CLASS40 en-EN <![CDATA[Dominant Richomme at the double. Route du Rhum Class40 winner Yoann Richomme (Paprec-Arkea) triumphs on second successive edition.]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2022 00:00:00 GMT French skipper Yoann Richomme joined the very elite group of solo ocean racers to have twice won their class on the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe when he brought the new build Lombard Lift 40 V2 Paprec-Arkea through the finish line of the 12th edition this Wednesday afternoon at 16:23:40hr to win Class40 from a record entry of 55 boats. French skipper Yoann Richomme joined the very elite group of solo ocean racers to have twice won their class on the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe today, when he brought the new build Lombard Lift 40 V2 Paprec-Arkea through the finish line of the 12th edition this Wednesday afternoon at 16:23:40 UTC to win in the Class40 from a record entry of 55 boats. Richomme repeats his 2018 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe title success in the class with a facsimile programme, launching his latest new boat in the same summer as the race, optimising and making the boat reliable over a compressed period before going on to win comfortably. Key differences this year are that the 39-year-old Southampton (UK) trained naval architect was called over the start line early off Saint-Malo on Sunday November 9th and had to take a four-hour mandatory penalty. Although he cleverly took it while the fleet were negotiating a spell of light airs and strong tides at Cape Fréhel – he later estimates his net loss was more like two and a half hours – he immediately dropped to 50th with a deficit of 19 miles on the leaders. But with his characteristic drive and smart, immaculate strategies, he pulled through the fleet and took the lead just before the Azores. Richomme’s lead was up to 120 miles in the fast trade winds sailing which allowed him the luxury of a relatively serene passage around the west of the island of Basse Terre today. With an elapsed time of 14d 03hrs 08mins 40s, Richomme breaks his own course record for the class by two days. His winning time in 2018 was 16 days, 03 hours, 22 minutes and 44 seconds. He also becomes the first skipper to win Class40 in successive years. Richomme’s celebrations on the dock were also a repeat of last time, savouring the simultaneous moments of pleasure and relief with his arms aloft and his eyes lifted to the heavens. Among the 40 or so skippers to have finished so far he is unique in taking his time to enjoy every last drop of the p'tit punch, rum cocktail while the media waited. A true perfectionist in ever sense and a master meteo strategist, even his arrival at the dock was - by chance - perfectly timed for the media deadlines at home in France. “ I’m really proud.” Richomme enthused, “There are so many ingredients necessary to win this race. I spent my time analysing the weather and we had some violent systems. I was afraid all the time that I would suffer a breakage. Even rounding Guadeloupe, I was afraid of that. It was a real challenge.” “ Of course I could have stayed home preparing my Imoca, but this was a challenge for me and the team. So I’m really pleased. It was hard to manage the race. I had to slow down the boat for the first time. It’s really hard and you have to give it your all. Corentin with his electrical problems andAmbrogio at his age… Congratulations. I’m proud of this result.”His approach, as is usually the case, is self contained, “I did my thing and at each front, I gained. I never studied what was happening. I was in my race and didn’t study the rest. The start was fantastic under gennaker for two days like in the manuals. It was wild after that with huge waves. Baghdad! I was forced to slow the boat down when she reached 25 knots. For the last two days, I went into my world to do my race.” He recalls he was up close behind the IMOCAs at times , “The fourth front, I said I would change my strategy and head south, rather than go with the others. The others made mistakes. That’s when I was enjoying myself. I hadn’t raced like that for a while so I was pleased that it worked out. The IMOCAs? I followed Justine and Isabelle. It was fantastic to be able to follow them.” Richomme reflected, “I am nevertheless exhausted. I was at the end of my tether a few times but aboard all went well. I managed my sleep differently from in the past. It was hard to try to get any sleep. We have managed to deal with two projects at the same time. My sponsors followed me. Initially, it wasn’t planned like that, but now I’m ready to tackle the Imoca project. You can’t compare this with the Vendée Globe.” The Route du Rhum club of double winners includes Laurent Bourgnon (1994 and 1998 line honours Multi); Erwan Le Roux (winner in the Multi50/OCEAN 50 in 2014 and 2022); Roland Jourdain (IMOCA winner 2006 and 2010); Thomas Ruyant (Class40 2010 and IMOCA 2022) and the only three-times winner, Franck-Yves Escoffier (1998, 2002 and 2006 Muti 50). Backed by French recycling group Paprec and banking group Credit Mutuel Arkea -who have united to form a sustainable, top-level long-term project – the team management hand-picked the outstanding Richomme to skipper their new IMOCA which is in build for the 2024 Vendée Globe and which will be launched early next year. Richomme is one of the outstanding sailors and technicians of his generation and as such marks himself out as a podium favourite for the next Vendée Globe. He is a double winner of La Solitaire du Figaro, winning in 2016 and again in 2019, the first year the Beneteau Figaro 3 was introduced to the race - when he left all of the French legends – like Jérémie Beyou, Michel Desjoyeaux, Yann Eliès, Armel Le Cléach and Loick Peyron - in his wake. Source: OC Sport Pen Duick [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Route du Rhum: It's the final battle...]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2022 00:00:00 GMT He is heading for the finish, which he should reach in the next 24 hours. Barring any last minute changes, Yoann Richomme (Paprec Arkéa) is expected to be the big winner tomorrow morning in Pointe-à-Pitre (from 3pm, mainland time). The leader, who is almost untouchable, is on course for a historic double in the Class40 category in the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe. To make matters worse, he is making progress with the promise of breaking his own reference time, set four years ago, by almost 48 hours. But in his wake, the battle is raging at all levels. From one side to the other, the race is redoubling in intensity. Each place in the ranking is being fought for dearly, very dearly. Starting with the podium, with two protagonists who have not finished chasing after the leader. The duel between the Italian Ambrogio Beccaria (Allagrande-Pirelli) and Corentin Douguet (Queguiner-Innoveo), neck and neck with 400 miles to go, is superb. With less than a mile to go to separate them, it is guaranteed to keep the suspense alive right to the end of the line, after a round Guadeloupe that has no equal in offering its share of inevitable twists and turns. "The match with Corentin is exciting. Yesterday, it was a bit of a toss-up, I was on the wrong side of the cloud and he put a lot of miles on me. Today it's my turn to make up some ground, even if I think he still has a bit of a lead. Ambrogio Beccaria's words are unmistakable as he enjoys the "magical feeling" his boat offers him. "Now I have the chance to exploit her potential. It's an aeroplane!" At an average speed of 15 knots over the last 24 hours, the Italian is giving his best against a direct opponent who is not giving up in the strong trade winds either. 90 miles from the leader, it is in oceanic match-race mode that these two are progressing towards the finish. Grouped solo sailors, committed conditions But they are not the only ones, as from one side to the other, the solo sailors, very grouped together, are reporting committed conditions that leave no respite. "Here, it's sailing in the trade winds like in the books, with strong winds, waves and sun. And to make it fun, we're mixing in a few squalls. In terms of competition, the gaps have widened a bit, but I'm still on the attack. You never know! The friends behind are not that far away," said Simon Koster (Banque du Leman). The Swiss, in 4th position, is well placed to know that his pursuers, in ambush, will not let the slightest opportunity slip through their fingers. The battle of the scows is getting tougher as the miles go by in the well established 17/18 knot trade winds. Xavier Macaire (Groupe SNEF) and Luke Berry (Lamotte-Module Création), 5th and 6th respectively, are also within a mile of each other. Watch out also for Antoine Carpentier (Redman), or Alberto Bona (IBSA) who are both very consistent at the front. A mess, and it's off again In the ranks of the fleet, many are racing on the ocean as if they were sailing in a bay, by position reports. But in this context of heightened competition, the slightest worry is paid for in cash. Everything is played out according to the squalls and the sudden and violent wind shifts that affect the solo sailors. Under spinnaker and clouds, there are many adventures. "The boat went into overdrive at 25 knots in a wave and landed nose down in the water. There was a huge overload on the spinnaker and the spinnaker, God rest her soul, gave us back her soul," said William Mathelin-Moreaux (Dékuple). In 17th place, the skipper who is about to repair this precious sail, is battling it out in a small, compact group including Baptiste Hulin (Rennes / Saint-Malo / Parenthèses de Vie), Jules Bonnier (Nestenn-Entrepreneurs pour la planète), and the American Alex Mehran (Polka Dot). And that's without counting on the southerners of yesterday who are back in the battle as the wakes converge in the direction of Guadeloupe. This is the case for Cédric Chateau (Sogestran Seafrigo), who after having seen his boat go down in an oversold condition is making a good 15 knots like the leaders. A loose wind and they're off again! Ambrogio Beccaria (Allagrande-Pirelli): "I'm managing to make good speeds, to get a bit of work done"Since the start, I've had my ups and downs, and today I'm at the top. I understand the clouds better and I can play with them. I feel more comfortable. This is my first solo race on this boat and it took me a little while to get the hang of it in the fast moments. Now, I'm able to make good speeds, to sail fast, and I'm very happy with that. The match with Corentin is exciting. Yesterday, it was a bit of a struggle. I was on the wrong side of the cloud and he put a lot of miles on me. Today, it's my turn to make up some miles, even if I think that in relation to the goal and if we gybe, he should still be 10 miles ahead. But we still have 24 hours to go and there is still the rounding of Guadeloupe to do, which leaves the game wide open. The feeling on board my boat is magical. I really appreciate how lucky I am to be able to exploit her potential. It's a plane! It's fast in all conditions, even if since the second front I've had no air and no information, which makes it difficult to make tactical choices, especially regarding the sails. And the pilot doesn't work in wind mode. When you have to go straight, it's fine, but when you have to go fast in relation to the goal, it's not great, even if I manage. The end of the race is going to be incredible in terms of intensity and that's why last night I tried to get as much sleep as possible. source: OC SPort pen Duick[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Route du Rhum: here we go!]]> Tue, 15 Nov 2022 00:00:00 GMT The first few hours of this 12th Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe are true to their reputation, with an endless litany of inaugural misfortunes at sea, which are either damaging or compromising the smooth running of the great crossing that has been mobilising the sailors for many months. For others, the race has taken its toll from the outset. This Thursday, after 24 hours at sea, it is Keni Piperol (Cap'tain Alternance), who is enjoying the pleasure of leading the way to Guadeloupe on a trajectory close to the direct route. After the English Channel and the Iroise Sea, the doors to the ocean open, indicating to all the time of the great strategic choices... After 24 hours of racing, the fate of Antoine Magre (E.Leclerc Ville-La-Grand) who ran aground during the night off the island of Batz and who has just officially declared his retirement this afternoon is emblematic. Just like the collisions experienced by Martin Louchart (Randstad Ausy) who is heading towards Saint Malo, as well as Mickael Mergui (Centrakor). These are all hard knocks that force the sailors to make a stopover. On a stopover in Saint-Malo or Camaret "I was fine, I was supposed to be 30 minutes from the Brest Narrows this morning. There was a big wave, the boat went down and I hit a buoy on the port bow. I thought I was literally going to climb the buoy and put the mast in it, I was scared to death," confided the Mediterranean skipper Mickael Mergui, who returned to Camaret to examine the extent of the damage with his team. As for Pierre-Louis Attwell (Vogue with a Crohn's), the technical damage he encountered last night was sufficiently serious to make it to this port in Finistère. And that's without taking into account the problems that quickly accumulated (pilot failure, torn genoa) for the skipper from Saint Malo, Geoffrey Maczynski (Fortisssimo), aboard one of the oldest Class40 boats. He is currently on a stopover in Saint-Malo. Since the start of the race yesterday, six competitors have already experienced their share of major difficulties, which will inevitably leave a bitter taste in the wake of this early race. Facing the choices For most of the 54 other candidates still in the race, the scenario is taking a much better turn. If for the time being, it is more in the mode of a contact race that they have been sailing in wind and sea conditions that are gradually becoming stronger, the longer term strategy is now on the agenda. And for good reason, it is a question of making a crucial choice between divergent trajectories in the light of a weather forecast that promises to evolve in a very contrasting way. And for good reason, they will have to make a crucial choice between divergent trajectories in view of the weather, which promises to evolve in very contrasting ways: the route towards the west, which is very committed, and another more southerly route, where they will have to be careful to avoid being trapped by lighter winds in the Bay of Biscay. Faced with this dilemma, it is not surprising that a 13-mile gap now separates Kéni Piperol (Cap'tain Alternance), Marc Lepesqueux (CURIUM Life Forward), or Alex Mehran (Polka Dot), from a small group progressing a little lower down, where Ambrogio Beccaria (Alla Grane - Pirelli), Ian Lipinski (Crédit Mutuel) This means that the chessboard is still open, with the top 10 boats within 7 miles of each other. It 'fixes', and they're off again For Axel Trehin (Project Rescue Ocean), and Yoann Richomme (Arkéa Paprec), who had a hasty start that resulted in a four hour penalty, which they have already "repaired", the hunt for the leaders is on. "This penalty is not something that is easy to take. Fortunately, I was able to limit the damage with a good timing to repair before Fréhel, which limits the damage to about twenty miles behind the leaders. The bill could have been much higher than that," says the title holder, who is not minimising the blow to morale of this setback. But true to form, it is with his mind set on the next stage that he is progressing today. "We're off again now, upwind. It's quite choppy, windy, up to 27 knots as we pass Ushant. We're starting to head west on a very long tack which will take us 2 to 3 days. The prospects for the next few days are not very exciting with the weather being tricky to manage...". After 200 miles covered since yesterday at 14:15, the race has only just begun... Source: OC Sport Pen Duick[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Kito de Pavant wins the inaugural Class40 Mediterranean Trophy!]]> Sun, 30 Oct 2022 00:00:00 GMT While offshore racing is more commonly associated with the English Channel and the Atlantic, the Mediterranean also proved to be a superb playground for Class40 sailors this year. The number of Class40s on the shores of the Mediterranean is growing, and with a number of sailors keen to spend time on the water in preparation for the upcoming Route du Rhum, the new Class40 Mediterranean Trophy provided the ideal contest. Three races counted towards the Trophy, and it was Kito de Pavant on his Tizh 40 HBF - Reforest’Action who took overall victory in this first edition. Jean-Pierre Balmes (FullSave) finished in second place. Mikael Mergui (Centrakor) completed the podium. With already ten or so boats spread out along the coasts of France, Italy, Croatia and Spain, the upcoming Route du Rhum acted as a catalyst for a number of competitors more used to racing under IRC to invest in either new or second-hand boats. The inaugural Class40 Mediterranean Trophy held for the first time in 2022 was eagerly awaited. A total of seven Mediterranean races, most of them classics, featured in this year’s race calendar, and for the first time, Class40 was given its own class. Three of these races were chosen to count towards the Mediterranean Trophy ranking: the Corsica Med, Au Large de Saint-Tropez and the Duo Max. Ten or so Class40s were able to compete against each other from April to October and make the most of the varied but always superb conditions that are to be found in Corsica, the Aeolian Islands, the islands of Porquerolles, the Bay of Marseille, Sicily, the Balearics, the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, Barcelona, and Malta, to round off a packed season. There was plenty of competition with fierce battles on the water between the new boats, Centrakor, Groupe Berkem (Glaces Romanes) and Everial, and the older Pogos and Akilarias which perform particularly well in light airs, as well as the intermediate generations which ultimately came out on top.   Kito de Pavant, racing his HBF - Reforest’Action, proved to be the top performer, and also competed in the most events. He won two out of five races, including the Corsica Med with venetian sailor Pietro Luciani, and Au Large de Saint-Tropez racing solo, and also scored 3rd place in the Duo Max with Brice de Crisenoy. The runner up for the Trophy was none other than a sistership, the Tizh 40 n° 148 fullsave skippered by Jean-Pierre Balmes, thanks to his consistent performance. The brand-new Lombard-designed Centrakor placed 3rd, having demonstrated its potential with a fine victory in the Duo Max. Of note also was Mathieu Claveau’s first-rate performance on the water on his vintage Akilaria, Prendre la Mer, Agir pour la Forêt, which was outstanding in light airs. This should hopefully encourage a few other owners to come and join the Mediterranean circuit on older boats, which if well-prepared can aim for the podium... Season 1 in the Mediterranean culminated with the Rolex Middle Sea Race, one of the region’s most stunning offshore racing courses. We are looking forward to 2023 and season 2 of the Class40 Mediterranean Trophy, and to being joined by Italian, Croatian and Spanish sailors, and, we hope, turning this Trophy into a major Class40 and offshore racing event. Kito de Pavant, skipper of Class40 HBF – Reforest’Action: “I am delighted to be the first winner of the Mediterranean Trophy. I think everyone found what they were looking for. The new boats were able to progress a lot by racing against the others, and equally the old boats proved competitive in certain conditions against far newer designs. On a personal level, it has been a real revolution, being able to finally race solo, double-handed or fully-crewed in elapsed time, in sunny conditions in magical places, and being able to forget the torture of the IRC rating…  I would like to warmly thank all the race organisers involved who really backed the Trophy and gave our Class40s a superb welcome, be it in Civitavecchia, Marseille, Macinaggio, Porquerolles, Saint-Tropez, Barcelone or Palermo...“   General ranking : Mediterranean Trophy 22.xlsx (  [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Corentin Douguet (Queguiner – Innoveo) takes the 2022 European Trophy!]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2022 00:00:00 GMT The Class40 European Trophy has this year been awarded to Corentin Douguet, racing on his Lift v2 Queguiner – Innoveo. He takes over the title from 2021 winner Antoine Carpentier (Redman). Having scored podium finishes in every race he competed in this year (two victories and two second place finishes), Corentin Douguet wins the title for the first time on board his Class40 Queguiner – Innoveo in the face of an ever more competitive fleet. Axel Tréhin (Project Rescue Ocean) finishes in second place. The pair of Matthieu Perraut / Vincent Lancien (Inter Invest) complete the podium. “This is my first season on the circuit, so I am thrilled to have won the European Trophy. Class40 is the perfect cocktail, with serious competition on the water, on boats that are quite demanding, but in a laid-back atmosphere,” C. Douguet summarised. The European Class40 season kicked off at the beginning of April with the 1000 milles des Sables, a qualifying race for the upcoming Route du Rhum destination Guadeloupe. This was Corentin Douguet’s first race on his red and grey Lift v2 and his first victory, finishing ahead of Ian Lipinski (Crédit Mutuel) and Axel Tréhin. Just over a month later, the hotly contested CIC Normandy Channel Race, a 1000 mile loop in the English Channel and Celtic Sea, was won by Ian Lipinski and Ambrogio Beccaria. Corentin Douguet, this time racing with Yoann Richomme, took second place, with the duo of Matthieu Perraut / Kevin Bloch finishing third. The following week, it was the turn of Nicolas d’Estais (Happyvore) and his crew who won the Armen Race. In June, the SSE Round Ireland Yacht Race gave Andrea Fornaro (In Fluence) his first victory on the Class40 circuit. The second solo race of the season, the Drheam Cup, saw 37 Class40s take on the 1000 mile course between Cherbourg and La Trinité sur Mer. This time around, it was Xavier Macaire (Groupe SNEF) who finished first, ahead of Corentin Douguet and Simon Koster (Banque du Leman). In August, complicated weather made for challenging racing in the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race, with victory going to Irish sailor James Mac Hugh (Tquila). The six different races to count thus far had provided six different winners! The winner of the European Trophy would therefore be decided on the outcome of the 40 Malouine Lamotte, a 24 hour offshore race from Saint-Malo. Corentin Douguet scored his second win of the season, winning the 2022 European Trophy in the process. There are two additional points of note: there are three “pointy-bow” Class40s ranked in the top ten (the top one being seventh-placed Pierre Casenave-Péré on his Mach 40.3 Legallais), and Finnish sailor Ari Kansakoski has scored a fine twentieth place ranking on his 2007 CC40, making it the top-placed Vintage boat. The upcoming Route du Rhum destination Guadeloupe, which starts on the 6th of November, will see a fleet of 55 Class40s on the starting line. The 2022 Class40 Championship will be decided at the end of this race. In their own words Axel Tréhin: "I am really happy with this result which is the reward for a solid second season at the helm of my Class40 Project Rescue Ocean, despite the arrival of a number of seriously talented sailors on the circuit. I am proud to be a member of this flourishing class, and to be able to sail on these exceptional boats which enable us to compete in the great offshore races on a reasonable budget. From a personal standpoint, I am also very pleased that my efforts on the water help to highlight the commitment of all the volunteers involved with the Project Rescue Ocean charity who work hard every day to heighten awareness of the urgency to reduce our use of plastic. Please feel free to join us!" Matthieu Perraut: "Overall, we are delighted with our boat! Having a new boat was a challenge for us, both learning to sail it and making it as reliable as possible. We are very happy with the first results of the season, and couldn’t have wished for more for our debut! The level of competition has gone up a notch now that all the boats competing in the Route du Rhum are here; it only serves to motivate us more! As for the class, the mix of Class40 veterans, and Mini, Figaro and Corinthian sailors makes for a fairly diverse class with people from many different backgrounds, which is rather cool. And more generally, even though everyone is out there to win, they are friendly people with whom we share good times before but especially after races."    European Trophy results 1. Corentin Douguet (Quéguiner – Innoveo) – 380 pts 2. Axel Tréhin (Project Rescue Ocean) – 334 pts 3. M. Perraut / V. Lancien (Inter Invest) – 308 pts 4. Ian Lipinski (Crédit Mutuel) – 296 pts 5. Emmanuel Le Roch (Edenred) – 272 pts   Full results: europeantrophy22.pdf ([Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Mediterranean Skippers: the club of five taking on the Rhum]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2022 00:00:00 GMT Five of the sailors competing in the upcoming Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe are based in the Mediterranean, between Sète and Marseille. Kito de Pavant (HBF - Reforest’Action), Mathieu Claveau (Prendre la Mer, Agir pour la Forêt), Jean-Pierre Balmes (FullSave), Mikael Mergui (Centrakor) and Laurent Camprubi (Glaces Romanes) have been hard at work preparing their Class40 campaigns with a packed schedule of time on the water, training and competing in well-known races. The newly launched championship for the region, the Class40 Mediterranean Trophy, has brought good sailors together, boosted offshore racing in the region, and enabled teams to combine resources and thoroughly prepare for the challenge ahead.  For Kito de Pavant, they are “the indomitable band of Mediterranean sailors come to challenge the Breton armada”. On the 6th of November, after a long delivery to get to Saint-Malo, five Class40 skippers from the south of France will line up for the start of the Route du Rhum. While offshore racing is highly developed in Brittany, the Mediterranean-based sailors have been putting in a lot of effort to develop the discipline in their part of the world. “This is where we live, work, and play, so it is logical for us to be based here”,  Marseille-based Mathieu Claveau emphasises.   The Class40 Mediterranean Trophy - an added attraction The sailors all cite the benefit of more time spent training and racing in the Mediterranean, where conditions are far more variable and very different from those found in the Atlantic. “The wind is a lot shiftier, so you have to think quickly and manœuvre a lot more”, explained Jean-Pierre Balmes, based in La Grande Motte. Mikael Mergui, a native of Hyères who has sailed all over the world, says “here there are no tidal or lock-related restrictions, but the wind can be totally different just by going from one bay to the next, which adds a layer of difficulty to the sailing”. “The temperature is quite mild for much of the year, so we can sail more often and get on the water earlier in the year”, adds Laurent Camprubi. For this Marseille-based sailor, the race programme is also “very interesting and really busy”. The Class40 Mediterranean Trophy was launched this year as part of the drive to make it more attractive: “we wanted it to act as a focus for bringing together boats and strengthening the ties between Class40s”, explains Kito de Pavant. A number of races count towards the championship, including Roma per Due, Corsica Med, Duo Max, Au Large de Saint-Tropez, Palermo-Montecarlo, Round Italy and the Middle Sea Race… Flying the flag for the Mediterranean in the Route du Rhum! «The good level of competition makes us work hard and pushes us all to raise our game, as well as working together more closely», Kito de Pavant emphasises. For this group of sailors, this new Trophy “has created a new momentum” (Mikael Mergui), “helps increase the attractiveness of Class40 in the Mediterranean” (Laurent Camprubi) and “may incite other sailors to come and base themselves here, or come and compete in some of our races”  (Mathieu Claveau). Geographic proximity, the need to be organised to compete in the big offshore races and the fact that they compete against each other regularly has strengthened the bond between these five sailors. “We share information and help each other out on technical and logistical matters” (Mikael Mergui). “We race against each other, but we are all faced with the same issues, so it’s normal that there is a certain amount of  solidarity” (Jean-Pierre Balmes).  « We are close friends and we will do everything in our power to defend the colours of the Mediterranean in the Route du Rhum », Laurent Camprubi states. For this club of five, the main goal of the year is nearly 2000 miles away from their home ports. And nothing has been easy, particularly the qualification process: “it was quite a problem, nothing is simple when you are not based on the Atlantic coast”, Jean-Pierre Balmes recognises. “The long delivery makes it complicated, but we have found ways to adapt to the situation”, Mathieu Claveau emphasises. For sailors based in the Mediterranean, taking on the Route du Rhum can feel like a long, hard battle. But this group of sailors are strongly attached to their region, and have risen to the challenge.  In Saint-Malo on the 6th of November, 138 skippers will cross the start line of the most legendary of transatlantic races, of which 55 in the Class40 fleet, the largest class in the race. As well as giving it their all to get to the finish with a creditable result in class, the five sailors from the South have also vowed to remind others of the joys and demands of sailing in the Mediterranean, whose distinguished races attract thousands of international sailors every year.  [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Xavier Macaire (Groupe SNEF), winner of the Drheam Cup !]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2022 00:00:00 GMT The Class40s were kept waiting on Thursday 22 July, as the wind decided to test the nerves of the competitors at the end of the great battle they had fought on the 1,000 mile course from Cherbourg-en-Cotentin.  Xavier Macaire (Groupe SNEF) was the first to cross the finish line in La Trinité sur Mer. If he had let Antoine Carpentier (Redman) pass the Fastnet in front of him, the Pogo S4 #178 played at the front from the start. "I had a great start. I kept a good position during the Channel crossing and then I positioned myself well along the English coast. I had a good speed, I passed Land's End in the lead. Antoine Carpentier managed to get past me at the Fastnet, which I rounded in second place, I fell in the soft conditions when I had a lead, I was disgusted but that's fair enough.Then I had a great time making my boat work on the descent towards Brittany, it was sport, we had some great starts! I made two good moves: a good gybe off the coast of England which allowed me to position myself well and take a small lead, then another on landing in Brittany thanks to which I increased my advantage over my pursuers. I analysed the water well, I positioned myself well and that allowed me to increase my lead. After that I stayed focused to make the boat work well. The end was very long, I had very little wind..." They said Amélie Grassi (5th): "I'm exhausted, I've never put so much pace into a race before. We had all sorts of conditions and often the wind was not very stable so it was difficult to rest if we wanted to stay in the game. The naps were short and rather isolated. We really had to keep at it! I'll remember this first solo passage of the Fastnet, it was well deserved! I didn't really know what to expect and I'm obviously pleased to have been in front all the time! I had good speed, I managed to hold the positions, I was in the right moves too. I am really satisfied with my race! We won't lie to each other, my start of the season was complicated. And mentally, when situations like that arise, it's not very comfortable. So I approached this regatta with more detachment, hoping to find some lightness and pleasure to be on the water and here it is! I've had a lot of fun and I've also put in a good performance, which is great!" Jonas Gerckens (21st): "Above all, I had to finish this Drheam Cup to validate my ticket for the big event in the autumn. And that's done! 1000 miles which were far from a long quiet river for all the competitors (capsizing, broken rudders and other sail losses). For me, there were some good phases but mostly bad ones, some good tacks but mostly bad ones. Most of the time, ocean racing is hard (especially single-handed). It's hard 24 hours a day (even more so with the Scows - the model for the Volvo164), a certain violence that makes it a constant challenge, such discomfort that you wonder how you can still go willingly! But there is that spark, that moment of ecstasy that, in a completely illogical way, makes you say that it was still good !!!! The Volvo164 and I will be at the start in Saint Malo in November for the worst but above all for the best. Axel Tréhin (6th): "It will take some time to digest this race and to learn all the lessons, but what is certain is that the problems at the start of the race were well managed so that we could really take advantage of the return leg from Ireland, which was a really good trial run for the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe 2022." General ranking: Route du Rhum destination Guadeloupe - Class40  [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[AURÉLIEN DUCROZ ON CROSSCALL, CLASS40 WORLD CHAMPION]]> Sat, 18 Jun 2022 00:00:00 GMT Hot day on this Class40 World Championship, both literally and figuratively... If the heat and erratic winds have settled on the Charente-Maritime and the Bassin des Chalutiers, the prefectural decree of the day as part of the "extreme red heatwave vigilance in Charente-Maritime" and prohibiting "the holding of any public event outdoors or in non-air-conditioned establishments receiving the public" from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm today and tomorrow, Saturday, means that the Class40 World Championship could not be held today and will not be able to take place tomorrow. In the end, three races will have been sailed on Tuesday/Wednesday and Thursday with one offshore course and two built courses sailed yesterday. BACK TO THE OFFSHORE COURSE: INTER INVEST IN THE LEAD! The dice were thrown for the first confrontation of this 2022 Class40 World Championship. The track was blue with an oceanic tendency with a 144 miles course that took the fleet to the north of the area, the Vendée, to return to La Rochelle via the Rochebonne plateau. A so-called 24-hour course which, in the end, was swallowed up by the frontrunners in 17 hours at sea. Once again, the Class40s showed their incredible potential to swallow the miles, despite the fact that the weather conditions were light and variable. In the end, everything went smoothly... even if the difficulties were varied. Indeed, the first hurdle was the exit of the Antioche channel and to sail along the Ile de Ré by the South face. Simple on paper, except that a huge windless zone blocked the direct route, forcing some Class40s to slide to the tip of Chassiron north of the island of Oleron and cross the water. Once out of this tricky Charentais channel, it was necessary to progress upwind towards the Petite Barge mark off Les Sables d'Olonne. There too, it was necessary to be in the right tempo not to be unhooked and stay in contact with the more powerful boats. The mark will be rolled up at around 11 pm for the first boats, knowing that afterwards the priority was to glide downwind to reach the Rochebonne plateau. Glide, glide and more glide... Clear and bright night, mild temperatures, rigging set, the perfect cocktail to swallow miles on a single tack without getting too far from the direct route to minimize the number of miles to cover. Quickly, and from the first Vendée mark, several monohulls broke away with Matthieu Perraut's Inter Invest in the lead, and Aurélien Ducroz's Crosscall in the rear. The pace is hard and will continue until the finish line. So much so that Crosscall and Redman were still battling it out less than a mile from the finish line. Inter Invest won remarkably well on this first course, passing all the marks in the lead and finishing 32 minutes ahead of his two pursuers, with Redman ahead of Crosscall by... 5 minutes. (race of coefficient 3) REVIEW OF THE TWO CONSTRUCTED COURSE RACES: LAMOTTE MODULE CRÉATION AND CROSSCALL, WINNERS.A day that started in pain for the whole fleet with two race launches unfortunately cancelled, for lack of wind on the Rochelais water. It was not until mid-afternoon, shortly before 4 pm, that the wind became established in the north-west to launch a new race in the form of a constructed course. It was Lamotte - Module Création of Luke Berry who won this first race of the day ahead of Nestenn Entrepreneurs for the Planet and Crosscall. To note, the almost perfect day for Luke's new boat which was launched only two weeks ago. A second race will be launched in the wake of the first, taking advantage of the light north-west breeze on the water. Crosscall, in spite of a difficult start, went up the fleet and won this second race in front of Lamotte Module Création which had a sublime day, and Inter Invest which made up for its 7th place in the previous race. Captain Alternance of Kéni Piperol finished 4th and Redman, 5th. (race of coefficient 1) AURELIEN DUCROZ, CLASS40 WORLD CHAMPION 2022. In the general ranking, it is Crosscall of Aurélien Ducroz who finishes first with a 3rd place in the Offshore course and a 3rd and 1st place in the built courses. Matthieu Perraut's Inter Invest finished 2nd overall with his victory in the Offshore course and his 7th and 3rd places yesterday Thursday. Third overall is Antoine Carpentier on Redman with his 2nd place in the Offshore course, 5th and 4th in the built courses. Luke Berry's Lamotte Module Création finished 4th overall ahead of Amélie Grassi's La Boulangère Bio. 16 boats ranked. Aurélien Ducroz (Crosscall), 2022 Class40 world champion: "We had three great races, so we are very happy! We have a boat that works really well and a crew that was top notch. It was a lot of maneuvering and we were pretty good at it. It's a great pleasure because it's a great project that we've been working on since last year. We haven't had much luck up to now and it's good to see that it's smiling on us today. We had a nice coastal race, we were in the lead in Les Sables d'Olonne and then we got caught in a trap... We lost two or three miles... We managed to come back and in the end, we did quite well and then yesterday, we had two nice races even if we didn't have the best starts. But we managed to come back from behind and to place well. It was very pleasant even if we are frustrated not to do more, now we can only be happy! The fact of racing with a crew reminded me of the Tour de France à la Voile that I did in Diam three years in a row... You find reflexes even if it is a bit physical on these boats, but it was very pleasant. I really like sailing with a crew and the collaboration with Vincent (Riou) was just extraordinary. Sailing with someone who has so much experience is a real chance and a real pleasure. So, I thank him enormously as well as all the others who were on board, David Sineau, Eric Levet, Benjamin Bireau, Thomas Audren without forgetting my boat captain Jonathan Chodkiewiez with whom I am very happy to have been able to share this moment...  