At 1:45 PM Bermuda time, Race for Water will come into port at Caroline Bay Marina, and her arrival coincides with the marina’s grand opening. This Bermuda stopover will allow Race for Water to meet up with Groupama Team France, the Foundation’s environmental partner and a participant in the world-renowned America’s Cup. Between the race, the people, and Race for Water’s educational mission, it’s sure to be an emotional time for everyone. Let’s meet Groupama Team France–strong supporters of Race for Water’s mission of hope.
The Groupama boat posts an encouraging tweet to the Race for Water crew: “We’re waiting for you! #Bermuda” Race for Water responds “#pressconf #Bermuda Tuesday May 23 at 10:30 AM on board #R4W @CarolineBayMarina #R4WO #ACT with @GroupamaTeamFR”
Photo credit: Groupama Team France, Eloi Stichelbaut
For this 35th America’s Cup, the Groupama France team led by Franck Cammas has joined forces with Race for Water. It’s a joint mission that combines ocean preservation, high-performance yachting, and state-of-the-art technology. The Race for Water Foundation is very proud of this partnership with Groupama Team France.
A PASSION FOR THE OCEANS, AND FOR TECHNOLOGICAL CHALLENGES
In 2013, Franck Cammas, Michel Desjoyeaux and Olivier de Kersauson created Team France. Together, they decided to make France a top player in the world’s top event combining racing and technology: the America’s Cup. The Race for Water Foundation and Groupama Team France share a passion for the oceans, and for performance. While Groupama Team France develops new technologies to improve their boat’s performance, Race for Water is putting new technologies to work to save our oceans.
“The Race for Water Foundation and Groupama Team France share the same passion of the ocean and high-performance: Groupama Team France develops technological innovations in order to increase their sailing performances, the Foundation proposes technological innovations for a better preservation of our ocean. This shared taste for challenge and performance brings us together to collaborate for the protection of the ocean. We are very proud to be with Groupama Team France as an environment partner on the occasion of the America’s Cup in Bermuda.”
Bruno Dubois, Team Manager de Groupama Team France
T MINUS THREE DAYS TO RACE TIME
Beginning on May 26, the 35th America’s Cup kicks off with the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers. Five challengers and the defender—last year’s winning team—will each race twice in a round robin head-to-head format, with each regatta lasting about 20 minutes. After that it’s on to the playoffs, including a semi-final and a final round. The winner of the playoffs final is named the Challenger, and they’ll go on to race the Defender (USA) in the America’s Cup Match, held over the weekends of June 17 and 18, and June 24 and 25.
Video credit: Groupama Team France