International line up for annual IMOCA 60 round the island sprint

The Artemis Challenge at Cowes Week, the annual Open 60 sprint round the Isle of Wight, has this year attracted an impressive line up of entries from across Europe. Accompanied by celebrity guests, some of the biggest names in ocean racing will battle it out in a high adrenaline 50 mile race round the island, competing for a £10,000 charity prize fund.

Flying the British flag will be Artemis Ocean Racing skippered by Graham Tourell and crewed by, amongst others, double Olympic medallist Simon Hiscocks. They will be joined on the start line by West Country sailor Steve White abord Toe in the Water who impressively completed the last Vendee Globe against the odds. Sole female skipper Dee Caffari will compete in the Artemis Challenge under a dual Spanish/English flag since recently joining the Spanish-based Gaes team. Up against the strong British contingent will be sailing legend Roland Jourdain on Veolia Environment who with over 20 years experience on the circuit, has gathered an impressive list of line honours. Arnaud Boissieres skippering Akena Verandas makes the journey to Cowes for this event for the second year whilst Ryan Breymaier and Boris Herrmann, who will later this year compete in the Barcelona World Race, will join the fray aboard VE1 for the first time.

The event, now in its fourth year, will take place on Tuesday 3rd August. The Artemis Challenge at Cowes Week is recognised as a key event of the Cowes Week regatta which attracts thousands of spectators each year.

Michelle Warner
Cowes Week

Date Added - 20-Jul-2010

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