Source: GPO Classement général: Championnat du Monde Class40 - Class40[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Victory for Kito de Pavant on Au Large de Saint Tropez]]> Tue, 07 Jun 2022 00:00:00 GMT The first solo race in the Mediterranean Trophy and 2022 Championship program, Au Large de Saint-Tropez was the first time Class 40s were present. The 600-mile round trip between the French Riviera and Menorca was a success. The five Class40s set off on Wednesday, June 1, expecting to have a good fight on this demanding course with complicated weather forecasts. If HBF - Reforest'action (K. de Pavant) was the first to cross the start line, it was Mikael Mergui on his brand new Centrakor who quickly took the lead of the fleet, from the first night, with little wind. The blue and yellow boat held on to first place until Minorca as it passed the gate imposed by the course, but problems with the autopilot forced it to stop temporarily and the way was opened up to Kito de Pavant who maintained his leadership until the finish line. Mathieu Claveau on his Class40 Vintage Prendre la mer Agir pour la forêt can be proud of his race as he took 3rd place overall. The 2009 Akilaria held its own against 4 much more recent boats! Laurent Camprubi (Berkhem group) and Jean-Pierre Balmes (fullsave) finished respectively 4th and 5th, only a few hours ahead of the first. A good omen for the rest of the season![Read more]]]> <![CDATA[CRÉDIT MUTUEL WINNER OF THE CIC NORMANDY CHANNEL RACE]]> Fri, 20 May 2022 00:00:00 GMT After an extremely tight final night of intense and amazing fighting, ultimately it is Crédit Mutuel, which takes the win in this 13th edition of the CIC Normandy Channel Race. Ian Lipinski and Ambrogio Beccaria crossed the finish line at 02 hours 38 minutes 18 seconds UTC after 4 days 15 hours 08 minutes and 18 seconds of racing, just 9 minutes ahead of Quéguiner-Innoveo. Corentin Douguet and Yoann Richomme secure silver then in a race which went right to the wire yet again.  The leader board remained undecided for a very long time in this 2022 edition, with a compact fleet pretty much throughout and multiple leaders right the way along this course, which took the fleet as far as southern Ireland and the Tuskar Rock lighthouse. Following an intense start to the race in stormy conditions, it was only once the new course mark of Grande Basse de Portsall was rounded that the race finally switched gears. Already shattered by that point, the sailors had to contend with a strong current and very light breeze in this final sprint for the finish in the English Channel. It was only once they’d rounded Barfleur that the Class40s Crédit Mutuel (158) and Quéguiner-Innoveo (176) managed to shake off their pursuers and launch into a frenetic duel to the wire. “We’ll remember this race our whole life. When we crossed the line, we said it was one of the finest races of all time. The last few miles were incredibly tense, and we really thought victory was going to slip from our clutches several times. This win is all the finer when you see the standard of the fleet at the start and that of Corentin and Yoann in particular. They sailed a fantastic race and clearly deserved this win too. They were leading the way for part of the race and sailed their boat masterfully well. They were fantastic opponents,” enthused Ian Lipinski and Ambrogio Beccaria at the finish in Ouistreham. A cruel end in some ways then for the two former Figaro sailors, Corentin Douguet and Yoann Richomme, who sailed a magnificent race, leading the way for a large part of the race. “These 4 days of racing have been a battle royal with a very sustained rhythm, the fleet squeezing back together again on several occasions, culminating in a fierce duel with just metres in it on the finish line. You could not have written a scenario like that. It was an emotional rollercoaster of a ride over the final hours of racing. The outcome is very positive, and I’ve learned a lot more about the boat. It was a pleasure to be a part of this CIC Normandy Channel Race. It was my first. I would have really loved to have secured the win from the get-go but it will be for another time,” assured the magnificent runners-ups in this CIC Normandy Channel Race 2022. Ian Lipinski required three cracks at the demanding CIC Normandy Channel Race aboard his Class40 Crédit Mutuel to make it onto the top step of the podium and secure victory. The other great movers and shakers in this 2022 edition, Matthieu Perraut and Kévin Bloch, aboard the Class40 Inter Invest, stand a very good chance of bagging bronze imminently. The six champions have treated us to a showstopping spectacle right to the last. The denouement in the battle for 4th and 5th spots is just as uncertain… So which of Project Rescue Ocean, Groupe SNEF and Eora will complete the Top 5? All will be revealed later this morning… Source: Sirius Evenement  [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[1000 milles des Sables : Douguet – Lipinski - Tréhin : the trifecta !]]> Sat, 16 Apr 2022 00:00:00 GMT The suspense lasted until the end in this 2nd edition of the 1000 Milles des Sables! After passing the way-point of La Coruña on Monday morning, Corentin Douguet (Quéguiner - Innoveo) took the lead of the Class40 fleet, slowly but surely increasing his lead, but the game was almost over in the last 150 miles of the course. The reason for this was the erratic and unstable light airs which tightened the troops, even giving the advantage to one of his competitors for a while. However, the former Figaro sailor never let his guard down and finally won with a lead of 16 and 30 minutes respectively over his runners-up, Ian Lipinski (Crédit Mutuel) and Axel Tréhin (Project Rescue Ocean), at the end of just over five days of racing. "The end was hard to deal with. It was hard to imagine that I had come all this way in the lead and that it might end up going downhill. But I never got too excited, although I must admit that at one point I was angry with myself when Ian passed me this morning. But I managed to get my head straight and find a way to get back in front of him. After that, I didn't give up", commented Corentin Douguet on his arrival at the pontoon, this Thursday evening, after an epilogue that was, to say the least, epic, due to the asthmatic conditions experienced over almost the entire last 150 miles of the course. "It was a one-two punch. We had to succeed in exploiting the slightest reef, but it wasn't easy. Simon Koster (Banque du Léman) was on a different course with a different wind. Axel was not far away either and with a gap that could have become dangerous too. In this type of situation, you never know what can happen. It's inevitably a bit stressful", added the sailor from Nantes who finally managed to keep his leadership until the end, after having made a very strong impression from the beginning to the end of this 2nd edition of the 1000 Milles des Sables, his first event on the circuit aboard Quéguiner - Innoveo after some fifteen years on the demanding Figaro Bénéteau circuit. "I didn't expect such a thunderous entry, but obviously it's a pleasure. It wasn't easy because the youngsters are good and they know their boat well. For my part, I knew that mine (launched on January 5th) had potential. I was able to validate a certain number of technical points and test the machine in different types of conditions by doing things at my own pace. It worked well and I couldn't have hoped for anything better than a victory to start with," added Corentin, who won by a handful of minutes ahead of, in order, Ian Lipinski and Axel Tréhin, two leaders in the class. "There was a hell of a game. The last 36 hours have been really random but in the end, the final ranking reflects the race. It's been a very rich five days. There is certainly no better training than confrontation. It allows you to move forward and progress. I'm happy to have revised my solo sailing. I had forgotten how hard it is! I really had a hard time of it mentally," said the skipper of Crédit Mutuel, who kept up with Corentin Douguet's pace until the virtual mark in La Coruña, before falling slightly behind and then catching up with the score in the calm. "I never gave up but I clearly went through a lot of emotions, which was particularly energy consuming", said Ian. Axel Tréhin, who also went through all the colors of the rainbow during this first round of the season, agrees. "After passing the West Gascony waypoint on Tuesday night, I completely lost my footing. I was in the red. Fortunately, I managed to rest before the end and I found myself in the least stressful situation of the leading group, with everything to gain and nothing to lose," said the skipper of Project Rescue Ocean, who finally finished half an hour behind the winner and six minutes ahead of his Swiss playmate, Simon Koster. "Last year, I started with a victory, which put a lot of pressure on my shoulders. Today, we know who the pressure is on", finished Axel Tréhin, whose next challenge will be, as for his competitors, the Normandy Channel Race in exactly one month. Source: LSVCAL General ranking: Les 1000 milles des Sables - Class40[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Gone in 61 seconds: Class40 division winner decided]]> Tue, 01 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT The winner of the nine-strong Class40 division was decided on the fourth day of the RORC Caribbean 600 with a dramatic finish between two teams. Charles-Louis Mourruau’s Guidi, which had led for most of the race, stalled as the breeze faded with the finish line beckoning. Finimmo took the lead in the last few miles to win by just 61 seconds after racing for well over three days and nights. The spirit in the Class40 division shone through with the Finimmo team going to greet Guidi into English Harbour, consoling their adversaries. The Owen Clarke designed Finimmo was sailed by a team of four co-skippers; Herve Thomas, Benoit de Froidmont, Gerald Veniard and four-time Vendée Globe sailor Kito de Pavant. Figarist Gerald Veniard, taking part in his second race, spoke on behalf of the team: “Our goal was to finish in the top three. We had a good start and were the first Class40 at Barbuda, but then Guidi came back and smashed us downwind. We got back at them at St Maarten but then they extended on the downwind leg to Guadeloupe. Our strategy for Guadeloupe did not work at all. After that we were 20 miles behind and we thought the race was lost. It was a big surprise to see Guidi was offshore and now had wind after Redonda. So, it was like the icing on the cake to take the lead after a match race to the finish.” The winner of the nine-strong Class40 division was decided on the fourth day of the RORC Caribbean 600 with a dramatic finish between two teams. Charles-Louis Mourruau’s Guidi, which had led for most of the race, stalled as the breeze faded with the finish line beckoning. Finimmo took the lead in the last few miles to win by just 61 seconds after racing for well over three days and nights. The spirit in the Class40 division shone through with the Finimmo team going to greet Guidi into English Harbour, consoling their adversaries. The Owen Clarke designed Finimmo was sailed by a team of four co-skippers; Herve Thomas, Benoit de Froidmont, Gerald Veniard and four-time Vendée Globe sailor Kito de Pavant. Figarist Gerald Veniard, taking part in his second race, spoke on behalf of the team: “Our goal was to finish in the top three. We had a good start and were the first Class40 at Barbuda, but then Guidi came back and smashed us downwind. We got back at them at St Maarten but then they extended on the downwind leg to Guadeloupe. Our strategy for Guadeloupe did not work at all. After that we were 20 miles behind and we thought the race was lost. It was a big surprise to see Guidi was offshore and now had wind after Redonda. So, it was like the icing on the cake to take the lead after a match race to the finish.”[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Antoine Carpentier wins the 2021 Class40 Championship!]]> Wed, 15 Dec 2021 00:00:00 GMT Antoine Carpentier (46), a native of South Brittany, has been crowned 2021 Class40 Champion, rounding off what has been a remarkable season. Having scored a number of victories and podium results over the years on the Class40 circuit, Antoine has now taken the overall title for the first time as skipper of his own project on his Mach40.4 Redman, taking over the mantle from 2019 Champions, the Franco-Italian team of Catherine Pourre / Pietro Luciani (the title was not awarded in 2020 due to the lack of races). The Swiss team of Valentin Gautier – Simon Koster (Banque du Léman) finished second in the overall standings, ahead of third-placed Franco-British sailor Luke Berry (Lamotte Module Création)  A particularly hotly-contested season The races attracted large numbers of Class40s, with numerous skippers in with a chance of victory. Predicting the top three finishers at the start of each of these races was anyone’s guess. And so it proved to be that each race delivered fierce competition on the water, right down to the last miles. In the opening race of the Championship, the CIC Normandy Channel Race, won by Axel Tréhin and Frédéric Denis (Project Rescue Ocean), just 3 minutes separated second-placed Lamotte Module Création (L. Berry / A. Nebout) from third-placed Redman (A. Carpentier / P. Santurde del Arco). In the Les Sables – Horta race, the margin was yet again a mere 3 minutes, this time between the winners Redman (A. Carpentier / M. Mergui) and runners-up Project Rescue Ocean (A. Tréhin / F. Denis). The battle was equally intense mid-fleet, with no less than 8 boats crossing the finish line in the space of 2 hours after 2540 nm non-stop racing, the stopover having been cancelled! The biennial Rolex Fastnet Race was won by Antoine Magré and his Franco-British team (E.Leclerc Ville-la-Grand) after a little over three days of racing. Banque du Leman and Lamotte Module Création went on to complete the podium in just 12 minutes! Antoine Carpentier and his team finished in 4th place just 13 minutes adrift. Good things come in threes After these 3 major races, Antoine Carpentier was leading the championship, but not by much, and the competition in the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre promised to be formidable with 45 Class40s on the start line, including a number of new boats and serious contenders…  But “good things come in threes” as the saying goes: having won the race in 2017 on the Class40 V and B, and in 2019 in the Ocean Fifty class, Antoine Carpentier once again crossed the finish line in first place, this time racing with Pablo Santurde del Arco. And what an incredible race! No less than 18 boats crossed the finish line within 22 hours of Redman’s victory, with the podium complete within 1 hour and 3 minutes... A special mention about Pablo Santurde del Arco He is discreet and talented. He is Spanish but speaks at least 4 languages. He is young (34) but already has an incredible CV. Pablo Santurde del Arco is the go-to crew, sought after by numerous skippers. J80 World Champion, winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre and the 2021 40 Malouine Lamotte, winner of the RORC Caribbean 600 in 2018 and 2019, the 2018 Round Britain & Ireland Race, the Normandy Channel Race and Les Sables – Horta in 2017, the 2016 Quebec – St Malo Race... All the winners of the Class40 Championship over the past few years have one thing in common: they have raced with Pablo as crew ! Rendez-vous in 2022 The 2021 Championship has been a great success: 55 boats ranked, 11 nationalities represented, 11 new boats on the water this season… it took consistent results at the front end of the fleet to clinch this ever-more international and closely fought Championship. But the performance of non-scow Class40s should also be mentioned: Luke Berry finished in 3rd place in the Championship on his 2018 Mach 40.3, the young duo on Legallais (P. Casenave-Péré/K. Bloch) took a fine 5th place in their first season of racing on their 2015 Mach 40.3. Maxime Cauwe (Avanade) on his 2010 Tyker finished a superb 8th, the 2014 Pogo S3 Vogue Avec un Crohn (PL Attwell/ M. Bensa) finished 9th and Ivica Kostelic on his 2013 Mach took 10th place. Also deserving of a mention is the fine achievement of the Class40 Terre Exotique, the first ever Class40 built in 2004, and though it may have been last across the finish line in Martinique, the boat nevertheless finished the 4600 nm race within the time limit and less than 6 days behind Redman. Rendez-vous in 2022 for a season that will no doubt deliver at least as much competition, a further ten or so new boats and a year that features some exciting solo racing ! In their own words: Antoine Carpentier: “I am thrilled to have won the 2021 Class40 Championship. It marks the end of a great season, consistent podium results, good co-skippers… thank you Pablo and Mikael who significantly contributed to this result. Thank you to my sponsors and the race organisers, who managed to run their events despite the situation.” Valentin Gautier: “We are really pleased with our second place. It reflects our consistent performance over the course of the season, because even though we don’t always finish on the podium, we have always managed to place in the top 5, which is fairly positive.  Given how the level of competition in the class has increased, getting a top 5 result is already pretty good, and so we are pleased with ourselves! It is also the reward for having a new boat at the beginning of the cycle in 2019. We have worked hard on the boat and now know her inside out. That had a positive impact on our consistency and this result. A big thank you to our sponsors for supporting us.” Luke Berry: “I’m really happy with this 3rd place in the Championship, the reward for consistency over the season, with two podium results and two 5th place finishes. I am all the more pleased because it was my last season with the boat, and this third place is the culmination of four seasons spent racing this Mach 40.3. It also shows that it’s possible to put in solid performances with boats that are not scows, because the racing over the year is in a variety of conditions allowing for tactical options. I would like to thank my sponsors and my crew.”   2021 Class40 Championship results: 1. Antoine Carpentier (Redman) 2. Valentin Gautier / Simon Koster (Banque du Leman) 3. Luke Berry (Lamotte Module Création) 4. Axel Tréhin / Fred denis (Project Rescue Ocean) 5. Pierre Casenave-Péré / Kevin Bloch (Legallais) 6. Olivier et Antoine Magré (E. Leclerc Ville La Grand) 7. Ian Lipinski (Crédit Mutuel) 8. Maxime Cauwe / Jules Bonnier (Avanade) 9. Pierre-Louis Attwell / Maxime Bensa (Vogue avec un Crohn) 10. Ivica Kostelic (Croatia Full of Life) General ranking : championnat2021final.pdf (    [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[TJVNLH, The winner and the happy ones]]> Tue, 30 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT Antoine Carpentier and Pablo Santurde opened the finish line of the Class40 Transat Jacques Vabre yesterday morning. With the first rays of the Martinique sun, and after 21 days and 22 hours of racing, their Mach 40.4 Redman has outpaced the finish, hour by hour, even minute by minute already,  of 19 competitors. The small gaps, but above all worn out faces and slimmed down figures, testify, behind the joyful intensity of the looks, to the bitterness of the struggle waged for over three weeks by each protagonist. Redman's victory takes on its full meaning in the light of the accounts of each duo, whose commitment to each crucial phase of the race was total. As Brian Thompson (Tquila) describes it, "The density and quality of the 45-boat fleet gives each competitor something to strive for and keeps the race interesting at every level of the leaderboard."   This is what we will remember about this Transat Jacques Vabre with its new course and destination. The battle has been, and still is, raging at all levels. Many of the favorites are at the top of the rankings, and the Swiss sailors on Banque du Léman, Simon Koster and Valentin Gautier, were among the favorites at the start in Le Havre. But there were many pleasant surprises. The third place of the Le Havre duo Cédric Chateau - Jérémie Mion Seafrigo Sogestran), pure products of the Ligue de Voile de Normandie, is one of them. Pierre Casenave-Péré, associated with Kevin Bloch (Legallais), the Vikings Nicolas Jossier - Alexis Loison (La Manche#EvidenceNautique) as well as the 100% feminine duo Amélie Grassi and Marie Riou (La Boulangère Bio) enter the Top 10 at the end of very high level performances.   Behind Clown Hop, expected shortly, there are still 24 Class40s still n the race, of which ten or so are in a position to finish today, driven by a slightly revitalized trade wind. The ranking currently being established perfectly reflects the specifics of the Class. For example, in the internalisation section, we note the victory of the Spaniard from Santander, Pablo Santurde, but also the place taken on the second step of the podium by the Swiss project of Banque du Léman. It is a Franco-Belgian duo, Jonas Gerckens - Benoit Hantzperg, who sits in 4th place, after having animated the whole race. Brian Thompson and Alister Richardson are not to be outdone; 11th aboard Tquila, a 2014 Mach40, old generation. The women are there as mentioned above, with Amélie and Marie who, on their very first race, took full advantage of their brand new Max 40 La Boulangère Bio launched this year. The contribution of the "Figarists" during this race with such an atypical profile has been underlined. This is reflected in the general ranking where the names of Jonas Gerckens (Volvo), Achille Nebout (Lamotte Module Création), Nicolas Jossier and Alexis Loison (La Manche#EvidenceNauutique), Pierre Quiroga (Edenred) and Eric Péron (Serenis Consulting) appear in the Top 10.  George Guiguenn and Morgann Pinson on the venerable Class40 N°1 Terre Exotique logically close the gap, some 1 100 miles from Fort de France. The two men will close the line in 4 to 5 days. We salute for history the triple achieved by Antoine Carpentier who comes for the third time, in three participations and on two different supports (Class40 and Ocean Fifty), to gather the laurels of victory. His luxury co-skipper, Pablo Santurde del Turco, after his second and third places in 2013 and 2017, reached this year's consecration in a transatlantic race that was definitely made for him.   Long by its distance, 4,600 theoretical miles, and by its duration, this Class40 Transat Jacques Vabre has kept all its promises of sporting intensity, performance, but also stories of sailors, men and women, immersed in the magic, in the wonders of this Atlantic Ocean,rich in so many climatic and geographical panoramas, that these men and women of the sea have been able to, in humility, respect and often humor, narrate to us during 3 weeks.[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[TJVNLH, D+22 : Cascade of arrivals in Fort de France ]]> Mon, 29 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT The least we can say is that the Transat Jacques Vabre organization teams in Fort de France will not be idle for the next 48 hours. The Class40 fleet is arriving in the wake of Redman, who is in a position to take the laurels of a triumph that has been contested on the water, but is absolutely indisputable in its form. Right behind Antoine Carpentier - Pablo Santurde, all the protagonists of this thrilling race right up to the end, are going to tie up with the pontoons  hour by hour, as the gaps between each Class40 are so small. Thus, the third step of the podium is the object of a terrible mano a mano between the Normans of Seafrigo-Sogestran, Cédric Chateau and Jérémie Mion, and the Belgian-French of Volvo, Jonas Gerckens and Benoit Hantzperg. Redman, approaching the Diamond Rock, has seen its meager lead melt away overnight from Banque du Léman, which is now a dozen miles behind and the fastest in the fleet this morning. Slightly downwind of their opponents, Valentin Gautier and Simon Koster can this morning luff up and accelerate with a better wind angle. There is no room for mistakes, or to have the slightest mechanical problem for the leader Redman, who has been in the lead almost since Madeira. With more than 4,500 miles of intense racing in their legs, the duos will only be able to relax and enjoy themselves once they are moored in Fort de France, this afternoon for sure.   Finally! the trade winds, so uncooperative since the beginning of the Atlantic crossing and the passage to Cape Verde, seem to show a little compassion for the tandems subjected to the harshness of its instability and its whims, on a sea infested with sargassum. By shifting a little to the North, it helps the Class40 to reach towards Martinique. The leading protagonists, chasing behind Redman, are giving it their all and pushing their machines to the maximum, for a tremendous last stand at more than 15 knots on the road. The places of honor are all at stake within a handful of miles and the duos have no margin of error to preserve what has been conquered during 22 days at the price of a beautiful self-sacrifice. Fort de France is expecting today no less than 15 boats, all of which will have been at the top of the race at one time or another. All the favorites are there and it is difficult to identify a crew more deserving than the other. However, we like to see the girls from La Boulangère Bio, Amélie Grassi and Marie Riou, flashed up at 17.40 knots this morning, and so comfortable at the front. What can we say about the performance of the British sailors on Tquila, a boat launched in 2014, and that Brian Thompson and Alister Richardson led to the edge of a so envied Top 10. Only Ian Lipinski and Julien Pulvé (Crédit Mutuel) were not at the party they were promised, due to a UFO that damaged their keel, forcing them to sail with the handbrake. The Class 40 Transat Jacques Vabre has come to a thundering conclusion. It crowns its favorites and marks the triumph of the new boats which, despite a less windy race configuration than hoped for, have demonstrated their great versatility. The class only had two withdrawals out of 45 boats entered. The Class has offered all the ingredients that make up its strength, competition at the highest level, human adventures, individual achievements, and the magic of the journey too often forgotten in sailing competitions, and that the protagonists in Class40 never fail to include in the narrative of their nautical jousts. Pablo Santurde del Arco, Redman's "precious one "My precious! This is how Antoine Carpentier calls his incredible co-skipper with humor and affection, the man to whom all the successes come (Victories in Quebec-Saint Malo, Normandy Channel Race, RORC 600, Mondial 40 etc...). The native of Santander is indeed the ideal crew member, good in all the compartments of the game and endowed with an all-round, affable personality, which makes him the ideal rope companion for long-distance expeditions. Arrived in the French ocean racing scene with another talented and endearing Spaniard, Alex Pella, Pablo has had many successes, rarely finishing higher than the podiums. He is familiar with the Transat Jacques Vabre, second with Pella in 2013, and third in 2017 with Phil Sharp. The consecration and the first step await him today in Fort de France... Quotes of the day : Anne Beaugé - Milai "All is well on board Milai. On the edge! This day and this night are leaning! The wind is well 'on the left', after having made flapper the spis, we took out the gennak of its bag. Leclerc de Magré Pere et Fils, is going full speed ahead, and we are trying to make our way, as best we can. We are quite excited at the idea of finding land, 302 miles exactly, as I write... " Max Cauwe - Avanade "The computer is clear, we are less than 48 hours from the finish of this Transat Jacques Vabre! It's getting harder and harder to keep up with the boats around us: the wind angle is becoming more and more favorable to them. We've gone back into "no pilot" mode, but this time for performance. We steer, we adjust, we steer, we sleep! Here it is at 13/14 knots with the rudders and the keel whistling with happiness  It's a race so we want to arrive as quickly as possible and therefore in a sense that it ends as quickly as possible. .... It's a strange way of thinking: we worked for a year to be at the start of this mythical race and as soon as the gun goes off, we have only one desire, to cross the finish line! All this to say that I take a lot of pleasure on this jJcques Vabre ! Whether it is for the competition or the pleasure of the eyes I am like a kid ! And if I want to arrive so fast, it's also to have the opportunity to leave! "  Antoine Carpentier - Redman Here it is soon the end! Today I took 10 years, we sail between the clouds. The first one this morning gave us good hope, we sailed for 30 minutes at 17 knots and, as we came out of the clouds, the wind shifted a lot, which allowed us to go and look for the axis of the Swiss, which was becoming more and more threatening... The other clouds were less nice, we just spent 20 minutes with 8 knots of wind to fight to get out of the grip of a big cloud. Since this morning, we have the eyes riveted in the mirrors, normally the wind had to come back from behind, so our advance had to decrease from hour to hour. It is a kind of war of nerves. We will have given everything without counting with Pablo! I've never had so much helm on a transatlantic race! I have never eaten so little on a transatlantic race, Pablo either! Hoping that we will finish this Transat Jacques Vabre in the most beautiful way. We're keeping our fingers crossed. "  Free dom - Thomas Bulcke "If the last few days have been rather monotonous: hot weather, sargasso, flying fish, surfing and gybing; this night has been super intense. 2-3 hours of sleep each. It reminded us of the beginning of this race, very committed and out of our comfort zone, on the edge. Around 1:30 am Thibaut wakes me up shouting "Tom, there are 27 knots" I go out on the sly, we have high mainsail and big spinnaker. I immediately take a reef and we decide to go under medium spinnaker because the sea is very rough and it is dark. The moon is rising around 03h UT now."[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[TJVNLH, D+21 : I am hungry!]]> Sun, 28 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT Antoine Carpentier and his "precious" Pablo Santurde are finishing their penultimate night at sea this morning. Only one more "sleep", and their Redman will start the last approach maneuvers towards the Diamond Rock and Fort de France, where her arrival could be judged on Monday afternoon French time.  