15
October
2014

The 27th LITTLECUP premieres at Geneva with one year to go!

Race village, programme, entertainment... the organisers unveiled the main features of this international championship, which is already seen as the sailing event of 2015 on Lake Geneva, and even beyond.

On 10 and 11 October, the vast majority of teams in preparation for the LITTLECUP 2015 met at the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) for a preparatory meeting, organised by the Hydros Foundation in close association with the directors of the C Class.


Race village, programme, entertainment... the organisers unveiled the main features of this international championship, which is already seen as the sailing event of 2015 on Lake Geneva, and even beyond. Each of the teams, which arrived from all corners of the world, presented their project and ambitions, and also discussed future developments in the C Class at the General Meeting, chaired by Steve Clark. With the unveiling of the LITTLECUP project completed, the teams, in the capable hands of the organising committee, went on to enjoy and be charmed by the high quality of the SNG's facilities (host club) and the individuality of Lake Geneva. So much so that several new teams swelled the ranks of the class, such as Team Sentient Blue, which has already formalised its registration. Led by Saïf-Deen Akanni, this is the first German team ever to take part in the competition, which has established itself at the forefront of international sailing.


In a convivial but professional atmosphere, the teams took the opportunity to explore what will be their playing field next year: a highly technical stretch of water subject to extremely variable conditions. Some had actually begun acquainting themselves with Lake Geneva before this meetup. One such team was Franck Cammas's Groupama, which had started training for the LITTLECUP 2015 several weeks earlier.


The other highlight of the meeting was a guided tour of Philippe Durr's shipyard, led by the owner in person, who is no other than our patron for the 27th LITTLECUP. Philippe, a multiple world champion at sailing and the inspiration behind the famous Altaïr's, took the first multihulls out on Lake Geneva, as well as the first wing. Highly symbolic! In his very humble way, Philippe (seven-times winner of the Bol d'Or) was filled with emotion as he presented his living museum to the teams and partners; it is a place that time has forgotten, bursting with history and memories, where innovation and tradition have intertwined harmoniously since 1957.


Organised by the Hydros Foundation and City of Geneva, and supported by Bank Lombard Odier, the LITTLECUP – seen as the laboratory of the America's Cup – will take place in the heart of Geneva's harbour, at the SNG, from 12 to 19 September 2015.


The LITTLECUP is not just an international championship – it is the culmination of many years of research and development that has produced catamarans at the cutting edge of technology. And it is an event that the teams, fans and general public will not want to miss.

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