Ocean Racing: High quality fleet set to take on The Transat CIC

Ocean Racing

The legendary passage across the North Atlantic has proven one of the most difficult challenges to the solo sailor over the last 60 years. Although the start and finish ports for the 15th edition of The Transat CIC have changed from the traditional course, now leaving Brest in France on

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

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

On board IDEC with Francis Joyon

On board IDEC with Francis Joyon

Interesting to see French solo skipper Francis Joyon using a fixed bike to help with the grinding work aboard his IDEC Ultim 32/23 trimaran as he prepares for the challenge of the Route du Rhum.

On board Sodebo with Thomas Coville

On board Sodebo with Thomas Coville

This slightly eerie video from the Sodebo Voile team gives a clue to the tense and lonely life Thomas Coville leads while racing his Ultim 32/23 trimaran singlehanded as he prepares for the Route du Rhum. As Coville puts it: "Sailing an Ultim trimaran is a very anxious activity and you have