2012 in review

In 2012, we’ve launched 2 new software version, both for sailing (v1.9.7 and v1.9.8) and professional (v1.2 and v1.2.1) ranges, and redesigned our website.

Our “How to use MaxSea on iPad” post met a huge success among our users (although a MaxSea App is not very far…) but it was our Concordia Shipwreck coverage who stole the show with French newspaper Le Figaro and British BBC News contacting us to get MaxSea TimeZero screenshots at the shipwreck site.

Costa Concordia Media Coverage
BBC and Le Figaro media coverage with MaxSea TimeZero screenshots

This year, MaxSea International has proudly supported many skilled sailors, races, projects and navigation-related personalities either as sponsor or as technical supplier, confirming its major role in marine navigation equipment:

Michel Desjoyaux and its Mer Agitée Team

François Gabart, currently participating in the Vendée Globe race

Samantha Davies

Isabelle Joschke

The Vendée Globe 2012-2013

La Solidaire du Chocolat

Europa Warm’Up

Krys Ocean Race

Sailing Arabia – The Tour

Normandy Sailing Week

Normandy Channel Race

Jacques Vapillon

Frédéric Jouve

Team Jolokia

Jean-Baptiste L’Ollivier

Gilles Chiorri

and many more…

The 2012 Nautic Paris Boat Show (Salon Nautique International de Paris) was our must successful event of the year with more than 1000 in-person product demos and the wonderful opportunity to meet and share with our users and enthousiasts.

MaxSea Team at the 2012 Nautic
MaxSea Team at the 2012 Nautic Boat Show

In 2013 we’ll keep you informed about our products, company and many topics in the navigation world. Remember to subscribe to our Newsletter if you want news, special offers & deals and great content!

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MaxSea official supplier of the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe

MaxSea International is glad to be, once again, an official supplier of the Vendée Globe.

Vendee Globe 2012 official poster

Learn how to train like an Ocean Skipper Free GuideMaxSea will supply the legendary French ocean race with software in order to track the race participants. This task will be accomplished thanks to the performance of MaxSea Racing Module and other great features of MaxSea TimeZero ECS, one of MaxSea’s professional software, especially suited for racing boats.

On November 10th, 19 skippers will try to win the 7th edition of the round-the-world solo race and beat Michel Desjoyaux’s record of 84 days 3 hours and 9 minutes to reach the Sables d’Olonne finish line, set during the last edition of the race (2008-2009).

Vendee Globe 2012-2013 19 skippers

You can access a more detailed description on our software’s use by the race management team during the Vendée Globe on the event’s official website.

Thank you for trusting MaxSea!

Follow the race at: http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/

We will be following the race closely on our corporate Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/maxseainternational

MaxSea official supplier of the 2012 Normandy Channel Race

Racing Boats - Normandy Channel Race 2011The 3rd Normandy Channel Race, a Class40s French event who attracted 45.000 visitors in 2011, is expected to set sail on Sunday, September 2.

On this occasion, the racing yachts will be sailing from Caen to Fastnet and back, for a total of 1.000 miles.

The Class 40 was created by enthousiastic sailors who wanted to enjoy the open ocean without expensive and larger boats. It’s considered a perfect compromise between the Mini 6.50 class and bigger ones such as the 60-foot IMOCA class.

MaxSea is happy to be one of the official suppliers  and wishes favourable winds and good sailing to the fleet of 16 participants.

Sailing towards the Fastnet - Normandy Channel Race 2011

Follow the 2012 Normandy Channel Race at http://www.normandy-race.com/

Follow MaxSea Official Facebook Page if you are interested in more news about our company and partners: www.facebook.com/maxseainternational

New partnership between the SNSM and MaxSea International

We are proud to announce you the new partnership between MaxSea, leading company on the navigation software market, and SNSM, a French non-profit organization working for our maritime security.

SNSM and MaxSea International Partnership

The SNSM and MaxSea International share the same values regarding sensitization, prevention and maritime security for cruisers and professional sailors.

Together with SNSM since 2005, MaxSea expects with this partnership to contribute to the SNSM‘s overall development, its crew members training and the equipment of its motorboats for sea rescue.

MaxSea will also provide a MaxSea TimeZero ECS SNSM pack at an attractive rate for the new and already running motorboats, in addition to the tools and data made available at their training facilities in Saint Nazaire.

