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10-30-2017, 11:47 AM


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On November 12, 1997, Groupama signed a first sponsorship contract with Franck Cammas. Initially, the adventure between the insurer and the skipper was to last four years. It will continue unabated for 20 years, building over time one of the most beautiful pages in the history of Groupama and allowing the pair to build an exceptional track record. For Groupama, this entry into the world of professional sailing as a partner of a young sailor of just 25 years, talent certainly very promising (Franck Cammas had just won the Solitaire du Figaro) but still relatively unknown to the general public , then reflected the fierce will of the mutual insurer to rely on a sport and a man in line with its DNA and its values. This generous slice of life shared so closely between Franck Cammas and Groupama on all the seas of the world, will have been marked by memorable victories in the biggest races, and challenges ever more daring each time raised. Two decades tinged with pride and intense happiness for Groupama and its ambassador. A period during which Groupama has also largely taken its share in the technical and technological advance of competitive sailing with the construction of prodigious boats, from Groupama 1 to the AC 50 of the French challenge of the 35th Coupe of America. A memorable chapter in the great book of Groupama's history is closing after two decades of a historic partnership. A story littered with flashes of anthology, immeasurable joys and distresses that make you grow. An epic novel, in which it is so good to go back to the time when Groupama and Franck Cammas arrive, with pride and emotion, at the end of their common adventure ...


In August 1998, just ten months after the signing of the partnership between the skipper and Groupama, the pair will be shown at sea on the Groupama 1 trimaran, with which Franck Cammas will finish second at his first Grand Prix at La Trinité-sur-Mer. , then third in the Route du Rhum. The tone was given. The following year, The Little Mozart of Sailing will race six races at the helm of this same multihull and will climb the podium five times, including a remarkable second place at the Transat Jacques Vabre with Steve Ravussin. In 2001, this boat will spend eleven thousand hours in the yard to make it even more efficient. A work that, once again, will bear fruit with a new title in ORMA and especially a memorable victory because full of twists in the Transat Jacques Vabre.

To vanquish without peril ...

It is said, in the face of adversity and torment, that one's best estimate of one's own ability to withstand bad winds is to better bounce back afterwards. As such, 2002 is a striking example. This year is indeed a real test for the native of Aix-en-Provence who chained the abandonment in various races in which he participates aboard Groupama 1. This is the first night of the Route du Rhum, when his boat capsized after having been hit by a competitor. Stubborn, Franck Cammas refuses, however, at first to be evacuated by the rescue helicopter, remaining firmly clinging to the hull of his boat ...


After four months of work on Groupama 1, the skipper resumed his lead with five first places gleaned in six races, including this new lift in the Transat Jacques Vabre with his team-mate Franck Proffit. The following year, the sailor and Groupama know that the experience gained in the first six years, must now move towards an even more efficient boat. This will be Groupama 2. A super fast trimaran, so terribly efficient on the water that Franck Cammas still says about him today that "he remains the best 60-foot multihull ever built in the world." The impressive harvest of success achieved by Groupama 2 on all oceans between August 2004 and mid-2006, also reflects the state of mind that guides every day Groupama and Franck Cammas, armed with the same leitmotiv: continue to progress to continue to win.


With Groupama 3, christened on 1 July 2006 in the port of Lorient, it is yet another challenge that awaits Groupama and Franck Cammas: setting a new World Tour record at the Jules Verne Trophy. To achieve this, the insurer is once again fully committed by giving the skipper the means to design Groupama 3, an extraordinary boat of 31.50 meters long, led by a crew of only 10 sailors. At the same time terribly robust and manageable, this trimaran will not let itself be tamed immediately. Thus in 2007, for the first attempt of the record of World Tour, a float of Groupama 3 breaks in New Zealand, making capsize the boat. Franck Cammas says: "I remember that I was still on the boat overturned when I informed Groupama on the phone of our misadventure. Immediately, I was instructed to bring the boat back in order to repair it and leave as soon as possible to try again to beat the World Tour record. This instinctive decision from my sponsor, showed all his commitment to the competition and all the confidence he showed me. "A confidence made a hundredfold when in 2010, the French and his crew beat the World Tour record in 48 days. Never satisfied, Franck Cammas will also take solo three months later of the prestigious Route du Rhum.


Anticipating events to better apprehend them, this is also what has made the great strength of the Cammas-Groupama tandem throughout their association. The proof with the brilliant victory, for his first participation, Franck Cammas at the helm of Groupama 4 in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012. A monohull designed in 2010 ... even though the sailor was still at sea to compete in the Jules Verne Trophy at the helm of Groupama 3! The "Volvo", historically kept hunt Anglo-Saxon crews, is probably the greatest success ever achieved by Groupama and his skipper. The most beautiful because the most unpredictable but also because the most trying (19 rounds and 8 months and 10 days of racing in total). The most resounding also, bringing from the highest to the four corners of the planet, the fame of Franck Cammas and the notoriety of Groupama .


