Ant Arctic Lab readies for world record attempt

After two months of busy preparation, our Innovation Yachts Open60AAL and skipper Norbert Sedlacek are ready to go.

With the help of all our partners we were able to build and prepare a unique racing boat for a unique world record attempt.

Nine days before the departure all main systems are working properly. Therefore the whole team is busy to store around 2 tons of equipment, food and personal items on board in a way that even heaviest weather cannot damage anything.

On 29th July 900am local time Norbert will take off from the Vendée Globe pontoon in Les Sables d’Olonne, France. Once at sea he will sail a final loop in the bay of Les Sables d’Olonne and cross his starting line at 11:00 a.m. local time.

After the departure Norbert will set course to the Arctic Ocean, passing the Northwest Passage from east to west and then heading south to pass Cape Horn for the first time. After having rounded Antarctica in the deep south he will pass Cape Horn a second time before heading north back home to Les Sables d’Olonne.

If this record attempt is successful Norbert Sedlacek will be the first sailor ever who did a single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation without assistance through all oceans including the Arctic and Southern Ocean.

This challenge with a length of approximately 34,000 nautical miles is calculated with around 200 lonely, stormy and stressful days at sea through the most dangerous waters of our planet.

For this incredible adventure the shipyard Innovation Yachts has developed and built a special racing yacht based on 100% recyclable and durable materials. This material mix, volcanic fibre with balsa wood core material and harmless epoxy, represents a new generation of very ecological, but also high end quality yachts.

Project ANT ARCTIC LAB is a unique world record attempt.

The project will also give an ultimate confirmation about the quality and safety of a new yacht building concept!

Innovation Yachts is an Austrian-French shipyard which is designing and building custom built racing and cruising yachts out of volcanic fiber with balsa wood core. It is focused to use sustainable and recyclable materials as well as taking care about the environment during the construction and afterwards.

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