Extreme Sailing Series
Team Extreme – The first club to take part in the Extreme Sailing Series in Singapore
Monday 31 October 2011
Supported by Stephane Kandler, SOITEC and the first club™ (thefirstclub.com), a new team called “Team Extreme – the first club™” will take part in the upcoming Extreme Sailing Series in Singapore from 9th 11th December, together with the fleet of the Extreme 40 boats – all of which are competing in this fast-paced, and spectacular circuit.
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Managed by Bruno Dubois, with whom Stephane Kandler took part in the 32nd America’s Cup in 2007, Team Extreme – the first club™ gathers some highly experienced French sailors, who are well known for their expertise in multihull sailing. The team comprises of Jean-Christophe Mourniac, Franck Citeau, Christophe André, and a newcomer to Extreme 40 (but with an impressive prize list in other sailing specialities), Sebastien Col.
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Stephane Kandler, K-Challenge’s CEO: “We took the chance that Team Extreme and Mark Turner in particular offered us, and I wish to take the opportunity to thank him again for that. This will make it possible for us to test a new platform with that team. I’m very glad to help this crew to step into this catamaran top-level circuit, the goal being to have a long-term view and to continue for the 2012 season and beyond, as it is a real opportunity for the future. Sailing multihull is really becoming a “must-manage” regatta format. We have then decided to follow this logic, as it is important to focus on all the high level sailing formats, which is what we’ve been doing since 20 years, in the same way that we carried on our collaboration with a multi purpose sailor as Sebastien Col, whom we’ve been working with for a while.”
As a result, Bruno Dubois, Managing Director of North Sails France and a top sailor himself, (being in offshore or in-shore sailing, and who has also sailed a lot in Extreme 40), has gathered around Sebastien Col a team of “specialists”.
Bruno Dubois, Sports Director: “I’m quite happy to be on the other side this time. That is to say being Sports Director vs. Sailor. I sailed half of the season with Team Extreme, so I know all the circuit’s little details well. The team we selected is used to sail together in D35, in match racing and in Extreme 40 for some of them. The connections will need to be quick as our training time will be quite short.
My goal for Singapore is to use this opportunity to create a multihull dynamics with Stephane Kandler, who I know well as it’s been almost 15 years that I’m regularly part of the K-Challenge projects. The Extreme Sailing Series offer an incredible sailing platform, which is not only about racing, but also about close combat. And I think it is the kind of intense feelings that the public and the sponsors are looking for these days.”
Another partner will also be supporting the team: Soitec – a world leader in generating and manufacturing revolutionary semiconductor materials, a company at the frontier of the most exciting energy and electronic challenges.
Soitec is the world’s leading supplier of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers and other engineered substrates used in the microelectronics industry.The company has a production site in Singapore since 2008, which gives Soitec an important status as a local economic actor, but it is also a great opportunity for the company to be part of a major event that will take place in the heart of the city. Located in the new Pasir Ris Wafer Fab Park, the fully automated, state-of-the art facility is dedicated to the manufacturing of 300-mm SOI wafers. These wafers are used today for the production of high-performance, cutting-edge microprocessors for a growing number of advanced electronic devices, especially leading-edge consumer products that are increasingly manufactured in Asia.
Soitec, amongst other sectors, is situated at the heart of the solar/photovoltaic energy revolution. Soitec reinforces its involvement in the top level sailing world, because it meets their targets of leadership, performance and efficiency – which are key words in their field of expertise. Sailing allows Soitec to promote their Concentrix Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) solar technology in particular. This technology, aimed at the manufacture of solar farms in sunny regions, is fully in phase with the sustainable development targets that were defined at the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, where targets were set for 20% of the world’s energy to be produced from renewable resources by 2020.
Team Extreme – the first club™ crew
Sebastien Col, Skipper and mainsail Trimmer: “I really look forward to joining the Extreme 40 circuit. It is a highly attractive circuit for the sailors, but also for the sponsors, which makes it one of the main sailing circuits today. I will have some very experimented multihull sailors around me, and particularly in Extreme 40, who also already have a common experience of the high level, with a capability to work in a wider team. Personally, it will be a first step towards the type of boat that has been selected for the next America’s Cup.”
Jean-Christophe Mourniac, Helmsman, joined the Tornado French Team with his brother Philippe when he was 20; they became Tornado World runner-up in 1995 and in 2000, and they also were the substitutes for the Olympics in Atlanta (1996) and in Sydney (2000). Jean-Christophe started to sail in Formula 18 from there, and finished three times World runner-up. He also sailed in multihull 60 with Alain Gautier, Michel Desjoyeaux and Loick Peyron, in Extreme 40 and in D35 (two last seasons with Alain Gautier).
In 2007, he won the Archipelago Raid in Formula 18 with Franck Citeau.
Franck Citeau, Trimmer, also sailed in Tornado, Formula 18, ORMA 60 and D35. Franck took part to the Olympics in Atlanta with the “elite” Tornado French Team, and was crowned double French Champion between 1993 and 1998. After having won several French champion and Olympics champion titles in his category, Franck became Formula 18 World Champion in 2006. He took part to several multihull transatlantic championships with Banque Populaire or Sergio Tacchini from 2002 to 2006, and won several grand-prix. He finished 1st of the D35 2011 season with Foncia, while sailing on the Foncia MOD70.
Christophe André, Bowman, has been a crewmember of Sebastien Col’s match racing team for several years as well as for the 32nd America’s Cup, (Sebastien and Christophe have been World runner-up on the World Match Racing Tour in 2008 and were ranked ISAF World’s number one in 2009). Christophe has sailed intensively on the multihull circuits since 2009, mainly in Extreme 40, D35, MOD70 and AC45, where he acquired a real know-how in that matter.
See you in Singapore for the first races, starting December 7th!