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Sidney Gavignet : "the MOD70 is the most attractive boat on the water currently"

Wednesday 17 August 2011Redaction SSS [Source RP]

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Oman Sail have today announced they have signed a contract to purchase the sixth Multi One Design (MOD) 70 and appointed the man who smashed the solo and fully-crewed Round Britain and Ireland record Record #sailingrecord onboard the 32 metre multihull Oman Air Majan last year to skipper the boat, Sidney Gavignet.

The boat build will start immediately, with the Oman Sail team taking delivery of the 70 foot trimaran in April 2012, just three months ahead the KRYS OCEAN RACE which will kick off the Multi One Design Championshipwith a 2,950 mile sprint eastbound across the Atlantic from New York (USA) to Brest Brest #brest on the north-west top of France in July 2012.

Heading up the exciting new trimaran will be Sidney Gavignet who joined the Oman Sail team in 2010 to skipper the 100 foot trimaran Oman Air Majan in the Route du Rhum Route du Rhum #RouteDuRhum . At 42 years old the Frenchman is an accomplished and respected sailor who is a veteran round the world sailor having completed four Volvo Ocean Races / Whitbreads, winning the race once. He currently holds the record Record #sailingrecord for the fastest transatlantic crossing in a monohull and is looking forward to his next transatlantic crossing.

“For me the MOD70 is the most attractive boat on the water currently. The boats are quick and although I always enjoy racing around the planet, it’s better when it’s quick! Also it’s absolutely one design, similar to the Extreme 40, so racing will be extremely close amongst the six boats from New York to Brest Brest #brest .” Sidney Gavignet, skipper and project manager of Oman Sail MOD70.

Sidney will step off of the Oman Air’s Extreme 40 after Act 5 of the Extreme Sailing Series Extreme Sailing Series #extremesailing in Cowes to manage the MOD70 project and the all important crew selection process. The team will be made up of four top international crew and two top Omani national sailors for the offshore legs with an additional international and Omani sailor joining the crew for the inshore legs. A rigorous selection process will start in October.

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