Get on Board! Crew Selections for Team Jolokia 2014

MaxSea’s partner Team Jolokia is committed to promoting diversity in their racing crew and they have enjoyed huge success over the last few years. This winter, Jolokia team’s big events are taking place primarily on land. Selections are being made for the 2014 crew and a TV report was broadcast on the French channel TF1 on Saturday February 1st.

Team Jolokia is definitely continuing its momentum and starting the New Year with a bang!

The first steps in the crew selection process took place in Paris on January 27th and more will be run on February 6th and 7th, followed by Lorient which is the home port of their vessel, in late February and early March.

Team Jolokia


Tests on land and Seine – Three Selection Phases

Phase 1

In the previous try-outs 130 candidates sent in applications during the 6 months following Jolokia’s ad. However, in the 2014 try-outs, between October and November 2013, they received 190 applications to be considered in the first phase of selection.

The number of applications was a great success for the Team, as it continues to receive more and more support. Among all of these diverse and highly-motivated profiles, 45 were selected to participate in the second phase of selection.

.Phase 2

This group included 27 men and 18 women from all backgrounds, aged between 18 and 64, from all over France and into Germany, Poland and Spain. They all wanted to join the adventure of diversity that Team Jolokia offers.

Sailing skills, team spirit, ability to share and commitment are all criteria used by Team Jolokia to make these selections. These qualities are desirable as they help enrich the whole team.

Candidates met on January 27 at the premises of the Navy in Saint -Lazare. There, they took written tests on various topics such as weather, hydrodynamics, aerodynamics  etc. This was followed by written psychological tests. The Navy is a loyal partner of our Team, and we use the expertise of their psychologists in the recruitment for extreme trades.

On February 6th and 7th, the Nautical club of Sèvres will welcome Team Jolokia for the second consecutive year.

On the Programme: dinghy regattas between barges on the Seine and indoor physical and sports tests.

To complete the day, motivational talks will be given by the organisers as well as psychological interviews with the Navy.

Team Jolokia Mosaic

.Phase 3

The third phase of selections will be held in Lorient, home port of Team Jolokia’s boat: 3 days of navigating aboard the Volvo Ocean 60. Two sessions are planned to welcome the future teammates in late February and mid-March.

At the end of the third phase, the crew will have 25 teammates in 2014: 17 new candidates and 8 of the 2013 crew will continue the adventure.

.The Team Jolokia Adventure on Television!

The report “Des Marins Pas Comme Les Autres” (“Sailors Like No Others”) recounts the 2013 season, selections of the crew leading up to the Rolex Fastnet Race. It was co-produced by GEDEON Programmes, Ushuaia TV and TF1, and runs for 32 mins.

It was broadcast on French TV channel TF1 on Saturday, February 1 at 1:20pm, just after the news, in the magazine show “Reportages” presented by Claire Chazal.

A great year for Team Jolokia begins under the sign of diversity and living together!



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20 years of the Transat Jacques Vabre Race!

The Transat Jacques Vabre is a yachting race that follows the historic routes followed for coffee trading between France and Brazil. It has become one of the most well-known races in the world since it began in 1993 and it takes place every second year.

The race’s starting point is Le Havre in France, and the end point is in Itajaí, Brazil. The route measures a total of 5,400 miles. There are no imposed waypoints, so the racers must choose what they consider to be the fastest route to their destination.

The route for the 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre race
The route for the 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre race

Le Havre has traditionally been, and remains to this day the leading coffee importing port in France.  This year, about 40 boats are expected to take part across all categories.

The Transat is a two-handed race, meaning that there are two sailors on each team. For the pair to be successful, they must have a complementary set of skills, and it’s also important that they get along well together too.

Both multihulls and monohulls from the following classes may participate in this race: ORMA, IMOCA, Class 2 Monohulls, Open 50 Class and Class40.

All kinds of navigational aids are allowed in particular for routing, except for the Class40 boats (as this is forbidden in their own rules). MaxSea’s advanced routing module is a very effective tool for calculating the fastest route from one point to another. It takes into account various factors such as wind speed/strength, waves and currents and has been used very successfully by famous racers such as Michel Desjoyeaux.

Racing vs Cruise Boat CTA

Important dates for the 2013 race:

  • October 26: Grand opening of public village Le Havre
  • October 26-27: Exhibition race in the basin of the Eure
  • November 3: Start of the Transat Jacques Vabre
  • November 18: Grand opening of village public Itajai
  • 3rd week of Nov: Estimated finish date of the first boats
  • November 30: Postlogue and first prizegiving in Itajai
  • December 7: Official Prizegiving in Itajai

Here are the current title defenders, who were successful in 2011:

Monohull 60′
Jean-Pierre DICK & Jérémie BEYOU
15days 18h 15min 54sec

Multihull 50′
17days 17h 7min 43sec

Class 40′
21days 17h 59min 8sec

MaxSea proudly supports the Jacques Vabre Transat race by acting as a technical partner.

This video gives a nice overview of the race:

MaxSea teams up with online sailing community Vogavecmoi

Vogavecmoi is a French website dedicated to helping sailors find non professional crew or boardings. 

Online sailing community VogavecmoiLaunched in 2010, vogavecmoi is a virtual Yacht Club dedicated to help boat owners meet people who want to sail (mainly in France, Belgium, Switzerland and the Caribbean islands). Since then, 10.500 members have joined the club. This huge quantity of boaters makes the website very efficient even during the cold seasons. Vogavecmoi has made possible several thousand of various sailing projects: daily navigation, weekend, cruise, or atlantic ocean crossing.

A word from Vogavecmoi’s Team:

Vogavecmoi Profile Settings
Profile Settings – Vogavecmoi

“We know that boarding with a stranger can be unpleasant or unsafe. This is why we propose appropriate tools to our members to help them find their dream crew.

Thanks to the sailor profile of each member which describes his/her navigation skills, his/her favorite way to sail and his/her main human qualities, you can choose the person you decide to contact, meet and sail with.

For keeping in touch with every member, we propose a weekly newsletter which recapitulates the new members and the new sailing projects published. You can suscribe to our website for free before becoming a club member.

We are proud of being a MaxSea partner and are looking very forward to your visit. is in French but you can use it easily if you use google translate Be sure that we are doing our best to offer an English version as soon as possible!”

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!

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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

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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.