Breathtaking views in New York Harbor as IMOCA’s gathered for speed runs

A unique spectacle in the bay of New York as twenty-two IMOCA boats gathered for speed runs between the Statue of Liberty and Governors Island on a sunny Friday afternoon.

‘An unforgettable spectacle’ that is the best way to describe the Liberty Race that took place on May 24th in the bay of New York. Nicolas Lunven and Rosalin Kuiper, the skippers of Team Holcim-PRB were accompanied by the technical team and some guests when participating in the speed runs. It was a great experience to sail together and a final warm-up for Nicolas Lunven before he takes the start of his second solo race this season on May 29th.

The Vendée Liberty went very well. It was great to put on a show here, right in front of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. It was a hot and sunny day. The wind wasn't very strong but enough for us to enjoy these runs. Sailing here, with the immense buildings of Manhattan in the background, is really unusual but also iconic.

Nicolas Lunven

On Wednesday, the skipper of Holcim-PRB will set off on the return route for a race that will go from the Big Apple to Les Sables d'Olonne. This will be the last transatlantic race before the start of the Vendée Globe

"It's really great to be here; we were able to share good times with our partners. Now, I will focus on the upcoming race, the New York Vendée. The next days are dedicated to preparing the weather forecast, routing and finalizing various points with the technical team to ensure everything is ready for Wednesday,"

Nicolas Lunven

The New York – Vendée race, a solo transatlantic return, will start on May 29 at 8 pm CET. Nearly 30 IMOCA boats will line up at the start of the first edition of this race organized by SAEM Vendée, which also organizes the solo, non-stop, unassisted round-the-world race.