Please select your home edition
Edition
Ancasta Botin Fast40
Product Feature
McLube HullKote Speed Polish - 7880
McLube HullKote Speed Polish - 7880
Boat Insurance from Noble Marine


Full racing risks
New for old cover
www.noblemarine.co.uk

Paul Meilhat confirms registration for dream race

by Peter Rusch from Voiles et Voiliers interview 11 Jul 16:23 BST
Paul Meilhat - The Ocean Race 2021-22 © E. Stichelbaut / DPPI / SMA

Paul Meilhat, the French winner of the last Route du Rhum race, has confirmed his registration for The Ocean Race 2021-22.

Meilhat has made no secret of his ambition to be on the start line in Alicante when the gun fires in October 2021.

"My goal is to set up an ambitious project and win The Ocean Race 2021-22, then the Route du Rhum 2022 and the Vendée Globe 2024," Meilhat said.

"Since I was a teenager, I have dreamed of doing this race. And when I started racing the Figaro, I thought more about the "Volvo" (the previous name for The Ocean Race) than the Vendée Globe.

"What has always fascinated me about this event is the international racing and high competition aspect... You are facing the best sailors in the world who come from the Olympic sailing, the America's Cup, The Ocean Race, the Vendée Globe... It's great!"

While he works to secure his funding and begin design work for The Ocean Race, Meilhat is going to be racing with Sam Davies on Initiatives Cœur for the 2019 IMOCA season, including for next month's iconic Fastnet Race and the Transat Jacques Vabre in October.

"Sam is a formidable competitor, an exceptional sailor," Meilhat says. "And in terms of management, she is fantastic. I learn every day at her side. It's impressive to see a project based around more than just sport."

And this concept of performance and purpose will be a guide for his campaign in The Ocean Race too.

"My absolute quest is performance whilst giving purpose to something that is an essential cause to my mind," Meilhat says.

"I want to make the most of the race to embrace this change. These values must be a driving force in our team. We want things to change and to show that we can do things differently. The Ocean Race has adapted to these new circumstances. It is 'all systems go' for it to work."

Read the full interview, including Paul's thoughts on sailors and designers for his team, in Voiles et Voiliers.

Related Articles

The Ocean Race to return to Auckland
The Ocean Race will come to Auckland, New Zealand, during the 2021-22 edition The Ocean Race announces its return to Auckland, the spiritual home of the iconic round the world race The Ocean Race will come to Auckland, New Zealand, during the 2021-22 edition of the fully-crewed, round the world race. Posted on 6 Dec
The Ocean Race confirms its return to Auckland
Organisers announce 2021-22 edition will visit the spiritual home of iconic round the world race... The Ocean Race will come to Auckland, New Zealand, during the 2021-22 edition of the fully-crewed, round the world race. Posted on 5 Dec
The Ocean Race returns to the Mother City
Most challenging offshore race in the sport comes to South Africa for the 12th time The Ocean Race will return to Cape Town for the 12th time as the most challenging offshore race in the sport comes to South Africa in the 2021-22 edition. Posted on 27 Nov
The Ocean Race: Racing for the planet
The Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team launches campaign at event in Lisbon The Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team officially unveiled its Racing For The Planet campaign on Friday at a packed event in Cascais, Lisbon. Posted on 16 Nov
The Ocean Race: Youth Motivators take centre stage
Behind-the-scenes of The Ocean Race Summits Genoa with young local lead "Children around the world have put down their toys to scream for emergency". Fridays For Future leader Francesca Ghio calls out to the audience with an impassioned speech at The Ocean Race Summit in Genoa on 20 September. Posted on 24 Oct
The Ocean Race: Building a team for a dream
The Austrian Ocean Race Project has christened its VO65 'Sisi' Last week, the Austrian Ocean Race Project launched its campaign for The Ocean Race with the christening of its VO65 race boat at a ceremony in Portopiccolo, in the Gulf of Trieste in Italy. Posted on 20 Oct
Itajaí returns as host city for The Ocean Race
Brazilian city to host fleet in 2021-22 edition The Ocean Race 2021-22 will stop in Itajaí, Brazil, marking the fourth consecutive time the city on the Santa Catarina coastline will host the iconic event. Posted on 17 Oct
11th Hour Racing gets feet wet with podium finish
Enright and Bidégorry race IMOCA 60 in Défi Azimut 48-hour race After launching their campaign this summer, the 11th Hour Racing Team, led by Charlie Enright and Mark Towill, have been focused on learning how to race the IMOCA 60 - the fast, foiling, high-performance, development class Posted on 16 Oct
Bekking sets sights on 9th campaign with Childhood
A veteran team has come together to launch a Swedish campaign in the VO65 class Bouwe Bekking, an eight-time veteran of The Ocean Race, has announced a new project with an eye on competing in the 2021-22 edition of the Race. Posted on 12 Oct
The Ocean Race: Still turning the tide
Dee Caffari talks about her plans for the next edition of the Race Former The Ocean Race skipper Dee Caffari talks about ocean health and her plans for the next edition of the Race. Posted on 10 Oct