Team Propaganda Sails Handicap International across Atlantic during Transquadra

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Brussels (Belgium) – February 1st 2018. Team Propaganda proudly supports Handicap International in increasing visibility and raising funds for their charity organisation. The brand new logo will be printed in large on both sides of the sails of Propaganda2! during the second part of the renown Transquadra race, namely the crossing between Madeira and Martinique. In this way, all enthusiasts and sponsors will literally accompany Team Propaganda and proudly arrive together in Martinique. Handicap International is an independent charity organisation operating in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster since 1982. Their work has benefitted several million people in more than 60 countries worldwide.

“We are very thankful to Ben Cornet for wearing our colours and new logo across the Atlantic Ocean, as we share similar values of team spirit, solidarity and surpassing oneself.” comments Jean Van Wetter, General Manager at Handicap International. “Our teams work tirelessly alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their basic needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity.”

Passion Meets Technology
The first stage of this 9th Transquadra race was already successfully delivered during the summer of 2017. The Alterface/Mikol sailing team Benoit Cornet and Marc Willame sailed their Propaganda2! from Lorient in Bretagne to the island of Madeira in six days. The second part, starting February 2018, will send the entire fleet across the Atlantic, with destination Le Marin on Martinique, before the cyclone season starts.

Besides the fact that there is six months between the two departure dates, the race is also unique because it’s only accessible for solo or duo teams consisting of sailing amateurs above 40 years. Propaganda2! is sponsored by Alterface and Mikol, and is one out of two Belgian boats during this Transquadra edition.
Both sponsors made the project possible by refitting the 30-year old boat with the latest computer and communication technology, including advanced composite materials.

Ben Cornet explains: “Crossing the Atlantic Ocean with a hull of less than 12 meters requires an ability to analyse sailing conditions, a seamless preparation, a desire to reach the goal even when it is still far off, and the ability to cope with the most unexpected situations, relying on personal skills and willpower. It is a great pleasure to share our passion and values with Handicap International, dedicating our efforts during the race to the most vulnerable in our society.”

How to Actively Participate?
The logo of Handicap International will be visibly printed on the sails of the Propaganda2! During this 2-week crossing the crew will report live on their blog and facebook page Propaganda Sailing Team.

People willing to support Handicap International can participate in this exciting adventure by contributing on IBAN BE80 0000 0000 7777, BIC: BPOTBEB, mentioning ‘Sailing for Handicap International’ and name of company or person sponsoring. For all Belgian gifts of 40 EUR (per year) or more, we issue a certificate for tax deduction.

For more information, contact us on anja@flowerandfeet.com or by phone on +32-468-231005. Thanks in advance for your engagement!

More information:
Handicap International on www.handicapinternational.be
Transquadra on www.transquadra.com
Alterface on www.alterface.com

About Handicap International
Handicap International is an independent charity organisation, working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster since 1982. Our teams work tirelessly alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their basic needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity. Since 1982, our work has benefitted several million people in more than 60 countries worldwide.

About Propaganda 2!
Propaganda 2! was originally a Beneteau First Class 12. This magnificent 12 meter monohull has a beam of 3.8 metres and was built in 1987 by the expert hands of Jean Marie Finot, one of the greatest naval architects of his generation. This one tonner complies with the International Offshore Racing rules and was based on the plans of the winner of the Admiral’s Cup, a regatta in the spirit of the America’s Cup, which groups crews from great nations with the reputation of world sailing cup.

As Propaganda 2! has a personality which is completely different from yachts constructed more recently, the challenge has been to maintain her spirit unchanged despite fitting her out to compete with fast, new boats. A full overhaul and modernisation programme has transformed her into a real testbed for the latest sailing technologies and materials.

About Team Propaganda
Marc Willame is a graduate of Ecam (École Centrale des Arts et Métiers) and of the IAG (Louvain-La Neuve). He is a realistically-minded engineer who has the ability to make technology work with business. He has always been interested in technology and discovering new areas, and has recently engaged in managing the French subsidiary of a leading Spanish group (JMA) in key cutting and copying machinery. Marc speaks fluent French, English and Dutch.

Benoit ‘Ben’ Cornet is sincerely driven by his passions. He graduated from the ICHEC (Institut Catholique des Hautes Etudes Commerciales) and specialised in business-to-business marketing. Ben left a management job at Procter & Gamble to re-engineer the after sales service at Scitex, a high-tech firm based in Israel. Following a brief period at an internet start-up, which had the right idea at the wrong time, he founded Alterface as an innovative technology company. Today, after 16 years of constant evolution and revolution, the company has become a worldwide leader in interactive ride solutions for the entertainment and amusement park industry. Ben speaks fluent French, English and Dutch, and has a solid foundation in Mandarin.

Press contacts
Gregory Vandaelen – Handicap International
g.vandendaelen@hi.org +32 2 233 01 85/ +32 484 36 81 62

Anja D’Hondt – Public Relations, Flower & Feet
anja@flowerandfeet.com +32 468 231005

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