The project is working with four potential skippers. All British, all supremely talented, and all have been the subject of Artemis Investment Management over the last six years. This investment has provided the opportunity for many of them to cut their teeth in the world of solo racing in the French run, unofficial world championships - The Solitaire de Figaro. The group have many notable successes under their collective belts: Top Rookie in the Solitaire, Mini-Transat Transatlantic crossings, Multi-hull Trans-Ocean world records, Class 40 Southern Ocean leg wins and Volvo Round the World race leg victories.
The programme covers on water training onboard the Artemis Ocean Racing Open 60, psychometric and physical training managed by the Bear Grylls academy and commercial coaching in sponsorship search. The training form the base of our evaluation process which has been put in place in order for us to ultimately select one skipper who will be the person fronting the campaign. By going through this process we are confident that we will unveil the next big British solo sailing talent.
The 2017 training programme involves the following:
• 3 day offshore solo training camps with Dee Caffari MBE
• RORC offshore races
• Tailored training days both crewed and shorthanded
• Technical training on yacht systems including electronics, canting keel, ballast, hydraulics, autopilot etc
The Vendée Globe is raced every four years on bespoke designed Open 60 race yachts. These 60ft carbon race yachts are designed purely for solo sailing, are very technical, cost millions to build and therefore very difficult for young sailors to get experience sailing on.
Artemis Ocean Racing Open 60 has been made available as a training platform for the four young British sailors and alongside coaches, Whitecap have developed a training programme which will evolve each year, culminating in the selected sailor aiming to win the Vendée Globe Race 2020.