Sardinian ocean racer – attempting now a double within “Route du Rhum 2014-Destination Guadeloupe” – launches a challenge to Sailors’ Everest with a new IMOCA 60.
Cagliari – Milan, 2014 September 24th
Less than 40 days to start for “Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe”, hystorical transatlantic regatta departing on November 2nd from St-Malò, and for Andrea Mura, supported by Sardinia Region in his ocean ventures and already winner in 2010 with Open 50 Vento di Sardegna within “Rhum” Class, there is a new, huge upcoming project: the challenge is epical, attempting the assault on Vendée-Globe, a non-stop solo global circumnavigation with no assistance.
“Taking part to Vendée-Globe is the dream of every ocean racer – Mura explains – I finally got this possibility to face this challenge and I will take it on for me, my people and my land”.
Race starts and ends at Les Sables-d’Olonne, in Vendèe French district. The journery is basically a circumnavigation tracing clipper route: from Les Sables-d’Olonne, down on Atlantic Ocean till to Cape of Good Hope, then race proceeds clockwise around Antarctica, leaving Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn to the left, then again towards Les Sables d’Olonne. Race will depart on 2016, November 12th and will end in February 2017: it is conceived to let participants face Antarctica Seas during Austral Summer.
Vendée-Globe is a great human adventure, before being sports and technological: named Sailors’ Evrest, it takes psycho-physical and technical racers’s skill to the extreme limit.
Mura will race with a brand new boat, and it will be an IMOCA 60, where IMOCA stands for International Monohull Open Classes Association. Provided with 60 ft lenght (18.28 mt), it is the longest boat of Yacht Class. It wil be the first time for a “new” Italian boat running in Vendèe Globe, a primacy and a motivation for the entire Italian sailing movement.
“We are building the fastest boat possible – Mura clarifies – we have resources and we want to run at best. This boat will be built in Italy, in Persico Shipyard, and will support me in trying to compete with the best result possible, in the most difficult challenge for a sailor and sail-maker like me”.
Mura’s Team – thus keeping the same “core” already working with Vento di Sardegna, will be empowered with some new and proven professionals, expressly devoted to the new boat.
“This project – Mura says – will not be commercial but sporty and human, like our current one…in my Team there is no room for arrogance and hysteria, we fight for our Values, eg Passion, Identiy and Technology. It is the toughest challenge I have ever faced. And it is also the completion of a lifetime journey ”
We will follow the Project thanks to photos, videos and storytelling from Mura’s Communications Team, managed by Ubiquity, that is also sponsoring the athlete.