Le Breton Yachts Newsletter May 2013
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Le Breton SIG45 winner of the 2012 Editors' Choice "Most innovative new sailboat" award

We are delighted that the SIG45 was awarded the title of “most innovative new sailboat of 2012” by a panel of editors of leading US yachting magazines.

2012 Editors' Choice Award Winner

Visit Le Breton Yachts at the CataBoatShow 2013

Cataboatshow 2013
Come and visit us at the catamaran boatshow in Cannes, France, from 3 till 5 may 2013. For more information about the show click here.

Le Breton Yachts at the International Multihull Boat Show 2013

The International Multihull Boat Show was a great succes for us. It was a pleasure to introduce visitors to our new and existing designs. We also carried out some test sails on the SIG45 on the Mediterranean Sea. Our visitors were able to savour sailing faster than the wind, some even flying the rudder high above the water.
The Le Breton Yachts Stand at the International Multihull Boatshow 2013The Sig45 at the International Multihull Boatshow 2013

Team Vamonos! wins the Banderas Bay Regatta

Congratulations to Team “Vamonos!”, which won the performance multihull class at the International Banderas Bay Regatta in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, aboard a SIG45. Three bullets out of three races - great job!
Le Breton Yachts SIG45 Vamonos! during the Banderas Bay RegattaLe Breton Yachts SIG45 Vamonos! during the Banderas Bay Regatta

A Sail Geek’s Guide – The sailing community lost a legend last week

Magnus Olsson succumbed to complications as a result of a stroke at the age of just 64. Volvo Ocean Race Team SCA manager Richard Brisius' statement was deeply touching. "Mange was the greatest person I have ever met, one of my very best friends, and one of the greatest sailors ever. He was a unique man who brought energy, humour and love to everyone around him." I never knew him personally, but have admired his personality and achievements from a distance since I was a teenager. My condolences to his family.

It seems fitting at this time to relate one of many great stories from Magnus Olsson's legendary career. In the 2008 Volvo Ocean Race, Magnus unexpectedly took the role of skipper on Ericsson 3. This was Ericsson's "B-boat", sailed by a talented but relatively inexperienced youth crew. They were holding their own in the fleet until leg 4, from Singapore to Qingdao. The yachts were hit by a furious storm as they hammered their way upwind inthe South China Sea. Three yachts pulled out with structural damage. The conditions were so severe that several teams actually proposed suspending the race. Ericsson 3 sustained serious structural damage and limped into Taiwan. Following a precarious journey strapped to a barge, the boat was repaired in a Taiwanese yard. But even after frantic repairs, she still had to sail more than 600 miles to finish the leg in Quingdao, and to make the start of Leg 5.

The crew arrived at the finish in Qingdao 5 hours after the start of leg 5. The winner of the leg had already been there for 16 days resting and preparing. Undeterred, they docked, replaced the mainsail and a fuel tank, stocked up on 40 days worth of food, and set off immediately hot on the heels of the fleet. By the third day of racing, they had started to reel in their opponents one by one. Then, 18 days into the leg, young navigator Aksel Magdahl decided to take a flyer. The entire fleet was heading south, but Aksel believed that the best thing was to make a dogleg north in search of stronger winds. Magnus supported his young charge's bold decision. Tense hours followed, but it was clear that the the gamble had paid off when Ericsson 3 leapfrogged the entire fleet and took a 100nm lead.  They doggedly held onto their lead for the next 22 days all the way to Rio. They won the leg by just 32 minutes in one of the most memorable Volvo Ocean Race leg wins ever. Not only had they won a race which took 40 days and led them through the wilds of the Southern Ocean, but their stop-over at the end of leg 4 had been less than an hour and a half. That is tenacity.

For further information, please contact Le Breton Yachts via email, or telephone on +31 (0)655 838 06
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1073 CP Amsterdam

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