Team Invictus campaign gathering momentum
Friday 14 June 2013
Team Invictus has unveiled its new look platform and team for the 2013 event in Falmouth, UK.
The Bristol-based team, comprising a number of aerospace engineers and professional sailors, has taken the first steps to challenge for the trophy with the presentation of the new look hulls of their craft – Invictus. The next step, the presentation of the wingsail, is expected in July.
The team – which is sponsored by EADS, Airbus and the National Composites Centre among others – is emerging as a strong contender for the title, based on the unique combination of aerospace and nautical know-how and technology.
The competition and a highly evolved class of catamarans will be returning to the UK for the first time since 1969, when the UK last held the title. This time round, however, Team Invictus will hope to bring to bear the home advantage factor, including the skills of helmsman Tom Phipps, who grew up and learnt his trade in Mylor, where the event will be based.
Competition will be cut-throat however, as Team Invictus will be challenging well-funded opponents with a strong track record and established sailing pedigrees, including past winners like the US and Canadian teams. With 13 boats estimated to enter, this promises to be the most spectacular event in the class’ history.
Following a warm-up week from September 15–21, racing for the 2013 International C-Class Catamaran Championship in Falmouth runs from September 22–28 with the Commodore's Welcome, Event Registration and Final Measurement taking place on September 21. For further information visit the event website.