Please select your home edition
T Clew Ring New Generic

Breizh World Tour presented to reps at Brest Métropole Océane

by Pierre Giboire on 19 Jun 2013
Veolia Oceans® Bostik - Skipper: Charles Caudrelier (FRA) Le monotype OCEAN 50 © Jean Marie Liot / DPPI
The Ocean50 class, which Michel Desjoyeaux had the idea of launching, has been pondering the first major event for the future Ocean50 monohulls for several months. Now, this project is taking shape thanks to the work done jointly between Michel Desjoyeaux’s Mer Agitée company, the development team at Mer Forte led by Denis Juhel and the event organizers, Mer & Média. They are developing a highly original project for a new solo round the world race from Brittany to Brittany via the three capes with stopovers in various French overseas territories and departments.

Based on this idea proposed by Mer & Média and approved by the Ocean50 class, this new race around the world provisionally called the Breizh World Tour was presented to representatives at Brest Métropole Océane (the Brest metropolitan council), the Regional Authority in Brittany and the Finistère Council on 29th May in Brest.

The maiden edition of this new event, which is due to be raced every four years in between the other major French ocean races (Vendée Globe, Route du Rhum, Transat Jacques Vabre...) is due to start in the winter of 2017-2018, with a race lasting 5-6 months with four major legs.

Exclusively reserved for the Ocean50 monohulls, the race will allow skippers and their partners to make the most of a top class sporting event, which will guarantee excellent media coverage and a good retrurn on investment, while keeping budgets under control.

This new event aims to achieve the following goals:

- To express the diversity of everything that Brittany has to offer in terms of the sea, its businesses and technologies,

- To support the development of the Breton maritime sector with its various training schemes,

- To sustain the leadership of Brittany in ocean racing and the marine sector,

- To contribute to promoting and developing the economic success of Brittany,

- To promote the French language and French maritime culture.

Michel Desjoyeaux’s reaction: 'This new project for a round the world race corresponds to the aims of our class. An event that will be hugely popular with the general public and the media, which is open to all and is truly international. For the first time the skippers will be able to offer their sponsors the opportunity to become involved in a brand new race around the world offering good media coverage while keeping costs down.

An original idea with an unprecedented course: Start and finish in Brittany (Brest) - four legs - three oceans - three capes - three overseas stopovers.

Provisional programme:

Leg 1: Brest – Reunion Island, via the Cape of Good Hope
Leg 2: Reunion Island - Tahiti, via Cape Leeuwin
Leg 3: Tahiti – French West Indies, via Cape Horn
Leg 4: French West Indies - Brest, final transatlantic race

The Ocean50 class, supported by the French Sailing Federation, opens up opportunities and creates new sporting, technical and economic possibilities.

This new class enables these new one-design Ocean50 boats to compete in a range of existing races, but also means they can look forward to the establishment of this new round the world race.

upffront 660x82Zhik Isotak Ocean 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

Exit interview with Josh Adams, US Sailing's Olympic boss, part one
I caught up with Josh Adams, Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing at US Sailing, for a two-part job-exit interview. While the USA is a historically strong sailing nation, the team suffered a medal-ceremony shutout at the London 2012 Olympics. A planned leadership change transpired and Josh Adams was named Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing. Unfortunately, the job requires constant travel, which doesn’t mix with raising kids and Adams recently resigned. I talked with him for a two-part job-exit interview.
Posted today at 11:03 pm
Vendée Globe – Master of the School of Hard Knocks
Jérémie Beyou ranks as one of the favourites to win this eighth edition. His two last attempts ended in early abandons. Triumphant in the summer's warm up New York – Vendée Transatlantic Race and three times winner of La Solitaire du Figaro, the incredibly competitive solo one design classic stage offshore race which is sailed each summer in 32-foot one design Bénéteau Figaro 2s, Jérémie Beyou on Maître CoQ ranks as one of the favourites to win this eighth edition
Posted today at 8:08 pm
Rolex Middle Sea Race – Overall winner announced
The Royal Malta Yacht Club announced that Vincenzo Onorato's Cookson 50 Mascalzone Latino is the overall winner This race crew was a mix of Italians and British sailors who have raced all over the world under the Mascalzone Latino banner and with great success.
Posted today at 6:18 pm
The Gitana Team Series – Awakening the senses – Smell
This week, Sébastien Josse has left the Vendée to hook up with his Breton way of life, at home, not far from Lorient. It is just eleven days until the start of the eighth Vendée Globe. In Port Olona, the public is out in force, the village and the pontoons are always full and the pressure mounts a little more each day for the twenty-nine solo sailors, who will set sail on 6 November 2016.
Posted today at 5:38 pm
Melges 24 World Championship in Miami – 30 days to go
This championship is anticipated to be the most crowded event of the international one-design sailing scene this year. With the day of the first start quickly approaching, the organizing machine is working in full swing: for an event of such importance, everything from race management to the on-shore activities must be organized down to the smallest detail.
Posted today at 1:46 pm
Rolex Middle Sea Race – Will they, won't they?
Tension was heightened as the door opened by Rambler 88’s finish in the early hours was widened further by more arrivals It was a trickle of finishers rather than a flood, but there was drama all the same, where the battle to secure class wins and post a claim to the overall title raged throughout the day. With the forecast suggesting a period of fading breeze on the course area, the race pendulum was swinging in favour of the bigger, faster yachts. The incentive to keep pushing to the finish was evident.
Posted today at 1:00 pm
Catamarans Cup – Day 1
Marina of Alimos was the magnet for sailors arriving from 18 countries around the world who flocked to join this special The Marina of Alimos in Athens was the magnet for sailors arriving from 18 countries around the world, who flocked to join this special. The week long program of racing, themed competitions, parties and opportunity to explore the region, has seen the popularity and reputation of the Catamarans Cup grow year on year.
Posted today at 11:05 am
2016 Rolex Middle Sea Race - The big picture
107 yachts started 2016 Rolex Middle Sea Race with 94 yachts racing for the overall prize of the Rolex Middle Sea Trophy 107 yachts started the 2016 Rolex Middle Sea Race with 94 yachts racing for the overall prize of the Rolex Middle Sea Trophy, awarded to the best yacht racing under the IRC Rating system.
Posted today at 8:23 am
Mediterranean record - MACIF trimaran no longer on standby
François Gabart decided to return to Brittany due to weather conditions which didn't favour Mediterranean record attempt François Gabart has decided to return to Brittany due to the weather conditions, which did not favour a Mediterranean record attempt within the standby period established. The MACIF trimaran is due for a refit when it arrives in Lorient, while the skipper heads to the start of the Vendée Globe, where he will be present as the last winner of the race.
Posted today at 5:11 am
Atlantic Cup is first sports event in U.S. to be ISO 20121 Compliant
The Atlantic Cup announced that the 2016 race is the first sports event in the United States to be ISO 20121 compliant. The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing announced today that the 2016 race is the first sports event in the United States to be ISO 20121 compliant. In addition, the Atlantic Cup’s official carbon offset supplier, We are Neutral, announced it has calculated and offset the carbon footprint of the 2016 race.
Posted on 25 Oct