John & Dorothy, #45: Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Re-named “John & Dorothy” by her donor after his parents, this boat was the personal boat of legendary French sailor, Michel Desjoyeaux, known in France as “Le Professeur” for his wide knowledge and willingness to share it. Desjoyeaux won 3 x Solitaire du Figaro, 2 x Vendee Globe, the Route du Rhum, The Transat 2004, and Transat Jacques Vabre. He had sailed with Eric Tabarly in the Whitbread race, and trained Francois Gabart to win the Vendee Globe 2012 (Gabart then went on to set the round-the-world solo record of 42 days in a 100′ trimaran). This boat was formerly named “Breizh Cola” after her most recent sponsor.
REDSHIFT, #56: Massachusetts Maritime Academy
This boat was re-named REDSHIFT by her Cruising Club of America (CCA) donor family who were happy that, coincidentally, her previous name was also Redshift! The term Redshift refers to what happens when electromagnetic radiation, usually visible light, moves away from an observer, i.e., a fast sailboat moving away from the fleet! She was sailed with the Artemis Academy in England training English sailors to compete in the French Figaro class.
SPIRIT, #96: SUNY Maritime College
This boat was re-named SPIRIT by her two private donors, both CCA members, who combined their donations to fund this boat and their thoughts to name her. She comes from a private owner and competitor from St. Malo on the north coast of France, the home of the legendary Route du Rhum race. She raced extensively in the intense French Figaro circuit, mostly recently under the names Loupiot and Apache.
VICITAN, #19: Webb Institute
This boat comes from La Trinite sur Mer, on the west coast of France. This port annually hosts a regatta with 500 boats competing in a multitude of classes, and is the home port of both Sodebo (Thomas Coville) and IDEC Sport (Francis Joyon), 100′ trimarans that at different times have held the solo, non-stop, round-the-world records. Her generous donor is asking Webb Institute to name her. Her most recent name from sailing in France is Vicitan.
WILLIWAW, #66: Webb Institute
This boat comes from Sweden where she was raced in Stockholm and the Swedish archipelago. She was originally based in Lorient, France and was skippered there by German skipper Isabelle Joschke on the Figaro circuit. Her generous donor has asked Webb Institute to name her.
BENITA, #83: SUNY Maritime College
This boat was re-named BENITA by her Eastern Yacht Club donor who named her after the cruising boat that his family sailed when he was growing up in Norway as a young boy. Along with Williwaw, she also came from Sweden.
This boat was re-named RAGA by her New York Yacht Club donor after the beautiful music that a sitar plays. The donor said: “it’s musical, it’s international, it’s simple.” The boat comes from San Francisco, was previously named Hot Socks, and was raced transatlantic earlier in her career to arrive here in the USA.
This boat was re-named ANNE by her New York Yacht Club donor, after his beloved mother. The boat comes from Slovenia, where she had gone to a Czech owner, after an extensive career racing out of Lorient on the west coast of France. Her most recent name was Aquarius.
This boat comes from Lorient, where for most of her life she was the personal boat of Alain Gautier, winner of Vendee Globe 1992/3.
This boat comes from Cowes, England, where she participated actively in the French Figaro circuit, and most recently raced in the Fastnet Race.