Category: Yacht News

Wollmann Siblings Dominating Narca 17 Word Championship

Cecilia Wollmann and Michael Wollmann, the teenage siblings, are making very good progress at the Narca 17 World Championship held at La Grande Motte in France.

They are not showing any signs of being in the competition for the very first time and are making headlines at the event. These siblings have made an impressive start at the world championships and have gained their entry for the gold fleet. This is their second regatta event and they represent the Olympic class foiling catamaran.

Cecilia said that she was very happy to be sailing with her partner brother Michael. They have enjoyed every bit of the time that they have so far spent on the regatta event. Cecilia had represented Bermuda in the Laser Radial class at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. She said that they were very happy to be taking part in the gold fleet as they are a very young side. This is the second regatta for the team at Narca 17.

Cecilia said that she was very happy with the progress that she and her brother have made so far. They have faced tough challenges from many of the CA sailors of the world. They had a goal to finish in the top 35. She said that sailing the boat is a learning process and they are still learning how to sail the boat and to sail it on the right track consistently. Cecilia said that both she and her brother are looking forward to the final two days of the gold fleet racing.

The young siblings are currently in the 23rd position among the 47-strong fleet presenters at the event. They recorded a posting on 22-21-21 in their last three races.

Michael said that they are fully aware that they will be facing a new challenge in the gold fleet racing. They are looking to match the performance and the speed of the best sailors in the business.

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Norauto Confirms Sponsorship Support

The Groupama Team France was the first team to exit from the 35th edition of America’s Cup competition. It was a sad moment for everyone involved with the team. But, the major sponsor of the Groupama Team France, Norauto, has announced in a media conference that it will be supporting the team in the 36th edition of the America’s Cup provided there is no change in the AC50 boat.

The major sponsor of the French team said that they were pleased and proud to sponsor the team of Franck Cammas. The team had a very good showing in the America’s Cup in Bermuda. They had won two races in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers. But, they were not able to get into the semi-finals. Norauto was proud of the efforts put in by Cammas and his team. They felt that the team did exceptionally well at the event.

The Groupama Team France is one among the five who have signed for the secret ‘Framework’ agreement that that locks in the AC50 for two America’s Cups. Norauto looks committed for two more editions and hence they are having a long-term vision. They took the final media conference to announce to the world that they are assuring their support of Team France for the 36th America’s Cup.

The Team France is a very close knit team and is working on a small budget. The Norauto team believes that the Groupama Team France has the potential to upset the applecart of big teams like the English or the Swedes. The future of the French team is very bright.

Norauto partnered with Franck Cammas and his team fifteen months ago and it has been a very fruitful partnership so far. They joined Team France as the main partner knowing very well about the demands and the struggles that the team has to undergo in the crewed sailing competition.