Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars - North Technology

Artemis Offshore sailors set for ICOM Cup Méditérranée

by Artemis Offshore Academy on 8 Mar 2013
Henry, Jack and Ed are gunning to start their first race of the season Thierry Seray
Thursday 7th March, marks the commencement of the first 2013 Figaro race for Artemis Offshore Academy sailors Jack Bouttell (Artemis 77) and Ed Hill (Artemis 37), who will set off at 15:00 CET as the starting gun is fired for leg one of their first competitive single-handed race, the ICOM Cup Méditérranée. Also sailing under the Artemis flag for his first race of the season is Academy graduate Henry Bomby (Artemis 23), with fellow graduate Nick Cherry acting as préparateur.

This three-stage race will see the Academy skippers line up against some high caliber Figaro sailors as they embark on six days of solo offshore and coastal racing, covering 400nm between La Grande Motte and Marseille in France. Current weather conditions for the race start are a light south-easterly breeze set to build as the day goes on, with wind speeds topping out at 25kts over the first part of the course, before a shift at around 10:00CET tomorrow morning to the north-west.


'There is a high caliber of Class Figaro skippers taking part in the race and if our British Academy sailors were to achieve a mid-fleet position it would be a great finish,' explained John Thorn, Performance Director at the Artemis Offshore Academy.

'However, for Jack and Ed it is their first single-handed offshore race and it will be a steep learning curve. This is the first race of the season for all three sailors and provides a chance for them to get to grips with the 2013 class competition whilst putting their winter training into action.'


Twelve skippers will line up on the start line later today, including 2012 ICOM Cup winner Xavier Macaire who finished an impressive 10th overall in the 2012 Solitaire du Figaro as a rookie, alongside experienced Solitaire du Figaro competitor Jean-Pierre Nicol and Jean-Paul Mouren,who has competed in the Solitaire du Figaro a staggering 25 times. Fifty percent of the race line-up is made up of rookies, with the majority being non-French sailors including Academy skippers Jack, Ed, Henry and Irish Figaro sailor David Kenefick.

'After three months of training with the Academy, it’s time to stop talking and start performing,' explained Ed who is eager to get out onto the racecourse.


Both Jack and Ed are experienced fully crewed offshore sailors but they are now rookies in the highly competitive, one-design Figaro fleet where skippers can finish just seconds or minutes apart – a demanding test of skill as they cut their teeth in this new arena.

As they make their foray into this new world of top-level solo sailing it won’t be easy, and there could be times when they question their sanity! But right now, they are rearing to go:

'Three months is not a lot of time, but hopefully it’s enough to have made me competitive within the class,' elaborated Ed.

'My main objective for the ICOM Cup Méditerranée is to sail cleanly without making major mistakes,' said Jack. 'I am here primarily to learn and gain experience competing on the Figaro circuit against the best.'

After training at the elite Pôle Finistere training school Academy graduate Henry reported:

'Going into this race I have a new found belief in my pace and a confidence that has grown since training at Pôle Finistere. I will be looking to stick close to the leaders and let my pace do the work over long periods of time, while waiting for others to make errors!'

With fellow graduate sailor Nick offering some advice to the rookies:

'Jack and Ed should try to stay cool and not get too caught up in the excitement at the start. As long as they focus on the basics like being on time for the start and sailing the boats efficiently, they’ll definitely find their rhythm.'

Setting off from La Grande Motte today the fleet is expected to cross the leg one finish line in Marseille on Friday eighth of March, followed by a day of coastal racing on Saturday ninth of March. The skippers will then leave Marseille on Sunday 10th and complete the final and longest 48 hour leg back to La Grande Motte, crossing the final finish line on Tuesday the 12th in time for the evening prize giving.



