TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, A COMPLEX AND TACTICAL 24-HOUR COURSE.
Due to the weather conditions, the Race Direction has decided to send the fleet of 16 Class40 towards the north of the zone, i.e. towards the Vendée coast, off Les Sables d'Olonne (Petite Barge mark) at first before sliding towards the South-West, towards the Rochebonne plateau (Rochebonne SE mark), then back to La Rochelle. An interesting 114-mile course, as the wind, from the East/North-East, will initially drop off, then turn around on Wednesday, sliding to the North-West. Tactically, the game is going to be interesting as they will first have to go around and along the Ile de Ré by the South face, climb to the North by favoring the course/speed, winding up the mark off Les Sables d'Olonne before heading South-West towards the Rochebonne plateau. The return to La Rochelle should be three quarters astern for the 12.20 meter monohulls but in potentially very light conditions at the finish. Needless to say, if "speed makes you smart under sail" as some sailors have said here, you will also have to be in the right tempo in relation to the wind rotations. So: reactive and fine-tuned... Because, as we also know, it is often in the light airs that the biggest gaps are created! 24 hours of pleasant temperatures and full moon, but devilishly complicated in terms of rhythm on board, changes of tack and observations of the water...
To follow the 24 hours course, the official cartography :SoluSport (solustop.com)
Provisional schedule for the Class40 World Championship:
Tuesday June 14: briefing and start of the 24-hour course,
Wednesday, June 15: Finishes of the 24 hours course, presence Bassin des Chalutiers in La Rochelle and podium of the day on the Race Area,
Thursday June 16: Races (2/3 races), presence Bassin des Chalutiers in La Rochelle and podium of the day on the Race Area,
Friday June 17: Races (2/3 races), presence Bassin des Chalutiers in La Rochelle and podium of the day on the Espace Course,
Saturday, June 18: Tour de l'Ile de Ré, presence at the Bassin des Chalutiers in La Rochelle, podium of the day in the Race Area and prize-giving ceremony for the 2022 Class40 World Championship at 9:30 pm at the Port des Minimes (by invitation).