If the conditional tense is necessary, as it is for any regatta, this one is strongly tinged with certainty, as the two men have shown such mastery and control since their coup d'état on November 18. They are still resisting the inspired assaults of all the favorite protagonists of the event, and God knows there are many of them. But their ability to find the right wind  in the weakest trade wind, to trigger gybes at the most judicious moments to block any attempt by their opponents to overtake them, has, day after day, chiseled the contours of a predicted triumph, stretching the fleet of their pursuers and ruthlessly skimming the candidates for their throne. This morning, 340 miles from the finish, there are only a handful of Class 40s still able to take advantage of the slightest twist of fate. Cédric Chateau and Jérémie Mion from Le Havre, especially known for their inshore racing skills, if they manage to hold off the Swiss of Banque du Léman (Gautier - Koster), are on their way to a formidable feat. Unless the Belgian-French Gerckens - Hantzperg (Volvo) manage to get on the podium. As we can see, if the last few miles are only beginning to remove some of the thrilling uncertainties of the Class40 race, it is only after the very last tacks that this Transat Jacques Vabre will deliver its verdict. The impatience to see the West Indies approaching is becoming electric aboard the Class40s. For three weeks now, the 43 boats still in the race (only two withdrawals are to be deplored, those of Lenzi-Lanternes de Paris (Duchatelet - Renouard) and HBF-Reforest'Action (De Pavant - Gbick) have been battling in the most trying of conditions, with light airs, light trade winds, high temperatures and great efforts. All of them have earned their share of Martinique's paradise, from the leaders to the duos who are deep in the rankings, and who are fighting their own battles and personal challenges every day, more than 1,000 miles from the finish, sometimes within sight of opponents who are in the same situation as them, such as the trio Recycleurs Bretons - Navaleo of Le Borgne father and son, chasing the Canadians of Stormtech Mélodie Schaffer and Ryan Barkey, and Rennes Saint Malo - Rêves of Baptiste Hulin and Christophe Bachman. Stretched out over 1,500 miles, the fleet is now lining up on a direct course for the leaders towards the West Indies. The time for options and shifts is over and it is with pure speed, almost on a single starboard tack that the duos are pressing the accelerator, without reserve and hungry, both figuratively and, unfortunately, literally. After 21 days of racing, the food reserves are exhausted for many and it is with an empty stomach but a happy heart that the Class 40s will reach the terra ferma. To the organizers; add to the Ti Punch at the finish a few appetizers, as the clamour from the open sea is already rising: "Where are the poulardes? I am hungry! Where are the calves, the roasts, the sausages? Where are the beans, the deer pies? Let's eat our fill to forget this race! There are not some soissons with good drunk, a piglet, a roasted goat, some white swans well peppered! » (From the movie Les Visiteurs!) Remontada: Jean Galfione and Eric Péron (Serenis Consulting) continue their amazing remontada; they are now in the top 10, in 9th position after a gain of 5 places in the last 24 hours. Point Vintage : Four Class40s deserve the vintage appellation, and are indulging in their own little personal challenge in the heart of the Transat. The venerable N°1, Terre Exotique, owned by Georges Guiguen and Morgan Pinson, is closing the gap after 21 days of racing, 1,150 miles from the leader Redman. The N° 30 UP SAILING Unis pour la planète of Morgane Ursault-Poupon and Julia Virat, is 250 miles ahead of him in 42nd place. The 44 SEC HAYAI of Dutchmen Frans Budel and Ysbrand Endt is 38th with 1,100 miles to go, and the 103 G2C GROUPE - Martinique of Jean Edouard Criquioche and Eric Baray are in 32nd place, now less than 1,000 miles from the finish. Quotes of the day : Manu Le Roch - Edenred "Second last night at sea! I must admit that the fresh water shower is starting to be a dream on board! We are now on a direct course to the finish! Our ETA is scheduled for the beginning of the afternoon... an additional motivation not to arrive after 7 pm or risk spending the night at sea on board the boat! Then we attack! Superb final in any case to see so many Class 40 so grouped. One hand on the mainsail traveler ready to shock and the other on the spinnaker winch handle! Onward!" Antoine Carpentier - Redman "We're getting closer, we're getting closer. The tension is rising on board, we can't stand it anymore if the wind turns the wrong way or if there is less wind than forecast! We are on the lookout for the chart to know if our competitors have jibed or if they are going faster. Each pointing where we are faster is celebrated with a small war cry and, those where we are less fast, plunge us in a state of growing stress. How long it is going to last, we remember the afternoon of yesterday... we must hold, we must hold! Less than 30 hours of race... We have two meals each. We have water more than we need. 5 liters of diesel, which is equivalent to 5 good loads of batteries. I have three coffees left, and Pablo has 8 tea bags. As for clothes, Pablo doesn't have anything clean and I have one pair of shorts, a polo shirt and a T-shirt left." Stan Thuret - Everial "Every morning is the same.  Every noon is the same.  Every evening, every night.  The only earthly reference point. The time displayed on our dials is different for each sunrise and sunset. But otherwise, we are static.  We move forward, even backward.  Each day the weather extends the course.  Each day the variations of the wind add a small dose.  A well organized torture.  Seaweed.  Heat.  Length. Minor damages. But pushing this spinnaker is certainly a chosen ordeal. So we think about it and we accept. We are lucky and privileged to make this crossing. And in three days we will have almost forgotten everything."[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[TJVNLH, D+20 : Things are starting to settle down]]> Sat, 27 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT Slowly, but surely, with 600 miles to go and after nearly three weeks of racing, the situation at the head of the group of 43 Class40s in the race is beginning to settle down. The historical leader of the event, Redman, with the Franco-Spanish duo Antoine Carpentier - Pablo Santurde, has not been able to widen the gap, but has managed to sail in a position of control, well positioned between the mark and his pursuers. To overtake him, the latter have to lengthen their route, in a trade wind that is still soft and capricious, not very conducive to beautiful surfs. It's still a tough battle just thirty miles from the leader! See by yourself. From the second place, the amazing Havro-Havrais crew of Seafrigo-Sogestran Chateau - Mion, to the 11th place, the girls of La Boulangère Bio Amélie Grassi and Marie Riou, there is only a fifty miles gap. Ten boats are still in a position to fight for the podium, including at least 6, Banque du Léman (Gautier - Koster), Volvo (Gerckens - Hantzperg), Lamotte Module Création (Berry - Nebout), LaManche#EvidenceNautique (Jossier - Loison) and Edenred (Le Roch - Quiroga), always in capacity to exploit the slightest failure of the leading men. Of the big favourites, all of them are there, except maybe Crédit Mutuel (Lipinski -Pulvé), penalized by their damaged keel since the collision with a UFO. The messages from the boats attest to the fact that all the crews want to finish this interminable transatlantic race. Fatigue, water and food restrictions for many, intense heat, unstable trade winds, sargassum... the litany of worries is wearing down their bodies and minds. Of course, the wind and sea conditions are peaceful, but they require the sailors to be all the more diligent as the gains on the road are made on details, micro-adjustments, and a concentration that is increasingly difficult to control after nearly 4,000 miles of incessant struggle, as the density of the fleet, in number as well as in quality, has pushed the crews to outdo themselves since the first minute of the race. The intensity of the race, the shifting trade winds and the gaps of more than 1,000 miles between the leader Redman and the last one, Terre Exotique (Guiguen - Pinson) have insidiously split the pack into three increasingly distinct groups. The leading group includes this morning 17 boats, including Croatia Full of Life (Kostelic - Antoine). 50 miles behind the Croatian boat, a dozen boats where we want to include Entrepreneurs for the Planet of Sébastien Audigane and François Jambou, still clinging to their 29th place, and fighting to stay in contact with this group. The Kervarrec family, Simon and Yannick (Samsic E.Leclerc) are leading the rear guard, 14 Class40s perfectly in their race, where each crew is living the adventure to the fullest, the unique maritime experience and this sailor's life entirely dedicated to the smooth running of the ship, to the harmony between man and machine, in the contemplation and admiration of an exclusive, rare, unique environment, and its ocean languor .... Enguerrand's Fun facts - Exploring Tech for Good ⁃ We continue to play little games of yams in the downtime :) 3-0 for Victor :-/  ⁃ Still not seen any trade winds  ⁃ It's been exactly 15 days that we sail under spinnaker!!! Unbelievable why we are carrying the other sails? ⁃ A nice peak at 13.1 knots in the afternoon!!!  ⁃ On the menu tonight :  Tartiflette ! Quotes of the day : Morgane Ursault-Poupon - UPSAILING Unis pour la planète "Long night under the clouds or bipolarity of wandering mood. Tonight, it is Orion who shows us the way. The constellation brightens up the sky darkened by large dark masses. The wind is weak, the boat too. Fortunately the sea is beautiful. Tonight my mood wavers like the waves. Sometimes in the hollow in full spleen, sometimes at the top in full form. Melancholy takes hold of me in view of our position. I say to myself that we do not deserve to be where we are now, that it is not fair and that we should be ten places in front... I hope that our "South" option will pay off... That's what ocean racing is all about, it's a mixture of strong emotions, from the most difficult to the most pleasant. There are moments of rage, anger and sadness. Then, in the space of a moment, we put things into perspective, we tell ourselves that we are really lucky to live such adventures. After a small drop in morale, you have to pull yourself together. It should not last, it should not spoil such magical moments, suspended in time. This race is beautiful and whatever happens, we must fight until the end to not regret anything. We raise our heads, we remain proud and dignified, we remain concentrated. This is what is powerful in the competitions we live, it is this intensity of emotions that overwhelm us. Everything is relative, the strength of the mind is exciting." Calliste Antoine - Croatia Full of Life "All day under pilot, too much sun outside, the inside of the boat was a real oven. After 3pm, it was a real relief! The sun is on the other side of the sails. We can finally go out! Ivica has opened the last block of meat which in fact is only fat, a big block of fat, he eats it in slice with raw garlic "that's good energy you know! yes but no way thank you! especially by 40°, my stomach is not strong enough for that!" Antoine Carpentier - Redman "We were sailing in the same wind conditions as the others this morning and then, at around 12:00 GMT, the wind eased off, we went from 14 knots of wind to 12, then 10, then 8 knots, with 7 knots of wind from time to time. Whereas 50 miles behind they posted the same speeds as in the morning! And now, it hurts, we saw our lead go from 50 miles to 38 in less than 6 hours ... it makes you think well for those who think the game is over ... We have an ideal control position, the chasing group is in our axis, if they want to overtake us, they have to pass us or make a huge detour, so at some point they will have the same wind as us... " Jean Galfione - Serenis Consulting "We've just come back from the Devil's Eye. We had a tricky phase where our morale was at zero. We fell behind quite a bit, but we got our act together and today we're in a decent position. We obviously don't intend to stop there. We are letting go of the horses even if, for the time being, there are no tactical moves to make. We are continuing to claw back miles even if the competitors who remain ahead are also the fastest in the pack. The fact that we are back on the leading group gives us hope. Every hour, we are analysing the position reports of our competitors. We are in it. We don't skimp on the gearing. We're constantly adjusting and we're constantly fighting with the seaweed." Anne Beaugé - Milai "823 miles, it's starting to feel a little bit like the finish! I'm starting to think about the mosquito bites to come, the noise of the frogs at night, the laughter with my friends... I saw on a photo that Gilles Lamiré and Yvan Bourgnon had fresh coconuts with a straw at the finish, we will have coconuts too?" Amélie Grassi - La Boulangère Bio We are now 3 days from the finish, the ETA is becoming clearer. For me, the end of the race is always accompanied by contradictory feelings, between the desire to arrive as quickly as possible in order to win places and meet up with our loved ones, and the anxiety of finishing a pleasant journey to return to the daily life on earth. Besides these personal questions, the race is in full swing. We are clinging on to the leading group and we are making sure we never lose our rhythm, with the firm intention of playing every possible move to regain a few places. We are rested, serene and concentrated. I'm delighted with the positive state of mind we've been able to maintain up to now, which should be a strength for the final decisive moments of this Transat Jacques Vabre."[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[TJVNLH, D+19 : Converging routes]]> Fri, 26 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT At the end of the 19th day of racing in the Transat Jacques Vabre, the routes of the Class40 leaders have crossed those of the Imoca Class monohulls. These 18.28 m long yachts, whose course passed by the Brazilian island of Fernando de Noronha off Recife, are now heading for Martinique along the coasts of Northeast Brazil, Guyana and Venezuela. As for the Class40s, their mark of passage was the Cape Verde archipelago. The extraordinary extent in latitude as well as in longitude of the high pressure areas has led these 12.19 m monohulls to constantly put more South in their route, to the point of converging today with the Imocas, nearly 400 miles from the great circle, the shortest route on the surface of the globe between two points. But while the Imoca boats are gliding along on a single starboard tack, the Class 40s from the North are continuing their "staircase" approach, multiplying gybes in a trade wind well set to the East, with every other tack desperately penalizing the gain on the direct route. Antoine Carpentier and Pablo Santurde have become experts in this field since they crossed the Sal mark in Cape Verde last Friday. With 890 miles to go to the finish, which could be judged as early as next Monday or Tuesday, the men on Mach 40.4 Redman seem to be setting the pace for the pack of competitors, perfectly in control in their role as pathfinders towards Martinique. But by diving radically south yesterday, often at 90° to the route to Martinique, Antoine Carpentier and Pablo Santurde have cleared the way to the Caribbean arc and are no longer in control as they were in recent days since the passage to Cape Verde. Cédric Chateau and Jérémie Mion from Le Havre (Seafrigo Sogestran), who have come back to the front, are the first to enter the breach. Their duel with the Mach 40.4 Banque du Léman and the Swiss duo Valentin Gautier-Simon Koster (Banque du Léman) is going to be a spur for these two boats of the latest generation, capable of giving the leader a hard time. This morning they are the fastest of the whole fleet. But with less than 900 miles to go to the finish, the whole top of the race is in revolution this morning, against the historical leader of the race, Redman. Alex Tréhin and Frédéric Denis (Project Rescue Ocean) are also leading the revolt on an even more radical route to windward of the whole fleet. The latter is imploding somewhat this morning under the pressure of so many protagonists who are determined to play their chances in this final sprint. In the wake of Serenis Consulting  (Galfione - Péron), well back in 14th position this morning, Guidi (Mourruau - Fantini), Croatia Full of life (Kostelic - Antoine) and Milai (Masa - Beaugé), are working hard to be part of the final fight! There are no less than 17 Class40s who have not yet given up in the fight for the runners-up positions! Of course, it is the trade winds, which are still unstable in terms of direction and strength, that will determine the issues, which will last at least until next Tuesday. The route choices that seem to be made this weekend will determine the outcome of this exciting and long Transat Jacques Vabre 2021. The fleet of 43 Class40s in the race is now spread out over more than 1,000 miles between the leaders and the duo Guiguen - Pinson (Terre Exotique), which entered the Atlantic yesterday. Vic and Enguerrand's Fun facts ⁃ Forget about glasses repair ; it was a fiasco  ⁃ Sargasse if you change 3 letters and add 18 it's like : " fuc..g shit algae, I hope the guy in front has a lot of it! "... coincidence? I don't think so.  ⁃ a spoonerism that was slipped into a note we've been blogging about for a few days (thanks Freddy), do you have it? "He was so skinny that he only had one stripe on his pajamas" ⁃ our auto driver always squeaks... except when we sit next to the bar... maybe he needs someone to talk to for a bit ⁃ We feel like we are almost there when we still have more miles to go than our first race (Normandy Channel race) ⁃ Our GoPro bugs  ⁃ CONTEST GAME: we call by satellite the one who manages to predict best how many liter of fresh water we will have left at the date of November 28 12H UT  ⁃ The number of our satellite phone starts with +88, it scares people who don't know it so most of the time when we call someone on land, they don't answer! ⁃ Guilty pleasure: we did (not at the same time) some lame ass night shifts. It is very nice ⁃ Question of the day : Do you have the names or numbers of the boats that we want to pass the most ? (all of them of course but we have to start somewhere)  Crédit Mutuel slowed down! The Class40 Crédit Mutuel of Ian LIpinksi and Julien Pulvé hit an Ofni at 11:15 pm French time on Wednesday. The keel is damaged. Both men are fine but will have to sail back to Martinique at reduced speed. They were in the leading pack before this accident. Quotes of the day : Antoine Carpentier - Redman "Another night at sea. A magical night, far from everything and so close to nature... the wind is gentle, not too strong unfortunately, around 12/13 knots of wind, variable direction East-North East. The sea is still as calm as ever, barely 2 meters of swell. The stars are shining while waiting for the moon to rise... We are in the last night where we can make a strategic placement on the competitors and they on us...on the final edge, it will be then a race of speed until Martinique, during three days on the same edge. At this point, the distances on the map will normally be more stable and will really indicate the ranking since everyone will be on the same tack..." Manu Le Roch - Edenred "The wind is back and the Red boys are smiling again! A day at the helm, slaloming between the surfs, the sargasso to avoid ... music at full blast, the pleasure is there! At the moment we listen to fives minutes Her, after hours The Weekend, Maria kerala Dust or I like the party Disko Junkie ! Sensations hyper pleasant to surf following the wave a delight! It was not often the case on this long transatlantic race so we have to enjoy it! The mile counter has been going well and we are now under the 1000 miles mark of the arrival scheduled on Monday! Stan Thuret - Everial "I've just beaten my record for time spent at sea. We are starting the 19th day, and until now I had spent 18 days during the Mini. The routings give 4 days and 15 hours until the finish." Frans Budel - SEC Hayai "We have 12 to 16 knots of wind in the trade winds. The sky is clear, the moon is full and there are few waves. We are staying south to have some margin if the wind gets more easterly. The moon rises later and later, and also seems to be getting smaller and smaller, giving us less light at night. Few clouds, so a splendid starry sky. Calliste Antoine - Croatia full of life "Our provisions are scarce but we hold on, the rationing which is imposed to us is already felt on our slimmed down bodies. We are still moving in the right direction, the extreme climatic conditions of this hostile environment are very hard to bear, especially around noon when there is not the slightest shelter in the shade outside, the hours at the helm are beginning to leave their mark on our tired bodies. This vermin of sargassum does not finish leading us the hard life, banks of several meters extending as far as the eye can see. All morning long, 3 backward steps, an apnea cleaning and we stopped counting after 63 rudder cleaning in less than 3 hours, no choice if we want to escape our pursuers Ivica, the Mediterranean, confided to me that even in the Adriatic the heat was not as strong "It's not my sea" he added. Max Cauwe - Avanade Everything is going well on board Avanade! The weather is nice and warm! Too nice and too hot sometimes. It's getting harder and harder to keep up with the recent boats around us, but we're hanging in there. It is the last straight line and we give everything: either you steer or you sleep! We started to count the water cans. That should do it but there is nothing too much."[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[TJVNLH, D+18 : The slalom of sargasso !]]> Thu, 25 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT It's an exercise that must inspire the skiers involved in the Transat Jacques Vabre, Class40 category. Aurélien Ducroz (Crosscall), Mathieu Crépel (Everial) and of course the world champion Ivica Kostelic (Croatia Full of Life) know what zigzagging means. In this case, and in the heart of the Atlantic, it is the more or less extensive, more or less thick patches of sargassum, these highly toxic marine plants, which force the sailors to slalom to avoid these slimy masses which cling to their riders and keel, slowing down their progress considerably. No one escapes them and the duos multiply their efforts to get rid of them, either with the help of poles, or with the help of ropes, or with the help of backtracking, which penalizes them in terms of gains on the road. It is in this context and under an overwhelming tropical heat by less than 10 degrees of latitude North, that the jousts continue. In the wake of Redman (Carpentier - Santurde), who is still as successful as ever in his choices of route and his ability to go fast whatever the wind, there are still a dozen or so who are playing their chances of victory or a podium place with gusto. While the leader crossed the 1,000-mile mark this morning, 12 boats, from Volvo, 2nd (Gerckens - Hantzperg) to the remarkable Clak40 Emile Henry - Happyvore of Nicolas D'Estais and Erwan Le Draoulec, 13th, are within 70 miles. And while the frontrunners are managing to make headway westwards in a semblance of trade winds , this time it is the whole rear guard, still held by the duo Guiguen - Pinson (Terre Exotique) in Cape Verde, which is suffering from the total collapse of the north-easterly flow. If Antoine Carpentier and Pablo Santurde (Redman), vigilant on their meager food reserves, are now counting on a finish in the next 5 days, the road will still be long for the second half of the pack. Zoom on : Clown Hop He planned to sail on a brand new Class40, a scow40 on Bertrand's design, freshly delivered by his South African builder. The lawyer from Le Havre, treasurer of the Ligue de Voiles de Normandie Renaud Courbon had to change his mind, find and prepare a second-hand Class40 to set off, together with the rookie of the Normandy sailing world Guillaume Pirouelle on his second Transat Jacques Vabre. The Pogo S3 on which they were able to set their sights dates from 2013 and has none of the assets of the latest generation Class40s that the duo from Le Havre dreamed of. However, the examination of their race reveals a very honorable course, far from the depths of the ranking to which they were promised. 18th this morning, Clown Hop, named after the association supported by the two companions, which works to give meaning to life by recreating a social link with the elderly and disabled, using the character of the clown, is evolving 180 miles from the leader Redman, at the heels of another Norman of the race, Calliste Antoine associated with Ivica Kostelic (Croatia Full of Life). Quotes of the day : Anne Beaugé - Milai "Difficult to steer with the vmg, a rather flat boat, without visual reference at night. The pilot is on call every evening for longer and longer. Good day on board Milai, relay at the helm every hour in the heat of the day, naps moist but deep. On board we each have an advent calendar, chocolate for Masa, Haribo for me. They are gifts from a friend, Yuka. They help us to count the days of the race and to give us a boost when it's hard to get out of the lethargy of a nap. Masa's chocolates are melted. Milai is running pretty well, we haven't got the whip out yet..." Calliste Antoine - Croatia full of life "A lot of sargassum, 4 backward steps in the day to remove it from the keel, at most 6 times hands in the water in 1 hour to remove those on the rudders, in short the horror! We're going to be short of food (we had more or less 21-22 days at the start), water is fine but with the overwhelming heat we're drinking a lot. Cedric Chateau - Seafrigo Sogestran "Well, in the end, our placement a little further south than the Class40 tribe paid off. We did a great operation which allows us to come close to the podium of the general classification but very provisional! Indeed, let's not forget that Martinique is quite far and that many things can still happen. On board, everything is going well, we are careful not to sargasso too much when we enter a zone of banks of .... Sargasso. And yesterday, there were some areas where every 10 minutes we had to go backwards. Weary..." Olivier Magré - E.Leclerc -Ville-La-Grand "End of the poetic/philosophical part! Nature is beautiful but we would like to have a trade wind worthy of the name... today, 7 to 10 knots of wind... so much to say that the ranking point this evening will hurt the heart... Well, the positive side is that in theory, it should remain light tonight but it will come back tomorrow and the day after, and that from Friday or Saturday, we will finally set course for Martinique for good and the wind should be there! Antoine Carpentier - Redman "Long day under the blazing sun, slaloming between the sargassum. The fleet is regrouping in the South, which is not to our displeasure, it's easier to control everyone when everyone is sailing together and not one group to the North and one group to the South. We're not going on a direct tack at the finish. The wind has eased a little, the heat in the boat is just crazy during the day... we sweat a lot without doing anything... Impossible to sleep during the day so we occupy ourselves as we can. As far as food is concerned, we have 8 meals left each, for 5 and a half days of race! It is going to be hot on Sunday, we risk to be really very very hungry at the time of our arrival. For those who will come to see us, think of taking us a sandwich please! In addition to the ty punch of course..." Stan Thuret - Everial Gybes are like omelets.  To make a good omelet, you need a hot pan. In this respect, we are well served.  The ocean is at 29, the cabin at 35. Then you have to butter it well.  It must be smooth and fluid. It must not stick. A well-rounded egg, well stirred.  A well-rounded spinnaker, well bunched. And then that's the fun part. Do I mix the new listening right away?  Do I leave a little time on one side to replenish the albumin?  Do I try to turn the pan with the stick?  Do I free the bastaque with a wooden spatula to loosen the edges?  How long do I wait to flip?  What do I do if it comes out like a soft-boiled egg?" Thomas Bulcke - Free dom "For the last 2 days we have been gliding along in what looks like a timid trade wind. We have wind between 10-13 knots at 50 and 80 so NE. We are closely following the wind rotations to try to always be on the closest edge, knowing that like the leading pack, our route will be through the South. Not easy this exercise. Sometimes we have the impression to make the great move and to gybe at the right moment and 30 minutes later the wind turns again and we say to ourselves that we would have been better not to gybe. It must be said that the gybes are really painful especially at night. We have less things to gybe and the ballast tanks are often empty! It's the heat and the heaviness inside the boat that make us swim after 5 minutes of gybing. Next time I'll bring a fan. I dream of a fresh salad with 1 Litre of frozen beer, with my feet in the sand. Martinique is coming!" Julia Virat- UP SAILING Unis pour la planète "It seems that the first ones are already celebrating their arrival... congratulations to them! As for us, the outcome is still far away. But we passed Cape Verde the day before yesterday and that's good for our morale: it's now the last stretch. Well, right, I mean! We are now living with the heat (a bit overwhelming during the day), the flying fish and the sargassum. For the moment, the conditions allow us to hold with our only remaining spinnaker (the big one, which is a light wind spinnaker). We have not exceeded 25 knots downwind since the other one (the heavy spinnaker for the breeze) has completely torn. That's good. This is a factor we will have to deal with until the finish... We might as well say that we take great care of the big spinnaker because without it, the road would become even longer! The sun is rising in the sky, it will be time to spread cream and continue to steer, steer, steer."[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[TJVNLH, D+17 : The trade wind funnel]]> Wed, 24 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT With the passage this morning of Terre Exotique (Guiguen-Pinson) under the island of Sal in Cape Verde, the 43 Class40s of the Transat Jacques Vabre are now all on their way to the last passage point of the event, the Diamond Rock in Martinique. For the leading protagonists of a fleet still brilliantly led by the Franco-Spanish tandem of Redman, Antoine Carpentier and Pablo Santurde, it is the compression of the trade winds in latitude that regulates and orchestrates the rhythm of the race. The Class40s are in fact sailing in a funnel, a bottleneck between two masses of high pressure, languishing in the north and south. In this corridor of less than 400 miles wide, an irregular wind blows, mostly from the East to the North East. Hence the frantic saraband of tacks, sometimes penalizing to the South West, sometimes favorable to the North West, which have marked these last few days of racing. The rankings are evolving, in the wake of the hard-to-defeat leader Redman, according to these gybes. Thus the girls on La Boulangère Bio, Marie Riou and Amélie Grassi have lost 5 places in the last few hours as a result of this penalizing but necessary tack to the South West. With less than 1,300 miles to go to the finish, this trade wind funnel is going to shrink and the trajectories will converge more and more clearly. The already narrow gaps will shrink at the front of the fleet, where no less than 18 boats are sailing within 130 miles of each other. 97 miles from the leader, Jean Galfione and Eric Péron made a stunning comeback to the front. Ranked 12th, they came back from far behind to join the great fight up front. The more the race goes on, the more the best boats are coming in for a final that promises to be breathtaking, as the gaps are so small and the density of boats and duos is so great. How will Redman continue to control his opponents, each one more formidable than the last, and now scattered over nearly 100 miles of latitude, from Crédit Mutuel (Lipinski-Pulvé) to the North, to Volvo (Gerckens-Hantzberg) to the South? The danger is everywhere and the attacks are constant. With less than 1,300 miles to go to the finish, it is now time to choose a position in this trade wind that is so irregular in strength and direction. Redman is investing today in the South, in order to be able to climb back up on starboard tack and with a good wind angle towards the Caribbean Arc in the next few days. He is thus opening the door to his rivals, but is betting on the long term by allowing himself a good capacity to accelerate at the end of the week. Provided they don't get out of the funnel! Crosscall without spinnaker since the Canaries; "We lost the big spinnaker in a "crash" at the end of a big surf at the Canaries". Explains Aurélien Ducroz. "The part that holds the medium spinnaker at the top of the mast broke. Since then, we only have a very small spinnaker, which is not enough in the current conditions and to go to the West Indies. We're not going as fast, and we're not going the way we want! Jonas Gerckens (Volvo): "Special dedication to Jean Galfione, our formidable competitor in Class 40; the indispensable element in transatlantic sailing is the pole! Yes, the pole, a necessary instrument to remove the sargasso crap that gets caught in the rudders!" Quotes of the day: Enguerrand Granoux - Exploring Tech for good "In terms of discoveries, we had a great one! We discovered the sargassum! Small spherical shaped seaweeds, a kind of snowflake but seaweed version. We will have to check if these seaweeds come from the activity of the man but a priori there is more and more in the Atlantic. The problem is that sargassum gathers in more or less dense groups (the densest ones fill a layer 3 meters deep) and it can completely stop the boat! They form small spots on the water! Without wanting it, we crossed groups of sargassum, and each time after, we have to remove them because they get stuck in the rudders and the keel....With our lifting rudders it's easy but for the keel it's more difficult! You have to go backwards or make a heap start (lay the boat down). We prefer the heap start, it avoids lowering the spinnaker. Just before the night we took it without seeing it, then we notice that the boat is slower than what it should be of 10%, then we re-adjust all the boat but impossible to find the adjustment which would bring us to 100% of our theoretical performance! we check by plunging the GoPro in water and indeed, there are well algae in the keel. So we try to remove them... and the speed finally comes back! To tell you how much of a problem it is, we even get the satellite images to see where they are the densest and avoid those places in our trajectory!" Antoine Carpentier - Redman What a crazy day! That's it, we are finally heading southwest!  We had satellite connection problems that deprived us of our competitors' report positions, which is crucial for us, especially when we are at the head of the fleet and want to stay there. And as if that wasn't enough, it was impossible to download the weather forecast, in other words we were blind all day. I spent a good 4 hours on this m.... file, 4 hours not setting the boat, not steering, not sleeping. I think it made me hysterical, I'll have to go and see a doctor when I get there! So one day to settle computer problems and to remove the sargasso, today we were spoiled on this side too. The positive point is that we did not concede too much ground to our competitors, we receive again the positions of the competitors and we found a way to download a weather forecast, all that at the end of the afternoon. We're back in warrior mode, we're not going to give up anything!" Pierre Louis Attwell - Vogue avec un Crohn No news for a few days, and for good reason, not much is happening on the Atlantic at the moment. Well, that's not quite true! The weather is globally the same since the crossing of the Cape Verde Islands, it's nice, extremely warm and the sea is beautiful.  The strategy is to play the small wind oscillations and the zones with more or less pressure that the computer files give us with more or less precision! So we are tearing our hair out on the computer to find the right way and it is not easy! Yesterday we made a choice, then we changed our mind, then we changed it again to finally take our initial route.  Result: 3 gybes in two hours and all the material of the boat (bags of matossage, water cans, sails etc...) to change side as many times, the whole by a blazing sun and a hellish heat. As much to say that we drink a lot of water at the moment! We meet a lot of algae which come to get stuck in the keel, in the propeller and in the rudders. So we spend a lot of time removing them so as not to slow down too much. And when the seaweed rod is not enough, we even found ourselves going backwards to get rid of it. We could stop and dive but an encounter with a shark yesterday doesn't encourage us too much to swim.. Too bad!"  