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And so it continues…

2 septembre 2019 Posted by miranda_2019a

69908704_2703868286348127_6343502448052666368_oThe summer holidays have not finished for Miranda Merron as to be honest they never began! Following the arrival of the IMOCA 60 Campagne de France Miranda and Halvard have been busy optimising, training and racing with all things pointed towards competing in the 2020 Vendée Globe!

The Rolex Fastnet Race started on August 3rd. The fleet of 20 IMOCAs left the Solent in near perfect conditions. Miranda, Halvard and Campagne de France placed 15th out of 20 competitors gaining the all-important qualification miles for the Vendee Globe whilst also gaining valuable time onboard their new boat.

“I don’t know if the boat is going fast but she’s certainly beautiful to look at,” says Miranda. “This is the ideal yacht for a first Vendée Globe. It is forgotten all to often, but a solo race around the world, without stop overs and without assistance, is an exceptional adventure, a challenge that will never be trivialised. We’re preparing, always aware of the opportunity given to us by our partner Campagne de France. The boat is theirs, it carries their colours and their values, values that align perfectly with our own. Few women have completed the Vendée Globe, 6 I believe, among which no less than three are British, and not least Ellen Mc Arthur (2nd in 2001), Dee Caffari (6th in 2009) and Sam Davies (4th in 2009). This is not only motivation but my inspiration too. With Halvard, we are doing everything in our power to be starting in the autumn of 2020. Finishing this race would be the significant achievement in my career to date.”

“The Vendée Globe is a colossal project for the scale of our small team. It is a commitment of every moment and it takes energy without providing time for rest. Being at the start, in Les Sables d’Olonne, in 2020 is the price and we accept that with good grace.

Campagne de France continues to prepare in Cherbourg with a number of days on the water planned for September. “There is still a lot of work to do on board, especially with our onboard electronic and communication systems. We are also still waiting on some sails but beyond that we’ll be ready for the Transat Jacques Vabre departing Le Havre on October 27th.”

 

 


Mission Accomplished: Campagne de France, 16th in the Rolex Fastnet Race

6 août 2019 Posted by miranda_2019a

Finishing early this morning Miranda Merron, Halvard Mabire and their IMOCA 60 Campagne de France complete the 48thedition of the Rolex Fastnet Race in 2 days, 13 hours and 8 minutes! In finishing this legendry race the duo completed the mission of...


News from Campagne de France

5 août 2019 Posted by miranda_2019a

News in From Miranda: Apologies for the lack of updates so far! Just getting light, we rounded Fastnet this morning. So much to do just to tack this boat that we completely missed out on sightseeing! We've now scrapped down the west side of the forbi...


Inbound for the Rolex Fastnet

1 août 2019 Posted by miranda_2019a

The IMOCA60 Campagne de France left Caen this morning bound for Portsmouth, England. In England Miranda Merron, accompanied by Halvard Mabire will find no less that 400 yachts registered in no less than nine categories, mostly IRC but also multihu...


Miranda and Campagne de France 13th!

18 mai 2019 Posted by miranda_2019a

Miranda Merron, Skipper of her newly acquired IMOCA 60 Campagne de France finished the Bermudes 1000 Race today in 13th Position! Miranda completed the course in 8 Days, 23 Hours, 5 Minutes and 47 Seconds! Miranda said upon finishing the race "I ...