Thomas Ruyant, skipper of “Destination Dunkerque”, and winner of the first Normandy Channel Race edition with Tanguy Leglatin:
"I have very good memories of this competition. The Normandy Channel Race is an intense race as its course meets all geographic points that we take regularly as Barfleur, Isle of Wight, the Fastnet rock, the Raz Blanchard ... It is really interesting strategically and tactically. This event is intense up to the end with possible new happening all the time. In 2010, Halvard Mabire and Peter Harding finished second only fifteen minutes after us!"
Nothing is better that the words of a winner to describe a race. The Normandy Channel Race, whose first edition took place in 2010, is one of the major race of the circuit. Its 1000 nautical miles are dedicated to Class40 yachts and gather each time a high level entry list. The success of this double-handed race is partially due to a course where tactics and strategy are essential elements! Sailing in the English Channel, Celtic and Irish Seas, around St. Marcouf Islands, the Isle of Wight, Tuskar and Fastnet rocks, Guernsey and the Raz Blanchard is extremely demanding. It is even more difficult because littered with obstacles such as strong currents, tides, rocks, crates, cargo ships and fishing boats.If on the water, the course and the competitors are attractive, it is not less than the event. Gathered in the Bassin St Pierre in Caen, Class40 yachts are surrounded by animations throughout the welcomes period: the opportunity to make the visitors of the race village discover ocean racing. The show is on until, the start at sea. Indeed, each year the public is alongside the river between Caen and Ouistreham to encourage the Class40 fleet.