Coville to Join Cammas in Quest for VOR Title

Just back from his solo round the world on Sodebo, Thomas Coville will be joining Franck Cammas aboard Groupama 4 to contest the next Volvo Ocean Race which will begin on November 5th in Alicante, Spain.

Decidedly the skipper of Sodebo is linking together round the worlds as readily as his sailing jaunts around the bay of Quiberon. By accepting Franck Cammas’ invitation to climb aboard Groupama 4, having barely set foot back on land after an outstanding solo round the world aboard his 32 metre maxi trimaran, Thomas Coville is committing to a fourth circumnavigation of the globe in four years.

In 2010, the sailor from La Trinité sur Mer joined Franck Cammas on the maxi trimaran Groupama 3 in a bid to conquer the Jules Verne Trophy, which we know to have been successful with a new record time of 48 days, 7 hours on March 20th.

This year it’s aboard Groupama 4, a 70 foot monohull, that Franck and Thomas will do battle with the top international crews.

“Franck called me three days before I completed my circumnavigation. Solo sailing features a wealth of introspection but it leaves you mentally drained,” said Coville. In crewed configuration though, when you’re open to the group, you feed off them and you learn a great deal. Before even crossing the finish line off Ushant, I was already keen to say yes because I’ve dreamed about the Volvo Ocean Race since I was sixteen year of age. It’s one of the most fascinating races for me.”

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