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The Class40 confirmed in its strategic choices

Class40 Campagne de France, winner of the 2014 Class40 Championship.

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- Results of the Route of the Rhum: attractivity and sporting interest largely confirmed for the Class40.

- "Campagne de France" co-skippered by Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron, winner of the 2014 Class40 Championship.

- Presentation of the previsionnal 2015 racing calendar.

Exceptional participation with 43 skippers on the start line. Crossing in 16 days, 17 hours, 47 minutes and 8 seconds, for the winner, Spanish skipper Alex Pella (Tales 2 Santander).
An unprecedented podium. A top ten in the image of the diversity of the Class40, whether it be the skippers as their boats.
On this Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe, the Class40 has shown that it was a successful class. Successful in its opening, successful in its attractiveness, successful in its sport side: the Class40 draw a positive balance in its 3rd Route du Rhum and can confirm its strategic choices, especially on the technical side.

What is the Class40 assessment of the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe ?
François Angoulvant, Class40 President : « The first great satisfaction of this Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe is the evidence of the attractiveness of the class and the success of the rigor of its boxrule. In the first 10 boats, we can see nine different designs, six architects represented and a gap of 6 years in the conceptions!    

On the skippers side, again, this top ten is frankly eclectic, with skippers from 53 to 34 years-old, from the Mini circuit, the Imoca, the olympics ... This top ten shows well the opening of the Class40. Thanks to this homogeneity of the fleet, that is, more than ever, the skipper or the crew who make the difference. Our goal is to work to maintain this homogeneity, to guarantee the interest of sports competitions to come.»
 
Another striking fact of this Route du Rhum : the presence of renowned skippers ...
François Angoulvant: « Nicolas Troussel’s come back is an excellent news, the arrival of Kito de Pavant, the passage of Arnaud Boissière, are very rewarding and we are pleased to attract renowned skippers within the class. Kito de Pavant has, in addition, made a great race and has really enjoyed his passage in Class40.»
 
There were also many young skippers among these 43 solo-handed sailors.
François Angoulvant: « This again confirms the attractiveness and accessibility of the class. It was, by far, the fleet the more interesting to follow sportingly on this road of rum. There had been a genuine match at sea during these three weeks of the race and no prediction was possible before the start. »
 
Alex Pella (Tales 2 Santander) was very fast to cross the Atlantic, just after the last Imoca
François Angoulvant : « The first Class40 has arrived just after the last Imoca. Last year already on the Transat Jacques Vabre, Class40 had remained close from the last Imoca. Some Imoca skippers begin to look at our fleet of a watchful eye ...  
In short, it goes in the right direction in terms of performance, this is part of the undeniable settings of the attractiveness of the class, we have to continue to ensure the rigor of the boxrule.»
 
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Class40 Campagne de France, winner of the 2014 Class40 Championship
 
Pogo S2 « Campagne de France », sailed by Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron (6th of the Route du Rhum) wins the 2014 Class40 Championship just in front of Damien Seguin’s Akilaria RC3 and Bertrand Delesne’s Mach40 TeamWork40, rookie and already on the podium !

This ranking rewards the attendance and regularity of the results throughout the season.
2014 Championship ranking

In order to enhance the performance of the skippers evolving on first generation boats, a classification Vintage 2015 is currently being discussed.
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2015 provisional calendar  

1st – 4th May : Grand Prix Guyader
24th – 31st May : Normandy Channel Race
18th – 23rd June : Record SNSM
28th June – 26th July : Les Sables - Horta - Les Sables
16th  - 23rd August : Rolex Fastnet Race
1st – 29th November : Transat Jacques Vabre
 
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La Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe 2014 ranking: click here

4 boats were sailing in « vintage » category (1st generation boats with certain performance criteria) : Nb22 (skipper Rodophe Sepho), Nb31 (skipper Vincent Lantin), Nb 45 (skipper Maxime Sorel) and Nb57 (skipper Antoine Michel).
 
Media contact
Catherine Ecarlat -  catherine.ecarlat@wanadoo.fr  -  06 79 54 22 83
 
Contact Class40
Vanessa Boulaire -  vanessa@class40.com  -  +33 6 17 13 51 80

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