On May 8, following the Grand Prix Guyader, eighteen loners will line up at the start of the Bermuda 1000 Race, the first of three events on the 2019 calendar of the IMOCA Globes Series. All will then leave Douarnenez Bay to reach Brest harbor via the legendary Fastnet lighthouse and a virtual mark off the Azores archipelago, with a total of 2000 miles to go. A colorful route that will reinforce, once again, the strong link that unites the territories of western Brittany and in particular the two metropolitan Finistere. Two cities that, symbolically, come together to show the passionate about the sea and sailing, how they know how to unite to build new projects .

City of three ports located in one of the most beautiful bay in the world, Douarnenez has a history intimately linked to the sea. An indisputable asset that seek to enhance the organizers of the Grand Prix Guyader on the basis of this natural setting so conducive to the practice of sailing and boating since 2000, date of the first edition. An asset that has allowed the event to establish itself as a rendezvous, opening the maritime season of the city of Penn Sardin with a proliferation of challenges all as spectacular as each other.

Among them, the Bermuda 1000 Race. "Douarnenez is particularly proud to accompany the Grand Prix since the beginning and to be one of its main partners. These strong links symbolize the nautical ambition of the City, which is reflected in the regular hosting of races and the development of its infrastructures, just like the new nautical center inaugurated last year. For its second edition, the Bermuda 1000 Race will once again take off from Douarnenez. I welcome the dedication of Gwen Chapalain and her team, as well as all the partners, to our city which, year after year, affirms its nautical dimension and its ability to host major events "says François Cadic, Mayor of Douarnenez who naturally wants the race to be a permanent part of the IMOCA class calendar, rightly convinced that the Bay of Douarnenez is a magical place. An extraordinary nautical stadium.

The port of Rosmeur in celebration

"It lends itself, in fact, especially to the nautical games of these giants of the seas. I am convinced that the show that these boats and their skippers will offer throughout their Douarneniste stay will delight sailors and thrills as much as the general public, "adds François Cadic. If the eighteen loners will enjoy a perfect setting for their departure, they will also benefit from an ideal site for their arrival.

"Brest is mobilizing today, with pride, to participate in the success of the second edition of the Bermuda 1000 Race. Our territory has a long and double history that makes this commitment to the success of this event natural. This story is made of strong links with the sea of ​​which we write today new pages around the search for the preservation of oceans, innovation, sailing and sport ... Brest, Port of Records, shows by its commitment to welcome the arrival of the most promising names of the class IMOCA, class of excellence of the monohulls, how much our attachment to the multiple sporting dimensions of the nautisme makes sense here " explains for its part François Cuillandre, Mayor of Brest and President of Brest metropolis.

Castle marina boiling

"By the International Maritime Feasts, which have been taking place in Brest since 1992, the relationship between Brest and Douarnenez finds, by sea, a unique illustration. This Bermuda 1000 Race already gives us the desire to experience new races, new maritime sporting exploits, new opportunities for encounters between the sea, sailors, Brestoises and Brest " , adds François Cuillandre, then joined by his deputy, Fortuné Pellicano, Vice President of Brest Nautical Events.

"When the organizers of the event proposed to us to join the team, we said yes right away because we have a lot of pleasure working with interlocutors whom we know for a long time, but also because it does not There are no good races at sea that do not leave Brest or can not do it. The whole Brest Evènements Nautiques team is mobilized today to help make this 1000 Race Bermuda a success "said the Brestois who has planned to put the dishes in large to receive as it should be this remarkable fleet of 60 feet IMOCA, as the Council department Finistere, through the departmental strategy Sea and Coastal 2017 -2023 works in particular to reinforce the nautical practice for all and, at the same time, accompanies the nautical events which make radiate the excellence of the offshore race. Events including this new edition of the Bermuda 1000 Race. Sure that in Douarnenez and Brest, the party will be beautiful for all!

The first event on the IMOCA Globe Series calendar for 2019, the Bermuda 1000 Race, will set sail from Douarnenez (Brittany) at 1300 hrs local time on Wednesday 8th May. On the programme, a 2000-mile solo race course finishing in Brest, via the Fastnet and the Azores. Eighteen sailors representing six nationalities will be lining up, including a number of rookies, who will be making the most of the event to gain their first important solo experience aboard an IMOCA. Whatever their ambitions in the event, all of the competitors will be attempting to complete the race to clock up some precious miles in order to be selected for the 2020 Vendee Globe.

Few sporting events can boast that the number of entrants has tripled from one year to the next. That is however the case for the Bermuda 1000 Race, which last year attracted six IMOCAs for its maiden edition (five of which were sailed solo and one double-handed). Organised within the framework of the Douarnenez Grand Prix by the Sea to See company in collaboration with the IMOCA class, this year, the event will bring together eighteen boats, or in other words almost as many as for the last Route du Rhum. Ten of them will before that have taken part in the Pom'Potes Challenge, speed runs organised off Douarnenez from 4th to 6th May.

Among the eighteen registered for the Bermuda 1000 Race, seven sailors will be taking part in their very first IMOCA solo race, including two who will be on very good performing foilers, Sebastien Simon and Giancarlo Pedote. Three other newcomers will be setting sail on IMOCAs built for the 2008-2009 Vendee Globe: Maxime Sorel, Clement Giraud and Miranda Merron. The Belgian skipper, Denis Van Weynbergh will also be discovering his boat, which is none other than Nandor Fa's old monohull. That will also be the case for the British sailor, Pip Hare, the new owner of the legendary Superbigou.

The sailors registered for the Bermuda 1000 Race:

Fabrice Amedeo (Newrest-Art & Fenetres)
Romain Attanasio (Pure)
Alexia Barrier (4myplanet)
Yannick Bestaven (Maitre CoQ)
Arnaud Boissieres (La Mie Caline-Artipole)
Manuel Cousin (Groupe Setin)
Sam Davies (Initiatives Coeur)
Clement Giraud (Envol)
Pip Hare (Superbigou)
Boris Herrmann (Yacht Club de Monaco)
Ari Huusela (Ariel 2)
Stephane Le Diraison (Time For Oceans)
Miranda Merron (NC)
Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian Group)
Damien Seguin (Groupe Apicil)
Sebastien Simon (Arkea-Paprec)
Maxime Sorel (V and B-Sailing Together)
Denis Van Weynbergh (Eyesea.be)