Cedric Chateau - Seafrigo Sogestran "That's it! Our neurons are smoking, it feels like overheating! And one question and only one has been responsible for it for 36 hours: Should we follow the routing or stay with our friends! Raaaah but it's not that simple and finally after 24 hours of extreme cogitation, last night, we had more confidence in the computer than in our direct competitors. The result is a gybe and a course to the south. I don't want to burden you with the ups and downs linked to this decision during the day (we should never have gybed, we got into the sargassum, we are upside down, etc...), but in the end, the whole fleet is now on the port side of the boat and it is not impossible that the situation will evolve to our advantage...Otherwise, this morning's drama on Seafrigo-Sogestran: the watermaker is no longer working. So, there is enough water left for me to reach Martinique, but I was more worried about Jérémie who only had one glass left. Already he is not very thick, if I bring him back dry to his parents, we will end up in an unpleasant relationship!… Anyway, the watermaker is working again, Jérémie will be able to drink and his parents won't give up on giving me a Christmas present in December (@nathalie &@luc I'm sending you my list...)".[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[TJVNLH, D+16 : The leaders]]> Tue, 23 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT Nickel! If the passage to the Sal Island mark in Cape Verde has seen some compression of the fleet, with a regrouping of the pack, it has also allowed the tenors of the class, favorites of the observers for the Martinique podium, to get back to the front. Thanks to crossings or large circumnavigations of the archipelago, the leaders, to paraphrase Alain Souchon, have been monopolizing the best places. Behind Redman (Carpentier - Santurde), impressive in its composure and mastery, we have seen over the last 24 hours the dynamic return of Crédit Mutuel (Lipinski - Pulvé) and the duo Axel Tréhin - Frédéric Denis (Project Ocean Rescue), who have come to reoccupy the places of honor alongside the historical leaders of the race, Lamotte Module Création (Berry - Nebout), Volvo (Gerckens - Hantzperg), but also the Vikings of La Manche#EvidenceNautique (Jossier - Loison) and Edenred (Le Roch-Quiroga), less well paid for their southern option than expected. Ready to join the fight, the Le Havre-based Chateau-Mion (Seafrigo - Sogestran), the amazing young fellows of Legallais (Casenave-Péré - Bloch) and the Boulangère Bio girls, Amélie Grassi and Marie Riou, who are getting more and more confident with each passing mile. With 1,400 miles to go to the finish, the Class40 train is still making headway at relative speed, forced to tack downwind in this trade wind, which is stubbornly oriented right in line with the boats' progress. In the tropical heat, the crews, vigilant about their water and food supplies, are not sparing themselves and are multiplying the heavy gybing and sail changing maneuvers. An endurance race has started and the best crews will have to fight at this pace for about 6 days, for a possible arrival early next week. Note: Only Georges Guiguen and Morgann Pinson (Terre Exotique) are this morning on their way to the Sal Island mark, 170 miles ahead, which they could clear tomorrow morning. The 42 other boats have all set a course to the west, towards the REocher du Diamant, the last mark before the finish  in Fort de France. Joy ! If some people are worried about a long Class40 race, slowed down by unfavorable weather factors this year, we also underline the extraordinary good mood that animates the fleet. From the leaders to the rear guard, the daily messages, written, spoken or filmed, testify to a communicative and shared joy of sailing, in a spirit of solidarity which reminds us of the Mini Class, from where many of the protagonists of the Class come from. Indeed, many of the competitors, within a fleet as dense as the Class40, race at short distances from each other, and do not hesitate to call out to each other, within VHF range, to challenge each other or simply to joke. Thus Anna Beaugé (Milai) tells us that she sang a duet with... Ivica Kostelic (Croatia Full of Life). The competitors in the 40-foot monohull class are living their transatlantic race with great intensity and a remarkably positive state of mind, whether it is a contest for the most beautiful moustache or an approximate culinary challenge for others. A word from Kito (HBF - Reforest'Action) "What class of ocean racing, apart from perhaps the mini650 class, can show such a beautiful face? 45 boats at the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre, but above all, after 2 weeks of racing, a very dense battle for the top 20, and this is no small detail, a plethora of international racers, a Spaniard in the lead, followed by Belgians, Swiss, a Croatian, an Italian, an all-female crew, and a Franco-Japanese tandem, which is having a magnificent race. In spite of the power of the new scows, all very fast in certain conditions, we can also see that the "old" boats, well managed, manage to do well. The magnificent trajectories of LaManche#EvidenceNautique, and Lamotte Module Création, but also Ivica Kostelic or the Japanese boat mentioned above, and I forget... It is clear that this is the circuit where the top 10 is the most complicated to reach and I am well placed to affirm it..." Quotes of the day: Amélie Grassi - La Boulangère Bio "On board La Boulangère Bio, we are not going too fast to enjoy the pleasure of being at sea for longer and we are heading south to avoid seeing the miles go by too quickly. Joking aside, the shortage of chocolates is threatening so Marie and I are sticking with the leading group and trying to gain a few miles when it is possible. The fluctuations of the wind and the sea are demanding, we have to be concentrated to make the boat move forward and find the right trajectory on this vast oceanic game board.As for the rhythm, we rest as much as possible at night. But don't worry, when one sleeps... the other one watches! And to stay awake at 100% of our capacities in the middle of the night, our little secret is chocolate (a big thank you to Kevin's parents from 145 for the chocolate offered at the start, if we can't stay ahead of him with it, I don't understand)." Antoine Carpentier - Redman "This is the Redman rocket!  We are fighting to keep the lead we have, the chasers are not giving up, it puts us under pressure! They are right to do so, there are still a little less than 1500 miles to go with jibes, so there is still a lot to play for. Especially since our weather files don't seem to be completely accurate! Normally the southerners should have more wind and apparently it's the northerners who have more, difficult to make strategic choices in these conditions, it's been three days that the routings tell us to go south and with each new file, it makes us do a little more north west before diving into the south ... In short, it's not easy to manage this end of the race... For the moment, we remain in a situation of control, all the fleet is going to the same place so it's quite simple and less stressful ... but as soon as the fleet will split into two, the choice will be more complicated. Today we had three meals, it was a big party on board :) What is strange is that we are as hungry as the other days! That said, lunch was a dish of Chinese noodles, like a portion for a small child." Anne Beaugé - Milai "During the day, especially in the morning when we are not in the shade of the sails, we cook at the helm. I wrapped my legs in moistened paper towels and Masa helms the feet in a bucket filled with sea water. We met Croatia Full of life again today, we sang on the VHF, reviewed the songs about the sun... Otherwise, 'is a blow to the west, a blow to the south, and like all the mode, we look for the least bad moment to 'do the south'. But it's really because it's necessary, because of course, everybody thinks only about the west! The first 50 has arrived, bravo! Let's hurry up too." Calliste Antoine -Croatia full of life "Wind 12-15 knots from NE, sea not great, waves too tight to surf. We managed to go back down and to catch up with the fleet in the south, now we have to gain places. The tack of the spinnaker broke again: the textile shackle was cut on the ring of friction, brief spinnaker in bulk for 5 mn, the time to repair. We have in sight Milai and Tquila which are the other "old" boats of the first fleet with us. There are still scows behind us (Crosscall, Serenis, Leclerc). They have very good speeds and it will be hard to contain them until the finish. Tomorrow is Ivica's birthday! We have a can of pears in syrup for the occasion." Julia Virat - Morgane Ursault-Poupon- UP SAILING Unis pour la planète "The big symbolic moment is over: we went around Cape Verde this morning. It's very motivating because now we know what we have to do: 2,200 nautical miles (4,000 kilometers) due west, and basta: tipunch and fresh fruit. We are now in the famous and long awaited trade winds! This means that the wind is going to carry us by the back and that the temperatures are definitely warmer. To be exact, we are farting hot on the deck in the sun. We took out the sun cream, and it is necessary to begin to anticipate the meals: to let cool the freeze-dried before tasting! We hoisted the big pink spinnaker, and it is necessary to remain concentrated at the helm, because it tends to be a little embarked with its 200 square meters of canvas. We are always glued to the helm alternately and the rhythm does not change. Concentration, concentration. It's demanding and formative."[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[TJVNLH, D+15 : At the whim of the trade winds]]> Mon, 22 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT A complex situation lies on the Atlantic and in front of  the pack of Class 40s who have excitedly begun their great ocean crossing. Vast zones of high pressure, with little wind, stretch from the Caribbean arc to the coast of Africa, bordering the route ideally followed by the competitors in the Class40 category of the Transat Jacques Vabre. The strengthening of the east-northeast trade wind is expected, and of its timing and virulence will depend the route choices of the duos. Some, like Edenred (Le Roch - Quiroga) and Banque du Léman (Gautier-Koster), have plunged radically to the south from Cape Verde, investing massively away from the direct route, but in favor of a wind that is better established in  strength and direction. Others, like Crédit Mutuel (Lipinski-Pulvé), are flirting with the  calms windward of the fleet. Very inspired and for the time being generously rewarded by a median choice, Redman (Carpentier - Santurde) is controlling with  great mastery the assaults  coming from all sides. The Mach 40.4 launched last year resists the urge to go south, and favors the direct route, 1 600 miles from Fort de France. For a long time, Crédit Mutuel was in seventh place, unable to catch up with the « Club des 6 », which led the race from the tip of Brittany to Cape Verde. She took advantage of a good breath of fresh air as she passed the Cape Verde archipelago to once again assert its legitimate claims in this Transat Jacques Vabre. "When you want to get to the head of the fleet, you have to attack," explained Ian Lipinski. "We pushed along Morocco and Mauritania, and it worked out pretty well for us. The timing was pretty close, but we managed to get through. It's a good thing we made that gain, because on Thursday and Friday, the fleet came back from behind. But we earned the right to have intermediate and attainable goals that help us mobilize at every moment." One of the fastest boats in recent hours, the round-nosed Max 40 came within 36 miles of leader Redman, occupying the third step of the podium. Ian Lipinski and Julien Pulvé, rightly touted as potential winners, are back in business and no one doubts that it will now be difficult to dislodge them from the runner-up spots. Unless the South ends up triumphing. Guidi (Mourruau - Fantini), ranked 3rd yesterday, Legallais (Cazenave-Péré - Bloch), Emile Henry - Happyvore (D'Estais - Le Draoulec) or Tquila (Thompson - Richardson) are diving to the South, momentarily abandoning the direct route, proof of the mistrust that the duos have today regarding the capacity of the high pressure to evacuate to the North. Eighth in the rankings, Emmanuel Le Roch and Pierre Quiroga (Edenred) have been riding at a good pace downwind of the leaders, along the Mach 40.4 Banque du Léman (Gautier - Koster), which is just as fast. The two "southerners" have the best average speeds of the whole fleet. They benefited from an excellent wind angle to get back to their rhythm as close as possible to the leaders. The compression of the fleet as they passed the archipelago also allowed for a few discreet, yet impressive, comebacks. One remembers that Serenis Consulting with the duo Galfione - Péron was at one point over 550 miles behind. If not at the head of the fleet, at least in the first group, and this morning they are in 18th position, 148 miles from the leader. A position more in line with the quality of the boat and its crew.  The procession of Class40s in the heart of the Cape Verde archipelago will continue all day. After the passage this morning of Equipe Voile Parkinson (Gueguen - Auffret), there are only 5 boats that have not yet started the Atlantic crossing. Quotes of the day : Stan Thuret - Everial "We've been at sea for 14 days on the Transat Jacques Vabre. Today we are finally off the Cape Verde towards Martinique with an ocean horizon ahead of us. I'm lucky enough to live on the water.  To see the sun, the moon, the wind. Dolphins and flying fish.  To simply live at the rhythm of nature. And it is only now that I start to feel time.  The long time.  The one we all lost in our everyday lives.  The one of contemplation, of questioning, of listening to one's body and emotions. The ocean allows this emptiness and this appeasement." Olivier Magré - E. Leclerc - Ville-la-Grand "A good first day and night since Cape Verde, despite the lack of trade winds. We still have some wind and we're managing to move in the right direction without having to gybe to go south. Unfortunately, that will change today with several gybes scheduled over the next 24 hours before we start a long tack south tonight and tomorrow to avoid a zone of calm that will be on our route on Wednesday."  Manu Le Roch - Edenred "Beyond the race, it's great to be at sea! How lucky we are to be in warm latitudes, to make night slips under spinnaker with a full moon that lights up as if in broad daylight, with a starry sky, in shorts, the happiness of being at sea where our only occupation is to make the best progress with our machine! It is true that this race is longer than expected, that it poses worries not envisaged like the rationing but we must recognize this chance to be on the water with our magnificent machines! On board Edenred we are savoring these moments! We are in great shape to attack this last week of racing!"  Enguerrand Granoux - Exploring Tech for Good "We are just in front of the last island of the archipelago. Our last land before Martinique. We still gybe to go looking for a site effect at the tip of the island, it is a success, we debouch at the exit of the archipelago full ball with a strong acceleration of the wind and a super favorable angle! We make all the same a big bulk just before the last gybe, our biggest since we have the boat. Nothing very serious but rather impressive more especially as we take a few minutes to recover straight. Our computer mouse flew somewhere in the boat, we found it but it lost the ball... we look for it somewhere in the boat. On the next tack we beat our average speed record over one hour since the beginning of the race (14,1 knots) and we are at this same point the fastest boat of the fleet. Anecdotal but quite thrilling on the moment for us! We are going to reproduce this feat of being the fastest boat two points later. We'll celebrate with a little kinder".  Frans Budel - SEC Hayai "What do you do on a lazy Sunday? Apart from sailing, not much to do! Everything is in good shape and works normally. So we make pancakes! Delicious with sugar!" Antoine Carpentier - Redman "That's it, we're in the sargasso! Since this morning, it's quite often, maybe two or three times an hour that we remove the seaweed that gets stuck in the rudders, it's quite simple, we have a tool, a seaweed rod that we slide along the rudder to remove the seaweed. We have a seaweed rod top compet', we could call it "strike that a blow" so much it is effective, a single pass is enough! Thanks to my friend Tual and his Crazy Lobster team! It's light and stiff at the same time, it's so easy to handle... For the seaweed that gets stuck in the keel, it's another story... either we pass a piece of rope called a knot rope, or we make the boat heel hard so that the top of the keel comes out of the water...  In terms of strategy, our little move in the islands was beneficial from a sporting point of view, as we were 4 miles ahead of Volvo before taking this option, and last night we were 20 miles ahead of them... a good gain... on the other hand, in terms of stress, it was not easy... but in the end, we can only be happy." [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[TJVNLH, D+14 : Go West !]]> Sun, 21 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT Beginning of the 15th day of racing for the 74 crews, all classes included, still on their way to Martinique. The fleet of 43 Class40s, after a long descent due south towards the Cape Verde archipelago, has just turned right and started to cross, heading west, the 1,900 miles of Atlantic that separates them from Fort de France. The fleet, or at least more than thirty of its units, scattered as they passed the Sal Island mark in Cape Verde.  If the Franco-Martinican duo Jean Edouard Criquioche - Eric Baray (Groupe G2C La Martinique) is still taking advantage of the trade winds to choose the best way to pass, many boats at the rear of the fleet, Stormtech (Barkley - Schaffer), UP SAILING (Ursault-Poupon - Virat) or Polka Dot (Mehran - Owen) are caught up in the desperate calms that are languishing across the Atlantic, where traditionally a powerful north-easterly trade wind blows. The leaders, but also the bulk of the pack now oriented due west, still led this morning by the tandem Carpentier - Santurde (Redman) have gone far south to seek pressure. Emmanuel Le Roch and Pierre Quiroga (Edenred) are now at 10° North, where the first signs of the doldrums usually appear! Redman continues to make progress as a transatlantic pioneer. He is progressing on the razor's edge, spurred on by Jonas Gerckens and Benoit Hantzperg (Volvo), but also to windward by the surprising Guidi in third, the Mourruau-Fantini tandem, closely followed by two serious pretenders, Crosscall (Ducroz - Sinea) and Croatia Full of life (Kostelic - Antoine), and to leeward by the class tenors, Banque du Léman (Koster - Gautier) and Project Rescue Ocean (Tréhin - Denis). And what can be said about the huge investment to the south made by Edenred over the last 48 hours? Ranked 15th, 75 miles from the leader in terms of distance to the finish, this morning with the Vikings of LaManche#EvidenceNautique (Jossier - Loison), they are one of the fastest in the fleet, only 45 miles behind the leader on the West-East side. We can clearly see that with less than 2,000 miles to go, the battle is raging at all levels, exacerbated for many by the fear of food and energy rationing, but also by the hope of finally seeing the trade winds swell up in front of the bows, and provide the valiant Class40s with the beautiful days of surfing on the swell that they have come to seek.  News from Kito: approaching Madeira "We've been parked for 24 hours. Not a breath of air and swell. Hard on the nerves, which have already been put to the test for 2 weeks. But, for a few hours, we have found wind coming from the south, not very strong nor very regular, but it feels like we are going very fast. It is nice on the deck, the moon is full. We try to imagine the best route to reach Gibraltar. It's not easy with our handicap at the front... This route should put us not far from Madeira on Sunday, which will leave us a possibility of pit-stop in case the weather forecast becomes more unfavorable. The weather forecast is pretty good for the next 5 days, so there is no reason not to take advantage of it, except that a little break would do us a lot of good. We'll see what the mood is..." Quotes of the day: Nicolas Lemarchand - Thimoté Polet - Entraide Marine "What an exceptional Transat Jacques Vabre! Despite the fact that it is exceptionally long, it remains exceptionally interesting and rich in lessons. We are still very happy to be here. We are oscillating between the soft spots, a real Tetris but it's fun.We have calculated the food and water, we have no right to make mistakes, the timing is perfect." Thibaut Lefevere - Free Dom "We should have a more sustained NE trade wind than the boats in front, which would allow us to sail a direct route at the beginning, whereas they had to dive to the SOUTH to get some wind and therefore extend their route. With a bit of luck this transatlantic race will give us the opportunity to tickle their bows again. We must also remain vigilant and contain the boats that are chasing us and that will not do us any favors. The transatlantic race is likely to be long because there is little wind in the middle and we will have to find the right way. We expect to arrive around December 2-3, which means 26 days at sea. We are far from the 18 days announced before the departure. We have 24 days of food and water." Marie Riou - La Boulangère Bio "Small problems. We hit something that blew the starboard rudder. Fortunately it was the "fuse", an easy to change part that broke, the rudder blade and all the associated system are intact. We only slowed down the boat, the time to repair the broken end. On board everything is going well. Today we took the time to check the quantities of fuel and food and we were satisfied to see that we will not miss anything until the finish (except a little chocolate... the anguish!) We are in the leading group, it's nice and our competitors are formidable, they do not let go a meter. At the same time, a new battle has started: the one of the seaweeds. We have been bothered by the subject today and it should not get any better on the road." Morgane Ursault-Poupon - UP SAILING Unis pour la planète "D14. The days and nights follow each other...Right now, it's a magnificent full moon that is accompanying us. It is a festival of colors and atmospheres, each evening and each morning invariably...And what is great is that the light of the moon illuminates the night so well that we do not need headlamps to steer. The rhythm is routine. The rhythm is routine. We make watches of 2 hours at night, because the tiredness is more painful than the day: one which steers, the other which sleeps. We exchange a few comments on the conditions and then we alternate without dragging. During the day, the watches are a little longer depending on our state and what we have to do on the side: there are the hours in front of the computer trying to extract a weather file from this damn satellite connection which is quite susceptible... then we launch routings and we refine the trajectory. There are the sail maneuvers, around which the naps are fixed. For the moment, there are not too many repairs, the boat is going very well (well, we do not come back on this story of spi... There are also the meals (ha ha ha, do we really need to talk about it?) that we usually take in between, no need for a big ceremony to put hot water on an umpteenth freeze-dried food... And then sometimes, there is a small toilet based on wipes, the great luxury!" Pierre Louis Attwell - Vogue avec un Crohn "The last 24 hours have been pretty productive for Vogue with Crohn's. Overall, we are not doing too bad even if nothing is done and we will have to wait until we are well clear of the islands to know if our strategy is paying off.  The good news of the day is that we have "put the blinker on the right", that is to say that we are no longer going south but west to reach Martinique. In fact it is not significant of much but mentally it feels good! Enguerrand Granoux - Exploring Tech for good This is it! We passed the island of Sal in Cape Verde! Let's go for the big crossing, blink right, let's go to Martinique! This morning a small flying fish had fallen asleep too long on the deck, it did not seem in great shape. We released it among its own kind and so we had the right to a ballet of thanks all day long by its colleagues! Today the most important thing was the heat. Here we are well inside, here it is very hot, from now on not to finish like the fish, our objective is to find freshness on board. No more waxes and boots, we discover the navigation in swimsuit - t-shirt. Next island will be Martinique! Anna Beaugé - Milai "It is indeed very hot, and fortunately, the gybe on starboard allowed us to be in the shade of the sails. We are starting our route towards the west, in a wind that has weakened in the second part of the afternoon, we will probably have to go west, a little south, west and again a little south, and this for a good thousand miles! Seaweed rod broken then repaired today and validation of the method of passage knot rope to free the keel of sargassum ... essential."[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[TJVNLH, D+13 : What a hullabaloo !]]> Sat, 20 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT The mandatory passage mark for the Class40s on their way to the West Indies, prefigured by the island of Sal in the east of the Cape Verde archipelago, has totally revived the race, which until now has been dominated by a hermetic club of half a dozen boats, who were still being promised final victory. Incidentally, coordinated with the arrival of the Class40s, the break in the north-easterly trade winds over the archipelago, greatly disturbed by the high pressures has not only favored regrouping, but has scattered the fleet according to the sometimes radical route choices made by the duos to cross the Atlantic. The result this morning is the astonishing disintegration of the fleet between the heart of the archipelago and the south, where the duos are looking for stronger winds, even if it means lengthening an already interminable route. The rankings have been turned upside down and the gaps have exploded, like the loss recorded this morning by the third-placed Volvo (Gerckens - Hantzperg), 53 miles behind the leader of the moment, Redman (Carpentier - Santurde), whom he was ahead of only 36 hours ago. No one is talking about the direct route this morning, except for the duo Mourruau-Fantini de Guidi, who are jubilant about their second place, or Ducroz-Sineau (Crosscall), who are also totally revived by this Cap Verdien hullabaloo. Still in the lead despite the enormous pressure exerted by the competition, the Franco-Spanish duo Antoine Carpentier - Pablo Santurde (Redman) chose race tactics rather than route strategy; "We thought about it and said to ourselves that we were going to put ourselves between the pack arriving from the North and the finish, it's more a question of marking the fleet than a strategic choice. It's hard to say which route will pay off the most..." explained the skipper of Redman, with a certain fatalism. The weather files, so often imprecise in this part of the world, in their indications of wind angle and power, nevertheless encourage the majority of the Class 40s to dive south, on an improbable route towards the equator and approaching the doldrums. Odd for a fleet that is supposed to be heading directly west, in the trade winds and towards the West Indies. But the trade winds are taking a long time to build up again and the short-term prospects are hardly euphoric for the duos, who are well into their 14 days of intense racing, with a lot of twists and turns and weather headaches. With more than 2 000 miles to go, the dreams of long downwind rides in the trade winds are fading, and Carpentier even mentioned this morning that there could be some upwind episodes to come!  Still spread out over a little more than 700 miles in latitude, between Redman in the lead and Terre Exotique (Guiguen-Pinson) at the end of the race, the fleet is now experiencing a certain compression of its various gruppettos, with the stragglers clearly seeing this crossing of the archipelago as a way of getting back in touch, as the Jean Galfione - Eric Péron (Serenis Consulting) tandem could attest to, as they slipped under the island of Maio this morning in 21st position. For all these protagonists, the drastic choices of route to the West or South constitute unhoped-for chances to come back, or not, in contact with the front guard. Where we talk about orcas, rationing and... pirates ! Seb Audigane - Entrepreneurs pour la planète "The boat is fine, not to mention the electronics, the orcas haven't eaten a rudder yet and the pirates, well, they'd better watch out. I'm just being clever, but this morning a sort of large, tampered zodiac turned away and headed towards us, influencing its course as we went along. I saw it coming two or three miles away and immediately thought it was behaving oddly. He approached within a mile and followed a little timidly but surely then let go of the throttle and disappeared as he was merged with the horizon and the waves. I wouldn't be surprised to see him appear again at night but I think we could lose him because Entrepreneurs for the Planet has put the turbo.  We are going at twelve fifteen knots in the surf. Like all good competitors, the food has been calculated as close as possible but not as bad as possible which means we will be very hungry and thirsty when we arrive." Quotes of the day : Victor Jost - Exploring Tech for good "Tomorrow we will pass Cape Verde on the Transat Jacques Vabre! It's this sentence that may seem insignificant but little by little it reminds us of what we are doing!  It seems at the same time so normal because we have been preparing this for a long time, and at the same time completely huge and disproportionate. We will surely realize a little more when we will see these islands after a few days without seeing the land! And then it will be the last straight line.... Heading to Martinique!  Apart from the future, our day on Friday 19th started in light airs, very light airs were even forecasted by the files on our route! So all night long we worked to make the boat go as well as possible! We were a little bit lucky because a small net of air accompanied us all night long. Now we are looking forward and our goal is to try to catch up with a new group just ahead!" Vicitan - Didier Le Vourch "Everything is going well on board. We are happy to be in Cape Verde and to gybe soon. Unlike others, we took a LOT of food...We even have fresh food (radishes, carrots) and cold cuts (Grisons meat, butter, ham, etc.)and a LOT of chocolate!" Stormtech - Melodie Schaffer "We had a day and a half of strong 18-25 knot winds. Ryan and I didn't nap during the day to really push the boat and make gains with the right winds.  We also wanted to save energy, as we are still having problems with power generation, so we didn't want the autohelm on too much as that is the biggest energy draw. Helming a boat and keeping control while riding the waves is a lot of fun, but it requires full attention.  We both have blisters on one of our hands from the many hours we spend at the helm. We had the opportunity to take a nap on a day off, which makes all the difference.  The generator is cooperating today, so it is producing power for us, which is great. As I write this, we are moving at a reasonable speed again.  In the next couple of days, we'll be rounding the Cape Verde Islands." Redman - Antoine Carpentier "One more day under the clouds! We're raging about not having any sun! No sun, no or little charge thanks to the solar panels, no charges, no electronics, no electronics, a lot of bar, a lot of bar big energy expenditure and no we don't have much food. As a result, it turns into physical but also mental fatigue! In short, it's not a party! Well, the wheel is going to turn eventually...  We should be out of the deviations of the last island of Cape Verde during the night, after we thought it was going to be easier but the last loaded files make us go upwind at a time, yes upwind! We even had to change tack! We are so far south that we find ourselves in the doldrums! We saw our first sargassum and that's not a good sign, it's the beginning of the troubles!"  Calliste Antoine - Croatia full of life "The passage of Cape Verde was complicated, a scattered fleet with many potential options, not the same wind as Project Rescue Ocean although it passed at the same place 30mn before us. Very grey on the whole. Small mid-course party, kalva (Karver calva), chocolate, canned pear, luxury meal! (next party for Ivica's birthday). it's very hot and humid, no more possibility to sleep inside during the day."  Antoine Magré - E Leclerc - Ville-La-Grand "Quite a productive day aboard E.Leclerc VLG with now less than 200 nm to the island of Sal and at the current speed (between 11-12 knots with peaks at 15-16), we should arrive at the waypoint in the middle of the day tomorrow! (today)). What's also good is that the trade winds have picked up again and so it looks promising for the future, even if as for the mini, we'll probably have to go very south to keep the wind. » David Sineau - Crosscall "Passage to the Cape Verde Islands. We are fighting with Aurelien Ducroz to stay in the game despite our spinnaker damage. And there's no shortage of matches, as the weather in this Transat Jacques Vabre is complicated... and slow!  We're starting to look at the water, food and energy reserves, which should be fine, but without any extra food!"[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[TJVNLH, D+12 : Rififi at Cape Verde !]]> Sat, 20 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT By diving due south very early, "layline" as the sailors say, that is to say in direct approach and on one tack of the passage mark prefigured by the island of Sal, the group of 11 immediate pursuers of the leaders since the entry in the Atlantic has just shattered the rankings and the hierarchy of the race. Only the Franco-Spanish duo Antoine Carpentier - Pablo Santurde (Redman) is preserving its leadership this morning, having, after much thought and cogitation, opted for a passage as close as possible to the direct route and in the heart of the Cape Verde archipelago. If we are happy to see Axel Trèhin and Frédéric Denis (Project Rescue Ocean), back in second place after their stop in Cascais on November 12th, and the girls from la Boulangère Bio Marie Riou and Amélie Grassi at the foot of the podium occupied by the happy duo Charles-Louis Mourruau and Andrea Fantini (Guidi), it is in the South of the archipelago that we observe the intriguing positions taken and the choice of route of a number of former leaders of the fleet. Thus the Belgian-French tandem Jonas Gerckens - Benoit Hantzperg (Volvo) has deliberately chosen to forget about the general ranking for the time being in favor of an investment that will take them this morning around the southernmost islands of the archipelago, Maio and Santiago, diving far from the ortho at 90° from the road, along Edenred (Le Roch-Quiroga) and the Vikings of Lamanche#EvidenceNautique (Loison - Jossier) clocked this morning... in 18th place. The main leaders of the race for the last 12 days have disappeared from the top of the rankings, Crédit Mutuel (Lipinski - Pulvé), Lamotte Module Création (Berry - Nebout).... to the benefit of newcomers with renewed ambitions, Attwell- Kostelic (Croatia full of Life), Suzuki - Beaugé (Milai), Chateau-Mion (Seafrigo-Sogestran) or Ducroz-Sineau (Crosscall). 