Off the coast of Saint-Malo, the Ocean Fifty trimarans are putting on a show this weekend

Off the coast of Saint-Malo, the Ocean Fifty trimarans are putting on a show this weekend
Off the coast of Saint-Malo, the Ocean Fifty trimarans are putting on a show this weekend

A new race entirely dedicated to the Ocean Fifty trimaran class (fifteen-meter multihulls) has been taking place in Saint-Malo since Thursday May 23, 2024.

The first act of the Ocean Fifty championship sees nine sailboats, designed for offshore racing, compete against each other. Detained in the Mediterranean, only one missing.

The idea was born during a joint training session for sailors off the coast of Saint-Malo, the garden of the new president of the category, the Cancalais Thibaut Vauchel-Camus.

In two and a half months, Bretagne Plaisance, which manages the Saint-Malo marinas, put the event together.

Guests on board the sailboats

The competition seeks to attract the public. The coastal routes allow the curious to see the boats evolve. A village has been set up at the port of Sablons, in the Saint-Servan district, with activities.

The sailboats also take on board guests. 150 people were able to experience from the inside the seven rounds launched off the Pointe de la Varde, the first two days.

Four of the nine skippers play at home: Thibaut Vauchel-Camus (Solidaires en Peloton), Luke Berry (Le Rire Médecin Lamotte), Baptiste Hulin (Viabilis Océans) and Fabrice Cahierc (Réalités).

Innovative buoys

The championship also serves as a framework for testing buoys planned for the Olympics. They were designed by Valentina Venturi, mechanical engineer and entrepreneur. Gipsy Buoy buoys do not require an anchor. The orange colored route markers are equipped with two small electric motors, and are held in place remotely using a GPS tracking system.

They were chosen for the Saint-Malo events which take place in areas with strong currents.

Sunday May 26, races from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nautical flea markets at the port of Sablons, in Saint-Malo, from 8:30 a.m. Prize giving at 3:30 p.m.

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