SNSM logoThis partnership will allow the SNSM to display and benefit from a whole new generation of navigation and sea rescue tools with specific features developed by MaxSea, such as SAR official patterns or the integration and control of high-tech thermal research cameras (such as FLIR) for sea rescue operations from TimeZero.

Out of concern for efficiency and professionalism, the SNSM will train all its crew members to use this new generation of tools at their training center and with the help of the sailing simulator based in Saint Nazaire, which already runs several versions of MaxSea TimeZero ECS SNSM.

MaxSea TimeZero ECS SNSM is now recommended for the entire SNSM fleet (all-weather lifeboats, V1, V2, V1NG, V2NG ships)as the chosen navigation software by the SNSM to train its volunteers and fulfill its mission.

MaxSea International sponsors the 2012 Krys Ocean Race

MaxSea International is happy to participate in the 2012 Krys Ocean Race as the Official Technical Supplier of the race direction and management team.

MaxSea International Sponsors the 2012 Krys Ocean Race

The Krys Ocean Race is a transatlantic crewed race who belongs to the international MOD70 circuit featuring one-design trimarans sailing from New York to Brest.

From July 7th to 14th, these 5 teams will inaugurate the first MOD70 event, with many partners on board, including MaxSea International:

  1. RACE FOR WATER, skipped by Stève Ravussin
  2. FONCIA, skipped by Michel Desjoyaux
  3. GROUPE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD, skipped by Sébastien Josse
  4. SPINDRIFT RACING, skipped by Yann Guichard
  5. MUSANDAM-OMAN SAIL, skipped by Sidney Gavignet

Race Viewer cartographic tool - 2012 Krys Ocean Race

The 10 feet in length (21.20 meters instead of 18.28 meters) identical trimarans display these features in order to guarantee their security, reliability and performance:

  • Smaller sail area (5%) providing more safety when ocean sailing
  • Longer central hull (10 ft) to minimize pitch poling
  • Raised beam clearance to reduce wave impacts
  • Possibility to lift the center hull rudder
  • Curved foils for more performance and safety
  • Shorter monolithic canting mast (+/- 8%) positioned further aft in the hull
  • Low temperature cured carbon fiber & foam sandwich construction

Follow the race at http://www.krys-oceanrace.com/en/ and visit their various Social Media outlets.

Isabelle Joschke tackles the 2012 Solitaire du Figaro with MaxSea

Isabelle Joschke sponsored by MaxSea -2Isabelle Joschke, skipper in the Ocean racing team Absolute Dreamer, will participate at the 43rd La Solitaire du Figaro race aboard Galettes Saint-Michel Figaro boat.

MaxSea International is glad to be the official technical supplier of this great yachtswoman, philologist, benevolent at the Glénans sailing school and sports coach.

The French-German boat racer will face as of June 24th her 5th Solitaire du Figaro along with another 36 skippers in a 3-leg race totaling 1432 nautical miles:

La Solitaire du Figaro race - 3 legs

We wish Isabelle the best of lucks!

Follow Isabelle Joschke on:

Facebook www.facebook.com/IsabelleJoschke

Twitter http://www.twitter.com/isabellejoschke

MaxSea, official technical supplier of filmmaker Frédéric Jouve

Starting in June 2012, MaxSea International has become the official technical supplier of Frédéric Jouve, a French-Brazilian adventurous skipper and talented filmmaker.

Frederic Jouve's Documentary L'Allee des Glaces

In their agreement, MaxSea International will provide Frédéric Jouve with all material required to accomplish his sailing expeditions in exchange of what the filmmaker will be producing exclusive content to our users (texts, pictures and videos).

Frederic Jouve in the Arctic OceanFrédéric, who recently dropped his job in a very well-known French radio station as program director (RTL), has since founded his own production company KisstheSea and filmed his first documentary: “L’Allée des glaces / The Alley of the Ice” (click to watch the teaser), to be released in July 2012 in DVD.

In fact, Frédéric decided to change his life by fulfilling his deepest dream: sailing the planet! To accomplish this, he engaged himself in following sailors and shooting their adventures along different destinations as a crewmember.

Cold Weather Sailing Guide

The first of the series, “L’Allée des glaces / The Alley of the Ice”, took him across the Arctic Ocean on a 24 meters sailing boat to penetrate the largest national park of the world in the Northeast of Greenland.

