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PUBLISHED: 11:26 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 15:03 20 February 2013

The Artemis Transat will start on Sunday, 11th May, 2008

The Artemis Transat will start on Sunday, 11th May, 2008

20/2/2008<br/>Some of the greatest stars from the world of solo sailing gathered in London today for the official launch of The Artemis Transat - the oldest solo ocean race in history and the precursor to this year's solo Vendée Globe. * ...


* Some of the greatest stars from the world of solo sailing gathered in London today for the official launch of The
Artemis Transat - the oldest solo ocean race in history and the precursor to this year's solo Vendée Globe * Mike
Richey (owner of the famous 25ft Jester) competing in every race since 1964, Dame Ellen MacArthur, Mike
Golding OBE, Conrad Humphries, Loick Peyron and Florence Arthaud were just some of the stars to be reunited
at this unique event at The Haymarket Hotel in London today * UK's leading investment company, Artemis, official
title partner to The Artemis Transat welcomed the sailing greats from past, present and future, and confirmed the
official entry list for the 13th edition of the race that starts on 11th May 2008 from Sutton Harbour Plymouth to
Rowes Wharf, Boston

It is an event rarely seen in the sporting world of solo sailing, the gathering of many of the great solo sailors from
the past, present and future who came together to celebrate the official launch of the 13th edition of the oldest solo
race history, now known as The Artemis Transat.

Dame Ellen MacArthur, who won the race in 2000 aged 23 years and went onto finish 2nd in the solo Vendée
Globe, stood alongside Mike Richey (aged 90) who competed in every edition of the race from 1964 onboard the
famous Jester. The first edition of the race in 1960 was founded by Lt Col Blondie Hasler and Sir Francis
Chichester (Gipsy Moth III) who was the first to reach New York after 40 days -it now takes the modern-day IMOCA
60 racing machines a little over 10 days to cross the 2800-mile course to Boston. "I think the reason The Artemis
Transat is so special is that it is THE race that kicked off and started solo sailing," commented MacArthur.

From the other side of the channel came French legends Loick Peyron, who won the race twice in 1992 and 1996
- only he and Eric Tabarly hold that claim to fame -and Florence Arthaud who achieved unprecedented levels of
acclaim in her home country for her participation in this race and the solo Route du Rhum.

Britain's Mike Golding OBE (Ecover) who won the race in 2004 has every intention of defending his IMOCA 60 title
but he will be facing tough competition from the other skippers representing one of the strongest field of IMOCA 60
solo skippers in the history of the race. Fellow Brits Brian Thompson (Pindar), Jonny Malbon (Artemis Ocean
Racing), Dee Caffari (Aviva) and Samantha Davies (Roxy) all pose a strong threat, whilst the combined force of
the very best of the French solo sailors including Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia), Seb Josse (BT), Vincent Riou (PRB)
and Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environnement) to name a few, will make the IMOCA 60 title a hotly contested affair.

Alex Bennett (Fujifilm), who will be racing in the smaller Class 40 fleet, carries the hopes of the host city Plymouth
on his shoulders and he will be racing against up to 15 other Class 40 skippers including Italian maestro Giovanni
Soldini and, hopefully, Florence Arthaud.

It is a daunting prospect for any sailor to set out alone, across the North Atlantic, facing the risk of huge storms,
icebergs and dense fog - the 2,800 mile course takes the sailors through the heart of 'Perfect Storm' territory and
close to where the Titanic was lost.

UK's leading investment company, Artemis, official title partner to the race welcomed the sailing greats from past,
present and future:
"Artemis Investment Management is delighted to support The Transat, the sailing world's most enduring single
handed ocean race. It takes skill, passion, persistence, knowledge and dedicated teamwork to compete with the
best in the offshore ocean racing world. All our activities in sailing reflect our company's core values and
philosophy. We look forward to a successful and enjoyable event and I wish all the competitors a safe and quick
crossing to Boston," commented Mark Tyndall, Chief Executive of Artemis.

The Artemis Transat will start on Sunday, 11th May, 2008 from Sutton Harbour Plymouth and will finish at Rowes
Wharf, Boston Harbour Hotel, Boston whilst the smaller Class 40 fleet will finish at the Corinthian Yacht Club,

2008 entry list for The Artemis Transat at 15.2.08:

Akena Veranda/ Arnaud Boissieres (FRA)
Artemis/ Jonny Malbon (UK)
Aviva/ Dee Caffari (UK)
BritAir/ Armel Le Cleach'h (FRA)
BT/ Sebastien Josse (FRA)
Ecover/ Mike Golding (UK)
Foncia / Michel Desjoyaux (FRA)
Pakea Bizkaia 2009/ Unai Basurko (BASQ)
Pindar/ Brian Thompson (UK)
PRB/ Vincent Riou (FRA)
Roxy/ Samantha Davies
Veolia Environnement/ Roland Jourdain (FRA)
Generali/ Yann Elies (FRA)
Cervin En R/ Yannick Bestaven (FRA)
Gitana Eighty/ Loick Peyron (FRA)
Groupe Bel/ Kito de Pavant (FRA)
Safran/ Marc Guillemot (FRA)

Appart'City/ Yvan Noblet (FRA)
Fujifilm/ Alex Bennett (UK)
Groupe Partouche/ Christophe Coatnoan (FRA)
Mistral Loisirs-Elior/ Thierry Bouchard (FRA)
Ocean Eleven/ Louis Duc (FRA)
Prevoir VIE/ Benoit Parnaudeau (FRA)
Telecom Italia/ Giovani Soldini (ITA)
Miranda Merron (UK)
Patrick Carpentier (FRA)
Halvard Mabire (FRA)


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