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The Europa Race, a crewed regatta specific to the Imoca monohulls and competed in several legs, will not be held in 2012. However in the past few months the organizer Olay Nautic has put all of its efforts to try and maintain this race.

After having accepted Imoca's specifications, Olay Nautic found itself in a deadlock as the French government put forward the bill making it an offense to deny the Armenian genocide by Turkey in 1915.

A few weeks later, the French Constitutional Council refuses to ratify the bill and things seem to look promising again for the Europa Race. However, all the right conditions are not yet gathered to insure the quality of the race.

Not enough competitors: eight skippers instead of the ten expected by the organizer and the partners. Furthermore, the route and the configuration of the race (two crewed legs and one in solo) are changed.

Despite everyone's efforts, the partners of the race haven't yet confirmed their financial commitments.

A month and a half away from the start of the Europa Race (the 5th of May in Istanbul), too many uncertainties remain for Olay Nautic in order to organize the race in the best conditions for everyone, partners and competitors.

The Izmir Cup, the Figaro Bénéteau circuit race which is also organized by Olay Nautic is not going through the same difficulties.

The last leg of the French Championship of Offshore Sailing Solo 2012 will take place in September and should grant a great finish for the Figarists in Turkish waters.


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Mer 14 Dec : The second edition of The Europa Race starts May 5, 2012!

- The start is set for May 5, 2012 in Istanbul
- It's the second edition of the Europa Race
- Eight boats already entered

The Europa Race was established with a goal of not only becoming a sustainable sporting challenge but as a truly international platform to promote communication, cooperation and trade between the countries which form the race route. Now, the second edition of this innovative and exciting race is due to start in Istanbul on May 5th 2012.

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Mer 30 Nov : Big start from Istanbul on 5th May 2012!

The second edition of the Europa Race will start from Istanbul on Saturday 5th May 2012. The course will take a South-to-North route, starting from the banks of the Bosphorus ľ Istanbul, throughout the Mediterranena Sea via Barcelona, the Atlantic Ocean and the English Channel to get to Portsmouth and finally defy one more time the Atlantic Ocean to reach La Rochelle on 6th of June.

The best navigators of the moment among them Franšois Gabart (Macif), Jean-Pierre Dick (Vibrac-Paprec 3), Bernard Stamm (CheminÚes-Poujoulat), Kito de Pavant (Groupe Bel), Marc Guillemot (Safran), Mike Golding (Gamesa), Armel LeClÚac'h (Banque Populaire) et Vincent Riou (PRB) will be on the starting line in Istanbul in May 2012.

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Ven 10 Juin : Europa Race to be rescheduled

Olay Nautic, organiser of the race around Europe, and IMOCA, the association of skippers of 60' monohulls, have taken the joint decision to postpone the race, which had been scheduled to start on the 1st of July.

The race itself fulfils all of the conditions set by the Organiser and IMOCA, but the number of entries is insufficient for an event of this standing.

This situation is in part due to the difficult economic climate which has led to fewer sponsored campaigns, technical issues on some boats, and the fact that a number of boats have only recently finished the round the world Barcelona World Race.


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12/14/2011 : The second edition of The Europa Race starts May 5, 2012!

11/30/2011 : Big start from Istanbul on 5th May 2012!

6/10/2011 : Europa Race to be rescheduled

3/14/2011 : Europa Race: the race is already on

12/5/2010 : An event for sustainability and environmental responsibility

9/22/2009 : Almost abreast in to Brest!

9/22/2009 : Desjoyeaux: "We prove the absents to be wrong"

9/21/2009 : In Brest a big welcome awaits Michel Desjoyeaux, the expected winner.

9/20/2009 : The fleet regroups at the gate in Brittany

9/19/2009 : Matches in the race

9/18/2009 : Towards the Home Straits, and a Tricky Forecast

9/18/2009 : Close to Portuguese coasts

9/17/2009 : From One World to Another

9/17/2009 : They are now in the great ocean

9/16/2009 : Atlantic Rendez-vous

9/15/2009 : Thunderstorms and Skirmishes off Cap Palos

9/14/2009 : Full throttle for Brittany

9/13/2009 : The Battle of the Atlantic: Deliverance

9/12/2009 : Great Show of the Istanbul Europa Race in Spain

9/10/2009 : Perfectly Poised after Groupe Bel win into Barcelona

9/9/2009 : Minorca, before the high pressure

9/8/2009 : To Barcelona from Nice, not exactly a walk in the park......

9/7/2009 : Groupe Bel and Foncia, Top Guns in Nice

9/6/2009 : Nice welcomes the heroes

9/6/2009 : Viva Espana !

9/5/2009 : High Tension into Nice

9/5/2009 : Great race nearby Corsica

9/4/2009 : Has Foncia taken the magic potion?

9/4/2009 : Latin lovers

9/3/2009 : Spain takes the lead

9/2/2009 : In the clutches of the high...

9/2/2009 : Kito de Pavant: "Mediterranean is capricious"

9/2/2009 : Paprec-Virbac in the southerly route

9/2/2009 : Veolia Environnement comes up against the barrier

9/2/2009 : Michel Desjoyeaux: "Anyone can't foresee the outcome"

9/2/2009 : 1876 speaks european language

8/31/2009 : Brain teaser for everybody, De Pavant keeps the lead

8/31/2009 : Alex Pellas:

8/31/2009 : First quotes from Altadill

8/31/2009 : Jean-Luc Nelias:

8/31/2009 : Desjoyeaux often leaves the helm to Beyou

8/31/2009 : Groupe Bel happy with night sailing

8/30/2009 : Close battle in the Aegean Sea

8/30/2009 : Kito De Pavant:

8/29/2009 : Michel Desjoyeaux opens the ball in Istanbul

8/28/2009 : Successful warm up on the Bosphorus

8/22/2009 : The birth of European tour

7/14/2009 : Istanbul hosts for the biggest sail race of Europe...

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