RACE FOR WATER HEAD OUT FOR THE KRYS OCEAN RACE !


Steve Ravussin’s Race for Water head out for an amazing racing from New York to Brest in France. The ambassador boat of the Foundation is committed in a double race: a race against her opponents in a transatlantic crossing that promises to be fast and tough, but also a race for water to raise awareness to the cause of Water to a greater public, for the most valuable resource of the planet will be the biggest challenge for humanity in the twenty-first century.


The Race for Water rushed yesterday morning with the fleet of the MOD70s on the starting line of the KRYS OCEAN RACE. The boats left the dock of New York North Cove Marina around 8:30 am local time. The program before taking off was one last run in front of the buildings in Manhattan: six nautical miles during which the MOD70s went up the Hudson River and down to the Statue of Liberty and finally sailed off towards Brest.

Steve Ravussin has surrounded himself with a crew of five French and Swiss sailors, combining youth and experience: his brother Yvan Ravussin, helmsman and trimmer, the young Francois Morvan in charge of navigation, flight instruments and tactics, Benoît Lequin, trimmer and media crew. Loïc Forestier, the young helmsman and bowman, experiences his first transatlantic race here, while Gurvan Bontemps is a seasoned navigator since he holds the Jules Verne Trophy aboard Banque Populaire V alongside Loïck Peyron and Yvan Ravussin.

A UNESCO delegation came to wish Godspeed to the crew of Race for Water before the start of the race. At the press conference, Philippe Kridelka, Director of the UNESCO New York office, partner of the Foundation, said "Our programs must be better known to the public and the Multi One Attitude Foundation is a fantastic communication platform to raise awareness of water conservation."

Steve Ravussin, meanwhile, expressed his pride of being the skipper of the Foundation's ambassador boat. After dropping successfully a scientific buoy in the Atlantic, being part of the ARGO program of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC), during the delivery of the racing boat to the United States, he says, "I believe that we will have a good racing, but I really hope that we will contribute to the awareness of the Multi One Attitude Foundation.” He continues: “On the competition side, it looks tough. We are six sailors on board, and there will be little time for a rest! It will be a sprint across the Atlantic!"

Last minute news:

Centreboard damage for Race for Water
At around 0515hrs UTC this morning, during the first night of the KRYS OCEAN RACE, whilst leading the fleet Stève Ravussin’s Race for Water reported that they had hit a container in the water and badly damaged their daggerboard. Three of the crew, lead by composite specialist Yvan Ravussin, are undertaking a repair. A full check of the MOD70 was made and no other damage was reported. Race for Water has been sailing without the daggerboard making speeds of around 4-5 knots less than their rivals for a while, but the boat is now back on track.


Sandra Mudronja - 8 Juillet 2012

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