Tanguy de Lamotte has already won the Fastnet Race twice (in Class40). Sam Davies took part in 1995 on the Sun Legend 41 and has competed many times since then. Sam and Tanguy will this time be together on Initiative Coeur, Jérémie Beyou’s former Maître Coq (third in the last Vendée Globe), The boat that won the last edition of the Vendée Globe, Bureau Vallée 2 (ex-Banque Populaire) will be skippered by Louis Burton and Servane Escoffier, while Hugo Boss will be sailed by Alex Thomson and the Irish sailor, Nicholas O'Leary.
For Alex Thomson, the Rolex Fastnet Race played an important role in his career as a sailor. “My first was in 1995 on a Sigma 36 called British Eagle – it took us just over seven days.” It was in the 2003 edition that Alex Thomson sailed or the first time in the colours of Hugo Boss, which marked the start of a story that continues fourteen years on.
We should add that German sailor, Boris Heermann will be aboard the former Edmond de Rothschild and that French sailor Yoann Richomme will also be taking part.
The 7 Imoca60s registered for the 2017 Fastnet Race
- Bureau Vallée 2 (Servane Escoffier and Louis Burton)
- Hugo Boss (Alex Thomson and Nicholas O’Leary)
- Initiatives Coeur (Sam Davies and Tanguy de Lamotte)
- StMichel-Virbac (Jean-Pierre Dick and Yann Eliès)
- La Mie Câline - Artipôle (Arnaud Boissières)
- Malizia (Boris Herrmann)
- Karakoram (Yoann Richomme).