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Pro Sailing Tour comes to Cowes

Pro Sailing Tour comes to Cowes

31 May 2022
The Pro Sailing Tour, offshore sailing’s most exciting new competition, is coming to Cowes. Cowes will host the event for the first time in 5-6 July, bringing high-speed multihull racing to the heart of the Solent for a two-day rendezvous.

Renowned for its intensity, boat-on-boat battles and a very high level of racing, the Pro Sailing Tour brings together 8 talented Ocean Fifty skippers racing 15m foiling trimarans that are agile and they are spectacular, and that can reach speeds of up to 42 knots (77km/h). 

Briton Sam Goodchild onboard Leyton is the current defending champion, a position that is being hotly contested by his French rivals during the two-month competition that started in May in Bonifacio, Corsica, (Episode 1). The Tour will visit Brest (Episode 2) and the Bay of Saint Brieuc (Episode 3) in France before racing to Cowes next month for the finish of Episode 3 on the 5 July and the start of the Episode 4 finale to Roscoff on 6 July. 

Gary Hall, chief executive of Cowes Harbour Commission added his welcome to the pioneering event: “We are delighted to welcome the Pro Sailing Tour to Cowes this July. The event will bring high-speed multihull racing into the heart of the Solent, delivering the thrilling spectacle of Ocean Fifty trimarans accelerating in our home waters. Cowes is known as ‘the home of yacht racing’ and hosting the Pro Sailing Tour combines our heritage with cutting edge technology. It will be a fantastic experience for spectators ashore and afloat, and a highlight of summer 2022.” 

The start of the final offshore leg back to France on Wednesday 6 July will take in some of the Solent’s most famous landmarks such as Osborne House, Norris Castle and the Needles. These will feature prominently in the Pro Sailing Tour TV docu-series, distributed by Sunset+Vine that will broadcast ahead of the third edition of the race.

During the two-day pitstop in Cowes, the 50 male and female professional sailors will give aspiring young racers from UKSA in Cowes and sailing charity Scaramouche Trust a glimpse into the world of high-end offshore competition at the team presentation ahead of the start of Episode 4.

“To bring the Pro Sailing Tour to Cowes, home of yacht racing, is an honour and a pleasure. The welcome here has been superb, and we are full of anticipation for some exciting racing on the Solent and some wonderful moments ashore,” said Pro Sailing Tour CEO Julien Mauriat after his visit to Cowes.

Photo credit: Lloyd Images/Pro Sailing Tour

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