The first MOD70 campaign sets up shop in the United States. Orion Racing, with Cam Lewis, plans to train in San Francisco this summer.
Orion Racing, under the hand of top multihull sailor Cam Lewis, is the first MOD70 campaign to set up shop in the United States. “The conditions for racing the MOD70 between California, Hawaii, and Mexico are incredible,” said Lewis in a February press release. “I can’t wait to show American sailors how fantastic and fast these amazing machines are.”
On March 13, Orion Racing’s MOD70 was launched in Lorient, France. It will be shipped to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to set up for training for the next three months. By July, the team plans to be based out of San Francisco. Preliminary plans for the 2014-15 season include the Krys Ocean Race from Brest to New York.
“MOD is delighted to welcome an American boat-owner as it increases the number of nationalities in the circuit”, said Marco Simeoni, President of Multi One Design, in the February press release. “Orion will bring a new dynamic to the development of the circuit and promote the MOD70 series in the American Market.”
“This is a great opportunity for sailing in the United States,” Lewis said in the press release. “The MOD 70 trimarans are at the cutting edge of the sport. They are purpose designed and built for close inshore racing as well as transoceanic racing."
Click here to read Bruce Gain's blog on the state of the MOD70 class.