France, New Zealand stage round-the-world race

16th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 15, 2006 (AFP) - France and New Zealand will stage a round-the-world sailing event, it was announced on Thursday.

PARIS, June 15, 2006 (AFP) - France and New Zealand will stage a round-the-world sailing event, it was announced on Thursday.

The Soloceane race is the brain-child of renowned race-organiser Yvan Griboval and comprises a tour of the world in two stages, from France to New Zealand and back again, for 52-feet monotype monohull boats.

The event will begin October 25, 2009 and four ports are competing to host the starting point in France, while either Wellington or Auckland will be chosen from New Zealand.

New Zealand's vice-consul in France, Bridget Gee said: "When we were informed of this project, we were very enthusiastic. It will make us a topical part of the world."

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