Franck Cammas, winning skipper of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, will barely set foot on dry land for the remainder of the year after signing up to lend his skills to two campaigns, with the first starting this weekend.
Cammas, who sealed victory for his Groupama team in their Volvo Ocean Race debut back in July, will sail as part of the Race for Water crew in the new Mod 70 one-design trimaran series starting on Sunday.
Cammas will sail the European Tour route as far as Marseille under skipper Stève Ravussin and will be joined on board for the first leg by Thomas Coville, a key member of his victorious Groupama crew.
Once his work with Race for Water his done, he will switch focus to the America's Cup, with the Frenchman having signed up to do some coaching work to help the Luna Rossa team prepare to race the new 72-foot catamaran. There, he will be working with his old Telefónica rivals Iker Martínez and Xabi Fernández from the recent Volvo campaign.
"They have two very good helmsmen in the form of Chris Draper and Paul Campbell-James," Cammas explained in an interview on the Groupama website. "They're young and more familiar with sailing small boats than large ones. As such I'll be supporting them to avoid any youthful indiscretions on what will be a very powerful 72-footer.
"In agreement with Groupama, I'm not going to be on shore much until the end of the year. My aim is still to sail and to continue to make progress. The Europa Race and the America's Cup with Luna Rossa are both great opportunities to pull that off."
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