First race in Class40, first with Gildas Mahé and... first victory! Achille Nebout and his co-skipper won the Armen Race this Friday evening, 310 miles covered in the space of 30 hours during a long loop starting and finishing in La Trinité-sur-Mer. The Armen Race is an ideal way to get your bearings at the start of the season, to learn new things and to gain confidence for the rest of the season. This year, the Armen Race brought together 17 Class 40s on the start line on Thursday 18th May 2023.
I'm very happy," he said at the finish. It's a perfect way to start the adventure and a nice way to acknowledge the great job done by the whole team. Long tacks throughout the race allowed for speed gains with peaks of 20 knots and breathtaking sensations. "At these speeds, the boat is incredible," smiles Achille. It was during the night of Thursday to Friday, after negotiating the approach to Ile d'Yeux, that the duo took the lead over their rivals. The "match within the match" between the 17 Class40s proved to be exciting alongside Aurélien Ducroz (Crosscall), Nicolas d'Estais (Café Joyeux) and Jonas Gerkens (Volvo). Even if we tried a lot of adjustments on the long tacks, there is still room for improvement. And then we saw that the competition is very high. We're going to have to keep on working to be in front!
Aurélien Ducroz (Crosscall), 5th
"We took advantage of the good conditions. We had some wind but not too much, with a hard reaching leg between the tip of Brittany and the island of Yeu in 20-25 knots. It was really perfect to get back into shape",
Xavier Macaire (Groupe SNEF), 3rd
"What a satisfaction! The winter refit and the work carried out are largely validated.
I want to thank Morgan, Nicolas and Tanguy, we made a great team. We had to get our bearings because Class40 is not necessarily designed to accommodate such a large crew. But we got on very well, we steered a lot and tried to fine-tune every little thing. Everyone came from different backgrounds, with their own baggage and experience, so we complemented each other and everyone contributed to the team. This third place is the reward for a real team effort.
Jonas Gerckens (Volvo), 8th
"After a great start (1st in the first few hours of the race and on the way out of Quiberon Bay) the weather was not favourable to the Volvo164 compared to the boats that were more suited to reaching, which marked 3/4 of the race.
The night was sporting and at high speed, with in particular a big departure from the course (the leeward rudder unexpectedly lifted, which gave a nice loose start with all the gear, sails and ballast upside down. The direct consequence was a drop to 10th place in the ranking.
A good morning position to approach the island of Yeu allowed us to get back in contact with the top 5 but we didn't count on a locker that got lodged in the keel!"
General ranking : Armen Race - Class40