Sail-World.com : Mercury Marine now backing Rouen Women’s Team
Mercury Marine now backing Rouen Women’s Team
At the 48th-annual, 24 Heure Motonautiques de Rouen, Mercury will once again surpass it’s standards and make history. Mercury Marine - Canada is now sponsoring, Canadian Powerboat Champion, Tammy Wolf and the Rouen Women’s Team.
'The 24 Hours of Rouen is legendary in powerboat racing, it is one of the toughest events in history. Mercury is proud to be involved with this event and is thrilled to make history with this extremely talented team.' Georges Jalbert, General Manager, Mercury Canada.
Tammy will be the first Canadian to race in this world famous event. Her family has a long history with Mercury Marine, her father, Fred Wolf, was a dedicated employee for over 25 years. Tammy was first introduced to powerboat racing at a young age while accompanying her father to the races.
'Mercury Marine is a phenomenal company and the leader in the marine industry. Mercury’s employees have always been like family to me. It’s great to be back home racing a Mercury,' said Tammy Wolf.
Olympic Team Rouennais Manager, Albert Hericher and Operations Manager, Carl Kinder handpicked the top international female athletes.
Tammy will partner with female powerboat driver, Marie-line Hericher of France, Bimba Sjoholm of Sweden, and Mette Bjerknaes of Norway. With Mercury’s support these ladies will be the first international all-female team to compete at this event.
The 24 hours of Rouen is a total of 24 hours of action, driver changes every two hours, extremely rough water, where engines, boats, and drivers endure an incredible beating. Just to finish is testament in itself to the drivers and equipment.
'Rouen is a unique and challenging race, we turn right instead of left, have four to five foot chop and race under bridges. We have commercial barge traffic on the course with us, and over 45 boats from competing teams. This should be a phenomenal experience as a driver and a wonderful opportunity to represent our sponsors, team, and country,' says Tammy Wolf.
One of the team’s goals is to become as eco- friendly or 'green' as possible. The team is supported by companies that work hard to preserve the environment such as Motul and Peters and May.
In 2011, Mercury Racing was awarded the Environmental Award for Economic Feasibility and Sustainability by the Union International Motonautique (UIM). The UIM is the world governing body for all power boating activities.
Mercury’s environmentally friendly influence in outboard powerboat racing began in 1997 at the 24 Hours of Rouen. Two stock 200hp Mercury OptiMax outboard-powered tunnel boats finished a respectable fourth and fifth overall.
In 2000, Mercury made history again in Rouen at the 24 Hour event when low-emission OptiMax-powered boats took first, second and fourth place overall, beating larger- displacement traditional race engines of all competitors. This marked the first time a low- emissions engine had won the event since its 1964 inception.
The OptiMax 200XS SST race outboard is currently the dominate motor in Class II at Rouen and will be the engine that will power the Rouen Women’s Team Moore tunnel boat.
'I am honored to represent Mercury and it’s over 6000 employees and over 7000 dealers worldwide. We plan to make Mercury proud of our team and their commitment to us,' said Tammy Wolf.
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by Rouen Powerboat Race
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