57 years old


Many people say that there is a lot in common between sailing and aeronautics. In either case, you must be attentive to the evolution of weather systems, keep a dose of humility, and be sensitive to the balance of the machine. Pilot on passengers aircrafts, Ari Huusela has experienced these similarities since 1999 when participating in the Mini-Transat. During this particularly trying edition, he realized how much he enjoyed what solo off-shore racing was all about : pushing oneself  and developing mental and physical resistance. After a second experience on the Mini-Transat, he tried the Class40 before switching to the IMOCA circuit and setting himself a new target with the Vendée Globe. The sailor must have good assets to highlight as Alex Thomson never misses a chance to support him and express how highly he thinks of the Finnish sailor.



IMOCA monohull

  • Sail number : FIN222
  • The boat’s previous names: Aviva - GAES Centros Auditivos
  • Designer: Owen Clarke Design
  • Chantier : Hakes Marine - Wellington (Nouvelle-Zélande)
  • Launch Date: 06 August 2007
  • Length: 18,28m
  • Beam: 5,80m
  • Draught: 4,50m
  • Displacement (weight): 8,5t
  • Number of drifts: 2
  • Mast height: 28m
  • Keel blade: acier
  • Upwind sail area: 270m2
  • Downwind sail area: 580m2

Built for navigator Dee Caffari, Ariel 2 is a boat that has proved itself after three round-the-world races (one Vendée Globe and two Barcelona World Race). This powerful boat was slimmed down in 2018 in order to give it more reactivity and vivacity. Ari Huusela has already tested the behavior of his new monohull in the Baltic’s cold and tumultuous waters, making Helsinki the homeport of the boat.

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