6 Caledonian boats, 3 New-Zelanders…4 or 5 other ready to register. This 4th edition of the Groupama Race looks fast. Regarding to the "boats" pre-registered, the record held by Team Autralia ( 3 days, 23 hours, 20 minutes and 45 seconds) might fall. Who will beat the record Caledonians or Kiwis? Nothing is less certain ... because Australian sailors should awake & join the race!
Presentation of the latest boats engaged:
- Graham Dalton from New-Zealand has announced that he will be on the startline of the Groupama race 2014 (start 19th of october). Graham has already done two single-handed round-the-world races. And he will participate in 2015 in the Global Ocean Race.
The boat, Hupane, (ex Desafio CABO de HORNOS) is a class 40, a Verdier Design. The boat did already 2 Global Ocean Race, 2 Fastnet race, the mondial Class 40, La Solidaire du Chocolat...
Graham is the second New-Zealander to announce is participation to the Groupama race...
- A third one will be announced soon. Crusader 35 was launched in mid 2012. She is an Elliott 35 SS ( Super Sport). In the 2012 Coastal Classic, Crusader took close to two hours off the existing race record for boats under 40ft !!! Since then Crusader 35 has competed in the Bay of Islands Race Week, Gold Cups, SSANZ series and the 2013 Coastal Classic.
This boat built for offshore and blue water sailing will love "the longest leeward windward race" around the biggest lagoon in the world.
After Bull Rush & Hupane, Crusader 35 is the third kiwi boat... We are still waiting for Australian entry. Allow me to ask myself: where are the Aussie sailors?