The French Atlantic Port of Les Sables D`Olonne and in particular the Port Olona Marina, is absolutely buzzing with activity as the 2018 Golden Globe Race gets ready to depart on July 1st. Ian Douglas, from Mooloolaba Yacht Brokers, Queensland Jeanneau sail dealer, has just returned from Port Olona where he handed over a new Jeanneau 64 to her owners preparing for a Mediterranean cruise.
The new J64 is in excellent company as she is this week moored alongside history making yachts such as Sir Robin Knox Johnstone`s Suhaili, the only yacht to complete the first Golden Globe round the World race in 1968. Also on the dock is Bernard Moitessiers Joshua, Sir Francis Chichesters Gypsy Moth IV, and Eric Tabarlys Pen Duick III and VI.
The Jeanneau 64 is attracting much attention as thousands of visitors throng the dock and the Owner reports constant hull tapping, many questions and admiring looks. Naturally, alongside the aforementioned luminaries, She looks like a space ship and from another world which of course, she is. Packed with equipment that the skippers of the Golden Globe fleet can only dream of, including a few simple controls at the helm station that operate virtually the whole boat. From the electric furling Main sail and electric furling self tacking headsail, rewind primary winches in the cockpit, bow thruster, and a host of hi tech equipment that allow one person to navigate and handle a 64 foot yacht without leaving the cockpit.