One of top female solo sailors in Europe has included her name to the list of Class40 pack for The Transat’s 2016 edition. Isabelle Joschke, the Franco-German sailor, aged 39, would be racing Class40, Generali Mixite, in the 4-yearly three-thousand mile classic that sets sail from Plymouth to New York on 2nd May.
Joschke, who is a veteran of 7 Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro races, would be the 3rd female captain on the start of The Transat, all of whom are taking part in the greatly competitive Class40 monohull pack.
Isabelle Joschke had campaigned for a long time for gender equality in the world of sport. She told that she has dreamt for years about sailing a Class40, a large boat which suits her style. She had set herself a racing program that suits her sailing characteristics and she would like to thank Generali for giving her this scope.
Joschke, who ended the Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro 2015 as top female captain in seventeenth position overall, would now embark on an intensive training program in March as well as April including completing the mandatory one-thousand mile qualifier for the race.
Vendée Globe winner Alain Gautier will be serving her. Joschke told that throughout this year, he would benefit from the experience and advice of Alain Gautier who became a sort of mentor to him 2 years back. He is a huge asset to his program.