The 2013 ICOM Cup Méditerranée 12 skipper line-up:

Name/Nationality/Boat/Rookie

• Matthew Girolet/FRA/Lafont Press
• David Kenefick/IRE/David Kenefick Sailing/Rookie
• Yves Ravot/FRA/France Referrals/Rookie
• Xavier Macaire/FRA/Skipper Hérault
• Ed Hill/GBR/Artemis 37/Rookie
• Jack Bouttell/GBR/Artemis 77/Rookie
• Henry Bomby/GBR/Artemis 23
• Gwenäel Gbick/FRA/Made in Mediterranean/Rookie
• Pierto D’Ali/ITA/TX Active I.Nova
• Jean-Pierre Nicol/FRA/Bernard Controls
• Alexia Barrier/FRA/Salon Nautique de Lyon – Water Recreation/Rookie
• Jean-Paul Mouren/FRA/Charter Artemis Offshore Academy website

Wildwind 2016 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht DesignBarz Optics - Kids range

Related Articles

Les Voiles de St Tropez France – Day 2 images by Ingrid Abery
Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from day two Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from day two
Posted today at 5:33 pm
Panerai Classic Yachts - Images from Régates Royales - Final day
The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge has concluded at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge has concluded at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water at Cannes and provided this gallery of images from the Final Day - there ws no racing due to the obvious lack of wind - but the images are still excellent.
Posted today at 3:28 pm
French-flagged sailing team to make Extreme Sailing Series debut
30-year old Kiwi Adam Minoprio will lead the team, and he is looking forward to the challenge. Arriving fresh from victory on their GC32 in Sotogrande (Spain), the team of experienced foilers is expected to get competitive quickly on Lisbon’s stadium racetrack.
Posted today at 11:39 am
Groupama Nouvelle-Caledonie Race - Top Kiwi racer takes line honours
TeamVodafoneSailing/Frank Racing has taken line honours in the 650nm Groupama Nouvelle-Caledonie Race. The New Zealand ORMA60 trimaran TeamVodafoneSailing/Frank Racing has taken line honours in the 650nm Groupama Nouvelle-Calendonie Race. She crossed the finish line at 10.33.12 on Tuesday morning, local time.
Posted today at 4:00 am
Extreme Sailing Series - Lisbon joins the race to restore ocean health
Extreme Sailing Series™ organiser OC Sport is proud to announce that they have joined the race to restore ocean health Extreme Sailing Series™ organiser OC Sport is proud to announce that they have joined the race to restore ocean health with Sailors for the Sea’s Clean Regattas programme.
Posted today at 1:36 am
Les Voiles de St Tropez France – Day 1 images by Ingrid Abery
Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from day one Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from day one
Posted on 26 Sep
Melges 32 World Championship – Previewing the podium
13 teams from five countries are primed to descend on the sailing capital of the United States, Newport, Rhode Island. Thirteen teams from five countries are primed to descend on the sailing capital of the United States, Newport, Rhode Island for the eighth edition, hosted by Sail Newport, launching out of the Newport Shipyard.
Posted on 26 Sep
Another Foiling Week to be held next month
The public attention is no longer limited to the competitive sailing community since the market is offering more options The attention of the public is no longer limited to the competitive sailing community since the market is offering more and more options for recreational and cruising vessels. Newport is the first overseas edition of the Foiling Week: the genuine passion shown by the participants reminds of the first ever edition in 2014 on Lake Garda.
Posted on 26 Sep
Strong finish for Armin Strom at the GC32 La Reserva de Sotogrande Cup
With Norauto and Team Tilt secure in first two positions, Armin Strom headed into the last day vying for third position With Norauto and Team Tilt secure in the first two positions, Armin Strom Sailing Team headed into the last day of competition vying with Team ENGIE, Realteam and Malizia for third position
Posted on 26 Sep
2016 RC44 Cascais Cup - Victory for Artemis Racing in final metres
Torbjörn Törnqvist steered his Artemis Racing through carnage of final run of final race to claim the RC44 Cascais Cup. With spinnakers blowing up all around them, Torbjörn Törnqvist steered his Artemis Racing through the carnage of the final run of the final race to claim the RC44 Cascais Cup.
Posted on 26 Sep