2,200 miles from Martinique, the Cape Verde interchange is reshuffling the cards ! It's hard work on board the Class40s! Let's remember here that routing from land is forbidden in Class40. It is with the computer means on board and with the help of the Grib files received by Internet that the sailors define their route choices. The computerized routing, which rotates according to the weather files, plunges the tandems into an abyss of reflection, as the proposed route choices sometimes seem to diverge completely. We'll have to wait a few days to understand who will have the right idea: the supporters of the crossing in the middle of the archipelago, or those of the big bypass to the south. "Afterwards, if our files are wrong, we'll be wrong too... that's the hard law of offshore sailing!" said a philosophical Antoine Carpentier (Redman). Several factors seem to oppose each other in these two philosophies of route. The wind strength is very uneven on the archipelago where the trade winds seem to be gradually taking over. The peaks create large windless cones to the west of certain islands, San Felipe and Mindelo. The wind angle, which is currently very easterly, will also force the "islanders" to consider a series of gybes that are not very favorable to gains on the route. By investing in the South, the supporters of Volvo's choice will certainly lengthen the route, but once oriented towards the mark, they will find an angle favorable to speed. Compromise, difficult choices, a call for luck... so many components that make up the charm of ocean racing, and which spice up the Jacques Vabre Class 40 race in a unique way... Retirements : After the one yesterday of the duo Kito De Pavant - Gwen Gbick 'HBF-Reforest'Action, it is unfortunately the tandem Tanguy Duchatelet - Fabrice Edouard (Lenzi-Lanternes de Paris) who throw in the towel at La Palma in the Canaries, victims of spinnaker damage and bowsprit. Quotes : Anna Beagé - Milai "It was a funny day, sliding and swinging on a track that was not straight. First we had to go down the stairs, and find the moment when the track would have the right inclination until the approach of Sal. We were a bit shy and a bit in a hurry, as a result MIlai has a less steep runway than his friends from the west, but it could have been worse. The wind is still weak and capricious, so we are mainly glued to the spinnaker, but again, considering the mic mac without wind, it could have been worse!  Tonight, the naps will take place at the front, with the bags. Hood open to look at the spinnaker lit by the big full moon, once again ... there is worse". Simon Kervarrec - Leclerc Samsic  "That's it, we have passed the Canaries! Soon, it's blinking on the right, towards the finish! But there's still a little way to go! I have to finish it quickly, because I have only one pack of Tagada, two of chouchous and one caprisun, sniff... I think I'll be short..." Antoine Carpentier - Redman "Another day spent under the grey sky. As a result, the panels have hardly loaded... Especially since the routings are not very reassuring with ETAs close to the beginning of December, so it's going to be long! The passage in the Cape Verde islands will be done after a very long hesitation in the islands and not in the South of all the islands as the routings of yesterday morning indicated it to us. Indeed, we modified our plans, the Northern fleet should pass to Sal hardly three hours after us, they have the wind in their sails. Otherwise, on the landscape, we saw dolphins, bigger than those of us! The flying fish pullulate, I hope that we are going to catch some this night, that will make a meal! We have just crossed in front of Volvo which left him for the South... we shall see in two three days who was right! Still moments of stress at each pointing. " Jules Bonnier - Avanade "Everything's going well on board Avanade. To say that we are going faster and faster is saying a lot, but we are going less and less slowly, less and less in the wrong direction... It's not so bad. So we are far from being unhappy. The pilot does not continue not to walk. It's still not very unpleasant not to sail in oilskins. The flying fish are less and less not numerous. In short we do not see the life of the bad side at this moment. Soon the islands of Cape not blue." Julia Virat - UP SAILING Unis pour la planète "The wind has risen crescendo to a constant 25 knots with gusts to 30.We are in warrior mode!Especially since we have our friends from the boat Freedom right next to us, 2 nautical miles away, we see each other and we talk on the radio. So we don't let go, we steer, we steer, we steer and we move forward elbow to elbow. It's exhilarating. I have just steered a surf at 20 knots, you can imagine the smile on my face, it's great! Pure gliding like I like it! Life on board is a bit sporty at this speed, it's whistling, banging, squealing, banging, accelerating and slowing down, in short: it's shaking." Cedric Chateau - Seafrigo Sogestran "We are approaching Cape Verde and in two hours, we will have to choose which exit we will take... Either, like most of the leading group, we take the outer ring road, or like Redman, THE leader, we choose to go through the island center. Ahh if Waze could work, we could pause our two neurons! But for the moment, those are concentrated to make advance the Seafrigo-Sogestran in very changing conditions which will not have allowed us to rest well this night. But in war as in war, everyone is housed in the same boat. After our right turn, it will be the last chuss towards Martinique, terminus of the line." Calliste Antoine - Croatia Full of Life « Damn! we finished the bread ... it is quite ironic when « La « Boulangère Bio is just in front of us. Quiet day, the pilot is doing his job, the repair of the second big spinnaker is almost finished, as long as the other one is holding up. The grey tape stitches give a nice Frankenstein look! Tomorrow we'll have 4cl of Kalva Karver (thanks Alois) and a gift (chocolate) for the occasion."[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[TJVNLH, D+11 : Compression in Cape Verde]]> Thu, 18 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT Since yesterday evening, the six "historic" leaders of the Transat Jacques Vabre made in Class40 have bumped into the vast zone of light winds spread around the Cape Verde archipelago, and on the island of Sal, which the competitors in the 12.19 m long class must leave to starboard before starting the Atlantic crossing towards Martinique. The result is a spectacular change in the rankings, with a change of leader to the benefit of the Belgian-French duo Gerkens-Hantzperg of the Max 40 Volvo. The six protagonists who have been leading the way to Cape Verde until now, with whom Crédit Mutuel (Lipinski - Pulvé) and the astonishing British duo of Tquila, Brian Thompson and Alister Richardson, have been linked since dawn, are still benefiting from a slight gap in the South, which is going to favor their approach to the archipelago. However, it is now the group elegantly named "2nd Division" by Cédric Chateau (Seafrigo - Sogestran) that we must look for to find real changes in the ranking, as the positions are calculated in relation to the direct route, which runs due west. This morning, 4th place is proudly occupied by Axel Tréhin and Frédéric Denis (Project Rescue Ocean) and 5th place by the amazing girls of La Boulangère Bio, Amélie Grassi and Marie Riou. This shake-up in the rankings should not erase the reality of the placements on the water, with a clear advantage for the most southerly boats. On the other hand, the compression of the head of the fleet is very real, and 17 boats, including Legallais de Pierre-Cazenave-Péré and Kevin Bloch, are within 100 miles of each other. Retired: While the battle is becoming increasingly indecisive on this 11th day of the race, while the halfway point has just been crossed, the Class40 fleet is mourning its first retirement, that of HBF-Reforest'Action of Kito De Pavant and Gwen Gbick. Their bowsprit could not withstand the long downwind slipstream session in the strongest part of the trade winds. The two men are now heading north towards Gibraltar and the Mediterranean. We also note the stop this morning in La Palma in the Canaries of Sabrosa40 Lenzi - Lanternes de Paris to the duo Tanguy Duchatelet - Fabrice Renouard. A temporary technical pit stop. Which route to the trade winds ? The problem of the day, and a big one it is, is how to negotiate this mandatory passage to Cape Verde. There are two obvious options: a crossing as close as possible to the island of Sal for the most direct route possible. Or looking for a way out in the South, in a vast turning movement to avoid site effects, staying away from the calms that are spreading beyond the archipelago and getting caught up in a North-East trade wind that we can guess is building up again at the latitude of Guinea-Bissau. Rationing ! Another theme in the Class40 news is the possible rationing of food and gas oil. Many crews are concerned this morning about the relative slowness of the race since the start in Le Havre. A number of optimists had predicted a 19-day Transat. At the start of the 12th day of racing, and while the actual crossing of the Atlantic has not yet begun, with the prospect of a trade wind that is lazier than ever, it is the question of supplies that is being raised here and there. Food, but also the gas oil needed when the hydro generator and solar panels are not enough to charge the batteries on board, could run out. Consequently, the first restrictions and food rationing are revealed by some crews: Lamotte Module Creation : Luke Berry "As for the rations: like all the competitors, we are starting to say that we will be limited in food. So on my side, I took the lead by skipping meals to prepare days 21-21-23? (We have only 20 days of food). Achille on his side has a different approach. He's eating everything now and will see at the end. He wants to be dry and salient for his beach body ready at the finish (lol)!" Edenred : Emmanuel Le Roch "This transatlantic race has a special flavor of slow! Every day that passes puts us further away from the finish. The countdown is no longer done ... we are adding days ... already since Portugal after having done the accounts in water, gas and oil, we are tightening our belts. But here, it's a diet cure!" Redman : Antoine Carpentier "We started the rationing, we only ate two meals today, it's quiet, we're really hungry! For the moment, we are laughing about it, but in ten days I am not sure that it will still be the case... we have planned only 19 days of food and for those who know me, they know that it is a big problem and the worst is that Pablo shares with me the passion of eating well. The problem of water is not a problem, we had planned two days more than food, who knows why? The last problem is the energy on board! Even if we have solar panels, we have to make one or two engine loads per day! We started to cut the maximum of devices on board to not consume too much, I even cut the power station which allows us to have the wind information, the car pilot, the computer of the board during two hours this afternoon... we steer a lot." Performance of the day : Gain of 5 places this morning for Freedom. Thibaut Lefevere and Thomas Bulck are in 32nd position after having covered 300 miles in the last 24 hours, at an average of over 12 knots. A performance comparable to that of the sisters Julia and Jeanne Courtois (Saint James - Biscuiterie de l'Abbaye) who have jumped three places in the general ranking. We also note Serenis Consulting (Galfione - Péron) back to the 23rd place. Quotes of the day : Everial : Stan Thuret "50 miles from the Sahara. Just in front of Dhakla. And there comes out of nowhere a boat. A boat rather. A very frail canoe of 7m maybe. With a motor. 3 African fishermen on board. They get as close as they can to my wind. The 147 surfs at 15 knots in 3m waves. The two boats approach each other respectfully. I wake Mathieu from his nap. We are on the deck in Cotten oilskins. And they also have the same foulies. The 3 shaken fishermen then raise their arms in sign of greeting and encouragement. One returns to them of more beautiful this dash. We have a smile on our face and so do they." Avanade : Maxime Cauwe "Todo well aboard Avanade and even more since Jules managed to get the emergency autopilot going again. We can finally spend more time on the adjustments, go on more structured watches where you do nav, adjustment etc. ... rather than being riveted to your helm seat. One more complicated day of knitting in light airs before we put the blinker to the right and go for the big ride to Martinique!" Exploring Tech for good : Enguerrand Granoux "We decided to fight. So we alternated 1 hour at the helm, 1 hour sleeping or at least trying to, always dressed if ever we had to go help the one outside quickly! The night was sportive! 20/25 nds at 130 of wind, the boat was going in impressive accelerations, the whole with the full moon! Incredible show! The game was to compare the boat speed on the pos report every hour (position and speed of the fleet every hour)! Victor perfectly mastered his subject with a nice average speed of 13.5 knots over one hour in the middle of the night! Not easy but we managed to hold until sunrise! At this moment the wind continues to rise, we say to ourselves that it is the moment to pass under small Spi. We had hardly the time to finish our maneuver and to put away that the wind falls, neither one nor two, we change again of sail for a bigger spinnaker! We blow finally and we take off our oilskins to breathe a little! Error! We see the display going from 15 nds to 25/30nds in 2 minutes! We say to ourselves that it is going to pass, we take the helm and we take advantage, the boat by in overspeed on every wave it is super impressive, a first point has 20nds a second in 21.8nds, new record validated by Enguerrand! We wonder if the boat will hold, if the bowsprit will not explode! But everything resists well, we really have confidence in the boat!" Milai : Anna Beaugé  "Strange weather on the sea planet! Approaching the tropical depression, the wind observed has not much to do with either of the forecasts, so we are moving forward at a snail's pace, each length covered being a good gain to take. The fleet is settling down a bit, there is the accordion effect of the different weather systems, we saw the leading pack stop for an hour or two, and we always look in the mirror, those who are shooting behind. Close to the African fish zone, dolphins made their reappearance: they are small, almost all grey and some spotted. The weather is very mild, gray, rather humid, during the day; the light is very whitish, the sky is complex, some scattered rain..." Seafrigo - Sogestran : Cédric Chateau "After 24 hours of magic, full steam ahead towards the island of Sal with averages above the average of our comrades, Seafrigo-Sogestran is back in the "league 2" scrum. The atmosphere on board was one of concentration today to avoid going off course, which could lead to damage. We really pulled on the boat and it held up well to the hellish pace we imposed on it. It is thus a little burned that we join our comrades of the 2nd group (the group of the leaders being a little detached). We'll have to stay lucid because the rest of the scenario is going to play with our nerves on a very open water tactically. The result of the races in 24/36 hours." Calliste Antoine: Croatia Full of Life "Lighter day for wind and speed, we slept a lot. Inceeritud of the night, without engine for energy and with a speed too low for the generator it will be complicated (7,5knts of speed to have juice. We made the food point today, it's limited for the routing at 23 days of race. Otherwise, we've caught up with the fleet in front but the fleet behind us has also come back, it feels like the second start in Cape Verde." Olivier Magré : E.Leclerc - Ville-La-Grand: "48H very active with this good wind, so we took advantage of it! (409nm over 24 hours! that's a lot of miles! Now we're back to an old enemy, the calm! It's getting quite calm, especially during the night tomorrow until Friday morning. I still dare to hope that the files will improve but there is often little room for that unfortunately."[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[TJVNLH, D+10 : Slipping away to the West]]> Wed, 17 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT 10 days into the race, and the fleet of 45 Class40s spread out over more than 750 miles between the north of Madeira and soon the latitude of Nouakchott in Mauritania, continues to slide along the African shores, where an unstable trade wind is still blowing. For 35 of them, the Canaries are already relegated in the logbooks, and it is the rounding of the island of Sal in Cape Verde, a mark  to be left to starboard, that occupies the minds of each duo. The Imocas, at least those who are not sailing with the head of the Class40 fleet, have avoided  the proximity of these islands, for fear of the strong devents and this brutal break in the trade winds over the entire zone. The leader of the Class40 fleet, Redman (Carpentier - Santurde) will have to make his way through. There is no way out to the east for the Class40s, who are exempt from the doldrums and will begin the Atlantic crossing directly to Fort de France, which the first boats could reach (with the usual reservations, as there are still more than 3,500 miles to go), from November 30 on. Sailing in last position only three days ago, well isolated to the west of the whole fleet in the exclusive company of Serenis Consulting (Galfione - Péron), Antoine and Olivier Magré (E. Leclerc- Ville-La-Grand) have won the prize for resilience, patience and stubbornness. The pressure they found on the edge of the North Atlantic lows propelled them in a long, fast tack to 27th place, a performance in progress. Jean Galfione and Eric Péron, back in 25th place, have been eyeing the 24th place dearly defended far to the east by Vogue avec un Crohn of Pierre Louis Attwell and Maxime Bensa. In another race configuration and at the front this time, the Belgian-French duo Jonas Gerckens - Benoit Hantzperg at the helm of the Max 40 Volvo has also given itself, thanks to a clear western gap, the means to come and compete with the leaders of the event, the formidable Antoine Carpentier - Pablo Santurde on their no less formidable Mach 40.4 Redman. With the expected slowdown during the crossing of the archipelago, it is a grouping of about twenty Class40s that will offer the unprecedented and eminently exciting show of yachts racing amidst the islands, with this entry into the vast Atlantic that will constitute the long final sprint of the Transat. Fact of the day: Luke Berry - Lamotte - Module Création After the difficult passage of Gran Canaria yesterday, Luke and Achille noticed during the night that the Class40 had a big speed deficit. Early in the morning, after inspection, the verdict fell: a huge tarpaulin was wrapped around the keel! The two men immediately started maintenance operations to free themselves from this tarpaulin, lowering the spinnaker and making numerous half-turns in all directions. After some time, the operation was a success and Lamotte-Module Création resumed its hunt for the leaders. Performance of the day : This morning, we would like to mention Charles-Louis Mouruau and Andrea Fantini (Guidi) fighting for the 11th place with Croatia Full of Life (Calliste Antoine - Ivica Kostelic), but also the girls of the Boulangère Bio, Amélie Grassi and Marie Riou now 9th, as well as the 10 places gained by Antoine and Olivier Magré (E.Leclerc - Ville-La-Grand), with 384 miles sailed in the last 24 hours! For the record, the 24 hours record for a Class40 is 429 miles, Ian Lipinski's Crédit Mutuel (17.9 knots average!). Noteworthy : The forbidden zone of Mauritania is not a DST but a forbidden zone that the Race Direction has installed to avoid possible pirates or thieves who could attack the boats. In the same way, there is a forbidden zone for the race, stable by the DC, along the Brazilian coast, where we meet on the one hand a lot of small unlit fishing boats, but also everything that comes out of the Amazon river, waste, tree trunks etc... Source: Race Direction Sylvie Viant Quotes of the day : Freedom - Thomas Bulcke "In the gale, the medium or strong wind, the banette moment is a unique moment in its kind. Lying stiff as a board trying to relax to find sleep. Glued to the bulkhead, you can hear the water running along the hull, the waves crashing on the deck, followed by the water trickling down on the boat. You can feel the boat vibrating as it accelerates, stopping as it plunges into the front wave, rearing up, zigzagging in the hellish surfs. Add to this the sound of the boat bouncing on the waves, the sound of the wind whistling in the mast to remind us that at any moment, it can send us a small gust that will tip everything over and we'll go to hell. Lying in my bunk, I have to accept to be this vulnerable little thing without defense who is just looking for a few minutes in the arms of Morpheus before my turn comes to defy the elements. It will then be up to Thibaut to place his trust in my arm which will guide our beautiful boat through the waves with agility. In short, you will have understood that I can't sleep." La Boulangère - Amélie Grassi "We spent a dream day, 20 knots and great sun, a little sea for even more fun surfing. Conditions that we never get tired of. Marie and I had a great time at the helm all day, we gave it our all, had great speed and it's great to be in the top 10 tonight. (9th this morning editor's note) Tonight we are trying to rest well and to prepare the next step, like everyone else we are looking for the right passage to make the most of the little wind that will take us to Cape Verde... a fun headache". Milai - Anne Beaugé "Today, we had a hard time resisting the assaults coming from all sides, by those who went around by the west, those who took a shorter route by the east, we are being devoured faster and faster... Last night was superb, the spinnaker edge was quite loose and kept us on our toes. That said, the vmg is also good to be flat and dry ! We steer a lot, and this has the consequence of creating in each of our backs a sharp and sneaky cramp, between the scapula and the spine. For me, the feeling is that my muscle has turned into beef jerky ... ". We relax with the songs of Ivica Kostevic on the VHF, taken up in chorus by Charles Louis Mourruau, and with the visit of birds on the deck, a magnificent tern (?) which came to turn 100 times around the boat, to steal the velcro of the gennaker, and to settle on the roof. We're starting to ration our chocolate, we didn't plan enough, considering the weak trade winds!" Seafrigo - Sogestran - Cedric Chateau "The nights follow one another and are not at all alike, to say the least. For the past 48 hours, we have been battling against unfavorable weather conditions and seeing our direct competitors disappear from our radar with speeds that leave us dreaming. Well tonight, strangely enough, while the forecasts were not very different from the day before, we are no longer negotiating squalls with erratic winds, it's all over, quite the contrary! Our counter shows a nice average and moreover, on the direct trajectory of the island of Sal, our next target. And it seems, which is a major world discovery, that the state of our morale is directly connected to the boat's speedometer (well ok maybe also a bit to the results table...)." Leclerc Samsic - Simon Kervarrec "Today, on board, it was DIY! There are days like that when everything decides to break at the same time .... So it started with a snag in the spinnaker, then a cleat that decided to unscrew itself and finally, the mule's life that didn't want to hold the mast anymore! After all, apart from taking it in the head, we wonder what it is really for! Apart from that, the boat is going well even if I feel like I'm in Vasymolo 3000 mode compared to the Magre flashed at 17,3kt at the PoseReport " Croatia Full of Life - Calliste Antoine  "Night in contact with Guidi, playing in the winds of the Canaries. Currently in a western option on the fleet to go down to Cape Verde, we are catching up with the pack of the first ones who hit the calms before us. We won't have to wait too long to cross: my brother, my sister and my girlfriend are leaving Martinique on the 29th... " Edenred - Emmanuel Le Roch "A delicate and decisive day, with a sleepless night ahead! After a great night under the big spinnaker at an average of more than 16 knots, we had a different atmosphere on board all day, with a lot of sea and a wind that didn't affect the counter at more than 8 knots. Downloading files, understanding the systems, routing, more routing, updating the scores, I use all the tools to have as many cards in hand as possible and make the right decision. Our lead over the fleet will melt like snow in the sun. On our side, we will try to pull once again our pin from the game not a beautiful trajectory, the next night looks like one of the most important of this transat ! We are at the bottom! Hoping to have a bit of success. Redman always leads us the hard life on speed. Morale is good and we are ready to go on !"[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[TJVNLH, D+9 : Advantage Redman !]]> Tue, 16 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT On their way to the West Indies, the Transat Jacques Vabre yachts, and especially the monohull classes of the event, Imocas and Class40, have been sailing for a few days along the African shores of Mauritania and soon Senegal. The fault, as far as the 12.19 m monohulls are concerned, is the menditory passage point of the island of Sal, in the east of the Cape Verde archipelago. The fault also lies with a vast zone of calm that has been extending over the archipelago for several days, leaving only a narrow windy passage to the south along the Mauritanian Traffic Separation Scheme. It will therefore be necessary, and in the eminently strategic perspective of the passage to Cape Verde, to put some west on the road, as the impressive leader of the fleet, Redman, is doing with great success. The two men, inspired by their smooth passage through the Canaries yesterday, have built up a small cushion of about thirty miles ahead of their most successful rivals, Banque du Léman (Gautier-Koster) and Edenred (Le Roch-Quiroga), This is enough to trigger the gybe this morning without any pressure, which will send them on the road to Cape Verde, destination Sal, which will mark the beginning of this great Atlantic Ocean crossing towards the Caribbean and Martinique. 25 Class40s will terminate by mid-day the crossing of the Canary Islands. The 20 other boats  are starting a descent due south in the northwest of Madeira after having nicely dealt with the last miasmas of the Portuguese trade winds. Among them, the two escapees in the west, Serenis Consulting (Galfione-Péron) and E. Leclerc Ville-La-Grand (Olivier and Antoine Magré), continue to capitalize on their risky investment. Having left the Devil's Eye, Serenis Consulting is eyeing with appetite this morning the 26th place of the Kervarrec family (Samsic E. Leclerc). A new gybing battle is starting for the leaders, in a wind that will take more and more North as they go down, while weakening significantly. Downwind in medium wind, which will put back in the saddle the last generation of frontrunners, less typified for the crosswind breeze and which will find again these next hours enough to compete with the latest scows. Lamotte Module Création (Berry - Nebout) and La Manche#EvidenceNautique (Loison-Jossier) have not said their last word, spurred on by the Lipinski-Pulvé duo (Crédit Mutuel) who are patiently waiting for their time and who are coming back strongly on the Club des 6, in the lead since the entry into the Atlantic. Nine women are competing in this 15th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre, either as a duo or as a mixed team. Three crews are 100% female and among the most seasoned of them, the organic La Boulangère Bio of Amélie Grassi and Marie Riou, is brilliantly in the Top 10 of the event. The two sailors have obviously found and understood the controls of their 2021 Max40 which, combined with clean and error-free sailing, allows them to compete with the best. A little lower in the ranking, but not at the bottom, the two other women's duos, Julia and Jeanne Courtois, 35th on Saint James - Biscuiterie de l'abbaye and Morgane Ursault-Poupon associated with Julia Virat (UP SAILING Unis pour la planète), are delighting observers with their joy of sailing, their ability to find resources whatever the difficulties, and their talent for sharing a journey with initiatory overtones, made up of discoveries and reflections on the things of this world. Clara Fortin shares the helm of Randstad-Ausy with Martin Louchart. The two young skippers are sailing this morning side by side with perhaps the most experienced sailor in the race, Sébastien Audigane (Entrepreneurs pour la planète). It is an understatement to say that the young duo from Normandy is at ease in their race. Performing since the beginning, the Franco-Japanese duo of Milai counts with Anne Beaugé another woman of the event. Ranked 14th with co skipper Masa Suzuki, Anne testifies from the open sea and with a lot of humour about her pleasure to be at sea. The only non-French woman, the Canadian Melodie Schaffer is sailing with Ryan Barkey and is the lowest ranked woman in the race, 42nd this morning on board Stormtech. Performance of the day : Avanade - Maxime Cauwe - Jules Bonnier. One of the oldest boats in the fleet, the N°98, a Verdier design from 2010, is knocking on the door of the Top 10 of the race today. Max and Jules are in twelfth position, a gain of 4 places in the last hours. Quotes of the day : Redman - Antoine Carpentier - Pablo Santurde "We had three different options, the passage of the Mach40.4 (Banque du Leman, Edenred, and us) in the middle, the passage of the Max40 Volvo to the west, and the passage of the old generation boats (the Normans and Lamotte) to the east. For the moment I feel like saying that our passage was the best. We will see who will arrive first in Cape Verde. The day has been good, since we hit the wind first, so we managed to dig a little with our closest pursuers. On the other hand, the weather seems to get seriously complicated as we approach Cape Verde, as if the doldrums were coming our way. I think we have ideal conditions for our boats, 20 knots of wind and a fairly flat sea with a 1.5 meter swell.  Edenred - Emmanuel Le Roch "A word from the night, or at least the morning! After a difficult Sunday when our 2 friends largely distanced us, yesterday and last night put us back in the game!  From surfing to surfing under big spinnaker with lightning behind us! magic! Edenred is doing well in these conditions. He likes this pace! too! And so we have Banque du Léman on sight." E. Leclerc - Ville - La - Grand - Olivier Magré "A good day for the class40 E.Leclerc VLG today! Speed, sunshine and distance covered in the right direction! We are heading due south towards Cape Verde (well, there are still 1,244 nautical miles to go but it's better than yesterday!) We had the last light airs this morning and now we should have air until Friday when we will approach Cape Verde (we hope that the weather phenomenon that creates this invisible barrier will calm down a little! the gribs are all blue (that means no wind, like last week LOL...)  On board the guys are fine, we eat well, we enjoy the temperatures which are rising quietly. The only downside is that the ankle is swelling a bit so I'm keeping an eye on it." Exploring Tech for good - Enguerrand Granoux - Victor Jost "At the time of writing, the plan went pretty well, we gybed south at 21:30 UTC and now we're pretty much on our way to SAL! Finally, it is cool! Only 5 days left of straight on a tack... well, it's never going to happen like that! But it's nice to be on a very close trajectory!  Today it was also our first day where we didn't eat anymore the dishes of the chef Ronan Kervarrec who had prepared all our meals since the beginning!  And at the end of the day we had the right to a rather incredible moment, the sun was already set and the full moon well raised. We took turns at the helm for quite a while, there was wind, still under big spinnaker. A really crazy moment!"  UP SAILING Unis pour la planète - Morgane Ursault-Poupon - Julia Virat "Everything is going well on board Up Sailing which is still making 15-20 knots downwind. The beanbag (in which we sleep) and the helm station don't get a chance to cool down: we alternate methodically between the two of us, always with a little more haste in one direction than in the other. It's great to have the moon with us most of the night, it helps to keep the course and makes the atmosphere much more friendly.We continue our descent towards SW and the temperatures are rising nicely: we are almost not obliged to put on a jacket anymore, even at night." Leclerc Samsic - Simon Kervarrec "Everything is going well on board, the boat is sliding well and the pressure is back, which should take us to the Canaries in 24 to 36 hours! In order to be presentable when we stop for a beer there, we showered and it feels really good! Yes, I begin to dream of a good cold beer with my friends... The nights are warmer and warmer and it is also very pleasant. No more hat, hood and gloves!"[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[TJVNLH, D+8 : Island breakers]]> Mon, 15 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT From Madeira to the Canaries, the 45 Class40 yachts share the same problems of crossing volcanic islands, with their corollary of high peaks responsible for significant downwinds, traffic, and all kinds of site effects. In the West, in the East, in the middle ? Cogitations are running strong and some are already congratulating each other for the smooth passage to the enchanting shores that we promise to visit one day. Thus, this morning, Belgian Jonas Gerckens (Volvo) is reaping the benefits of the fire he has been keeping alive for several days in the form of an excellent western option. He glided along last night at a good pace between La Palma and Gomera and climbed onto the third step of the very provisional podium. His two predecessors Redman (Carpentier - Santurde) and Banque du Léman (Gautier - Koster) also signed the good option of the night, close to the eastern coast of Tenerife. This morning, they lengthened their stride and took full advantage of the slowing down of their opponents scattered across the width of the archipelago, stretching the elasticity of the gaps in their favor, now more than 80 miles between the seven historical leaders (including Crédit Mutuel - Lipinski-Pulvé) of this exciting 15th Transat Jacques Vabre. It's a wave, a surge, a flow, an irruption. No, we're not talking about the Cumbre Vieja volcano, but about the arrival of a fleet of 45 Class40 boats in the Canary Islands. Between Lanzarote to the east and La Palma to the west, inside and outside the islands with their high volcanic peaks, each one is choosing its route, depending on its direct opponents, the wind expected in the area, but also, already, depending on the best route envisioned towards other equally enchanting islands, those of Cape Verde, the next key target for the Class40s, who will be tacking the island of Sal before heading for the West Indies. But until then, each story personified by each duo continues its course, more adventurous in the North, for the sailboats which, from the latitude of Lisbon to that of Gibraltar, are taking advantage of beautiful gliding conditions, and for significant gains on the road, like the 246 miles covered in the last 24 hours by the Magré family, father and son, whose Mach 40.4 E. Leclerc Ville La-Grand is finally getting some dividends from this option to the west of the ridge chosen in the wake of Serenis Consulting (Galfione-Péron), which has also been well paid  with nearly 300 miles sailed and a gain of 6 places in the general ranking! With a delta of more than 750 miles in latitude between the leaders and the tail of the pack, the weather conditions and developments are no longer the same depending on whether you are enjoying the last breeze of the Portuguese trade winds, or whether you are throwing yourself with appetite into the Canarian trade winds sweeping the shores of the Western Sahara. The warm desert wind plunges the leading protagonists into a sense of well-being that is a precursor to the tropical delights to come. However, in addition to the happiness of an idyllic sailing experience, each duo feels the tension of the competition, as the proximity of the competitors exacerbates the desire to align themselves with, or even surpass the performance of their neighbor. It is difficult to calmly chart your course when the AIS constantly sends back the throbbing echo of an approaching opponent.  