name: SAGA Insurance Previous name: FILA Designer: Group Finot Builder: CNB Launched: 1997 Construction: Carbon Type: Open 60 LOA: 18.28m Beam: 5.7m Draft: 4.5m Displacement: 9.5 tonnes Movable ballast: Canting keel Rig type: Rotating wingmast Mast height: 23m Upwind sail area: 300sqm Downwind sail area: 570sqm
Born 17th March 1939, in Putney, London, and the eldest of four brothers, Sir Robin spent his childhood ‘messing about in boats’ before embarking on a career in the Merchant Navy. Going to sea in 1957 as a Deck Officer, his work took him to Africa, the Persian Gulf and India, where he then settled, in Bombay, with his childhood sweetheart Suzanne, whom he married in 1962. A year after their daughter Sara was born, Sir Robin launched his small cruising yacht Suhaili from the ‘Colaba Workshop’, Bombay, on 19th December 1967, and tested her seaworthiness on the journey back to the UK for The Sunday Times Golden Globe. Following the legendary race, Sir Robin launched himself into a successful racing career, in various crewed events. Away from competitive sailing, Sir Robin has also sailed to Greenland to climb the 2,660m Cathedral with mountaineer Chris Bonington, and sailed Suhaili across the Atlantic without any modern navigation instruments.
Today Sir Robin lives in Newton Abbot in Devon and has five grandchildren. His wife Suzanne sadly passed away in November 2003 as a result of ovarian cancer
Chairman North Cove Harbor
1974, 1980, 1987, 1988
1979 dramatisches Fastnetrace
1977 Kiel 5x First-Starboot
1976 Olympia Bronze Tempest
Stars & Stripes Skipper
neuer Chairman North Cove Harbor NYC
Dennis Conner has led his team through an unprecedented eight America’s Cup campaigns. Winner of more than 100 America’s Cup Trial races, Conner won the America’s Cup in 1974, 1980, 1987 and 1988. Conner is actively involved in the planning, organizing, fund-raising, design, staffing and public relations of his America’s Cup Campaigns. No skipper has been more successful in the modern America’s Cup. Dennis Connor
Though the Cup is a symbol of his victories, Conner has captured many other awards. He has won world championships in boats from 11-feet to 80-feet. Having represented the United States in international events since 1963, he has been selected United States Yachtsman of the Year three times and San Diego Yachtsman of the Year seven times.
Conner won the 2001 North American Etchells Championships in September, making him the #1 ranked Etchells sailor in the world presently. He has also won two Star World Championships, two Etchells World Championships, two Congressional Cups and four Southern Ocean Racing Conference (SORC) victories. In Kiel, West Germany in 1977, he established a Star class record that has never been equaled scoring five consecutive first place finishes against 89 boats. Dennis Conner regards this record in particular as one of his greatest sailing accomplishments.
In the 1976 Olympic Games, Conner won a bronze medal for the United States in the Tempest class. He has also been twice a member of the U.S. Admiral’s Cup Team and participated in the historic 1979 Fastnet Race that met with disaster in a Force 10 storm.
Conner’s more recent sailing accomplishments include winning the 2000 New Zealand Etchells National Championship. This makes him a three-time winner of this Event after winning in 1996 and 1997 as well. Dennis won the 2000 New Zealand National Championships in the Ross 780 class and in 1994 he won the Etchells World Championships against a world-class field of 62 entries. He also broke the speed record in the largest yacht race in the world in 1994. With more than 500 boats racing a 130-mile course from Newport Beach, California to Ensenada, Mexico, he set a new speed record for the 40-year old race, breaking the record he set in 1991. In May 2000, he won the Newport to Ensenada Race in the PHRF division of over 200 boats.
Conner has led two entries in the Whitbread Round The World Race, both in 1993-94 with Winston and in 1997-98 with Toshiba. Prior to the Whitbread in 1993, Conner set a new Trans-Atlantic record with Winston. Until Conner’s attempt, the record had been held since 1905, then set by the 150-foot Atlantic. Conner averaged 11 knots in his Whitbread-60 Winston in the Gold Cup race, setting the new record at 11 days and 8 hours. Conner also won the Australian National Etchells-22 Championship that same year.
As an author and publisher, Conner has recounted the motivation, teamwork and commitment to winning on and off the water in his books Learn to Sail, No Excuse To Lose, Comeback, The Art of Winning, The Official Record of Stars & Stripes 1987, The Official Record of Stars & Stripes 1988, The Official Record of Stars & Stripes 1992, Sail Like a Champion and Life’s Winning Tips. He is also the co-author of The America’s Cup: The History of Sailing’s Greatest Competition in the Twentieth Century, published in July 1998.
In 1987, Conner combined his passion for sailing with his talent for business by starting Dennis Conner Sports, Inc. Over the years, he has worked with hundreds of major corporate clients on product endorsements, sailing events and sponsorships.
While serving as Commodore of the San Diego Yacht Club, Conner formed the successful Stars & Stripes Challenge in 1984 and also served on the original Board of the Sail America Foundation. He was responsible for the tactical game-plan which led to his victory in the 1987 America’s Cup when he returned the Cup home to the United States.
Conner grew up in San Diego, raised near the San Diego Yacht Club, which he joined at age 11. He has been a member of the SDYC for over forty years and has served on the SDYC Board of Directors for nine years. He studied business at San Diego State University and lives with his wife Daintry in San Diego, California. Skipper: The skipper is the head of the team and the syndicate. He oversees every aspect of the Stars & Stripes America’s Cup program.
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Sir Ben Ainslie
Ainslie wurde 1977 in Macclesfield, England geboren. mit8 Beginn der Segelkarriere, 1989 als73. bei der Optimist world championships in Japan dabei. Silber bei Olympia 1996, Laser-Gold 2000. Finn-Gold 2004, 2008 und 2012, wo er zur Schlußzeremonie die Flagge tragen durfte.
World Championships Titles
1st 1993 Laser Radial World Champ
1st 1995 IYRU Youth Sailing World Champ
1st 1998 Laser World Champ
1st 1999 Laser World Champ
1st 2002 Finn World Champ
1st 2003 ISAF Sailing World Champ
1st 2004 Finn World Champ
1st 2005 Finn World Champ
1st 2008 Finn World Champ
1st 2010 ISAF Open Match Worlds
1st 2012 Finn World Champ