The Vendee Globe is raced every 4 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 10 young British sailors and alongside Dee Caffari, Whitecap have developed a training programme which will evolve each year, culminating in the selected sailor aiming to win the Vendee Globe Race 2020.
The 2016 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
To maximise our sailors’ prospects of securing competitive levels of funding we are running bespoke commercial coaching for each of them. The coaching will not just give the sailors a better understanding of how sport sponsorship works and how to best approach brands, but it also forms an integral part of our evaluation and selection process. The process that; in the end, will lead to one of these existing young talents being the figure head of our Vendee Globe 2020 campaign.
We are looking for raw talent, commitment, enthusiasm and passion, as well as the ability to engage effectively with corporate sponsors and media.
It’s a hard ask of a twenty-something to be commercially savvy, when their day job is spent on the oceans. In order to give the sailors the best possible opportunity to find their own sponsor, we want to provide them with some of this knowledge. The coaching includes areas such as how to network most efficiently, how to create compelling presentations and sales material, how to validate their proposals and practical training in public speaking and pitching, with the added benefit of time spent in the boardrooms of multi-national companies, pitching their campaigns in a live and evaluated, “Dragons Den” type environment.