The Extreme Sailing Series Europe has attracted another high profile sailor to compete at the UK in association with Cowes Week in 2010. Round the World sailing ‘legend’ Roland Jourdain backed by Veolia will bring the fleet to nine in total.
One of the World’s very best ocean racing skippers, Jourdain is a two-times IMOCA World Champion and has won the Transat Jacques Vabre twice as well as the infamous Route du Rhum, but as UK skipper Mike Golding has shown, the transition from solo offshore monohulls to the intensity of multiple races per day, close to shore on a multihull is not an easy one.
However, Jourdain is not new to catamarans. In 1989 he was crowned Formula 40 World Champion, the catamaran made famous in the Hollywood movie, The Thomas Crowne Affair.
“Our participation in Cowes Week in August is an excellent occasion for us to be up against the big champions from all countries. I hardly sailed multihulls for the past ten years so it will be a tough task, but it will be a pleasure to be on the Formula 40s of the third millennium.”
The announcement is important for the series. Sometimes accused of being more like a travelling circus than a sailing event, the Extreme 40 series features some of the world’s very best sailors. While OC Group CEO Mark Turner is not shy about positioning the series as entertainment on a sailing platform, the participation of some of the biggest sailing names and their sponsors is proof that the balance of sport and entertainment is just right.
Jourdain will join Loïck Peyron, Franck Cammas, Yann Guichard at the Cowes Event.
The Extreme Sailing Series at Cowes Week will see more racing than ever before with six days of action right off the shorefront at Egypt Point every afternoon. For the first three days racing will be from 3pm and for the final three days the shore side entertainment will start from 4pm to ensure as many competitors taking part in Cowes Week will be able to enjoy the action.
As part of the Extreme Sailing Series’ initiative to engage with the wider community, Veolia Environnement will be supporting the charity Plan France, the French arm of Plan International, one of the oldest and largest children’s development organisations in the world, founded over 70 years ago. Plan works in 48 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. Plan works with more than 3,500,000 families and their communities each year and is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations. Plan’s vision is of a world in which all children realise their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity.