Delma supports Miranda’s mission to master the ocean and complete the Vendeé Globe as she sails solo around the globe in her elite boat the ‘Campagne de France’.
Delma is excited to announce our partnership with Miranda Merron as her Official Timing Partner as she participates in the renowned Vendée Globe race which begins on Sunday 8 November, 2020. Miranda will compete among 33 adventurous competitors wearing an automatic Delma Oceanmaster timepiece to assist with her round the world pursuit. Special features designed in collaboration with accomplished sailors including a unidirectional nautical bezel, points of sail indicators and tactical planner, mean she will be uniquely equipped for the journey ahead.
The Oceanmaster collection was launched in 2017 following Delma’s partnership with the IMOCA class as the Official Timekeeper of the Transat New York Vendée race. The collection has since expanded to include the Oceanmaster Antarctica and the Oceanmaster Tide with ongoing attention to the demands of competitive sailors and adventurers.
“We are delighted to partner with Miranda Merron as she embarks on her journey around the world. We are looking forward to seeing the Oceanmaster in action and experiencing the Vendée Globe from the perspective of an accomplished female sailor. We are certain this experience will inspire us with new insights into the sport and look forward to supporting Miranda as she sets sail on this incredible adventure.”
Andreas Leibundgut, Head of Marketing for Delma
The Vendée Globe
Widely considered the greatest circumnavigational sailing race, the Vendée Globe is a solo, non-stop sailing race for only the most courageous sailors. The unassisted voyage begins in Les Sables-d’Olonne in France and heads down the Atlantic, across the Indian and Pacific Oceans and then back up the Atlantic. The participants will be faced with extreme heat and cold, massive waves and unpredictable weather often with land nowhere in sight. Sometimes called the Everest of the seas, to date 167 contenders have started this extraordinary race and only 89 have managed to cross the finish line. While the circumference of the globe is nearly 45,000 Kilometers, the race requires traveling even further distances, often over 50,000 kilometers to deal with the wind, swells, ice and other hazards the sailors are certain to encounter as they create a zig-zagging course through ever changing high and low pressure systems.
While the determination of the skipper is undoubtably the driving force, this mission could not be accomplished without the highly refined vessels that carry them through the course. These feats of engineering are equipped with specialized instruments for navigation, built upon hulls of carbon fibers, driven by highly efficient, responsive sails and controlled by sturdy lines and rigging. We are incredibly honored to see the Delma Oceanmaster contribute to this brave odyssey.
“We are into the final days of preparation for the start of the 2020 Vendeé Globe race and the ‘Campagne de France’ team are almost ready for Sunday’s departure. As a sailor, my focus has been on race preparation and to have Delma join me on my adventure is really great news. This race is all about timing and accuracy – I need a timepiece that goes beyond timekeeping and the Oceanmaster is exactly that, having been inspired by the world’s best seafarers and designed for fearless adventurers. This is going to be a thrilling partnership.”
Miranda Merron, skipper of Campagne de France
The partnership will enable Delma to experience the world’s oceans through Miranda’s eyes. Stay tuned for updates on her progress, notable experiences, and expert insights into her incredible journey. She will bring us unique images of her Oceanmaster timepiece in action with a second on board destined to be auctioned in support of a charity of her choice. With an anticipated 3 months at sea, powered only by wind and expert knowledge of navigation, the experience is sure to be fascinating.
Campagne de France image credit: Bertrand Duquenne