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Grand Soleil 44 Wins ORC Worlds

5th July 2022
The Grand Soleil 44 Essentia celebrate victory in Porto Cervo, Sardinia
ORC World Championship 2022 Credit: Studio Borlenghi

The Grand Soleil 44 Essentia took a stunning victory in the 2022 ORC B class World Championships.

Congratulations to the owner Catalin Trandafir and his crew who once again distinguished themselves with great success in the most renowned regatta of the Mediterranean, standing on the podium as first-place medalists.

This year’s ORC championship was held in the beautiful waters of Porto Cervo, Sardinia, where the boats were hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.

Grand Soleil 44 Essentia is part of the Grand Soleil family, Race fleet, the most aggressive line featured by sporty water lines and hard deck equipment aimed at racers and speed enthusiasts. However, this model has a dual soul: the Shipyard also offers the same hull as the Performance line.

The cruising nature of this boat makes it perfect for owners who love fast cruising to face long sailings with a more comfortable trim, but without sacrificing sailing performance. 

Samatom, the Grand Soleil 44, owned By Bob Rendell from HowthSamatom, the Grand Soleil 44, owned By Bob Rendell from Howth

Grand Soleil in Ireland

In Ireland, Samatom, the Grand Soleil 44, owned By Bob Rendell from Howth has been competing very successfully, winning Kinsale's Sovereigns Cup 2021 and coming second in class in June's 2022 Round Ireland Race.

Mark Mansfield, who sails on Samatom, is also the Irish agent for Grand Soleil and J Boats and can be contacted at [email protected] for further information on the incredible Grand Soleil 44.

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Four-time Olympian Mark Mansfield is a Professional Sailor. He is Irish Agent for Key Yachting Ltd, the sole U.K. and Irish agent for J Boats, Grand Soleil, Nautitech Catamarans and the Tofinou range of boats. More on Mark here

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