Back to racing and doubles!

On Sunday July 2, the trimaran USE IT AGAIN will set off from La Trinité-Cowes, a 350-mile race between La Trinité-sur-Mer and the port of Cowes on the Isle of Wight. At the helm of Ellen MacArthur's former trimaran, Romain Pilliard and his 17-year-old son Titouan will line up for the very first time in double-handed racing and officially racing, marking a first step in the USE IT AGAIN for YOUTH.

USE IT AGAIN for YOUTH, what is it?
The future of our planet is in everyone's hands, but especially those of future generations. USE IT AGAIN is committed to younger generations (education program and awareness-raising operations for children) and encourages young people (student program) to get involved. However, there are no better ambassadors for young people than young people themselves. Based on this observation, the USE IT AGAIN team decided to launch USE IT AGAIN for YOUTH by applying the concept of the USE IT AGAIN Trimaran, renovated according to the principles of the circular economy. The concept is as follows, recover an old racing boat, repair it according to the same principles (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), and prepare it for high-level offshore racing. For now, while waiting for the next acquisition of the boat, Titouan Pilliard, first skipper of the USE IT AGAIN for YOUTH program is continuing his apprenticeship with his dad on the giant trimaran Use It Again.

A father-son duo on two events
If Romain Pilliard and his son Titouan are used to the exercise of the double after completing together the last stage of the Round the World Upside Down between Cape Town in South Africa and La Trinité-sur-mer, there will soon be a year, it is the first time that the tandem has taken part in an official event. Romain and Titouan will thus line up in the Multi 2000 category on La Trinité-Cowes (350 miles) then in stride on the cross-Channel return to the race: Cowes-Dinard (150 miles). The future young skipper of the boat USE IT AGAIN for YOUTH, educated in Vannes in first class, will throw his head fully into the competition and with a free spirit, since this Thursday at 72 hours from the start, he will pass his oral baccalaureate of French. Good timing and proof, if needed, that it is possible to continue your studies, to commit to the planet and to embark on the great adventure of ocean racing.

Cowes, quite a symbol
This year, the trimaran USE IT AGAIN, launched in 2003 for British sailor Ellen MacArthur, celebrates its 20th anniversary. The famous sailor had chosen the Isle of Wight as her home port and two decades later, the giant trimaran renovated by the USE IT AGAIN team according to the principles of the circular economy and skippered for several years by Romain Pilliard, will again point its bows in the port of Cowes. A nice nod to the history of this beautiful boat which, like its first owner*, is living the best second life there is: demonstrating by example that it is possible to differently through, in particular, the circular economy!

*Sailor Ellen MacArthur left ocean racing in 2009 at the age of 33 when she was at the height of her career after breaking the solo round the world record, in order to make a commitment to the planet by creating the Foundation Ellen MacArthur, which aims to inspire the public and businesses to rethink, design and build a sustainable future based on the concept of the circular economy.