1er Monaco Globe Series
1-8 juin 2018

The nine IMOCA boats in the Monaco Globe Series, a double-hander, unassisted non-stop offshore race, are well on their way just 24 hours after the start that was given Sunday 3rd June at 1pm by YCM President, HSH Prince Albert II. Organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco, this is the first stage of the new IMOCA 2018-2020 world championship and a chance for participants to gain maximum points towards qualifying for the Vendée Globe 2020.

As anticipated, it’s proving a physically tough race providing a range of conditions. After a superb start competitors have gobbled up the miles to southern Corsica, forced to stay hyper-alert and anticipate the slightest shift. “After a light passage down Corsica’s west coast, they’ve had to cope with rough conditions on the approach to the Strait of Bonifacio,” explained Race Director Guillaume Rottee. As a 30-knot westerly was expected in this region it “required numerous sail changes which is very tiring.”
An explanation confirmed on the water by Manuel Cousin, skipper on Group Sétin. “All is well on board although we haven’t had any sleep as the wind is so capricious. It’s a lottery. One thing’s for sure you can’t let up for a minute.”

A view shared by an equally enthusiastic co-skipper Alan Roura: “We’ve got to hold on to keep up with the pack. It’s great on board with Manu, we’re getting on really well.” (Live videos direct from the boats can be seen on the YCM’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yachtclubmonaco/).
There is determination at the front of the pack, with two boats, both female-male pairs, vying for top spot. After leading at the start, Isabelle Joschke (Monin) with Alan Gautier, winner of the 1992/1993 Vendée Globe are in a tight group with Irish boat Kilcullen Team Ireland skippered by Joan Mulloy paired with Thomas Ruyant. This is the first IMOCA race for this young sailor and it bodes well for what comes next.

 

Tactical choices

The Strait of Bonifacio passage threw up some interesting tactical choices for the nine pairs embarked on this adventure. Often turbulent conditions means concentration is at its peak. “Some bore off a little further west off the exit from this zone, before starting the descent to Sardinia,” noted Guillaume Rottee. “It was the option taken by Bureau Vallée 2, Manin and Malizia II who reached speeds up to 19.3 knots with this option.” A reminder that the Monegasque boat of Pierre Casiraghi and Boris Herrmann was neck and neck at the start with Paul Meilhat and Gwénolé Gahinet on SMA.

Everyone is trying to find the best compromise possible between catching the wind and avoiding doing too much of the route to not distance themselves from the competition. “We are tired because the conditions are so variable. Since the start it’s alternated between phases of dead calm and wind,” explained Fabrice Amedeo at the helm of Newrest – Art & Fenêtres. “There’s a lot of suspense. We’ve had a very rough night with downpours and storms.”

The fleet is now on its way to Sardinia pushed by a north-north westerly and as announced this morning will continue to the Gulf of Mondello. They should reach the next mark on Tuesday 5th June around 8.00am. Note: the positions of all the boats are tracked every 30 minutes and published on a map of the course: http://bit.ly/2JdTu4i

List of competing boats:
Malizia-Yacht Club de Monaco – Pierre Casiraghi / Boris Herrmann
SMA – Paul Meilhat / Gwénolé Gahinet
Newrest – Art & Fenêtres – Fabrice Amedeo / Eric Peron
Bureau Vallée 2 – Louis Burton / Arthur Hubert
Monin – Isabelle Joschke / Alain Gautier
4myplanet2 – Alexia Barrier / Pierre Quirogea
Groupe Setin – Manuel Cousin / Alan Roura
Kilcullen Team Ireland – Joan Mulloy / Thomas Ruyant
Boulogne Billancourt – Stéphane Le Diraison / Stan Maslard

Friday 8th June 2018
• 6.00pm: Prize-giving ceremony

1er Monaco Globe Series
1-8 juin 2018

The nine IMOCA boats in the Monaco Globe Series, a double-hander, unassisted non-stop offshore race, are well on their way just 24 hours after the start that was given Sunday 3rd June at 1pm by YCM President, HSH Prince Albert II. Organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco, this is the first stage of the new IMOCA 2018-2020 world championship and a chance for participants to gain maximum points towards qualifying for the Vendée Globe 2020.

As anticipated, it’s proving a physically tough race providing a range of conditions. After a superb start competitors have gobbled up the miles to southern Corsica, forced to stay hyper-alert and anticipate the slightest shift. “After a light passage down Corsica’s west coast, they’ve had to cope with rough conditions on the approach to the Strait of Bonifacio,” explained Race Director Guillaume Rottee. As a 30-knot westerly was expected in this region it “required numerous sail changes which is very tiring.”
An explanation confirmed on the water by Manuel Cousin, skipper on Group Sétin. “All is well on board although we haven’t had any sleep as the wind is so capricious. It’s a lottery. One thing’s for sure you can’t let up for a minute.”

A view shared by an equally enthusiastic co-skipper Alan Roura: “We’ve got to hold on to keep up with the pack. It’s great on board with Manu, we’re getting on really well.” (Live videos direct from the boats can be seen on the YCM’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yachtclubmonaco/).
There is determination at the front of the pack, with two boats, both female-male pairs, vying for top spot. After leading at the start, Isabelle Joschke (Monin) with Alan Gautier, winner of the 1992/1993 Vendée Globe are in a tight group with Irish boat Kilcullen Team Ireland skippered by Joan Mulloy paired with Thomas Ruyant. This is the first IMOCA race for this young sailor and it bodes well for what comes next.

 

Tactical choices

The Strait of Bonifacio passage threw up some interesting tactical choices for the nine pairs embarked on this adventure. Often turbulent conditions means concentration is at its peak. “Some bore off a little further west off the exit from this zone, before starting the descent to Sardinia,” noted Guillaume Rottee. “It was the option taken by Bureau Vallée 2, Manin and Malizia II who reached speeds up to 19.3 knots with this option.” A reminder that the Monegasque boat of Pierre Casiraghi and Boris Herrmann was neck and neck at the start with Paul Meilhat and Gwénolé Gahinet on SMA.

Everyone is trying to find the best compromise possible between catching the wind and avoiding doing too much of the route to not distance themselves from the competition. “We are tired because the conditions are so variable. Since the start it’s alternated between phases of dead calm and wind,” explained Fabrice Amedeo at the helm of Newrest – Art & Fenêtres. “There’s a lot of suspense. We’ve had a very rough night with downpours and storms.”

The fleet is now on its way to Sardinia pushed by a north-north westerly and as announced this morning will continue to the Gulf of Mondello. They should reach the next mark on Tuesday 5th June around 8.00am. Note: the positions of all the boats are tracked every 30 minutes and published on a map of the course: http://bit.ly/2JdTu4i

List of competing boats:
Malizia-Yacht Club de Monaco – Pierre Casiraghi / Boris Herrmann
SMA – Paul Meilhat / Gwénolé Gahinet
Newrest – Art & Fenêtres – Fabrice Amedeo / Eric Peron
Bureau Vallée 2 – Louis Burton / Arthur Hubert
Monin – Isabelle Joschke / Alain Gautier
4myplanet2 – Alexia Barrier / Pierre Quirogea
Groupe Setin – Manuel Cousin / Alan Roura
Kilcullen Team Ireland – Joan Mulloy / Thomas Ruyant
Boulogne Billancourt – Stéphane Le Diraison / Stan Maslard

Friday 8th June 2018
• 6.00pm: Prize-giving ceremony