#Mod70 – The much hyped MOD70 European Tour race is coming to Dun Laoghaire and the National Yacht Club from Wednesday to Sunday. The 5 trimarans are expected to arrive in Dun Laoghaire between 10am-6pm on Wednesday having left Kiel in Germany today but a last minute course change because of high winds puts some doubt over their exact arrival time into Irish waters.
Representing some of the fastest sailing yachts in the world these multihulls will be racing in Dublin Bay on Friday and Saturday before heading off on the next leg to Cascais.
There will be a festival on Dun Laoghaire's East Pier while the five boat fleet is in port and a firework display on Friday evening.
The MOD70 European Tour's 1200 mile first leg from Kiel, Germany to Dun Laoghaire, Dublin will get underway on Sunday 02 September. The 5 trimarans are due to arrive on Wednesday 05 September for a 5 day family festival on the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire.
Some of the worlds leading sailors from the Volvo Ocean Race, Americas Cup, Solitaire de Figaro and Olympics will compete.
There are more than eight sailors across the different boats who hold round the world records including Britain's Brian Thompson who sails on MUSANDAM – OMAN SAIL. Thompson has more than 20 offshore sailing speed records to his name including the new multihull record for sailing non stop around the world on board Banque Populaire V in January.
On RACE FOR WATER, Franck Cammas who skippered Groupama to victory in the Volvo Ocean race is sailing as navigator with his hugely accomplished Groupama crew-mate Thomas Coville who sails as a helm-trimmer. Also from the Volvo winning Groupama team is Charles Caudrelier who will be navigator on FONCIA.
Others with a strong background in the Volvo Ocean Race are Michi Mueller who joins his former Puma crew mate Sidney Gavignet on MUSANDAM – OMAN SAIL for the inshore races, while GROUPE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD'S skipper Sébastien Josse led ABN AMRO 2 in the 2005-6 Volvo Ocean Race.
There are a good cross section of Olympic class sailors, mainly from the Tornado such as Yann Guichard (SPINDRIFT RACING) who was fourth in Sydney in 2000, but also Xavier Revil (FONCIA) Christophe Espagnon (GROUPE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD) and Olivier Douillard (GROUPE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD). Tanguy Cariou (RACE FOR WATER) sailed the 470 in Sydney and was 1998 world champion.
There are match racers like Francois Morvan (RACE FOR WATER) and Julien Falxa (FONCIA) and America's Cup winner Nicolas Texier (FONCIA), whilst with a background on the solo Solitaire du Figaro there are Yann Eliès, the 2012 winner who joins SPINDRIFT RACING, Thierry Chabagny (FONCIA) and Thomas Rouxel (GROUPE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD).
Round the world Jules Verne Record holders present and past include Emmanuel Leborgne (FONCIA), Texier, Jean-Baptiste Levaillant (SPINDRIFT RACING Spindrift), Florent Chastel (GROUPE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD), Kevin Escoffier (SPINDRIFT RACING), Britain's Brian Thompson (MUSANDAM – OMAN SAIL).
Past alumni of the solo round the world Vendée Globe include double winner Desjoyeaux, Eliès, Josse, Thompson and Coville.
The MOD70 Dun Laoghaire Festival will include food courts, farmers market, fairtrade & ethnic stalls, craft stalls, street entertainers and vintage amusements. On Friday 07 September and Saturday 08 September the MOD70s will be competing in Dublin Bay in the Dublin City Race and Speed Match Races and there will be live commentary with Irish Olympic sailor Ger Owens from the East Pier. The trimarans will leave Dun Laoghaire at 3pm on Sunday 9th for the start of the second leg of the European Tour from Dun Laoghaire to Cascais, Portugal.
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.
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 – 6pm Food courts, farmers market, fairtrade & ethnic stalls, craft stalls, family entertainment, vintage amusements
3pm Dublin City Races and Speed Matches. Vantage points from the East Pier to Sandycove with live commentary from the East Pier.
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 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.