7 Mar 2008

Trail blazing yacht for single handed round the world race arrives in Wellington

4:05 pm on 7 March 2008

A yacht testing the route for a single handed round the world race, arrived in Wellington today eighty days after leaving France.

The boat is testing the course for the SolOceans , the first single-handed round the world race to be sailed on 16 metre identical yachts from October next year from France.

There are plans for just one stop over and that will be in Wellington.

Skipper, Charles Caudrelier, says he's glad to finally have solid ground under his feet.

"I'm very happy to be here. We left Caen about 80 days ago but we made a stop in Capetown. We left Capetown 22 days ago. The most challenging was to discover this boat and to arrive here. It was my first time in the southern hemisphere. So for me, it was a great adventure."

Charles Caudrelier says the southern Oceans are very demanding, but the test sail has given him a good idea of what to expect in next year's race.