Please select your home edition
Edition
Ovington Boats - VX One

Everyone will have a chance in the 5th Groupama Race

by Matthias Balagny 14 Feb 2016 13:15 GMT 25 September 2016

With less than nine months to go, the first expression of interest are in. Courrier Léon renamed Léon-Banque de Nouvelle-Calédonie, second overall in the last Sydney-Hobart has entered. As have Ran Tan II, an Elliot 50 from New Zealand; Internautic IV, a Dufour 44 Perf; Odyssey, a Dufour GL 410...

This year, five distinct classes have been introduced to make the competition more open. Older and slower competitors will have their chance of a place. They will race against competitors in their class, but, at the start, they will find themselves alongside much faster yachts. The challenge will really be worth it!

And this year, multi-hulls will be joining in. Moemiti, a Outremer 45 from French Polynesia has entered. Other speed machines will follow...

You have a boat, but are looking for crew? (or the other way round)

A crew exchange has been opened. From the tough hardened hand with thousands of racing miles under the belt, to a complete crew of capable and ready-to-go Australians looking for "their" boat with skipper...

Everyone should be able to sail "their Groupama Race", their "race in Paradise", sailing anti-clockwise around the mainland of New Caledonia, hugging more than 600 miles of UNESCO World Heritage reefs. "Wonderful", "difficult", "heavenly" – there is no shortage of adjectives to describe this event. Frank Camas said "It is a good all-round race which reminded me of the Fastnet, or of certain parts of the Figaro Race".

Try and think of the word you would use to evoke souvenirs of this adventure once you have sailed it. But don't delay! Enter now! Registration will close on April 30th.

www.groupamarace.nc

Related Articles

Six days to go to Virtual Groupama Race
Thousands will be on the start line without a sailing jacket or bag in sight Tame the tradewinds and overcome the pitfalls of a tough offshore race around the largest UNESCO recognised lagoon in the world as planned - almost. Posted on 15 Jun
Entries for Groupama feeder races climbing
Four races from around New Caledonia Four feeder races delivering yacht fleets from three Australian capital cities and Auckland, New Zealand, will be a key component when it comes to the ultimate Groupama Race around New Caledonia starting line-up. Posted on 5 Nov 2017
Groupama Race 2018
The world's longest windward/leeward race Though considered a race in paradise, like previous editions the sixth biennial Groupama Race around the island of Noumea will prove tactically difficult for all crews who accept the challenge. Posted on 9 Sep 2017
New chapter in 2018
For the New Caledonia Groupama Race Four feeder races making up Sail Noumea 2018 and a change of date for the start of the 654 nautical mile Groupama Race around the island of New Caledonia mark an exciting new chapter for the beautiful French Pacific Island sailing event. Posted on 24 Jun 2017
New monohull record
In the New Caledonia Groupama Race Scallywag, the longest monohull, is also the fastest boat to sail around New-Caledonia. She takes only 2 days, 13 hours, 19 min and 55s. Thus, she has established a new record for monohulls. Posted on 28 Sep 2016
2 days 33 minutes 12 seconds
Around the biggest lagoon in the world Vodafone has arrived in Nouméa after 2 days of racing. She is the fastest boat to finish the New Caledonia longest windward / leeward race. Posted on 27 Sep 2016
New Caledonia Groupama Race start
19 sailing yachts leave Baie des Citrons in Noumea 19 sailing yachts took the departure at 10am on Sunday 25 September from Baie des Citrons, in Noumea. More than 100 boats, stand up paddles, catamarans and a thousand of people attended the departure, under an unusually west wind around 10 to 12 knots. Posted on 26 Sep 2016
Safety is top priority for the Groupama Race
Lifejackets and PLBs are to be worn for the whole race 170 sailors will be on the starting line on the 25th September for a 654 nautical mile race around New Caledonia. Running (with the wind behind) in sometimes breath-taking seas, or beating to windward against the swell. Posted on 31 Aug 2016
12 entries for Groupama Race already
The world's longest Olympic course starts in September With one month left for expressions of interest, 12 yachts have announced their intention to take part in a race over the World's longest Olympic course. Small or big, mono- or multi-hull, all will be on the start-line. Posted on 5 Apr 2016
New Caledonia Groupama Race
Set to start on 19 October 2014 The 4th Sailing Tour of New Caledonia will start on 19th October 2014. Weather forecasting stragegy and the physical fitness of the crews will play an important role in securing victory. Take part in the longest windward-leeward race in the world! Posted on 18 Jan 2014