Pro Sailing Tour: season 2022 course announcement

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Pro Sailing Tour

 

Unmissable ocean racing competition starting in May

Multinational fleet, 50 sailors, eight flying trimarans racing inshore and offshore

Mediterranean, Atlantic and English Channel competition

The second edition of the Pro Sailing Tour, one of ocean racing’s most exciting new competitions, gets underway in May with a multinational fleet of eight flying trimarans and 50 of the best offshore sailors!

With an exciting new course that will take the show from Corsica to Brittany via the south of England, the Pro Sailing Tour 2022 (12 May-10 July) is shaping up to be a highly competitive and exciting two-months of hard-fought racing .

Renowned for its intensity, its boat-on-boat battles and a very high level of racing, the Pro Sailing Tour brings together the talented Ocean Fifty skippers racing foiling trimarans that are as long as they are wide (15.24mx 15m respectively), as agile as they are spectacular and that can reach speeds of up to 42 knots (77km/h), on both inshore and offshore racecourses.

The Pro Sailing Tour for the Ocean Fifty trimarans was launched in 2021 and is the culmination of a determined development process by the teams and stakeholders that began in 2015 when the Class was professionalized and continued in 2017 with the addition of foils. Today, the Tour is going from strength to strength with the objective of making the Pro Sailing Tour a lasting part of the French and international ocean racing landscape.

A Pro Sailing Tour documentary series

The inaugural Pro Sailing Tour in 2021, raced by seven teams, lived up to all expectations. The high intensity inshore races and offshore battles were watched by 25,000 spectators, and the historic first season was won by the Ocean Fifty, Leyton, skippered by Sam Goodchild (GBR), with four victories, including the final from Toulon to Brest in August.

Viewers can get to the heart of the action and relive this exciting first season through a ground-breaking documentary series produced by Upswing Prod and directed by Edouard Mauriat. The documentary is distributed by Sunset+Vine – a global leader in this sector – and will be broadcast in France across the Canal + channels in April and May, as well as in more than 50 countries around the world.

Four stages, eight teams and huge anticipation!

The exciting new 2022 Pro Sailing Tour inshore and offshore racecourses will challenge all aspects of the sailors’ ability, taking the fleet from the Mediterranean to the English Channel. The first of four stages will get underway in Bonifacio, Corsica, in May, followed by Brest and then the bay of Saint-Brieuc, in France, before the fleet gathers for a final offshore battle from Roscoff to Finistère via Cowes on the Isle of Wight in the UK.

Eight teams will take up the challenge: Sam Goodchild (GBR), skipper of Leyton, will be out to defend his title, he will be joined by last year’s runner-up, Quentin Vlamynk (FRA) onboard Arkema, in new colours. Armel Tripon (FRA) who arrived mid-season in 2021 will be back with his Les P’tits Doudous, as will Gilles Lamiré (FRA) onboard Groupe-GCA – 1001 Sourires, Sébastien Rogues (FRA) onboard Primonial, Thibaut Vauchel-Camus (FRA) onboard Solidaires en Peloton-ARSEP and Erwan Le Roux (FRA) onboard Koesio. Eric Peron (FRA) will be the newcomer to the 2022 fleet with the newly refitted Komilfo, formerly Prince de Bretagne.

THE RACE CALENDAR
#1Bonifacio, Corsica, France
Thursday 12 May – Sunday 15 May

#2 Brest, France
Thursday 23 June – Sunday 26 June

#3 Bay of Saint-Brieuc, France
Friday 1 July – Tuesday 5 July

#4 Cowes–Roscoff
Wednesday 6 July – Sunday 10 July

THE TEAMS
Solidaires in Peloton – ARSEP | Thibaut Vauchel-Camus [FRA]
Groupe GCA – 1001 Sourires | Gilles Lamiré [FRA]
Les P’tits Doudous | Armel Tripon [FRA]
Primal | Sebastien Rogues [FRA]
Leyton | Sam Goodchild [GBR]
Arkem | Quentin Vlamynck [FRA]
Koesio | Erwan Le Roux [FRA]
Komilfo | Eric Peron [FRA]