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Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

Seb Josse and François Gabart take line honours in the Artemis Challenge

jeudi 8 août 2013Redaction SSS [Source RP]

The seventh edition of the Artemis Challenge at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week this year undoubtedly boasts its most prestigious line-up of offshore racing superstars – François Gabart, Michel Desjoyeaux, Alex Thomson, Dee Caffari, Vincent Riou, Jean Le Cam, Seb Josse, Brian Thompson, Sidney Gavignet – to name a few. The fleet of two huge multihulls and six IMOCA Imoca #IMOCA 60 monohulls today raced in The Solent in a tightly fought battle to claim their share of the £10,000 charity prize fund.

A delayed start, caused by light winds in the morning, saw the fleet sail east downwind from the Royal Yacht Squadron line at 10:15 AM in bright sunshine. The two 70 foot multihulls, Edmond de Rothschild and Oman Air-Musandam, picked up the sea breeze from midday and circumnavigated the Isle of Wight clockwise, with French skipper Seb Josse taking line honours on Edmond de Rothschild in a time of four hours and sixteen minutes. Josse, an acclaimed solo sailor and Volvo Ocean Race Volvo Ocean Race #VolvoOceanRace skipper, donated £2,500 to his nominated charity of Joves Navegants. Finishing just 11 minutes behind Josse was fellow French racer Sidney Gavignet, who had enlisted the help of British Olympic sailing medallist Paul Goodison and record Record #sailingrecord -breaking solo yachtswoman Dee Caffari.

Meanwhile, the six IMOCA Imoca #IMOCA 60s raced an inshore course in the Eastern Solent. The world class fleet of solo ocean racing machines was led by Vendée Globe winner François Gabart, sailing with mentor and legendary French racer Michel Desjoyeaux on Macif. Gabart claimed a narrow line honours victory ahead of a smartly dressed Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss, who was joined by rising British acting star Douglas Booth, with the entire crew dressed in black tie. The team from Macif finished in a time of four hours and 32 minutes and donated their £2,500 winnings to the SNSM.

Finishing third was PRB, followed by Safran, Artemis Ocean Racing and finally Cheminées Poujoulat in what was a tightly fought contest amongst the best racers in singlehanded sailing. All the boats were also competing as two teams to claim a £5,000 prize fund (each team was made up of one multihull and three monohulls chosen at random before the race). The team with the fastest total combined elapsed time was that of Edmond de Rothschild, Hugo Boss, Artemis Ocean Racing and Safran, with each skipper receiving £1,250 to donate to their nominated charities.

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Final results for the Artemis Challenge at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2013 :

Position Boat / Skipper Finish Time (BST)/Charity


  • 1 Gitana/Seb Josse (FRA)/2:26 PM/£2,500 for Joves Navegants
  • 2 Oman Air-Musandam/Sidney Gavignet (FRA)/2:36 PM/Al Hayat


  • 1 Macif/Francois Gabard(FRA)/2:47 PM/£2,500 for SNSM
  • 2 Hugo Boss/Alex Thomson (GBR)/2:49 PM/Kibera in Need
  • 3 PRB/Vincent Riou (FRA)/2:50 PM/SNSM
  • 4 Safran/Marc Guillemot (FRA)/2:52 PM/AFMTelethon
  • 5 Artemis Ocean Racing/Brian Thompson (GBR)/2:56 PM/Toe in the Water
  • 6 Cheminées Poujoulat/Bernard Stamm (SUI)/2:57 PM/Planete Enfants

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