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Princess Charlene completes “The Crossing” water bike challenge


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Princess Charlene of Monaco has completed “The Crossing” water bike challenge across the Mediterranean. The two teams travelled from Calvi to Monaco to raise awareness for the prevention of drowning programmes of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation. This was the third edition of the bike challenge.

She was on Team Serenity alongside David Tanner, Brandon Green and Mathew Bennett. They completed against Team Notorious which consisted of her brother, Gareth Wittstock (who serves as General Secretary of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation), Kevin Crovetto, Jerome Fernandez, and Guido Belinskis.

MMA star Conor McGregor was due to be on Team Notorious but was unable to participate due to being arrested after allegations of indecent exposure and attempted sexual assault. He was replaced by Guido Belinskis.

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La Fondation Princesse Charlène de Monaco a le plaisir d'annoncer le départ de la course "The Crossing: Calvi – Monaco Water Bike Challenge" qui s’est déroulé aujourd’hui samedi 12 septembre 2020 depuis le Quai d’Honneur du port de Calvi. Deux équipes, la « Team Serenity » menée par S.A.S. la Princesse Charlène de Monaco et la « Team Notorious » menée par M. Gareth Wittstock, Secrétaire Général de la Fondation Princesse Charlène, se sont lancées le défi en mer de rallier Calvi à Monaco en un temps minimum en water bike, avec l’objectif de sensibiliser aux différents programmes menés par la Fondation. Les membres des 2 équipes se relayeront à intervalles plus ou moins réguliers tout au long de la course, de façon à déterminer leurs propres stratégies de relais. L’équipe Serenity est composée de S.A.S. la Princesse Charlène, David Tanner, Mathew Bennett et Brandon Green. L’équipe Notorious est composée de Gareth Wittstock, Jérôme Fernandez, Kevin Crovetto et Guido Belinskis en remplacement de Conor McGregor. L’arrivée de ce challenge de 180 kms est prévue pour le dimanche 13 septembre 2020, en début d’après-midi au Yacht Club de Monaco. Pour suivre la course : www.fpcm.mc/live Pour faire un don : www.fpcm.mc/thecrossing © Photos : Eric Mathon / Palais princier Manuel Vitali / Direction de la Communication @hshprincesscharlene @gwittstock123 @calviport #thecrossing #waterbikechallenge #corsica #monaco

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The 180-kilometre race was able to be followed live online, and supporters can still watch the race here. In total, “The Crossing” raised €358,790 to be invested in Princess’s foundation’s programmes for water safety.

Her Serene Highness said of the importance of water safety and the water bike challenge: “Since my youngest age and throughout my life as an athlete, I have always been aware of the dangers of water.

In creating my foundation in 2012, my primary objective was to save lives by fighting against drowning in the world. The water bike race between Calvi and Monaco on 12-13 September, beyond the sporting challenge it represents, will be a formidable opportunity to raise public awareness about water safety and to promote the Learn to Swim and Water Safety programmes.”

The two teams were at sea for close to 24 hours on 12 and 13 September, with Princess Charlene’s team coming out victorious after completing the race in 22 hours and 33 minutes. Team Serenity crossed the finish line 14 minutes ahead of Team Notorious.

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La Fondation Princesse Charlène de Monaco a le plaisir d'annoncer l’arrivée de la course "The Crossing: Calvi – Monaco Water Bike Challenge" qui s’est terminée aujourd’hui dimanche 13 septembre 2020 à 11h31 au Yacht Club de Monaco. L’équipe Serenity, menée par S.A.S. la Princesse Charlène remporte cette édition du Water Bike Challenge. Après 22 heures et 33 minutes d’effort, S.A.S. la Princesse Charlène et Son équipe ont été accueillies par S.A.S. le Prince Albert II et les enfants princiers au sommet de la rampe de mise à l’eau de l’école de voile au Yacht Club de Monaco. L’équipe Notorious, menée par M. Gareth Wittstock, Secrétaire Général de la Fondation, a franchi la ligne d’arrivée 14 minutes plus tard. Ce défi sportif inédit et cette aventure humaine ont été l’occasion de promouvoir à nouveau les programmes « Learn to swim, pour l’apprentissage de la natation » et « Water Safety, pour la prévention de la noyade » de la Fondation Princesse Charlène. The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation is pleased to announce the arrival of "The Crossing: Calvi – Monaco Water Bike Challenge" race which ended today, Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 11:31 a.m. at the Yacht Club de Monaco. The Serenity team led by H.S.H. Princess Charlene wins this edition of the Water Bike Challenge. After 22 hours and 33 minutes of effort, H.S.H. Princess Charlene and Her team were greeted by H.S.H. Prince Albert II and the Princely children at the top of the launch ramp of the sailing school at the Yacht Club de Monaco. Team Notorious, led by Mr. Gareth Wittstock, General Secretary of the Foundation, crossed the finish line 14 minutes later. This unique sporting challenge and human adventure was an opportunity to, once again, promote the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation's "Learn to Swim" and "Water Safety” programmes. © Photos : Eric Mathon / Palais princier, Manu Vitali / Direction de la communication @hshprincesscharlene @gwittstock123 @david__tanner @jerome_fernandez11 @crovettokevin @mattbennett79 @brandongreen55 @calviport #thecrossing #waterbikechallenge #corsica #monaco

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The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation said on Instagram after the race: “This unique sporting challenge and human adventure was an opportunity to, once again, promote the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation’s “Learn to Swim” and “Water Safety” programmes.”

When the Princess of Monaco arrived in Monaco after the challenge, she was greeted by her husband, Prince Albert II and their five-year-old twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.

The race was sponsored by Yachting Partners International, Reach Food Service, Richard Mille, G&M Design, Activ5, Adamas Sports, Metabolic Balance, Monaco Asset Management, Appleton Capital and Balkin Real Estate Managements Monaco. Race partners included the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Fendi, Brooks Brothers, and Nike Monte-Carlo, among others.

The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation was founded in 2012, and it has helped 730,000 people, most of whom were children, in more than 34 countries. Just last year, over 60,000 people learned about water safety and learned how to swim.

Read more about the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation here.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.