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MOD 70 European Tour comes to Dun Laoghaire & NYC

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The FIVE latest, biggest, fastest ocean racing one design class 70’ long trimarans, the MOD70s, skippered – and crewed – by sailing rock stars (Michel Desjoyaux, Sydney Gavignet, Steve Ravussin, Sebastien Josse, Yann Guichard) are coming to Dun Laoghaire and to the National Yacht Club from Wednesday 5th to Sunday 9th September and will be racing in Dublin Bay too!!!!!

The MOD70s – Race For Water, FONCIA, Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, Spindrift racing and Musandam Oman Sail – will be hosted by the National Yacht Club and Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company and a 5 day family festival will be held on the East Pier to celebrate the arrival of the most innovative racing trimarans in the world.

On Friday 7th September and Saturday 8th September the MOD70s will be competing in Dublin Bay in the Dublin City Race and Speed Match Races and there will be live commentary from the East Pier.

The trimarans will leave Dun Laoghaire on Sunday 9th September at 3pm for the start of the second leg of the European Tour from Dun Laoghaire to Cascais.

 

 

 

 

 


Commenting on today’s announcement Gerry Dunne CEO, Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company stated. ‘We are delighted to welcome the world’s most innovative trimarans to Dun Laoghaire Harbour which has witnessed 200 years of maritime history. 1.4 million people walk the East Pier on an annual basis and we hope that the hosting of this global event will attract many more people to our beautiful harbour in September’

The high speed MOD70 class of trimarans are a new innovation for sailing. They have already proven to be the fastest offshore sailing one design class in the world. Each MOD70 is completely identical, built from the same moulds, so that success – inshore and offshore – reflects the skills of the sailing crew and not any technological advantage.

The MOD70 European Tour starts in Kiel, Germany, then Dublin, to Cascais by Lisbon, Portugal to Marseille, France to a finish in Genoa, Italy. Over the five weeks total duration of the MOD70 European Tour the teams will sail nearly 5000 miles over five offshore stages.

The MOD70 European Tour is the second event of the Multi One Championship, following on from July’s inaugural KRYS OCEAN RACE which saw the MOD70’s race the Atlantic from New York to Brest, France at remarkable speeds.The first three boats finished within less than two hours after traversing the Atlantic in less than five days with the winning boat making more than 711 miles in one 24 hours period.

Already the MOD70 fleet has attracted a cross section of some of the best ocean racing sailors in the world. Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA) has twice won the Vendée Globe solo round the world race and skippers FONCIA. There are more than eight sailors across the different boats who hold round the world records including Britain’s Brian Thompson who sails in Musandam-Oman Sail. Thompson has more than 20 offshore sailing speed records to his name and was the only Briton on board Banque Populaire V when the giant multihull set a new record for sailing non stop around the world in January.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE BOATS, THE TEAMS OR TO TRACK THE BOATS OR PLAY THE VIRTUAL RACING GAME, PLEASE VISIT

www.mod70-europeantour.com

 

 

Outline Programme of Events in Dun Laoghaire

Wednesday 5th September
Estimated arrival of MOD70s 10am – 6pm
Food courts, farmers market, fairtrade & ethnic stalls, craft stalls, family entertainment, vintage amusements

Thursday 6th September
10am – 6pm
Food courts, farmers market, fairtrade & ethnic stalls, craft stalls, family entertainment, vintage amusements

Friday 7th September
10am – 9pm
Food courts, farmers market, fairtrade & ethnic stalls, craft stalls, family entertainment, vintage amusements

3pm to 6pm in Port Racing – Live commentary
Dublin City Races and Speed Matches. Vantage points from the East Pier to Sandycove with live commentary from the East Pier.

The Racing Area will be along the East Pier and Sandycove. 2 types  of courses may be laid:

– Triangular course for fleet racing (5 MOD70s)
– Speed Match course for 1 against 1 “dragster style” racing

Courses & Racing Zones below for illustration only

9pm
Firework display in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. 

Saturday 8th September
10am – 6pm
Food courts, farmers market, fairtrade & ethnic stalls, craft stalls, family entertainment, vintage amusements

2pm – 5pm in Port Racing – Live Commentray
Dublin City Races and Speed Matches. Vantage points from the East Pier to Sandycove with live commentary from the East Pier.

Sunday 9th September
10am – 6pm Food courts, farmers market, fairtrade & ethnic stalls, craft stalls, family entertainment, vintage amusements

3pm
Start of Leg 2 Dublin (Dun Laoghaire)-Cascais. Vantage points from the East Pier to Sandycove with live commentary from the East Pier.