Madeira for some, the Canaries for others, Cape Verde already in the minds of the leaders, before the desolate solitudes of the Atlantic, the Class40 Transat Jacques Vabre offers magical island scents. Quotes of the day : Nicolas Jossier - La Manche #EvidenceNautique : "Everything is going well on board, the little friends came back into contact in the second half of the week, and the game is going to become difficult against the new scows. But we're going to defend our place in the leading group dearly, let's face it. We just dropped the oilskins... summer is starting!" Anne Beaugé - Milai : « All is well on board of Milai, as everyone we imagine, we have more and more heat. Does everyone have so many squalls too?  They are starting to populate the sky and play with our route. A huge one, a mountain, with its black chimney, crossed 1 hour ago... Otherwise, we are writing to you from the Selvagem Islands -Wild Islands-? two small rocks, Portuguese?  Don't worry, we don't plan to stop there, but we would have seen them during the day, to have a small view of these curious mounds. There is still 901 MN to Cape Verde, and a depression that blocks the end of the road, grrr.... " Cedric Chateau - Seafrigo - Sogestran : "End of the weekend! No technical incidents or exotic maneuvers to deplore this weekend! Don't worry, it's not only in technical approximation that we have a low level, we also defend ourselves in approximate strategy! Because yes, in ambush of our technical setbacks, we did not expect to be so much out of line on the tactical options. The balance sheet is therefore quite heavy this weekend with quite a lot of ground lost on the whole of the fleet which is close to us. We are trying as much as we can to reposition ourselves in the fleet from our west positive according to the strong variations in the direction of this North-East flow which is pushing us towards Cape Verde. Answer soon... Apart from that, everything is going well on board, we're trying to get the machine moving, to control the fatigue points, to feed ourselves correctly, the atmosphere is good, the understanding perfect (yes yes) but to perfect this "idyllic" setting, we'll have to move up a few places !" Julia Virat - UP SAILING Unis pour la planète : "I've been asked to clarify what our current pace means: "we're sailing downwind at 10 knots towards the SW with between 12 and 20 knots of wind" (I'm being a real smart ass now, but remember that I had no idea what all that meant a year and a half ago!) Downwind: it's when the wind pushes us from behind, instead of going up in its direction. Translation: the panacea. We move forward much faster, the boat hits less because the waves go in the same direction as us and it heels less so life on board is a little more comfortable. Sometimes, we even have the chance to "surf" on the waves, we feel the accelerations and it's pure happiness! Going at 10 knots (19 km/h), it's pretty cool. A cruising boat never goes that fast. We are far from the records of what a Class40 can do (around 30 knots for the most modern boats... I decided that I wanted to do that in my life after having experienced a peak of 28 knots on @Ian Lipinski's boat :-D), but it still gives you the feeling of going fast and the pressure in the sails is great, you feel that things are happening and there is work to do on the sails to gain 1 or 2 knots, it's motivating. In short, when I say: we are sailing SW at 10 knots under spinnaker, life is good !" Olivier Magré - E. Leclerc - Ville- La-Grand : "The weather forecast for the next few days is rather favorable for us, tomorrow the latitude of the Azores, Tuesday Madeira and Wednesday the Canaries. There is some uncertainty for the area between the Canaries and Cape Verde due to a bubble that looks like an easterly wave ... in any case, we hope it will pass without too much damage! The sailors are fine, the boat is nice to live on (or rather we are getting used to it!) and the morale is good! " Calliste Antoine - Croatia Full of Life : "Still under spinnaker in an almost light wind between 9 and 12 knots NW. Tomorrow afternoon, we will pass the Canaries. On board we have time to sleep, long naps of several hours, the nights are always long but the moon soon full illuminates us well in the first part of the night. We finally took out the shorts today! I began to repair our torn big spinnaker with the means of the board, we hope not to have to send it back. Pn is slowly gaining ground on Milai but the slightest mistake makes us lose several hours of work (textile shackle of tack which explodes for example) The engine is definitively out of service for this end of race, we remain on the solar panels and the hydrogenerator for the electricity on board. » Simon Kervarrec - Samsic E. Leclerc :  "Today is Sunday, and Sunday is rest. So the program was sleeping in, brunch, aperitif, mami's roasted chicken, and tonight McDo was supposed to show the movie of the cineclub ! That's good ! It is straight in mode "a day without end". Well except the McDo we have almost everything ! Even Tom Cruise, who once again saves the widow and the orphan. Oh yes! And the aperitif was (once is not customary) without alcool ! " Enguerrand Granoux - Exploring Tech for Good : "So to tell you the truth, today was a great day due to two events! The first one being that we opened the "summer" compartment of our personal bags! And yes, we don't know what the weather is like at home, but here we can handle the breeze in shorts and T-shirt! The opportunity to wear for the first time sailing shirts flocked to the crew that we received on the pontoons before the departure! We add the silly thoughts "to put some sun cream" and "to rinse the solar panels" to our daily check-list... it smells good the south all that! The day was magnificent, we do not leave any more our spinnaker which is in position since the Finistère cape. Only the mainsail and my underpants have been in place for longer. A long swell pushes us and launches us in big melodious surfs! Melodious because the boat starts to sing in the acceleration of a soft high-pitched sound to which we are both addicted! This morning we also took "the heavy" decision to go to the west. It doesn't seem impressive like that but for us it was a complex decision because we had decided since our last race to privilege tactics over strategy. We had been taught that unless you are 100% sure of your choice it is the best decision. The only time we made a strategic choice that was a little different from the others was on the Sables-Horta race. We had already set off due west and we had been told about it for a long before trying again we tried to mature the decision with all the satellite means we had on board. I think that basically we have a little bit of an attacking side but we clearly lack experience. Finally, we are almost reassured because all the boats have finally left to the west... they are following us... the crazy ones..." Frans Budel - Sec Hayai : "Sunday was not a bad day. We didn't break anything, no repairs to do, just sailing and discussing the route to follow and how to improve our adrenaline management. A rather quiet day in fact. Oh yes, I also took a shower on the deck! I boiled some water and took a shower! The big moment of the day! We also called the house, to get some news and to learn that Max Verstappen finished second in the Grand Prix!" Antoine Carpentier -Redman : "My Pablo, my precious is the choice of the heart, but also the choice of performance and dedication. Since yesterday, the wind has eased, we thought we would have a little respite, but we didn't count on the whims of the wind, the wind has been very changeable in strength and direction (between 8 and 15 knots and in direction between north and 50°), in these conditions the choice of sails this Sunday was complicated. How to go to the Canaries and where to go to avoid being stuck in the wind of the islands? After many changes of sails which deprived us of a good sleep and a big "brain storming" we chose the spinnaker which allowed us to get back to the head of the fleet and decided to pass between Tenerife and Gran Canaria, like most of our companions on the road. There is always a competitor who stands out, I think of Volvo, who made us hesitate for a long time, they went west! We also passed between Selvagem Grande and Alto Island, two islands that look uninhabited, barely 100 nautical miles north of the Canaries. The moon is still shining on us, we are starting to see the clouds to the south, typical of the trade winds, it feels good to be surfing."[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[TJVNLH, D+7 : The mad week of the Class40 !]]> Sun, 14 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT Just 7 days ago, international basketball player Boris Diaw unleashed 79 wildcats to conquer the Transat Jacques Vabre 2021. 45 of these ocean racers belong to Class40, and if the wind conditions in the first part of the race proved to be the most tortuous, the absence of a big blow has also allowed the 12.19-meter monohull class to still have all of its plethora of boats in the race. Apart from the very heavy weather, the 90 men and women of the Class40 have experienced just about everything, to the point of generating a number of analogies with the Tour de Bretagne, the Solitaire du Figaro and even  Doldrums in the Iroise Sea. The majority of the favourites in the race were able to get away with it, avoiding tricky passages to quickly enter the Portuguese trade winds, which very quickly put them back into the hectic rhythm of the transatlantic race. The emulation between competitors often sailing on sight did the rest, and the astonishing performances of the latest generation boats have since burst into the open. With 320 miles sailed in the last 24 hours, the new leader of the Class, Banque du Léman (Koster - Gautier), can stand comparison with some Imocas without blushing. 7 Class40 among the most recent, the most optimized too, make up, after 1 400 miles of race swallowed since Le Havre, the leading group of the fleet. However, we deplore the absence of some so-called luxury outsiders, which we surprisingly find in the depths of the ranking. Serenis Consulting, with the duo Galfione-Péron, is in 39th place, 542 miles from the leader! Sébastien Audigane, associated with the 2019 Mini Transat winner François Jambou (Entrepreneurs pour la planète) is 32nd. 640 miles already separate the leaders from the last of the ranking, E.Leclerc Ville-la Grand of the Magré family. But all of them are now back to interesting closing speeds, mostly downwind, and following varied trajectories, with important (nearly 300 miles) East-West longitude gaps. Off Gibraltar, and while the Canary archipelago focuses a center of high pressure, they are a number, from Groupe G2C La Martinique (Criquioche-Baray) to Everial (Thuret-Crépel) and up to Inter Invest (Perrault - Moreaux) to reposition themselves in interesting ways, well offset in the Northeast of the 18 protagonists of the lead, while sliding in a strong Northeast wind. The crossing of the Canaries from this evening should offer us the unexpected and singular spectacle of a good number of Class40s investing the numerous options of passage offered by the islands of Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Gomera, La Palma, or El Hierro. Deviations, traffic, site effects, air holes, will perhaps favor an even larger grouping of a good half of the fleet. An unexpected scenario which, with 3200 miles to go, adds spice to a race that is definitely out of the ordinary. Performance of the day : With Banque du Léman (Gautier - Koster) and its gain of 4 places in the last few hours, with 269 miles (310on true course) covered in 24 hours, we praise the performance of Project Rescue Ocean (Tréhin-Denis) climbed back to 12th place with 304 miles covered on true course. Quotes of the day : UP SAILING United for the planet : Morgane Ursault-Poupon - Julia Virat  "The boat is now sailing at her favorite speed: downwind (the much coveted tailwind), at about ten knots. The conditions are ideal for daydreaming... We are still sailing from the west, but it's becoming more and more southerly and the temperatures are rising: it really feels like we are making progress. We settled in a rhythm with two which works well (with quite a lot of tiredness all the same because the naps allow less to recover than the real nights...) " Milai : Masa Suzuki - Anne Beaugé "We are like on a flying carpet! After the heavy seas of the last 2-3 days, sailing on an almost flat sea, just with a little swell, is like a flying carpet. As expected, the wind has died down to about 12 knots (with a few clouds but not very active) and most of the fleet is pointing south. It's a flying carpet race. Aladin has cramps in his back from steering with his head at 90 degrees to the body. To preserve himself, this tack will last 1078 miles .... ! " Redman : Antoine Carpentier - Pablo Santurde "Today the sea has calmed down, as has the wind. We have just passed the Madeira archipelago, and the wind has gone from 20 knots to a mere 10 knots! The sea has flattened out, it's almost like being on a lake! Maybe that's why our Swiss friends are coming back on us at high speed! These last 24 hours have been rich in maneuvers and emotions, we have finally taken the lead of the fleet.  The road is still long, very long.  The day should be relatively simple, heading south, no change of tack, no change of sail, a wind that should stabilize around 10 knots with a direction that should not move too much.  Landscape level; we saw the first flying fish, the heat in the boat is pleasant, outside we still have to put on our little wool, but I think that in one or two days, we will be able to put away our fleeces for good." La Boulangère Bio : Amélie Grassi - Amélie Riou "Another great day of work today, slips and good atmosphere on board the Boulangère Bio. We are making knots in the brain on the road to follow, we decided to place ourselves a little bit more to the west than our colleagues these last hours and we are anxious to see what it is going to give (in the meantime we tie up to We can't wait to see what will happen (in the meantime, we're holding the whip to move the boat forward, which is not necessarily easy under spinnaker when there is still a little bit of sea as it was last night but the wind is weakening). Samsic E. Leclerc : Simon and Yannick Kervarrec "Everything is going well on board Samsic-E.Leclerc, the boat is progressing well, even if we have the unpleasant impression of being caught up by those behind without being able to do anything! Fortunately, to comfort ourselves (and like the 160 and the 115) we have lobster shells from the 2 stars chef Ronan Kervarrec. Yes yes, Kervarrec! Again a family history!  Otherwise, we arrive finally in the warm, and that it is pleasant. It is also the occasion to wash itself! That makes good after 6 days... " Vogue avec un Crohn : Pierre-Louis Attwell - Maxime Bensa "Life is getting milder on board Vogue with a Crohn's, it's getting warmer (or rather less cold). We are still under spinnaker since the end of the Bay of Biscay and that's great! We have been fighting against Fullsafe for a few days and despite our efforts, we are struggling to create significant gaps with them. They are tenacious these guys! Anyway, it's nice to have direct competition, it keeps the pressure on!  If not we did our first day "cool" with Maxime, a lot of autopilot, a lot of naps and nice surfs more or less mastered." Freedom : Thibaut Lefevere - Thomas Bulcke "What a pleasure to find the wind, to slide on the waves downwind with all sails out, to link gybes to stay in our wind corridor off Portugal. We even take pleasure in matosser (swinging 400 kg of material from one side to the other of the boat) as long as it is not to get out of an air hole and other windless areas. The nights are milder because we have been cold and the stars are more present which makes the night watches more pleasant. You will have understood that the morale is good on board! We had 3 days of Murphy's law (sequence of problems, the more the merrier). Not the perfect start of the race from a sport point of view but we are super motivated to catch up with our friends. Fortunately this TJV offers us already so many intense moments, surpassing ourselves, landscapes and magical moments that we can only realize how lucky we are to be where we are (even if two days ago while looking for the oars we wondered if we would arrive in Martinique in 2021). " Croatia full of life : Ivica Kostelic - Calliste Antoine "We sailed all night with the small spinnaker. We waited for the wind to drop before sending the big spinnaker. It's the only one we have left and we have to take it easy. The "dead" spinnaker is in the morgue and Calliste is going to try a Frankenstein operation to bring it back to life. We have a small problem of gas oil supply on the engine. We're going to avoid using it and we'll rely on our solar panels and the hydro-generator."[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[TJVNLH, D+6 : On the heels of the Vikings !]]> Sat, 13 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT What a fight ! What a pugilism ! What a showdown !  Under the envious eyes of Ian Lipinski and Julien Pulvé, unleashed at the helm of their Crédit Mutuel to get back in touch, 6 Class40s are tearing each other apart with great gusto, approaching one of the three "chicanes" of their specific course, the one prefigured by the archipelago of Madeira, a prelude to the two other chains of islands, the Canaries and Cape Verde. In the footsteps of  the Vikings Alexis Loison and Nicolas Jossier, undoubtedly excited by the red and gold colors of their Plantagenet flag, Redman (Carpentier-Santurde), Edenred (Le Roch-Quiroga), Lamotte Module Création (Berry-Nebout), Banque du Léman (Gautier - Koster) and Volvo (Gerckens-Hantzperg) are hard at work, looking for the opening, harassing the almost historical leader (4 days in the lead!) of the event. In the end, suspense is overwhelming and the performances wareas enough to make the most sophisticated of the Imoca boats blush, with over 300 miles covered in 24 hours for many of these not so "small" Class40s!  From Cape Finisterre to Madeira, the fleet of 45 Class40 boats is still intact, telling stories of unique seascapes from one ranking to the next. A big fight in the lead between the latest generation boats, a positioning war in the middle of the fleet between Cape Saint Vincent and Cape Finisterre, for the duos stubbornly determined not to be left behind, and more or less controlled wanderings for a handful of boats struggling with the high pressures and which have not yet reached the latitude of La Coruña, on the western tip of Spain. Jean Galfione and Eric Péron (Serenis Consulting) are, alas, among those, who were expected to be fighting at the front. The high pressure has, for the time being, got the better of their western visions, materialized by the rapid approach of a powerful Atlantic low synonymous with salvation.  From Simon and Yannick Kervarrec (Samsic E. Leclerc), to Pierre-Louis Attwell and Maxime Benda (Vogue avec un Crohn), via Jean Pierre Balmes and Laurent Camprubi (Fullsave), Stan Thuret and Mathieu Crépel (Everial), satisfaction reigns, to have, at the price of a beautiful deployment of energy, hooked onto the Portuguese trade wind. Gliding along under large downwind sails is on the agenda for the next few days, punctuated by the ever crucial choices of when to gybe. And the rankings highlight the great performances of the day by Legallais (Pierre Casenave-Péré and Kevin Bloch), 8th this morning, ten miles ahead of British sailing legend Brian Thompson and Alister Richardson on Tquila. Nicolas D'Estais and Erwan Le Draoulec (Emile Henry-Happyvore) are shadowing them, along with the 100% female crew of La Boulangère Bio of Amélie Grassi and Marie Riou, at ease in their Transat, as evidenced by their words of the night (see below). To each his own adventure and to each his own voyage ! Georges Guiguen and Morgann Pinson, aboard the very first Class40 and its historic N°1, are logically closing the gap, on the way to the inside of the Finisterre DST, pushing like a shepherd his flock towards more pleasant pastures... Quotes of the day : Milai :Anne Beauté - Masa Suzuki  "Everything is going well on board Milai. We dug into our reserves a bit when we passed Cape Finisterre, where we gybed a lot and spent the day chasing each other with our friends, the Legallais pro hardware guys, and then re-entering the Portuguese trade winds, gybing again and changing sails! But it's great, the boat is whirring, whistling and if it doesn't reach the amazing speeds of the scows, we're keeping quite good averages. The temperature is well up, the air is humid and we are already very hot when we put the spinnaker inside. We almost lost a spinnaker in the water today, the end of the sock having burst open, it started to open anyhow. It is not good to have socks a little too small! A good warning before entering the Atlantic trade winds. The Portuguese trade winds really look like the antechamber of their big Atlantic brother, more disciplined perhaps, more stable and greyer. This is the beginning of the great ski slope! And, there are already little flying fishes! "  Redman : Antoine Carpentier - Pablo Santurde "What a day or should I say what a last 48 hours! The rhythm is high! The atmosphere on board is great, but I don't see how it could go wrong with Pablo? The boat is going fast on a rather short sea (the waves are quite close) and therefore quite regularly she sees her speed drop from 23 knots to 12 knots in a second...  these scows are great but you shouldn't put their nose in the water ! To illustrate this, imagine that you are in a bus and, unluckily, you have come across a driver who is driving in fits and starts, going from 50 km to 20 km by stepping on the brake, then he starts again at full throttle, to brake again to start again and so on. Except that in this bus, you need to cook and it's a real joke! You have to brush your teeth, sleep, get dressed .... In short, all these daily gestures that seem to be insignificant become a real hassle! To close to the head of the fleet, we had to steer, steer, steer and, as there are only two of us on board, I let you do the calculation that makes a lot of hours of steering each one: 20 hours for Pablo and 4 for me, LOL... in fact, it's sweaty. So, the time of availability we sleep, we eat, we study the weather. Steering for twelve hours requires a great concentration and forces us to sleep more. » Vicitan : Didier Le Vourch - Olivier Delrieu "Everything is going well on board. We hit a beam this afternoon under spinnaker at about 8/10 knots. It hit the hull and broke in two on the starboard rudder. The rudder is fine. We didn't inspect the hull  but everything looks OK. We spent an hour  changing the dyneema of the rudder return which had broken cleanly under the impact before setting off again. In 24 years of professional sailing, Didier had never seen that! Probably more fear than harm, but a lot of fear all the same. We are sailing along Spain and its cargo ships and our morale is good. » Sec Hayai - Frans Budel-Ysbrand Endt « Another day spent looking for the wind, which is why we were a bit frustrated. Often we thought we had found it, but it disappeared again. And so the search continued. Last night was not different, except that this time we were accompanied by many dolphins. We are currently skirting the Spanish coast, gybing to accompany the wind rotation and we continue to look for where the most pressure is. Frans and I are getting better and better into the rhythm and we are settling into our daily routine. » Vogue avec un Crohn : Pierre-Louis Attwell - Maxime Bensa "Last night we worked pretty well! Good surfs under spinnaker, all lit by the Atlantic moon which seems to open the way for us.  Even if we have a little bit of pain in the shoulder from steering non stop, we are happy.  We saw our first flying fish on the deck! It's a good sign, we are in the right direction! » La Boulangère Bio : Amélie Grassi -Marie Riou  « Great shape on board the Boulangère Bio. The sea is well formed these last few hours, it's not bad.  For us, it's the pool on board... same for the others I guess. The slides are really nice, we take advantage of the surfs while thinking of the continuation which looks like still quite twisted, it is going to be long this race! Fortunately we love being at sea so it's not a problem to spend time there (provided that we spend a little less time than the others of course...) " UP SAILING United for the planet : Morgane Ursault-Poupon - Julia Virat "Today on board UP SAILING, we set the spinnaker. Last night was more rock'n roll, upwind in 20 knots of wind, reefed and slackened; we even almost put the staysail on but as we knew that it was going to ease off and ease off (in this context it means that the wind turns from upwind to downwind), we didn't get upset. The boat was well managed, for our greatest happiness, we finally found sporty conditions, we had missed it!  Now the upwind is over, we are downwind for a long time. All day long, the 200 square meters of pink sail illuminated the sky, which had taken on beautiful gray hues. The rudders are whistling, the silver sea is undulating with a long and steady westerly swell, and we are gliding south. These conditions are really cool. Of course you could say that it is too soft (which is not wrong), but for me at the moment, given the conditions of the previous days, I find that these 10/15 knots of wind downwind is still class. It is important to remember that such conditions are extremely rare in sailing. Because beyond the fantasies, it's often difficult to sail. Between phases with too much or too little wind, technical problems, mutinies (not to mention the price it costs!!!). In short, a lot can happen on the water, sailing is not easy every day. But here I can tell you that we are in Paradise! And that's why we love it, because the moments of grace are priceless, yes you will have understood: I love being at sea, it's my Universe . No, no, don't worry, I don't forget that we are in a race and that's not why we are just sitting around. With Julia we are thinking hard, brains are heating up and muscles too. » Damages… Message from Ivica Kostelic (Croatia Full life) "The main spinnaker just broke in 25 knots (46 km/h) of wind. We have a second spare main spinnaker as we were expecting this one to break. For the moment we are staying under spinnaker, until the wind drops (tomorrow). We will try to repair this torn spinnaker as much as possible (Calliste is getting used to it). We only regret that it broke in the first part of the race." Project rescue Ocean back in the race After an express stop of 4 hours in Cascais to repair its damaged rudder, the Class40 Project Rescue Ocean started racing again yesterday at 16:38![Read more]]]> <![CDATA[TJVNLH, D+5 : Skimming and stretching]]> Fri, 12 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT At the end of 5 days of a race with a totally unpredictable scenario, the  45 Class40s strong fleet is stretching from the Bay of Biscay to the latitude of Lisbon. The favorites of the race, with a few exceptions as they are so many in this growing class, now occupy the places of honor and are having a great time in this trade wind known as the Portuguese trade wind, which is very much oriented to the North and which imposes a lot of tacks downwind. The high pressure system, which has been blocking the fleet's route since they entered the Atlantic, is crashing against the western tip of the Iberian Peninsula, and once again subjecting the Class40s to the torments of being parked next to the rocks of Galicia. The bottleneck of Cape Finisterre and its DST is thus a lifesaver for a large number of competitors struggling to hang on to the last miasmas of the northerly wind, while a small gruppetto that has gone west is also going to be flirting with a new center of high pressure coming up from the Azores. Now scattered over nearly 400 miles of latitude, the Class40 fleet is experiencing contrasting fates; squalls to the north, downwind slips to the south. The rich are getting richer, according to the well-known sailing adage, and a small group in which many of the event's favorites can be recognized is whipping along in a small corridor of wind compressed by the high pressure system. In the wake of the impressive Alexis Loison and Nicolas Jossier (La Manche #EvidenceNautique), five of the fleet's top sailors are hard at work to get the best out of their recent boats, which are cut out to match the day's pace. The Mach 40.4 Banque du Léman (Koster-Gautier) and Edenred (Le Roch-Quiroga), the Max 40 Volvo (Gerkens-Hantzperg) and the other Mach 40.4 Redman with the Franco-Spanish duo Carpentier - Santurde, at over 15 knots vmg, are making the gap. A gap that Ian Lipinski and Julien Pulvé (Crédit Mutuel) are trying to fill. Including Avanade (Cauwe-Bonnier), there are 18 boats in less than 120 miles, surfing along Portugal. The race against the clock and the establishment of the calms of the anticyclone on the tip of Galicia is launched for the Kervarrec family, father and son (Samsic- E. Leclerc), side by side with Jean Edouard Criquioche and Eric Baray from Martinique (Groupe G2C - La Martinique) who are aiming for a mouse hole to manage to slide south. On the other hand, we are worried about the sailboats still struggling with the Bay of Biscay, and that the high pressure is definitely not letting go, Rennes.Saint-Malo/Rêves (Hulin- Bachmann), the Canadians of Stormtech (Barkey-Schaffer) or Lenzi - Lanternes de Paris (Duchatelet - Renouard). In the West, something new. A small group of Class40s, including one of the often-heralded outsiders, Serenis Consulting (Galfione-Péron), has managed to get a westerly wind and is about to round Cape Finisterre far offshore. Less traffic for these daredevils, but the heavy threat of the High pressure which is moving up on their route. Unless, as Clara Fortin and Martin Louchart (Randstad -Ausy) and Seb Audigane and François Jambou (Entrepreneurs pour la planète) are doing, they manage to slip through the narrow corridor of wind that remains to the west of the DST.  In short, the wind is blowing south, sometimes at more than 20 knots, with a threat of calm to the north. The fleet will continue to stretch throughout the day, to the point where it may split into two groups of almost equal size, one in the trade winds, the other in the calm. Vintage !  Four Class40s deserve the vintage appellation, and will engage in their own personal challenge in the heart of the Transat. They are naturally the venerable N°1, Terre Exotique of Georges Guiguen and Morgann Pinson, the 30 UP SAILING Unis pour la planète of Morgane Ursault-Poupon and Julia Virat, the 44 SEC HAYAI of dutchmen Frans Budel and Ysbrand Endt, and finally the 103 G2C GROUPE - La Martinique of Jean Edouard Criquioche and Eric Baray. Damage : The Class40 Project Rescue Ocean is heading to Cascais for a technical stopover.Since Thursday morning, 8:45 am, the boat is indeed affected by a breakage at the level of the ball joint and the high fitting of the starboard rudder. After having considered a technical stop in a Portuguese port further north, Axel Tréhin and Frédéric Denis managed to carry out a makeshift repair allowing them to benefit from the strong wind for longer. They are planning an express repair in Cascais and a return to the race as soon as possible. UFO for Everial Stan Thuret and Mathieu Crépel hit an Unidentified Floating Object last night. A structural part of a rudder is broken. The two Everial sailors have made a makeshift repair that seems to be holding. The race goes on, with always this unfailing good mood displayed by the young duo!  Quotes of the day : Pierre Louis Attwell - Vogue avec un Crohn "Finally double digit speeds! It's been a long time!  This long crossing of the Gulf of Gascony will at least have allowed us to have real long nights without turning around a rock.  We are back to our favorite passion tonight with the passage of the Finistère cape, tacking between the coast and the dst and trying to catch the air flow which is escaping from the south.  We hope to widen the gap with our pursuers and reduce the gap between us and our friends in front." Maxime Cauwe - Avanade "After a day and an early night almost perfect downwind with wind (especially!!) things are getting a little (a lot!) the routings suggested the western option with 24 hours advance to Sal on the eastern option, but a lot of road and sea conditions that can slow down the boats, so in the end we take the risk not to go. This leaves us with the East option, and again, there was a choice of East or West from the DST, we took the West because the door to the East looked like it was closing, but given the positions of the guys this morning, it gives a little taste of regret!" Emmanuel Le Roch - Edenred "It's going well, everything is going well, we're under spinnaker, it's sliding well, it was a bit hot earlier because the wind came up well but now it's fine. We are in the leading group, we cross at each gybe, we talk on the VHF. We crossed paths with Luke at 1 mile from the gybe, with Volvo and Banque du Léman at 200 meters. The beginning of the race was difficult the first two days. We had to deal with some big crossings with the tides in the Channel. We found our rhythm on board, we have the speed compared to the others and Pierre is making good trajectories so everything is going well. There is a lot of wind along Portugal, the idea is to stay in this wind band. The idea is to be well placed in relation to the others in the fleet, we are faster than Luke and Achille (Lamotte-Module Creation) and Alexis and Nicolas (Lamotte #EvidenceNautique), we want to pass them. There are transition zones to come and everything is not yet clear, in two days everything can come back from behind. As long as we can gain we're not going to shy away!" Luke Berry - Lamotte Module Creation "Another intense day yesterday. In addition to our spinnaker falling into the water, we had a pilot problem that resulted in a very big start on the wind. We were a bit afraid for the equipment and especially the spinnaker but we managed to put everything back in order and repair what had to be repaired... the sea is forming quite well and we have a good 22-25 knots which gives an advantage to our friends scows. Moreover, we had a fish in the keel all night long and it made the boat vibrate as soon as we exceeded 16 knots. We had to wait for the day to see it with the camera under the boat. We try to rest but it changes the 1st days without wind with the boat which did not tap. I must have had a good blackout during one of my naps because Achille apparently took several minutes to wake me up and I was asking where I was and where we were going like that." Seb Audigane - Entrepreneurs pour la Planète : "Everything is going well on board despite the ranking, however we still haven't solved our windvane problem. Since leaving the port of Le Havre, we have no information about the wind, direction or strength. We don't know why, it was working fine. My wool strands installed on the shroud are working well but do not indicate precise figures for the wind angle".