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Three VO65s for Artemis Challenge

Volvo Ocean Race one design to make their race debut at Cowes Week

Thursday June 26th 2014, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom

IMOCA 60s and Volvo Ocean 65s will be competing in the eighth edition of the Artemis Challenge to take place on 7 August.

This year the event will once again be part of Ladies Day at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, and, conditions allowing, will see the boats race around the Isle of Wight to claim a £10,000 prize fund to be donated to the charity of the winner's choice.

For the Volvo Ocean 65s it will be the first time they have lined-up against each other, making the 50 mile sprint around the Island a first showcase for this autumn's Volvo Ocean Race. Among the line-up are British skippers Ian Walker (Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing) and Sam Davies (Team SCA). They will be joined by two IMOCA 60s, which have been the backbone of the event since 2006.

As usual the sailors will be joined by celebrity guests.

Confirmed entries so far include:

Team SCA/Volvo Ocean 65/Sam Davies (GBR)
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing /Volvo Ocean 65/Ian Walker (GBR)
Dongfeng Race Team/Volvo Ocean 65/Charles Caudrelier (FRA)
Artemis Ocean Racing/IMOCA 60/Brian Thompson (GBR)
Rosalba/IMOCA 60/Andy Greenwood (GBR)

Further entries will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Artemis Challenge at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week has long attracted a strong list of celebrity guests. Teams competing in the race in the past have included sports stars Zara Phillips, Amy Williams, Will Greenwood, Mike Tindall and James Haskell, as well as other stars from the world of entertainment, including Davina McCall, Bryan Adams and James and Oliver Phelps, the Weasley Twins from the Harry Potter movies. Celebrity guests for the Artemis Challenge 2014 will also be announced in the coming weeks.

The race follows the classic America’s Cup route around the Isle of Wight (weather permitting), starting at 10am on the Royal Yacht Squadron Line. The boats will be divided into teams, and the winning team at the end of the 50 mile sprint will win the £10,000 charity prize.

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