Miranda Merron takes on the Bermudes 1000!

59831521_2486484098086548_5236650506419437568_nToday marks the start of Miranda’s first IMOCA Race since 2009 in which she broke the Round Britain & Ireland World Record with Dee Caffari onboard her Open 60 Aviva! After a number of years focused on the Class40 Miranda returns to the IMOCA Class with her sights firmly set on the 2020 Vendee Globe!

Continually backed by French dairy cooperative Campagne de France Miranda will be sailing onboard their Owen Clarke designed IMOCA 60, formerly known as Great America IV, as she begins her journey to qualify for the Vendee Globe.

The Bermudes 1000 is a race with a misleading name. The racecourse totals 2000 miles and doesn’t visit the warmer waters of Bermuda. In fact the 17 competitors will leave Douarnenez today at 17h00 local in 10-12 knots from the west south-west bound for Fastnet Rock before rounding the Archipelago of the Azores and making their way to the finish in Brest with the first boats expected to arrive on the 16thMay.

“I barely know the boat” said Miranda following a busy week spent anchored in Douarnenez with Halvard readying the boat. “We recently brought the boat back from the United Kingdom and have been based at V1D2 in Caen. Everything is heavier, more physical and more complicated than onboard our Class40 and I’ll be taking my time during manoeuvres in order to continue learning the intricacies the boat presents.”

Miranda and her IMOCA60 Campagne de France line up against a number of highly regarded competitors, 17 in total, all with the aim of furthering their ambitions to be on the Vendee Globe start line in the Autumn of 2020. The 17 contain familiar faces with the likes of Manuel Cousin and Maxime Sorel also stepping up from Class40, while Sam Davies, a friend of many years and many miles together will be competing onboard her foiling IMOCA60 Initiatives Coeur!

The full competitors list can be found below:

• Fabrice Amedeo (Newrest-Art & Fenêtres)
• Alexia Barrier (4myplanet)
• Yannick Bestaven (Maître CoQ)
• Arnaud Boissières (La Mie Câline-Artipôle)
• Manuel Cousin (Groupe Setin)
• Sam Davies (Initiatives Cœur)
• Clément Giraud (Envol)
• Pip Hare (Superbigou)
• Boris Herrmann (Malizia Yacht Club de Monaco)
• Ari Huusela (Ariel 2)
• Stéphane Le Diraison (Time For Oceans)
• Miranda Merron (Campagne de France)
• Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian Group)
• Damien Seguin (Groupe Apicil)
• Sébastien Simon (Arkea-Paprec)

Race Tracking can be found via the following link: https://www.bermudes1000race.com/cartographie-bermudes-1000-race

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