[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[TJVNLH, D+4 : the big guns are back on track]]> Thu, 11 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT After the incredible "marasmic" episode of the first three days of racing, and with the return of the wind from the East, the 45 Class40s still racing have, for the most part, regained speeds and performances in line with their capabilities, and have resumed a course in line with the demands of the competition. And in this context of "normality", the big guns, the big names, the favorites have been eager to show their nose, often rounded ones,  to the front. Approaching Cape Finisterre and its tricky Traffic Separation Scheme cluttered with cargo ships, the Normans Alexis Loison and Nicolas Jossier continue to delight their supporters, led by their coach Benoit Charron. They are leading the way ahead of all the favorites, and there are many of them in this highly competitive Class40. We find the "big names" Berry-Nebout (Lamotte Module Création), Le Roch - Quiroga (Edenred), Gerkens-Hantzperg (Volvo) and the Swiss duo Gautier-Koster (Banque du Léman) grouped together within fifteen miles. Axel Tréhin and Frédéric Denis, who made one of the best progresses of the night, have brought their Project Rescue Ocean from 30th to 6th place. As one can see, the big guys are hard at play to tackle the tricky descent along Portugal and take advantage of this narrow corridor of wind surrounded by high pressure off the Iberian Peninsula. It's time for the big dance and the waltz of gybes under spinnaker! With the return to the forefront of the potentially fastest boats in the fleet, we are once again praising the fine performance of the older boats Tquila (Richardson-Thompson - 2014) and Milai (Beaugé-Suzuki - 2011), which we did not expect to see at this stage of the race. We can also see the pride of the fast boats that have been trapped for too long by the calms at the tip of Finistère, and which are now putting a lot of energy into their machines to get back in touch with the leaders. Redman (Carpentier - Santurde), Crosscall (Ducroz -Sineau) and Crédit Mutuel (Lipinski-Pulvé) are not fooling around but are doing what is necessary, at an average speed of 12 or 13 knots on the road, to come and play with their little comrades at the front. The leaders of the fleet are now teasing the latecomers in the Imoca Class. While the majority of the fleet is enjoying some nice slips under spinnaker and on flat seas, there are still a number of them who are not enjoying these privileges. From Entrepreneurs pour la planète (Audigane-Jambou), 30th this morning to Rennes Saint Malo Rêves (Hugin-Bachmann) 44th, they are still struggling to get out of the vast tongue of high pressure which, at the rear of the fleet of this Transat Jacques Vabre, is still languishing across the Bay of Biscay. Finally, a word about the western breakaways. The American-British tandem Mehran-Owen (Polka Dot), the only boat in the whole fleet, including multihulls, to have crossed to the other side of the ridge of high pressure, is struggling to put its option into practice. Positioned 27th this morning, the duo is facing the edge of a strong oceanic low, for the smallest gain in approach of the whole fleet, with only 195 miles covered in the last 24 hours. Performance of the day : Project Rescue Ocean (Axel Tréhin-Frédéric Denis) 244 miles covered in 24 hours, at an average of nearly 11 knots, and a stunning comeback from 30th to 6th place. The duo of the day: Improbable, and so endearing, the duo of the Norman Calliste Antoine and the Croatian alpine ski champion Ivica Kostelic (Croatia full of life), author of an excellent start of the race; " We are proud of our performance so far. Being in the top 12 after 4 days of racing in the Transat Jacques Vabre is beyond our expectations » Quotes of the day : Luke Berry - Lamotte Module Creation "Hello. We are hoping for some northerly winds with the Portuguese trade winds to come down after Cape Finistere. Otherwise, it's a bit cool at night but it's ok. We ate well, we were able to start doing real watches and try to recover a little from these first days of racing. We saw lots of marine animals, dolphins, tuna and even a whale." Antoine Carpentier - Redman  "It's good not to hear the sails flapping for lack of pressure... it was hard to see the competitors from the west take off at the same time as us, but we're not going to complain. The Bay of Biscay will have passed quickly and this, in an absolute comfort, we did not even put the oilskins, not a drop on the deck, nor of rain. Only happiness. We can see that the Manuard plans have done the housework well, it must be said that, even if the swell was quite big, the angle that we had with the waves was not embarrassing for beautiful accelerations without planting the bow at the bottom of the surf ... The dolphins left us when the wind returned. On the sporting side, we are hanging on even if the leaders are still far away, the sea seems to be smoothing out a bit, the wind remains quite unstable in strength and direction, which makes sailing demanding: we have to constantly change the settings of the sails and the pilot to stay fast." Manu Le Roch -Edenred "Hello! Soon the Finisterre Cape is approaching! Nice day on board Edenred. Initially unstable, the wind has gradually settled in, giving us our first nice slides! We are delighted to be back at double-digit speeds! We crossed the Imoca group Setin this morning, which makes us say that our Class 40 are really fast! It's great to see the rankings, it gives us a boost! See you soon!" Mathieu Crépel - Everial "We started to touch the wind heir dan sua day. Nice night. We slid well under spinnaker at the beginning with 10-15 knots of wind that started to turn a little. We went back under gennaker. We are making good progress. Stan still hasn't opened any packages of candy, a good indicator of the atmosphere. We hope to pass Cape Finisterre during the day, so that we can deal with the daytime freighters... "[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[TJVNLH, D+3 : the time is now !]]> Wed, 10 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT The wind is now, the speed id now, the Transat is now ! Or at least according to the weather files, the Class40 competitors are imitating the night-time escape of the other three classes towards Spain. The expected easterly wind is beginning to show for the leaders of the 12.19 m boats, La Manche #EvidenceNautique (Jossier-Loison), Volvo (Gerkens-Hantzperg) and Lamotte Module Création (Berry-Nebout), who are going to gain a nice lead over the main part of the fleet, which is still grappling with the desperate calms south of Audierne Bay. Last to enter the Atlantic, the fleet of 45 Class40s in this 15th Transat Jacques Vabre has had three somewhat "lunar", esoteric, timeless and totally unexpected days! A few rocky approach in the Breton and Normandy currents, similar to a Solitaire du Figaro, a leaden atmosphere in the spirit of a polar doldrums, and the torments of untimely current reversals, for a desperatly slow gain on the long road to Martinique. 355 miles covered on the road since Sunday for the leaders of the day, the Normans Nicolas Jossier and Alexis Loison (La Manche#EvidenceNautique). A true misery! While the three other classes in the race, Ultimes, Ocean Fifty and Imoca, are having a great time in an easterly wind that is strengthening at the western tip of Spain, the Class40s are only beginning to feel the pressure in their sails. The trajectories are getting tighter with the increase of the speeds and one by one, the protagonists of the Class will finally have the sweet feeling to really start their transatlantic race.  However, a selection has been made during these three days and we find without surprise a number of favorites at the front. However, outsiders are showing off in these expected struggles, and we are pleased to note the presence of the Franco-Japanese duo Anne Beaugé - Masa Suzuki (Milai) or the British of Tquila, Brian Thompson associated with Alister Richardson. And what about the breakaways in the West? The only boat of the entire fleet to have chosen the western route, bypassing the DST of Ushant by the North, the American-British duo of Polka Dot, Alex Mehran Jr. and Merfyn Owen, is in 9th position and is undoubtedly provoking the incredulity of their peers. Will it pass? Will it not? In any case, the move deserves to be praised. Hats off Gentlemen! Chapeau bas, Messieurs! Stretched out over a hundred miles, with the 100% female duo Morgane Ursault-Poupon - Julia Virat (UP SAILING Unites for the Planet) at the back, the fleet remains relatively compact in view of the 4,300 miles still to go. The deliverance is close for these protagonists, and this fourth day will finally take an offshore turn, with open seas, speed and sailing and strategic performances. Quotes of the day: Maxime Cauwe (Avanade): "We forgot the bread, it could have been worse. iIm a taker of your recipes for sandwiches without bread!" Emmanuel Le Roch (Edenred) "Hello ! Here the Red boys or rather the EDENRED boys ! Since Sein, we've been enjoying sailing again after this complicated descent of the English Channel. The wind is not strong but we are exploiting the slightest wind to gain the slightest meter. We are on top of it all. The weather is mild, hardly humid. The starry sky and the dolphins have been with us since last night...what else?" Antoine Carpentier (Redman) "Third day of racing and third day under the lead gennaker! Since the start, we had to sail under J1 for about ten hours at the start and we did two hours of spinnaker sailing, which was not very conclusive in the light air last night. The lateral gaps are starting to be significant! The wind is disconcertingly unstable, both in strength and direction, which puts us to the test! We are constantly working on the boat, we play with the remote control of the pilot and the adjustments of the sails. The sails flap for lack of wind quite often, which makes life on board quite uncomfortable." Duo of the day: Baptiste Hulin - Christophe Bachmann - Rennes.Saint-Malo/Rêves After the announcement of the dismasting of Bureau Vallée, Baptiste Hulin and Christophe Bachmann wanted to make a small video to support Louis Burton around the world and Davy Beaudart.  The sailors of Rennes.Sain-Malo / Rêves are thinking about them. Performance of the day : Polka Dot -Alex Mehran Jr. - Merfyn Owen : Ranked 42nd as they approached the Ushant DST, the two men are this morning in ... 9th position.[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[TJVNLH, D+2 : The Class40s struggling in the Channel]]> Tue, 09 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT With less than 250 miles sailed in 44 hours this morning, the 45 Class40s participating in the 15th Transat Jacques Vabre are reduced to begging, begging the wind to give them a few light breezes, and begging Neptune to put an end to the power of the currents that are forcing the duos to go backwards countless times from the tip of the Cotentin peninsula, and forcing them to draw incredible arabesques on a perfectly still stretch of water.  From the Héaux de Bréhat to the Iroise Sea, the Class40 fleet is languishing in desperate search of the slightest wind. The Normans Nicolas Jossier and Alexis Loison (La Manche#Evidence nautique) are entering the Atlantic thanks to a nice economy of maneuvers and backward steps, at least in comparison with some competitors. After the pebbles of the Côtes d'Armor, they are now passing the beaches of Finistère this morning, with some of the favourites of the event in their wake, including Ian Lipinski and Julien Pulvé (Crédit Mutuel) and Axel Tréhin and Frédéric Denis (Project Rescue Ocean), who have managed to get out of the Channel. Of course the gaps are small but the fleet is stretching this morning from the island of Batz to the Crozon peninsula. The courses are getting tighter, thanks to a light westerly breeze, which the duos are immediately taking advantage of to progress due south. The bill for the latecomers, and we think of Morgane Ursault-Poupon and Julia Virat (UP SAILING Unis pour la planète) and Clara Fortin and Martin Louchard (Randstad-Ausy) still struggling with the currents west of Batz, could increase by the hour.  The Bay of Biscay, still blocked by the high pressure, should become more lively by mid-day under the effect of the SSE flow. In this perspective, the fleet will remain as close as possible to the coast of Brittany, taking advantage of favorable currents to pass through the Raz de Sein, before heading off on port tack towards Cape Finisterre, and really launching this exceptionally strange Transat Jacques Vabre. What if Polkat Dot? The American Alex Mehran and the British naval architect Merfyn Owen (Polka Dot) are, for the moment, the only crew of the whole fleet, all classes included, to tempt fate by passing north of the DST of Ushant. The routings indicate the existence of a tiny hole in the west, which the two men seem to be inclined to seek out, by facing the front circulating on the distant Atlantic with gusto and upwind sailing. An extremely bold move to be observed over the next few hours, and the results of which will not be seen until next night, or even tomorrow morning.... The crew of the day : Clara Fortin and Martin Louchard (Ranstad-Ausy) stopped overnight for 4 hours in Roscoff to fix an electronic problem.  Performance of the day : Equipe Voile Parkinson - Florian Gueguen - Raphael Auffret. Back in the currents of the Raz Blanchard after an speedy stop in Cherbourg, Florian and Raphael managed to get back to the rear of the fleet last night. This morning, they appeared in 41st place. "We had broken our bowsprit, which allows us to send our spinnaker, during the tack to Etretat. It broke in two. Without this part, we can not consider continuing the race. Our whole team worked hard all night to get the part in Lorient. Everything is back in order. The goal for us is to go back hunting." They said: Banque du Léman, Valentin Gautjier - Simon Koster : " Amazing sailing (Laughs). Not easy to sail upwind in less than 10 knots, with our hulls built for speed; we sailed well at the start! Less good night with knitting in the currents. We are fighting to stay in contact." Sébastien Audigane, Entrepreneurspour la Planète  "Well, we are not dumb as a post, but to tell you the truth, since the start we have not had much time to write to you and hardly any time to sleep... In short, after a night of "shit" in no wind and current, it's the same for everyone, we're not giving up. There will be other reversals. » Gwen Gbick, HBF Reforestation : "I'm picking up some salad for lunch! It looks like there is some seaweed in the rudders.... "  [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[TJVNLH, D+1 : buffet stop in the Channel Islands]]> Mon, 08 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT It is a compact fleet - Team Voile Parkinson of Florian Gueguen and Raphael Auffret now at the level of La Hague after their departure from Cherbourg, bowsprit repaired - which is buffering since sunrise in the currents of the Channel Islands, between Jersey and Guernsey. The Class40s are almost all at a standstill, and some are even going backwards, as the current is stronger than the light wind that remains in the Channel. The scenario announced at the start in Le Havre yesterday at 1:27 pm became a reality for the 45 duos.  The crossing of the Bay of Seine was fast, with a north-westerly wind, and each crew tried to stay in contact with the leaders, among whom one could admire the great performance of La Boulangère Bio and its 100% female crew, Marie Riou and Amélie Grassi, who were demonstrating skill and determination all the way to the Cotentin peninsula. "We didn't put any pressure on ourselves, we set off as if we were in a dinghy race," explained Amélie Grassi in the early hours of the morning as she knitted her way around the rocks. If the favorites, Redman (Carpentier-Santurde), Crosscall (Ducroz-Sineau) or Project Rescue Ocean (Tréhin-Denis) are well present in the lively animation of this beginning of Transat, the Normans are also demonstrating what playing at home means. Nicolas Jossier and Alexis Loison (La Manche #Evidence nautique) are sailing in a "garden" that they know by heart and they are paving the way for the fleet as they negotiate the passage under Guernsey.  The fleet is now trapped and suffering from the currents blocking the course of their Class40s. « Ca flap flap flap" as Luke Berry (Lamotte-Module Création) describes it with a touch of humour and fatalism, contemplating his sails slumped by the lack of wind. There is little hope of taking off again before midday, when a light westerly flow will finally come to reinflate the Class40s' sails. The calm conditions will be followed by upwind sailing,  prelude to the fateful moment when the boats will have to choose their route to enter the Atlantic. Full west, upwind in strong winds, or south west, as close as possible to the direct route in the light airs of the Bay of Biscay? Routing and grey matter are in full swing on this first morning of the Transat Jacques Vabre as the sailors fight against the flow. 8,200 km remain to be sailed before the Martinique beaches.  The crew of the day: Equipe Voile Parkinson Florian Gueguen and Raphael Auffret left Cherbourg at 6 am this morning after a four-hour stopover Since then, they have been facing the terrible currents of the Raz Blanchard. The performance of the day In the calm and facing the adverse currents, it is the crew of Samsic E. Leclerc, from the Kervarrec family, Simon the son and Yannick the father who, with 21,6 miles covered in the last 4 hours, are doing the best...[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[TJVNLH: Class40, 40 reasons to follow it!]]> Sat, 06 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT It may not be the class of all the superlatives that ocean racing often feasts on, but Class40 ticks all the boxes that have made the magic of ocean sailing for over 40 years. Mixed, internationalization, high technology, but also human adventure, sometimes family stories, it concentrates quite an astonishing diversity of sporting and sailing experiences, from Olympism to the purest amateur. With 45 units at the start next Sunday, it offers not only the number but the absolute diversity of maritime experiences, welded by a powerful conviction of its coherence, its legibility. Far from technological and budgetary gigantism, the Class40 blossoms in sporting fairness, with an exponential level of performance, in accessibility and in the controlled development of its technologies. For all these reasons, it offers race after race, single-handed, crewed or short-handed, all the ingredients of suspense, upheaval and the unknown that have built the legends of the great ocean crossings. It writes for each of her sailors slices of majestic adventures for which sentimental crowds inevitably flock to each transatlantic departure. At the great rendezvous of pure emotion, there is something for every taste. Choose your flavor. Family affairs "I knew very quickly that I would participate in my next Transat Jacques Vabre with my father".  Simon Kervarrec, 22 years old, embarks his father, Yannick (Leclerc Samsic N°141). They are three father / son tandems, to set off towards Martinique in Class40 and thus make this race an extraordinary family adventure. And when it comes to complementarity, the father-son relationship is without equal: "I spent a good number of years on cargo ships, so I mastered navigation," explains Jean-Jacques Le Borgne (Recycleurs Bretons -Navaleo N°88). His son Kieran is more familiar with the new models of fittings and the technological part. The Magré family duo also affirms it: "On board, my father has a very good knowledge of offshore sailing" explains Antoine Magré (E. Leclerc Ville La Grand N°160), "I am more involved in maneuvers and weather analysis". Trust, respect and, yes, let's say it, love, seal unique complicities on board the Class40s of the Transat. The women too "It is an objective that we are looking for with the project, to create 100% female crews and to give ourselves the means to perform". Amélie Grassi forms with Marie Riou (La Boulangère Bio N°170) one of the three women's tandems engaged in the Class40 race. The declared objective is to perform with a 100% female crew. Morgane Ursault-Poupon and Julia Virat on UP Sailing N°30 share this ambition, while the twins Julia and Jeanne Courtois (Saint James Biscuiterie de l'Abbaye N°139) are setting off for the first time on this transatlantic race. They are the winners of the "Cap pour Elle" program, supported by the Transat Jacques Vabre and Saint-James, aimed at encouraging a new female crew. Anne Baugé will share the helm of Milai (101) with Japanese sailor Masa Suzuki, while Canadian Mélodie Schaffer will take part in the ocean race with her compatriot Ryan Barkey on Stormtech N°128. Clara Fortin is also teaming up with a fellow countryman, Martin Louchart from Normandy, for a more than initiatory transatlantic race aboard Randstad-Ausy (N°155). In total, 8 women among the 90 sailors in the Class. Contrasting ambitions At the start of a transatlantic race as demanding as the Jacques Vabre, with such  strong entries, the ambitions are naturally as varied as the number of crews. Among the contenders for victory in Martinique, the names of Banque du Léman (Valentin Gautier - Simon Koster N°159), Serenis Consulting (Jean Galfione - Eric Péron N°163), and Crédit Mutuel (Ian Lipinski - Eric Péron N°163) are all in the running, in no particular order of preference, as the battle between the most recent and the latest generation of yachts promises to be fierce, Crédit Mutuel (Ian Lipinski - Julien Pulvé N°158), Crosscall (Aurélien Ducroz - David Sineau N°166), Lamotte Module Création (Luke Berry - Achille Nebout N°153), Project Rescue Ocean (Frédéric Denis - Axel Tréhin N°162), or Redman (Antoine Carpentier - Pablo Santurde N°161), Volvo (Jonas Gerckens Benoit Hantzperg N°164)...  A number of top outsiders are knocking on the door of this antechamber of victory, such as Edenred (Emmanuel Le Roch/Pierre Quiroga N° 165), La Manche #EvidenceNautique (Nicolas Jossier and Alexis Loison N°154) or Seafrigo - Sogestran (Cédric Chateau/Jérémie Mion N°172), the Max40 La Boulangère Bio (Amélie Grassi/Marie Riou) or the Clak40 Emile Henry Happyvore, of Nicolas d'Estais and Erwan Le Draoulec N°167, Entrepreneurs for the Planet (Audigane -Jambou N°151)... . En route to the great adventure of a lifetime... A major competition, a complex and demanding transatlantic race (4800 miles), this Jacques Vabre 2021 will also be the baptism of oceanic fire for a number of sailors in Class40, like Renaud Courbon and Guillaume Pirouelle (Clown Hop N°133). Ivica Kostelic, like Jean Galfione, has been on the Olympic and world podium in his specialty, Alpine skiing. The Jacques Vabre will be his first crossing. From the snow to the sea, Mathieu Crépel, professional snowboarder, shares the same universe and the same approach as Ivica. His thirst for adventure led him to Stan Thuret's Everial (N°147). Adventure and friendship also go hand in hand in Class40, like the Exploring Tech for Good project of two engineers, Victor Jost and Enguerrand Granoux. Stories of men, sailors, friendship... the one of Thibaud Lefevre and Thomas Bulcke (Free Dom 157) is worth the detour and joins those of Nicolas D'Estais and Erwan Le Draoulec, old friends from the Mini, or Maxime Cauwe and Jules Bonnier (Avanade N° 98), Jean Pierre Balmes and Laurent Camprubi (fullsave N°148) good-natured amateurs on their way to the great adventure. International... The audio vacations will resound with the accents of the ten or so nationalities represented in this eminently international class: Belgian (Jonas Gerkens), American (Alex Mehran), Canadian (Ryan Barkey - Melodie Schaffer), British (Merfyn Owen, Alister Richardson, Brian Thompson), Dutch (Ysbrand Endt - Frans Budel), Italian (Andrea Fantini), Spanish (Pablo Santurde del Arco), Swiss (Valentin Gautier, Simon Koster) but also Croatian (Ivica Kostelic) and Japanese (Masa Suzuki) are the emeritus ambassadors of a class that attracts all eyes outside of France. Without forgetting the Mediterraneans... Kito de Pavant, Achille Nebout, Jean Pierre Balmes, Laurent Camprubi, Pierre Quiroga.... The war of the round noses! With the great diversity of architects and designers bent over their cradles, David Raison (Max 40), Sam Manuard (Mach 40.4), Marc Lombard (Lift 2), Guillaume Verdier (Pogo S4) or VPLP (Clak 40), there are no less than 12 scows of post Route du Rhum 2018 generation at the start on Sunday out of the 45 enlisted. These hulls called scows were very popular in the early 20th century on the American Great Lakes. With a bulky and spatulate bow like a ski, and a moderate width, these sailboats do not nose dive. They stay on top of the waves and take on less water on deck. They are formidable in crosswinds, at 60 and up to 110° from the true wind.  The Class40s in the Transat Jacques Vabre in figures: 4 800 miles between Le Havre and Fort de France via Sal in Cape Verde 45 boats at the start 10 nationalities 8 women including three 100% female crews 7 boats vintage 2021 Presence of the N°1 listed boat, launched in 2004, Terre Exotique of Georges Guiguen and Morgann Pinson  [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Class40 launches the Mediterranean Trophy]]> Fri, 08 Oct 2021 00:00:00 GMT For the past few months, Class40 has been working on its involvement in the Mediterranean at the request of its Italian, Spanish and Croatian members… and its French ones too. In addition to the existing annual overall Championship Trophy, the European Trophy and the American Trophy, Class40 is now launching the Mediterranean Trophy, the first edition of which will take place in 2022. Round Italy - a trial run in 2021 Encouraged by its “Southern” members keen to coordinate their schedules to compete in the same races, the class also had the opportunity to create a new event, the Round Italy (Genoa – Trieste). With the full backing of Class40, vice-president Pietro Luciani took on the task of bringing 2nd and 3rd generation Italian Class40s that had been racing on handicap for years back into the fold. In collaboration with the Yacht Club Italiano and the Societa Velica Barcola e Grigano, a measurement session was therefore organised, allowing for a trial run of this new race to take place in September, with victory going to Karnak, skippered by Stefano Raspadori. The Round Italy race is a key event for this new Trophy, being a long-distance, short-handed offshore race, and truly representative of what Class40 racing is all about. The Mediterranean, perfect for Class40s Racing in the Mediterranean can be particularly challenging with its often-fickle winds. Unlike certain Atlantic races where it is difficult to keep up with the scows, the Mediterranean makes for a highly tactical playground where boats of all generations can realistically compete against each other and aim for victory. It would not be that surprising to see older boats at the top of the podium… Key to success will be reuniting the fleets. The Italians were mostly racing in Italian races, the French in French races, the Spanish in Spanish races… which meant that there were a few Class40s competing in a number of races, but mostly under IRC or HN, which is rarely to their advantage rating-wise. One of the principal goals of this new Trophy is to bring these boats together, attract other boats and create competition in this new playground for the class. And the end goal is not necessarily to have this new fleet come and race in the autumn transatlantic events, but more to provide a selection of races in the area on which each team can base their race programme. The end of a vicious circle The dilemma is the same for all offshore racing classes. If there are no races, there are no boats, and if there are no boats… there are no races. A frustrating situation for boats based in the South, as well as for other boats wanting to go further afield but put off by a lack of events. Something had to be done to try and get out of this predicament. We hope that the Mediterranean Trophy will do just that by bringing together old and new Class40s with professional and Corinthian sailors alike. This new Trophy will be interesting from all perspectives. The Class40 Mediterranean Trophy race programme: Roma Per Due (Double-handed)- april Corsica med (double-HANDED) - may Au Large de St TropEZ (400 nm - solo) - june Giraglia Rolex cup Race (Offshore 240nm - CREWED) - june Duo max (Double-HANDED) - june Palermo Montecarlo (CREWED) - august Round Italy Genoa Trieste (CREWED) - september Middle Sea Race (CREWED) - october Pietro Luciani: “The Med is a challenging sea. The weather is less predictable than out on the open ocean and it’s rare to keep the same sail up for more than a couple of hours. But nonetheless Societa Velica Barcola e Grigano and Yacht Club Italiano, with the support of Class40, were able to organise the first edition of the longest race in the Med, the Round Italy, and it proved to be perfect for our boats. I can’t wait to see how many boats will compete for the Med Trophy next year, and I’m confident it’s going to be a success!” Kito de Pavant: “The Class40 class is thriving. These boats are grabbing the attention of more and more people all over the world. The Mediterranean is no exception. I meet a lot of sailors thrilled to come and race on these fantastic boats and race organisers who would be delighted to welcome them. But until now, what was missing was a proper race circuit in the Med to encourage people to buy boats, because the current race programme doesn’t really suit our boats. 2022 is the time to organise ourselves and bring together the “Italian” and “French” fleets without forgetting the Spanish and others who look longingly at our boats.”[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Antoine Carpentier (Redman) wins the European Trophy!]]> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 00:00:00 GMT The Class40 European Trophy (unfortunately not awarded in 2020 due to a lack of races) has this year gone to Antoine Carpentier on his Mach 40.4 Redman! Having scored podium results in all his races this year except for the Rolex Fastnet Race, Antoine Carpentier has won his first European title on his Class40 Redman in a fleet that has become ever more competitive. The Swiss duo of Valentin Gautier and Simon Koster (Banque du Leman) take second place, and Luke Berry (Lamotte – Module Création) completes the podium. “We are really happy to have won the European Trophy. It’s a first for me! We scored podium results in all races apart from the Rolex Fastnet Race in which we finished in 4th place, but we pulled off podium finishes in the CIC Normandy Channel Race, Les Sables – Horta, and the 40 Malouine Lamotte too. Our consistent performance has been rewarded by winning the European Trophy. We are delighted. It’s the boat’s first season, so it bodes well for the future,” said Antoine. The season kicked off at the end of May with the fiercely contested double-handed CIC Normandy Channel Race, a 1000 nm loop of the English Channel and Celtic Sea, which saw Axel Tréhin and Fred Denis (Project Rescue Ocean) score their first victory on the Class40 circuit. A month later, the Class40 fleet gathered for Les Sables – Horta. With the traditional stopover in Horta cancelled, the fleet had no choice but to race the full 2450 nm non-stop. However, for the purposes of the European Trophy, there were also separate rankings for the outbound and inbound “legs”. The Project Rescue Ocean duo once again took victory on the outbound “leg”, but Valentin Gautier and Simon Koster were the fastest on the way back. The biennal Rolex Fastnet Race saw Antoine Magré and his Franco-British team crowned in a race that took them a little over three days. The second edition of the 40 Malouine Lamotte, the final event to count towards the Trophy, was to be the decider for the five boats at the top of the leaderboard. It was Antoine Carpentier who won in St Malo, clinching the 2021 European Trophy title in the process. Of note too was Mathieu Claveau’s commendable performance on his 2009 Akilaria “Prendre la Mer Agir pour la Forêt”, finishing 19th in the Trophy ranking and first Vintage. Next up is the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre, starting on the 7th of November, which will see 45 Class40s on the start line. The outcome of this race will determine the overall 2021 Class40 Champion.   European Trophy results Antoine Carpentier (Redman) – 374 points Valentin Gautier & Simon Koster (Banque du Leman) – 363 points Luke Berry (Lamotte – Module Création) – 357 points Olivier & Antoine Magré (E. Leclerc Ville La Grand) – 332 points Axel Tréhin & Fred Denis (Project Rescue Ocean) – 306 points. Full results : CIC Normandy Channel Race: 1. Axel Trehin & Fred Denis (Project Rescue Ocean) 2. Luke Berry & Achille Nebout (Lamotte – Module Création) 3. Antoine Carpentier & Pablo Santurde del Arco (Redman) Les Sables – Horta: 1. Axel Trehin & Fred Denis (Project Rescue Ocean) 2. Antoine Carpentier & Mikael Mergui (Redman) 3. Ian Lipinski & Ambrogio Beccaria (Crédit Mutuel) Horta – Les Sables: 1. Valentin Gautier & Simon Koster (Banque du Leman) 2. Ian Lipinski & Ambrogio Beccaria (Crédit Mutuel) 3. Antoine Carpentier & Mikael Mergui (Redman) Rolex Fastnet Race: 1. Antoine Magré (E. Leclerc Villa-la-Grand) 2. Valentin Gautier & Simon Koster (Banque du Leman) 3. Luke Berry (Lamotte – Module Création) La 40 Malouine Lamotte: 1. Antoine Carpentier & Pablo Santurde del Arco (Redman) 2. Jean Galfione & Alan Pennaneac’h (Serenis Consulting) 3. Luke Berry & Ronan Floch (Lamotte – Module Création)[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[40 Malouine LAMOTTE : victory for Redman]]> Sat, 11 Sep 2021 00:00:00 GMT Setting out from Saint-Malo at 12:08 on Friday, the 22 duos will have taken much less than twenty-four hours to complete the 155-mile course, concocted by Franck-Yves ESCOFFIER. First to cross the start line, Antoine CARPENTIER and Pablo SANTURDE DEL ARCO will have led the race from start to finish, despite the fact that, like some of the other participants, they were caught in a lobster pot.   Antoine CARPENTIER, skipper REDMAN: "We were 2 or 3 boats to cross the start line at the same time with SEAFRIGO - SOGESTRAN (Cédric CHATEAU and Jérémie MION) and LAMOTTE - MODULE CREATION (Luke BERRY and Ronan FLOCH) who also started well. We chose a different sail from them on the first leg, which made the difference because we had a slightly larger headsail than them. It paid off because we passed the first mark ahead. As time went on, we got ahead and the gap widened. There were some tactical moves on some of the tacks where we were pretty good. The boat is going well, we know it well, so as soon as there is a change in the wind, we know which sail to put on and how to trim it, and it goes quite quickly. Otherwise there's the matter of the traps! SERENIS CONSULTING (Jean GALFIONE and Alan PENNANEAC'H) was the first to take one, I think SEAFRIGO-SOGESTRAN followed, LAMOTTE-MODULE CREATION too. We know that between Chausey and Jersey we sail on shallow waters which are favourable to traps. There was a lot of current which made us walk like a crab. We had to be careful. In any case, it's the first time I've raced the 40'Malouine LAMOTTE, we had great weather, good conditions, a nice course with some pretty nice spots and the atmosphere is good. There's still tomorrow when we'll be racing as a crew and that's going to be nice too."   The winning crew of this course is ahead of Jean GALFIONE and Alan PENNANEAC'H on SERENIS CONSULTING by 15 minutes at the finish line. Luke BERRY and Ronan FLOCH (LAMOTTE - MODULE CREATION) complete the podium. Mathieu CLAVEAU and Christophe FIALON won the Vintage category, finishing in 12th place.   