Défi Azimut – Lorient 2021: Save the date!
by IMOCA Globe Sequence 31 Jul 01:34 PDT
14-19 September 2021
Défi Azimut © Yvan Zedda / Défi Azimut
A sports activities meet and social event organised by the Lorient-based firm Azimut (digital options), the Défi Azimut, the eleventh competitors of this title, stays a somewhat atypical occasion. Placing the skippers to the check in three totally different workouts over 5 intense days (Pace runs, 48-hour sprints and the Tour de Groix spherical island dash), this 12 months the race formally varieties a part of the IMOCA Globe Sequence Championship. With the notable assist of the Lorient Agglomération and the Brittany Area, the Défi Azimut is as soon as once more set to contain some incredible battles out on the water, in addition to some top-level exchanges on land with plenty of competition-related themes.
After a superb singlehanded version in 2020, we make method for the double-handed format in 2021, simply eight weeks earlier than the beginning of the Transat Jacques Vabre. The Notice of Race has already been revealed on the official web site www.defi-azimut.net and registration is now open, so the countdown has begun!
This 12 months, Sylvie Viant is taking over the function of Race Director, teamed up with Hubert Lemonnier, each of them extremely skilled with a detailed relationship to the racers. It’s this duo who shall be monitoring the competitors, the excessive level of which would be the 48H AZIMUT, a course spanning at the least 500 miles (and as much as 700), contested in double-handed configuration plus an on-board report (media particular person). It’s this race, which is able to see the contributors awarded factors that depend in direction of the IMOCA Globe Sequence Championship.
A dream line-up
Round twenty or so duos are anticipated to participate within the 5 days of top-class races from 14 September. The duo of Jérémie Beyou and Christopher Pratt shall be defending the title that Jérémie secured again in 2020 on Charal and so they’re certain to have their work minimize out in opposition to an armada of foilers, a number of of which have modified arms for the reason that Vendée Globe. For the latter group, the Défi Azimut shall be a extremely instructive expertise over a wide range of codecs conducive to efficiency comparisons. For individuals who have held onto their around the world steed with a view to optimising them, as is the case for skippers like Charlie Dalin who’s pairing with Paul Meilhat on APIVIA and Thomas Ruyant supported by Morgan Lagravière on LinkedOut, they’re going to clearly be focusing on the gold medal on this competitors. Lastly, among the many IMOCAs with basic daggerboards, skippers Damien Seguin and Benjamin Dutreux on Groupe APICIL will definitely be the lads to beat given their glorious monitor data on this class.
Crusing, an excellent regional catalyst
For one week, the Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly and the port of Lorient La Base, will host the groups with a spread of high-quality services, with the invitation being prolonged to the media and an organisation crew of 60 folks.
With the Pays de Lorient and Brittany putting their strategic chips on offshore racing, as evidenced by the redevelopment of the submarine base, a sector of excellence with worldwide recognition has been in a position to be developed there. Synonymous with innovation, jobs and occasions, the advantages of top-rank crusing within the area lengthen far past the sports activities area. Certainly, it’s a beneficial context for coming collectively to think about the numerous environmental and societal challenges throughout a sequence of conferences and spherical desk occasions organised on the very coronary heart of the occasion.
As such, the Défi Azimut is the proper annual platform for shining a highlight on the superb vitality drummed up by offshore racing in Lorient on Brittany’s Atlantic seaboard.
“Sport, innovation and human and collective engagement make offshore racing an actual asset in Lorient and in Brittany. Put plainly, it’s completely distinctive. Bringing collectively the authors of this success, each on land and at sea, is what drives us at Azimut. This 12 months, we’re providing you the prospect to journey from Lorient to the Orient, in a journey full of cultural surprises, in addition to a sequence of exchanges alongside the exemplary themes of regional dynamism: structure, composites and inclusion… For the sailors, will probably be one other refined competitors and we’re very proud to now be an official occasion within the IMOCA Globe Sequence Championship, which is the very best type of recognition of the occasion’s sporting high quality,” Jean-Marie Corteville, creator of the Défi Azimut and President of Azimut.
“We’re delighted to assist the Défi Azimut within the Pays de Lorient. It is an offshore race on a sea of prospects, a significant sporting, human and technological problem, which additionally showcases the a number of fields of excellence in our area, its potential to organise and innovate, together with its vitality and its experience,” Fabrice Loher, President of Lorient Agglomération, Mayor of Lorient.
“Brittany is enthusiastic about crusing. The Défi Azimut is without doubt one of the many races which brighten up our shoreline. The Brittany Area is proud to accomplice an occasion, which brings our style for innovation, sport and the will to be collectively to the fore,” Loïg Chesnais-Girard, President of the Brittany Area.