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Salon Nautic de Paris on suuri venemessutapahtuma ja short-handed -purjehduksen seuraavan kauden superkisojen näyttämö. Nyt täällä ovat esillä 2020 Imoca-kiertueen kisat The Transat, New York – Vendée ja Vendée Globe.  Minulle tapahtuma on myös kokouksia ja Ariel2:n varustevalintojen suunnittelua.  Ensimmäiset Pariisin venemessut kävin joskus 90-luvun alussa. En muista tarkkaan. Muistoja ja tuttavia on kertynyt...

Huusela and Ferguson finish Transat Jacques Vabre

The Finnish-Irish IMOCA skipper duo finished the legendary coffee route race Transat Jacques Vabre today morning at 08:22:14 UTC -3.That was an achievement of one kind with the heavily wreked mainsail. This race did not turned out as the duo had liked. After a great start on Sunday Oct 27th they fell victim to...


Ari Huusela teki jälleen pohjoismaista purjehdushistoriaa tullessaan kuuluisan Transat Jacques Vabre -kilpailun maaliin. Huusela ja hänen kakkoskipparinsa irlantilainen Mikey Ferguson ylittivät maalilinjan Brasilian Salvadorissa tänä aamuna kello 08:22:14 paikallista aikaa (UTC -3). Transat Jacques Vabre on joka toinen vuosi järjestettävä, kaksin purjehdittava kilpailu, joka kuuluu Imoca Globe Series -maailmanmestaruuskiertueeseen. Kukaan pohjoismaalainen ei ole ennen...


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My tool is the world's coolest ocean racing monohull IMOCA60. She's an Owen Clarke Design from 2007 before known as Aviva. Her name is ARIEL2 until She get's a main sponsor. Read more


Ariel2 spends the summers in the Baltic Sea testing, training, PR and participating some offshore races. Her home port is in Helsinki.


The legendary Route du Rhum celebrated its 40th anniversary in November 2018. Record high number of skippers participated. Only 79 out if 123 in total managed to finis the race. Due to heavy storms this his race was said to be toughest ever. I became 11th (20) in class IMOCA. Global media value of the race was 114 million euros. Read more

2019 first race "Bermudes1000" was sailed in May. I finished this single-handed 2000NM race 16th. Read more
Transat Jacques Vabre 2019 was sailed double-handed along an old coffee route from France to Brazil. Arie2 was co-skippered by Michael Ferguson. Read more

2020 will be magical as the whole world will be focusing on the Everest of the seas - Vendée Globe.


Ultimate goal. Around the globe race Vendée Globe is a true, reality human challenge. Alone, non-stop, without assistance in class IMOCA. This race is the world's toughest sailing race for monohulls. It organized every 4th year and the date of the next spectacular start is Nov. 8th 2020. Read more

Purjehtija / Sailor

Yksin. Ilman ulkopuolista apua. Kilpaa.

Solo. Without assistance.


Finnairin lentokapteeni. Takana kolmisenkymmentä vuotta kilpapurjehdusta, joista suurin osa valtameripurjehdusta yksin. Tavoitteeni on päästä mukaan maailman vaativimpaan purjehduskilpailuun Vendée Globeen 2020.


Olen osallistunut neljään Atlantin yli yksinpurjehduskilpailuun. Niistä kaksi ensimmäistä purjehdin 6,50 metrisellä Classe Mini -luokan veneellä: Mini Transat 1999 ja Transat 6,50 2007. Marraskuussa 2014 pääsin Pogo40-veneelläni legendaarisen Route du Rhum -kisan maaliin, ensimmäisenä pohjoismaalaisena. Route du Rhum 2018 teki minusta ensimmäisen pohjoismaalaisen IMOCA-luokan kilpailuun osallistuneen ja sen maaliin päässeen kipparin.


I am a 56-year old Finnish Airbus A350 airline pilot and Captain at Finnair. Been sailing and racing around 30 years of which most single handed. My top achievements are single handed trans Atlantic races 1999 and 2007 with Classe Mini boats, Route du Rhum 2014 with a Class 40 boat and Route du Rhum 2018 in classe IMOCA60.

I am so far the only Nordic skipper ever to have raced any official IMOCA race. I became 11th in Route du Rhum 2018. In 2019 season's opening race Bermudes1000 I became 16th.

My ultimate goal is to race the legendary Vendee Globe in 2020.

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Monaco Globe Series June 8, 2018
Route Du Rhum Nov 4, 2018
Bermudes1000 Race May 8, 2019
Transat Jacques Vabre Oct 27, 2019
The Transat May 10, 2020
Transat NY-Vendée June 16, 2020
Vendée Globe Nov 8, 2020

Luokassa purjehditaan valtavien yleisömerien seurannan alla, valtameripurjehduksen maailman huipulla.


"Founded in 1991 and recognised by World Sailing (International Sailing Federation) since 1998, the ‘International Monohull Open Class Association’ manages the class of 60-foot (18.28 metres) Open monohulls. IMOCA defines the rules guaranteeing sporting equity by developing the innovation and safety of the boats. The aim of the class is to develop the fleet of monohulls and offer its skippers an attractive and coherent sports programme. It contributes to the internationalisation of offshore racing and combines the notions of competition, innovation, human adventure and safety on a day-to-day basis.

Central to IMOCA’s concerns as it evolves is how to constantly respect the environment better. Renewable energies are not merely viewed as a resource, but also a key element in terms of performance.

In 2018, the class launched the IMOCA Globe Series: its 4-year singlehanded and double-handed race championship, the Vendée Globe being the flagship race of this programme. The IMOCA Globe Series rewards exceptional skippers who race on the most extreme seas aboard some of the most innovative offshore racing monohulls in the world."

Source: IMOCA


The purpose of the IMOCA and its members' approach is to act with both humility and determination in order to minimize our impact within our industry and to broadcast cautionary and positive messages to our global audience.

The objective is to put together an extensive programme, proposing practical and achievable actions and involving as many protagonists as possible, beyond the ocean racing environment.

We hope that skippers, teams, suppliers, events and partners can take ownership of some of the proposed actions and that everyone can become an ambassador for the programme.

Source: IMOCA