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ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE – Brest Notice of Race published

This week OC Sport Pen Duick, the company which is responsible for organizing the ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE – Brest, have officially published the Notice of Race which details the rules for participation in this exciting inaugural solo Ultim round the world race.

These rules include key information about:

  • The start from Brest which is now scheduled for January 7, 2024,
  • The registration deadline,
  • The Qualifying Course,
  • The race time limit and an outline of technical stops and the concept of assistance.

Also in the comprehensive document are some subtle new features such as a “Ghost” mode which is expected to further spice up the race which will be the very first solo round-the-world race for trimarans of the Ultim 32/23 Class. It promises to be a race the like of which has never been seen before.

The Notice of Race for the ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE – Brest race which is organized by OC Sport Pen Duick, with the participation of ARKEA, the City of Brest, Brest Métropole, Brittany Region and the department of Finistère has now been published.

The main rules have been laid out including those pertaining to advertising and identification markings, registrations, the actual programme which includes the skipper’s obligations, the different levels of boat and equipment checks, the sailing instructions, the course, the penalty system, rankings, trophy and prizes, the details and timing of positioning, means of communication, sources of energy and outside help. All these are detailed point by point in the substantial 26-page document.

But the fundamentals of this no holds barred race stand out head and shoulders above the detail. This will be the first ever solo round the world race for the Ultim 32/23 class. The classic course goes eastabout around the world passing all three great Capes, The Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn leaving them to port with the Antarctic continent and ice zones to starboard.

“The finish will be outside Brest harbor”, explains Guillaume Rottée, the Race Director, who explains that the main rules are those of the Ultim 32/23 Class. “Each sailor will have to complete a qualification course of at least 2,500 nautical miles”, he explains. He goes on to highlight that the deadline for registration requests is set for May 31, 2023 and the final list of boats registered to start the race will be published no later than June 5, 2023.

“The minimum number of boats at the start for the event to take place is set at four. The maximum number is limited to eight. A substitute skipper is mandatory for each boat”, specifies Rottée.

To date five teams have validated their participation in this extraordinary inaugural event, including Charles Caudrelier (Maxi Edmond de Rothschild), Thomas Coville (Sodebo Ultim 3) and Armel Le Cleac’h (Maxi Banque Populaire XI), who all have already qualified for the race by virtue of completing last Autumn’s Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe.

Anthony Marchand (Actual Ultim 3) and Éric Péron (Ultim Sailing) are also among the sailors who have officially confirmed their participation in what promises to be an epic race, but they have to complete a required qualifying course to ratify their entry.

Download the Notice of Race

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