This is what you would call a brilliant finish! After two victories in the coastal regattas raced early last week in St. Tropez, Thursday night, Groupe Bel finished in Genoa in 6th place real time in the 'Great Race' of this Giraglia Rolex Cup 2013. Kito de Pavant and his seven crew-members did well in changeable weather, placing the 60-foot monohull behind giants: the winner Magic Carpet 3, sailed by the British businessman, Lindsay Owen-Jones (100 feet, 25 crew-members), and several "mini-maxis", as Ran and Alegre 3.
Kito de Pavant and Groupe Bel, the fastest monohull on the Mediterranean*, are to take part in the 61st Giraglia Rolex Cup. From 16 to 22 June, the skipper will compete with more than 200 exceptional yachts from all over the world, first in regattas fought out in the Bay of St. Tropez, and then on a 243-mile offshore race (450 km) to Genoa via Giraglia Rock (North Corsica). In 2009, the 60 feet... Read more
The 60' monohull (18.28), Groupe Bel, left Marseille on Friday and crossed the Mediterranean record finishing line in Carthage (Bay of Tunis) on Saturday at 16:16:15 (French time UT+1), after a crossing of 1 d 2 h 53m 30s, sailed at an average speed of 17 knots (record currently being ratified by the WSSRC*). The skipper, Kito de Pavant, smashed his own single-handed record of 18 hours and 27... Read more
The skipper, Kito de Pavant, set off this Friday, 31 May, at 13:32:45 (French time UT+1) to take on the Mediterranean crossing yachting record single-handed, between Marseille and Carthage (Tunisia). The sailor crossed the starting line, located in the harbor of Marseille, on board the 60' monohull Groupe Bel (18.28 m). Under mainsail with 2 reefs and ORC, the boat set off like a shot with a 35... Read more
With three victories out of the four coastal courses contested and the top performance in the speed runs, Groupe Bel really made waves at the Grand Prix Guyader, securing a fine win in the IMOCA category. Throughout the weekend, monohull and multihull sailors and kitesurfers had a ball in Douarnenez's light airs and glorious sunshine. Read more