US team acquires MOD70

Cam Lewis to skipper ex-Veolia Environment but not in Europe

Thursday February 21st 2013, Author: James Boyd, Location: United States

Multi One Design announced today that US-based Orion Racing has purchased MOD nr.02 (the former Veolia Environnement).

“MOD is delighted to welcome an American boat-owner as it increases the number of nationalities in the circuit”, said Marco Simeoni, President of Multi One Design. “Orion brings a new dynamic to the development of the circuit and promote the MOD70 series in the American Market.”

Cam Lewis, one of the top American multihull sailors and longtime and ambassador for multihull sailing in the US, is a principal in the formation of the Orion Racing team. Cam Lewis is regarded as one of the top multihull sailors in the US having won the 1988 America’s Cup aboard Dennis Conner's Stars and Stripes and skippered the G-class maxi-catamaran Team Adventure in The Race in 2000.

“This is a great opportunity for sailing in the United States,” Lewis said, a winner of the TwoSTAR aboard Primagaz with Laurnet Bourgenon. “The MOD 70 trimarans are at the cutting edge of the sport. They are purpose-designed and built for close inshore racing as well as transoceanic racing. The conditions for racing the MOD70 between California, Hawaii and Mexico are incredible. I can’t wait to show American sailors how fantastic and fast these amazing machines are.”

With 2013 being a transition year for the MOD70 circuit, Orion Racing will be training in the Pacific to fully discover this latest generation of racing multihull. The boat and team will set up a training camp in Puerto Vallarta Mexico in May then move to San Francisco for the summer and fall season. Orion Racing Team preliminary race planning for 2014-2015 includes the MOD70 circuit and the Krys Ocean Race (from Brest to New York).

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