Summary of the 9th Azimut Challenge in figures
Sometimes a number is better than a long speech. All-round synthesis of a widely shared edition experienced with beating drum !
21 boats: The most beautiful IMOCA set since the start of the season
42 sailors (among which 3 women) : a very high level
20 media-men (17 men, 3 women) : Photos and videos close to the skippers
3 acts : Runs, 48 Hour race, Tour de Groix : a complete program
5 racing days : a dense and sporty format, validated by sailors
200 sailors aboard IMOCAs (runs and Tour de Groix): Sharing the life of a racing IMOCA, an immersive experience during the Azimut Challenge
1 uncontested winner : Jérémie Beyou and Christopher Pratt's Charal won the three legs.
2 new boats : Arkea Paprec and Advens for Cybersecurity
4 IMOCA generations : Some are completely upgraded to current standards such as MACSF, Initiatives Coeur or PRB
14 foilers : Advantage to the last generation boats, even if some drift boats have well resisted.
65 Runs : each IMOCA had 4 runs to try on Wednesday
1 surrender: only ! Despite a sunny and windy weather
665 milles run during the 48hour race : among which 450 milles at 21 knots of average speed !
26 knots: the average speed of Charal, with some speed spikes at more than 30 knots…
400 hours of videos watched on Youtube, 91 000 people reached on Facebook
160 000 seen pages on defi-azimut.net website ( + 100 000 seen pages versus last edition)
40 000 mails sent via Azimailing : The Defi Azimut shines internationally thanks to a digital device that matches the new format of the race.
Let's meet again in September 2020 for the 10th edition of the Defi Azimut event. It will be held single-handed and will be the last race before the Vendée Globe.