A few months after this prodigious victory, the tricolor, always looking for a new challenge, has only one idea in mind: to build a successful French team to participate in the America's Cup. The will of this tricolor challenge in the quest for the oldest sports trophy in the world and against the largest maritime nations, is made public by the French skipper, joined in his unifying dream by Michel Desjoyeaux and Olivier de Kersauson. Groupama throws itself into the water with its skipper in this irresistible national adventure, giving birth on 25 June 2015 to Groupama Team France. This ultimate challenge of the 35th America's Cup, will mark the culmination of the extraordinary story between Franck Cammas and Groupama. A fabulous expedition that has brought in its wake hundreds of people and dozens of companies working tirelessly to build the extraordinary French boat Cup. A flying catamaran aboard which Franck Cammas and his men fought valiantly and determinedly in Great Sound Bay, Bermuda.


For Groupama, this adventure will have been lived with a particular emotion. Nothing, indeed, can equal the distinguished honor of defending the colors of his country under his name. The end of the 35th America's Cup was a great achievement for Groupama in competition sailing. With the satisfaction of the accomplished duty and after writing this fabulous book, written in indelible ink and retracing an extraordinary epic marked by twenty years of the faithful accompaniment of Groupama to an admirable man and a sport so endearing.


Today, in continuation of the first stones posed for 2 years and in which Groupama has participated, Franck Cammas is determined to continue the long-term development of a major French international sailing crew: "For several decades, France trains the best engineers in aerodynamics, hydrodynamics and composites; they are all at the forefront of the biggest international teams. I wish to continue the development of this entire technological and sporting sector to make it a real showcase of the know-how and excellence of the hexagon in the field of boating. France has the weapons to compete and beat the best teams in the world. "

For Groupama, the sporting and geographical framework that has just been announced and recently confirmed by the organizers of the Cup is however now too far from its natural mutualist European and French bases. It is in this context that the group thinks and will announce soon the evolution of its sponsorship policy which will remain ambitious but in different sporting and geographical territories. Thierry Martel, Chief Executive Officer of Groupama, explains the pride that has animated Groupama throughout this adventure: "This 20-year partnership between Groupama, sailing and Franck Cammas will remain etched in the memories of Groupama's employees and will forever mark history of the company. Franck has made us live, to us as to all the French, immense joys that only an athlete of his rank is able to provide. Our relationship has always been based on mutual respect, trust and the desire to always progress, hand in hand. This is, I believe, what made the difference in everyday life as in competition. And while each of the two parties will now take personal paths, I do not have words strong enough to testify to Franck all our gratitude and our gratitude. Groupama is particularly proud to have accompanied this exceptional sailor and man for all these years. "

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11-02-2017, 08:40 AM

The British America's Cup team, Land Rover BAR, led by Sir Ben Ainslie have today added a wealth of experience to their challenge with the announcement that four times America's Cup winner Grant Simmer will be joining the team as CEO.

Simmer has competed in 10 America's Cup cycles, winning sport's oldest international trophy four times. His first came as the young navigator aboard Australia II's, during their historic victory in 1983, breaking America's 132-year stronghold on the Cup. It was the first time in the competition's history that the trophy had left American shores. The Australian born sailor/designer has gone on to win the America's Cup three further times as head of design, managing director and general manager with Swiss team Alinghi and more recently with ORACLE TEAM USA.

Ben Ainslie is delighted that Simmer has agreed to join the British team. The pair have always had a close relationship, working together on two previous Cup campaigns. "Grant's experience and achievements in the America's Cup are second to none. He has won the America's Cup four times, either as a sailor, design coordinator or general manager. He is the right person to help Land Rover BAR achieve the goal to bring the Cup home to Britain."

Grant Simmer is excited to start the new role. "It feels like the right time to be joining the team at Land Rover BAR with the new class of boat due to be revealed this month by the Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand. We can move forward to further develop and strengthen our design strategy."

"I've been really impressed by what Ben, Martin and the team have created from a standing start in just four years. After a period of consolidation and reflection since the last Cup concluded in Bermuda, I see a team that have laid the foundations of a strong organisation, ready to take on the sporting challenge that lies ahead."

Grant Simmer will take responsibility for the sporting and performance side of Land Rover BAR alongside Team Principal Ben Ainslie, with the focus on winning the America's Cup.

Martin Whitmarsh will continue as an advisor to the team and CEO of BAR Technologies, formed to commercialise technologies developed through the America's Cup team.

The BAR Technologies business has grown at considerable pace in the last few months under Whitmarsh's leadership, with some exciting projects already well advanced.

Martin Whitmarsh, CEO BAR Technologies commented; "Ben, Charles (Dunstone) and I were always clear that we needed someone with a full time focus on the racing team. I'm delighted therefore that someone with Grant's experience is joining us and that I can continue to assist Ben and the business to develop and of course bring the Cup home."

Simmer will be in the UK from mid-November to start working with the team and will relocate from his native Australia in the New Year.

El Capitan
11-02-2017, 09:38 AM
I suppose that quells any rumor that Oracle plans on returning to the game, eh?