Frederic Jouve shooting "L'Allée des Glaces" documentaryThe idea of this series was born during Frédéric’s navigations, through the encounters, moments and profound relationships that he came to build with these outstanding navigators and explorers. All of these documentaries are based on mutual friendship and trust, and also tell the story of a man wishing to live to his fullest.

Contact Kiss the Sea Productions

Follow Kiss the Sea Facebook Page

Follow Frédéric Jouve’s Twitter account

The Transmanche Race told by Sam Davies

Samantha Davies, the talented british yachtswoman based in France, raced the 220 nm cross-channel “Transmanche” last friday and arrived in a time of 13h30m, 15 minutes from the record set by Sébastien Josse (13h14m), a french skipper based in Brittany.

Sam Davies & Crew - Transmanche Race 2012

The courageous sailor, who’s sponsored by MaxSea and Furuno, didn’t beat the record but had the chance to run many weather routings with the help of her MaxSea TimeZero software. The weather wasn’t good to her Savéol boat, just as the routing predicted, so it was at least a great training for the races to come, particularly the Vendée Globe.

Sam Davies & Savéol - Transmanche Race 2012

The information offered by the Routing module was accurate, a crucial and sometimes painful point in sailboat racing.

Sam Davies close-up - Transmanche Race 2012

Here’s a little abstract of Sam’s post about the Transmanche race:

“Last Friday we raced the Transmanche on board Saveol. The course is simple: L’Aber Wrac’h – Plymouth breakwater – L’Aber Wrac’h. For the IMOCA 60s the race is a “time trial” format, and the record to beat is Seb Josse on board BT – 13h14minutes. I was joined by Erwan Lemeilleur and Roger Capitaine for the race.

 For the few days before the race I had been running weather routings that gave us a time of 13h28 at the best and so I knew that we were in for a good try at the record! The conditions were strong easterly winds – reaching both ways – so strong that the other boats in the race were sent on a different course to avoid the gale force winds. “

Read Samantha Davies’ post: The Transmanche

MaxSea International official sponsor of the Europa Warm’Up race

MaxSea International is very happy to be an official sponsor of the Europa Warm’Up race, a 3.300 nautical miles adventure in 2 legs: Barcelona-Cascais/Cascais-La Rochelle.

Europa Warm'Up 2012 - Barcelona Port

The race, organised by the FNOB and IMOCA, will serve as the essential final major event before November’s start of the Vendée Globe race around the world, as they announce, it’s the « Last call before the Vendée Globe ».

Europa Warm'Up - MACIF Boat leaving Barcelona's port

It stars 7 IMOCA Open 60 boats (6 French, 1 Spanish): MACIF (who’s also sponsored by MaxSea), Virbac-Paprec, PRB, Banque Populaire, Groupe Bel, Cheminées Poujoulat, and ACCIONA 100% Ecopowered.

Go to our Facebook page to see cool pictures of every IMOCA 60 boat.

The race, who set sail from Barcelona on May 19th, is expected to reach La Rochelle early in June.

Europa Warm'Up - Virbac-Paprec Boat leaving Barcelona's Port

To follow the race visit Europa Warm’Up’s website, Facebook page or Twitter account.

MaxSea and Furuno sponsor British sailor Sam Davies

MaxSea International and FURUNO ELECTRIC CO. are glad to renew their sponsorship deal with British yachtswoman, mechanical engineer, mum and Social Media heavy user, Samantha Davies.

Sam Davies - Savéol Boat - Sponsored by MaxSea & Furuno 4

This 2012-2013 season, Sam Davies will benefit from a unique joint venture technology, the new PC radar, and be one of the first racers to sail with on her recently launched Savéol boat.

PC Radar MaxSea - Furuno EN

This revolutionary and lightweight solution allows racers to have highly-performing equipment without sacrificing speed and space by connecting her PC directly to the radar antenna.

Sam Davies - Savéol Boat - Sponsored by MaxSea & Furuno

The female skipper, who started training for the upcoming Vendée Globe, officially launched her new boat last week and started her sailing sessions off Port-la-Forêt in order to test Savéol in real conditions.

Sam Davies - Savéol Boat - Sponsored by MaxSea & Furuno 2

Follow Sam’s blog at http://www.samdavies.com/, her Facebook page, Twitter account and her YouTube channel.