Brest Atlantiques: Foot on the brake

Despite having completed 740 miles in the first 24-hours of the race the skippers of the four-boat Ultim 32/23 fleet competing in the Brest Atlantiques race all say they have been reining their trimarans back for fear of damage so early in the 14,000-mile open ocean marathon.  Despite keeping one foot

Ultim 32/23 Class regroups with five-year race plan announcement

Ultim 32/23 Class regroups with five-year race plan announcement

They are the most highly-advanced and exciting ocean-going race boats on the planet but the monster-sized trimarans of the Ultim 32/23 Class has faced an uncertain future in recent months after the majority of the boats competing in last year’s Route du Rum failed to make it through the transatlantic

Gitana Team part company with Ultim skipper Sébastien Josse

Gitana Team part company with Ultim skipper Sébastien Josse

The seven-year relationship between French offshore racing syndicate Gitana Team and their skipper Sébastien Josse has come to an end, the team has announced today. Gitana Team was founded in 2000 by French banker and businessman Baron Benjamin de Rothschild and since then has competed actively across a wide range of

Persico Marine – never a dull moment

Persico Marine – never a dull moment

There’s a lot happening at Persico Marine right now. The renowned Italian shipyard – which ranks among the world’s leading builders of high end racing yachts and large high performance luxury sailing cruisers – has a wide range of ground-breaking projects on the go. Based in Nembro in northern Italy, Persico

Ultim solo round-the-world race plans shelved

Ultim solo round-the-world race plans shelved.

Plans for a singlehanded around the world race in Ultim 32/23 maxi multihulls next year are to be put on hold after the damage sustained by the five Ultim entries in the Route du Rhum transatlantic race. Details of the Brest Oceans Race – scheduled to start at the end of

Time to pump the brakes on the Ultim Class?

Time to pump the brakes on the Ultim Class?

The breakdown in varying degrees of four of the five Ultim maxi-trimarans racing in the Route du Rhum has raised questions over the reliability of the high-tech multihulls and called into question the viability of the Brest Oceans Race – a non-stop single handed round the world event planned to

Route du Rhum: Sébastien Josse bows out on first night

Route du Rhum: Sébastien Josse bows out

Sébastien Josse is out of the 2018 Route du Rhum after fewer than 24 hours of racing since the start of the iconic singlehanded race from St Malo to Guadeloupe. The French sailor has been forced out of the race after sustaining damage to the port bow of his Ultim maxi-trimaran

Hydraulics engineered for high performance

Hydraulics engineered for high performance

Whether in the Ultim, TP52 or America’s Cup classes, next-generation Harken hydraulics are at the very leading edge of efficiency and reliability. The upcoming 40th anniversary Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe will be an amazing race to follow. Included in the record-size fleet of 122 craft will be the Ultime