source: SNBSM - 40 Malouine Lamotte[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Rolex Fastnet Race : victory of Palanad III after a tense finish]]> Fri, 13 Aug 2021 00:00:00 GMT Just ahead of the IRC One leader, there was another nail-biting finish between the Class40s, with the first six crossing the line within the space of an hour after a compression occurred as the wind turned patchy just short of the line. The competition between the massive 35-strong Class40 fleet was intense and featured several lead changes over the course the race. Axel Trehin’s Max 40 Project Rescue Ocean was the early Class40 leader, having dived furthest south outbound to the Casquet TSS on the first night and then eeking out a small but significant lead playing the shifts and tide between Start Point and the Lizard. However after looking in good shape passing the Lizard, Project Rescue Ocean dismasted in Mounts Bay. This is believed to have been due to their J1 hook breaking after the intense slamming from sailing upwind.  Their retirement enabled Luke Berry’s Lamotte - Module Création to lead up the east side of the Land’s End TSS followed, surprisingly due to his boat’s age, by Italian Andrea Fornaro on the Botin-designed Tales 2. At the Fastnet Rock Lamotte - Module Création held a 20 minute lead but with sheets cracked on the reach back to Bishop Rock the more powerful new scow designs ate this up and en route to Bishop Rock Berry was overtaken by London-based Frenchman Antoine Magre’s Mach 40.4 Palanad 3. From here Palanad 3 held on to the lead despite a compression to the south of Alderney which could have seen any of the top trio of Class40s edge ahead, followed the wind further shutting down in the early hours north of the Cotentin peninsula. “The toughest part was approaching Alderney,” recounted Magre. “There was five knots of tide, and because we were earlier than we thought, this tide was still negative for a couple of hours. We could see Luke [Berry] coming back - he was just 200 metres away and we were in for a close finish.” In the pitch back they had found the small back eddy to the south of Alderney. “We played that nicely as the other boats were spinning around in circles,” recounted Palanad 3’s British navigator Will Harris. “But then we ran out of that and watched the whole fleet catch up with us. Then we got lucky, picked up the wind first and that was it – we just had to hold on.” The pain continued for defending Rolex Fastnet Race Class40 champion Luke Berry as he was pipped at the post by Valentin Gautier and Simon Koster’s Banque Du Leman. Earlier in the race, the Swiss Class40 had lost out going west at the Land’s End TSS and had then spent the subsequent Celtic Sea crossings attempting to catch up “South of Alderney, anyone could have won,” explained Koster. “For the first two boats, there was no wind. With the scow light wind is a challenge, but we have BIG sails for it, like a masthead Code Zero to just get it going. But the gain is so big on the reaching legs – then you are a couple of knots faster than the pointy boats.” Berry was resigned to his fate aboard his Sam Manuard-designed Mach 40.3, but acknowledging that he is due to get a new boat next year which will make him competitive against the 40.4s. “Ours is very good downwind but as soon as it is a bit tight they are very fast. Still we’ve finished with two Mach 40.4s ahead and two behind.” General ranking: Rolex Fastnet race - Class40 Source: [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[LS-H : Redman's victory (almost) on the wire!]]> Tue, 20 Jul 2021 00:00:00 GMT Three minutes and 14 seconds: this is the tiny gap that finally separated the two leaders of this Les Sables - Horta - Les Sables 2021 at the finish line. A derisory gap at the end of 2,540 miles of racing and nearly eleven days at sea. Eleven trying and intense days during which Antoine Carpentier and Mikaël Mergui (Redman) then Axel Trehin and Frédéric Denis (Project Rescue Ocean) took the lead from the beginning before making the break on the third day, when they passed a barometric pass, off Cape Finisterre. From then on, only Ian Lipinski and Ambrogio Beccaria (Crédit Mutuel) managed to worry them. A complex weather, a fight at every level, a hard-fought victory, broken records... the 8th edition of Les Sables - Horta - Les Sables, held from June 28 to July 13, 2021, kept all its promises. Here are five points to remember: A revised format Although the event is usually held in two legs, in the form of a round trip between the Vendée and the Azores, for this 2021 edition, the organizers have been forced to adapt and modify the format of the competition. The reason: the pandemic context linked to the COVID-19. The local and health authorities in Portugal have decided not to host the event this summer. Consequently, the traditional stopover could not take place. The race was thus played out in a single major leg of 2,540 miles with the only course marker being a buoy anchored in front of the entrance to Horta marina. Weather as varied as it was complex The first half of the race was complicated, with a ridge of high pressure in the Bay of Biscay, a barometric axis off Cape Finisterre and then three successive fronts. A weather context that created significant gaps between the competitors from the second day of the race, and also put the boats and their bodies to a severe test. Patience and length of time marked the first part of the race, while on the other hand, the return leg was done in a hurry, at least for the first five. As proof, if the best time over the 1,270 miles between the Azores and the Vendée belonged, since the 2015 edition, to the duo Yannick Bestaven - Pierre Brasseur with a time of 4 days 17 hours and 38 minutes, the tandem Ian Lipinski - Ambrogio Beccaria on Crédit Mutuel, took 4 days 3 hours and 56 minutes to swallow the distance, thus imposing a new reference time. A scenario as improbable as it was incredible, which spread the fleet over more than 1000 miles! Minimal gaps Three minutes and 14 seconds: this is the tiny gap that finally separated the two leaders of this Les Sables - Horta - Les Sables 2021 at the finish line. A derisory gap at the end of eleven days at sea. Eleven trying and intense days during which Antoine Carpentier and Mikaël Mergui (Redman) and then Axel Trehin and Frédéric Denis (Project Rescue Ocean) took the lead from the beginning before making a break with the rest of the pack on the third day, off Cape Finisterre. From then on, only Ian Lipinski and Ambrogio Beccaria (Crédit Mutuel), who made a thunderous comeback, managed to worry them. "It was a hard-fought match from start to finish, but the harder it is to win, the better it is," said Antoine, who thus scored the first victory of his career as a skipper. However, it is not only at the head of the fleet that places were fiercely contested, as shown by the gusty arrivals of nine boats between 00h56 and 7h55 on Monday 12 July, and in particular the five minute gap between the duos Pierre-Louis Attwell - Aloïs Kerduel (Vogue with a Crohn's disease) then Charles-Louis Mourruau - Andrea Fantini (Guidi). By the way, a special mention for the latter who managed to take the 14th place after a technical stopover of twelve hours in Horta! The 24-hour record broken! After breaking his own record for the greatest distance covered in 24 hours aboard a Class40 (415.86 miles achieved on November 6, 2019 in a double-handed configuration with Adrien Hardy during the Transat Jacques Vabre) during this 8th edition of Les Sables - Horta - Les Sables on Monday, July 5, Ian Lipinski then steadily improved his performance to end up literally exploding the reference distance with 428.82 miles recorded on Tuesday, July 6. Associated with Ambrogio Beccaria, the skipper of Crédit Mutuel improved his record by 12.96 miles by managing to hold the supersonic average of 17.9 knots over 24 hours! Small and big "boo-boos In a race of 2,540 miles (the equivalent of two thirds of a transatlantic race) with such complex conditions, small glitches - technical or physical - have naturally plagued the fleet. If Fred Denis, victim of a broken rib three days before the arrival, managed to complete his race and to get on the podium, others were unfortunately forced to abandon. The duo Charles de Coquet - Thierry Duprey du Vorsent (Concise 8) returned to the port only a few minutes after the departure following its collision with another competitor. The pair Hervé Thomas - Gérald Veniard (Saint Yves Services) put an end to its race following a problem of false fuse bearing. Same thing for the pair Emmanuel Le Roch - Christophe Cremades (Edenred), confronted, for his part, with a problem of bulkhead, or of the pair Simon - Yannick Kervarrec (Samsic - E. Leclerc), victim of a water way in a back box. Victor Jost and Enguerrand Granoux also had to give up finishing the race, the first having dislocated his shoulder. source: Les Sables Vendée Course au Large[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[New 24-hour record for Ian Lipinski and Crédit Mutuel!]]> Tue, 06 Jul 2021 00:00:00 GMT Ian Lipinski is definitely impressive on his Max 40 Crédit Mutuel: a victory in the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2019 with Adrien Hardy during which they broke the record for the distance covered in 24 hours on a Class40, previously held by the duo Maxime Sorel / Antoine Carpentier, a new reference time on the Round Britain and Ireland Record in 2020 and here is a new record for 2021, achieved during the Les Sables Horta race, with Ambrogio Beccaria! Crédit Mutuel covered 428.82 nautical miles between Monday, July 5 (0h00) and Tuesday, July 6 (0h00) at an average speed of 17.9 knots. This record was previously held by the same skipper - boat pairing; they had sailed 415.86 miles at an average speed of 17.3 knots between November 5 and 6, 2019. We can't wait for the next transatlantic race where the Max 40, the Mach 40.4, the Lift v2, the Pogo S4, the Cape 40 scow or the Clak 40 will compete... the races have not finished being beautiful![Read more]]]> <![CDATA[PROJECT RESCUE OCEAN TAKES THE WIN IN THE 12TH CIC NORMANDY CHANNEL RACE]]> Mon, 07 Jun 2021 00:00:00 GMT 22 boats out of the original line-up of 23 made it across the finish line in this 12th CIC Normandy Channel Race, a figure which is pretty exceptional on several levels. Indeed, in addition to a scenario with multiple twists and turns and the race’s now trademark unbearable suspense, this year the varied yet predominantly downwind conditions across the whole course and an overall timing that tended to be favourable at the tricky sections, were a fairly radical departure from the ‘norm’ in this great classic. With all these conditions combined, two stand-out features coloured this year’s event: the course was completed in its entirety, which is only the 2nd time in 12 editions, and the new sub-5-day event record will really take some beating. It was in bracing conditions that this 2021 edition set sail, forcing the Race Committee to forego the initially scheduled coastal course off the mouth of the River Orne and send the 23 competing duos off on a mission to round a windward mark some 2.5 nautical miles off the start line set in the Baie de Seine before setting a course for the first course mark of Saint Marcouf. At this precise moment in time, nobody could have imagined that they were witnessing the only upwind stretch of this edition. However, very early on, it became evident that the skippers were posting exceptional speeds and one by one setting new records to the various course marks. The passage across the English Channel was devoured in just a matter of hours. From there, the fleet powered along the south coast of England, timing a series of tricky sections like the Solent and Land’s End to perfection in a lot of cases. The crew then continued their blistering progress in the Celtic Sea, with the leaders reaching Tuskar Rock in under 48 hours… 45 hours 22 minutes and 13 seconds to be precise for the front runner Crédit Mutuel (158) to round the event’s iconic lighthouse. A record time! After rounding the fabulous Fastnet, the return passage in the English Channel was equally quick as far as the Channel Islands, where suddenly things got really tricky and treated spectators to a torrid sprint for the finish. Once again, the CIC Normandy Channel Race gave rise to an incredible scenario where it was impossible to predict a winner until the final few miles of this course spanning a theoretical 1,000 miles. Ultimately, winner Project Rescue Ocean (162) crossed the finish line one hour before the second placed boat, but it wasn’t until the Barfleur headland had been rounded in the early hours of Friday 4 June that her skippers could make a clean break after a night spent battling with the current synonymous with Le Raz Blanchard. Astern of the champions, the four closest pursuers were firing on all cylinders as they became embroiled in a final sprint reminiscent of match racing across the Baie de Seine, which culminated in just 6 minutes separating the boats from Lamotte Module Création (153) in 2nd place to Banque du Léman (159) in 5th. Redman (161), 3rd, completed the podium. Behind them, there was constant jockeying for position throughout the bunched fleet and the skippers had to demonstrate utter commitment at every stage of the race, as evidenced by Avanade (98), Équipe Voile Parkinson (104) and Prisme (131), all of them crossing the finish line within just 20 minutes. The same was true at the tail end of the fleet between Gustave Roussy (133) and Eärwen (88), who finished the race within just a minute of one another. As ever in this Norman event, there’s everything to play for right to the wire, which is what drives the skippers to come back year after year to try their luck. This 2021 edition will certainly go down as an event to remember. A new record has been set for the entire CIC Normandy Channel Race course. Axel Trehin and Frédéric Denis are the proud holders of this new title thanks to a time of 4 days 17 hours 49 minutes and 50 seconds. And it’s certainly going to be a very tough time to beat given all the elements that needed to be on their side to secure it. Indeed, the exceptionally favourable conditions also enabled another record to be set: that of the fewest retirements. Just a single crew were unable to make it all the way around, which is a first. A direct result of this was the finest and fullest race village at the end of the race, which meant that the basin in Caen was packed with Class40s and their skippers to celebrate the prize-giving and crown the champions. The skippers all agree that strategically the ‘Normandy’ is a very demanding race and the rhythm incredibly intense, making it one of France’s major offshore racing events. Achille Nebout, 2nd on Lamotte Module Création (153), was full of praise on his arrival in Ouistreham: “I’d heard a lot about this race. Everyone said it was just crazy and that’s exactly what it is, just like the Solitaire du Figaro”. This sentiment was echoed by Maxime Cauwe, skipper of Avanade (98), who describes the event as intense. “I think that together with the transatlantic races, it’s the toughest championship there is”. Nils Boyer (Le Choix Funéraire – 139) is equally inspired. “There’s always a fantastic welcome at the start and finish. It really is one of the only races I know where that is the case.” For American sailors Greg and Hannes Leonard, back for the second crack at the CIC Normandy Channel Race this year, the event has become a must for all these reasons and more, and its increasing global appeal comes as no surprise. Indeed, it is a truly unique event in the Class40 race schedule, with an international level, incredibly competitive racing and the Class40 spirit… a heady mix for sports specialists in the English Channel and the Celtic Sea. Roll on 2022! The Ranking Normandy Channel Race - Class40 Source: Sirius Evenements[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[The 2023 Defi Atlantique confirmed!]]> Thu, 27 May 2021 00:00:00 GMT Note in your diaries that a new edition of the Defi Atlantique reserved for Class40 crewed boats will be proposed by Grand Pavois Organisation with the support of Class40, starting from Guadeloupe, at the beginning of April 2023, to La Rochelle (France), via a stopover in Horta (Azores - Portugal). This Atlantic return race officially registered in the Class40 calendar will allow the competitors of the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe 2022 to make a return to the race, with a minimum of two crew members on board. In the important timing to note, the Class40 registered for the Defi Atlantique will take the start on Saturday, April 1. A stopover is planned in Horta in the Azores in order to optimize the weather conditions for the arrival on the Atlantic coast and will allow the skippers to change, if they wish, their crew members (note that it will be proposed and possible to take a journalist on board as a crew member for the second leg in order to live a last leg in race and live). The scheduled arrival date in La Rochelle will be between Friday 21 and Sunday 23 April. A specific welcome device will be set up Bassin des Chalutiers, as during the last edition of 2019 organized by Grand Pavois Organisation. Halvard Mabire, President of Class40: "defi Atlantique, second edition. Class40 is delighted with the announcement of the second edition of the Atlantic Challenge. This event, reserved for Class40 only, proved its relevance during its first edition in 2019 and is now a regular part of the Class40 program. Indeed, what better way for Class40s to return to Europe after the Route du Rhum? The return by sea is becoming more and more important. On the one hand, Class40s are ocean-going boats made for sailing, and on the other hand, returns by cargo are becoming more and more expensive and complex, and also less and less compatible with a certain ethic of ocean racing, which wants to be as virtuous as possible on the environmental level. Therefore, a race back from the West Indies represents a great opportunity to transform what could be a simple individual delivery into a thrilling event, capable of attracting a good part of the Route du Rhum fleet, as well as some boats based in the West Atlantic and willing to come and do the European season 2023. The start of the Defi Atlantique at the end of March allows to take advantage of the Caribbean waters after the Route du Rhum and to participate in some of the events of the Caribbean season. The finish in La Rochelle, around mid-April, anticipates the races of the Class40 2023 program: Normandy Channel Race, Les Sables Horta, Fastnet, Transat Jacques Vabre... Also, the course of the Defi Atlantique, with a stopover in the Azores, in Horta, offers the opportunity to the crew to discover or to find with pleasure a place appreciated by all the sailors, but also authorizes changes of crew and possibly a better adaptation of the chronology of the race according to the weather conditions. Good luck to the Defi Atlantique, soon a "classic"... " The notice of race and the participation file will be available in October 2021 from Etienne HARDY of Grand Pavois Organisation Source: Grand Pavois Organisation[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Class 40 pulls in the crowds and Halvard Mabire is re-elected president]]> Thu, 22 Apr 2021 00:00:00 GMT The annual General Assembly of Class40 was held on Saturday 17th April, in a dematerialized way. It was an opportunity to review the past year and to look ahead to the 2021 season, as well as to renew the Board of Directors. 2020 : a troubled but positive year 2020 was not the best year for sport and event organisation and has created a lot of frustration for everyone. With the exception of the Normandy Channel Race and the Drheam Cup, the racing programme was very light. However, it was an opportunity for several projects to run successful record campaigns. 2020, however, revealed the strengths of the Class40: loyalty and support from its members. The class' finances are balanced in 2020. A second-hand market is still as dynamic as ever with 25 boats sold and there are many new projects on the horizon with two new boats launched and some fifteen construction projects underway despite a relatively gloomy general world atmosphere. 2021 : on the rise The growing interest in Class40 cannot be denied. Even though Class40’s don’t have foils, they leave many areas for development are very attractive on the sporting level with very reasonable running costs. There is also a good mix between professionals amateurs in the class. As proof, the participation in the season's races is very promising. Indeed, around thirty Class40s will meet in Caen at the end of May for the CIC Normandy Channel Race, probably setting a record for participation in this incredible race. The following month, almost as many duos should participate in the much appreciated Les Sables-Horta. Let Horta prepare itself as never before have so many Class40s been there! Crewed racing is not in crisis either, with the RORC announcing 37 Class40s in the Rolex Fastnet Race. In the history of Class40, never before has so much excitement for the races on the programme materialised so early in the season. The Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre will close the 2021 championship and in a big way! More than fifty Class40s have announced their intention to take part, almost double the previous record... Furthermore, as many as 70 Class40 are announced for the Route du Rhum 2022! There is no doubt that Class40 is becoming increasingly popular and is continuing to develop at a steady pace. Halvard Mabire, reappointed as President There are several reasons for the good health of the class: the undisputed success of the last Vendée Globe, which opened up ocean racing to as many people as possible at a time when the planet was confined; a support that is increasingly attractive with the new generation of boats that stand out in terms of performance; an unwavering desire to keep costs reasonable and to maintain the balance between amateurs and professionals, which is its hallmark, and to do this, the constant involvement of the Board of Directors on many fronts. The members will not be able to deny it since, as every year, they have renewed their confidence in the outgoing candidates, Halvard Mabire from Normandy and Pietro Luciani from Italy, unanimously re-elected by the Board of Directors as President and Vice-President, while Kito de Pavant joins the Board for the first time. 2021 programm : Composition of the Board of Directors : -          Halvard Mabire, President -          Pietro Luciani, Vice-President -          Catherine Pourre, Treasurer -          Cédric de Kervenoael, General Secretary -          Michael Hennessy -          François Angoulvant -          Luke Berry -          Jörg Riechers -          Kito de Pavant[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[The Race Around goes Solo and Double-Handed]]> Wed, 10 Mar 2021 00:00:00 GMT The organisers of The Race Around, Class40’s official round-the-world race, are today pleased to announce following significant interest, the establishment of a solo category running alongside the already announced double-handed fleet. In a move that will spark memories of the highly successful 'BOC Challenge' and 'Around Alone' era, the organisers have also taken the opportunity to increase the number of entries from 25 to 35, inclusive of five wild cards. Sam Holliday, Managing Director, The Race Around said, “Since announcing The Race Around in late 2019 we’ve been blown away by the level of interest around the race and have taken the time to speak with a number of those looking to compete. It has become clear that the Class40 continues to boom and we have to take into account a growing trend of those wanting to compete in a global event that goes beyond the traditional reach of Class40. The Race Around therefore perfectly fills the void for those that have finished the Mini Transat and the Route du Rhum and perhaps have the following Vendée Globe cycle in their sights.” The inclusion of the solo category has created a race with two trophies. The solo class will race for The Race Around Trophy with the double-handed fleet racing for The Race Around Cup. Hugh Piggin, Co-founder, The Race Around said, “Upon making this decision our main thought has always been to provide a race that aligns with the ethos of an international Class, raced by both amateurs and professionals and The Race Around remains exactly that. The ability to choose the category that best suits the respective competitors will allow a varied and interesting mix between professionals seeking glory and seasoned amateurs looking for an adventure of a lifetime whilst racing alongside and against some of the sports established names.” Further to the inclusion of a solo category, organisers are also delighted to have signed a long-term partnership agreement with Class40. This agreement will ensure The Race Around’s continued success beyond the first edition which will start in 2023. The partnership agreement details how the two organisations will work together to ensure members are provided with the best racing opportunities whilst also ensuring a greater level of technological collaboration with regard to the safety, sustainability, event qualification and more. Halvard Mabire, President, Class40 Association said, “We’re delighted to have signed a long-term partnership agreement between our two organisations. It is clear that The Race Around is looking to establish itself as one of the great ocean races and we, as a Class, are proud to work alongside them in a true partnership. The inclusion of a solo class allows us to dream once again of the golden era of the 'BOC Challenge' and 'Around Alone', races in which the racing was tough and the adventure was real. Today’s announcement allows further opportunity for competitors to stay within the class and for partners and sponsors to gain exposure on a global scale, whilst also providing seasoned amateurs the ability to complete a lifelong goal of circumnavigating the globe.” source:   [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[The Final Four]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2021 00:00:00 GMT Yannick Bestaven -          Winner of the 2015 Transat Jacques Vabre -          Winner of the 2011 Transat Jacques Vabre -          Winner of 2015 Les Sables Horta -          Second of  Sables Les Sables Horta 2011 -          Second of the Normandy Channel Race 2015   Boris Herrmann -          Winner of the 2008-2009 Global Ocean race -          Second of the 2008 Artemis Transat -          Third of the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race -          Seventh of the 2013 Normandy Channele Race   Louis Burton -          Second of the 2018 RORC Caribbean -          Twentieth of the 2010 Route du Rhum -          Builder of Tizh 40   Thomas Ruyant -          Winner of the 2010 Route du Rhum -          Winner of the 2010 Normandy Channel race -          Winner of the 2010 Record SNSM -          Third of the 2014 Normandy Channel race -          Fifth of the 2012 Mondial Class40   The only certainty at this time is that Class40 is very proud of its former members and wishes the skippers a great end to the race. To its many other representatives: Damien Seguin, Giancarlo Pedote, Maxime Sorel, Armel Tripon, Arnaud Boissières, Alan Roura, Stéphane Le Diraison, Pip Hare, Manuel Cousin, Miranda Merron and Alexia Barrier.  [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[ ]]> Tue, 10 Nov 2020 00:00:00 GMT [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[BANQUE DU LÉMAN VICTORIOUS IN THE 11TH NORMANDY CHANNEL RACE]]> Sat, 19 Sep 2020 00:00:00 GMT After a muscly final, it’s Banque du Léman who finally scores the bullet in the 11th Normandy Channel Race. Skippers Valentin Gautier and Simon Koster crossed the finish line at 13 hours 30 minutes 30 seconds GMT after 4 days 20 hours 25 minutes and 30 seconds of racing. They made the finish line just 6 minutes ahead of Crédit Mutuel. Her skippers, Ian Lipinski and Julien Pulvé, bag silver then in this race, which once again went right to the wire. The hierarchy remained wide open throughout this 2020 edition as the fleet concertinaed its way along this course up to the south coast of Ireland. It was only once Lizard Point was rounded on the home straight that Banque du Léman (158) and Crédit Mutuel (159) managed to shake off the chasing pack for good and focus on their bitter duel to the finish, upwind in heavy seas. Ultimately, it was the Swiss team of Valentin Gautier and Simon Koster who came out on top to snatch victory in this 11th edition. “We had all manner of conditions, culminating with a 35-knot beat up the English Channel, which was really harsh. We knew what to expect when we entered the Normandy Channel Race, especially when Carpentier (Antoine) said it was like a 5-day street brawl, which sums up the race to a T. This event really is fantastic with its coastal passages, offshore sections, highly tactical elements and its fabulous landscapes. It’s hugely satisfying to go out and win this race in these conditions. It took some work this victory! It’s no mean feat that’s for sure,” enthused Valentin Gautier and Simon Koster at the finish in Ouistreham. It was a cruel blow for the second placed duo from Lorient and La Rochelle, Ian Lipinski and Julien Pulvé, as it could have gone any which way and they too sailed a brilliant race. “Competitively, it was a rewarding and tough race. We really battled hard from beginning to end. It was really intense, with a great deal of jockeying for position throughout. We knew that this was part and parcel of the Normandy Channel Race’s reputation before the start,” explained the magnificent runners up in this Normandy Channel Race 2020.  Redman finishes at the 3rd place. Source: Normandy Channel Race[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[A GREAT START FOR THE NORMANDY CHANNEL RACE’S 2020 EDITION!]]> Mon, 14 Sep 2020 00:00:00 GMT Eager to get back out on the racetrack, 26 duos set sail today on the 11th Normandy Channel Race, the only event in the Class40 championship that has been able to go ahead as planned in the rather unique landscape of 2020. It was with almost perfect weather conditions, worthy of the finest summer days, that the Race Committee released the Class40s right on schedule at 19:05 local time along a looped 7-mile coastal circuit around the Baie de Seine off the mouth of the River Orne, between the cardinal marks of Luc sur Mer and Ouistreham. After a clean start in around 10 knots of NE’ly wind, conditions were almost perfect for the introduction to play, the Class40s putting on a fantastic show as the sun went down over the yard arm. The preamble was hotly contested, providing a tantalising foretaste of the battle that awaits over the theoretical 1,000-mile course. Fresh out of the box, Redman, skippered by Antoine Carpentier and Nicolas Groleau, rapidly set the pace and were first to round the final mark of the coastal course and set a course, downwind, towards the next waypoint off the Saint Marcouf islands, some 36 miles from the start, in the Baie des Veys. The duo of Ian Lipinski and Julien Pulvé aboard Crédit Mutuel, one of the firm favourites of this 2020 edition, nailed a series of pristine tack changes to bag second place in the position report. Hot on their heels was the father and son duo, Antoine and Olivier Magre aboard E. Leclerc Ville La Grand. Evidently, the downwind conditions combined with the talent of the skippers enabled the Class’ most recent additions to really show what they’re made of on this coastal course.  Making for Saint-Marcouf There are some 36 miles between the last mark in the coastal course off Ouistreham and the compulsory waypoint to the west of Saint-Marcouf. The competitors are due to benefit from a gentle and favourable current to reach the first tricky section of the course which, as is often the case in this great Norman classic, will likely reshuffle the cards for the first time. Channel hoping To tackle what will likely be one of the least fun sections of the course, the Channel crossing and its heavy shipping, the fleet should still be able to benefit from some favourable conditions on a reach in a breeze that is forecast to flesh out to around 15 knots from the ESE. After a first night at sea, the leading Class40s should theoretically reach the Isle of Wight tomorrow morning at around 0600 GMT, at which point their skippers will be able to get their teeth into another legendary section of the event: the negotiation of the Solent.  All the pictures: Source: Normandy Channel Race[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Normandy Channel Race: D- 3]]> Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:00:00 GMT The great annual Class40 race is getting closer: it is indeed this Sunday that the 27 Class40 entered in the race will start the 1000nm loop. Gathered in the Saint-Pierre basin in Caen since Wednesday evening (except for the two British boats which will go directly to the start line), the masked smiles are on everyone's faces: what a pleasure it is for all to get together and return to the competition! Because there will be competition! The last 9 newborns of the class are present on the event and older but still very competitive units will also have their places to defend. The list of the registrations:  While waiting for the strat, and until the arrivals, find the Minute of the Normandy Channel race on France 3 Bretagne and France 3 Normandie after the editions of 12h and 19h.[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Crédit Mutuel (Ian Lipinski), winner of the Drheam Cup 2020]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT A return to the competition, and the Class40s did not disappoint – a race full of suspense! At the head of the fleet, an intense duel was played out in the Irish Sea by Crédit Mutuel (Ian Lipinski) and Palanad 3 (Nicolas Groleau). Afterwards a significant gap became apparent between these two Class40s and finally, it was the Reason design which took home the prize. Ian Lipinski and his crew (Gwenolé Gahinet, Sébastien Picault and Ambrogio Beccaria) crossed the finish line, just off the coast of La Trinité sur Mer, at 11:30pm this Tuesday 21st July 44 minutes and 36 seconds ahead of Mach 40.40 Palanad 3 skippered by Nicolas Groleau, Sam Manuard, Alan Pennaneac'h and Ludovic Aglaor. Followed by a trio made up of Lamotte Module Création (Luke Berry), Everial (Stan Thuret) and Virgin Media Business that pursued them. The first two finally managed to beat the English Class40 and it was Luke Berry with his crew who completed the podium after crossing the finish line around 2am, just a few minutes ahead of Everial. Arrivals then continued throughout the night. Black Mamba (Nicolas Jossier) finished in 6th position around 4am, followed by Vogue avec un Crohn (Pierre-Louis Attwell), Milai (Masatomo Suzuki) and Vicitan (Didier Le Vourch). Ian Lipinski: “We have fun all the time at sea, but it's always nice to win after a great battle. It was excellent to win after so many twists and turns. It was not easy; I slept little, but we got along well and had a lot of fun. It was overall extremely rewarding. In terms of learning, we have had our fill since the length of error is infinite. We will never reproduce the same win, but we are able to adapt and find variations. This is an experience that will be used later!” Luke Berry: "We fell again into light airs close to Penmarch. Our 4 small miles advance on Stan, Bilou and Lionel (Everial) turned into 4 miles behind. It was extremely hard on the nerves, but we fought to the end to regain the distance and finish a few seconds in front of them! Stress until the end, but we are happy to finish 3rd. The 1st boats escaped us during the different weather systems so we could not really fight them. Overall, we are incredibly happy; an incredibly good regatta, a good recovery because we must not forget that we have not really raced since the Transat Jacques Vabre. And it feels good! Thank you to Fred Denis and Jb Daramy with whom the racing is always at the top!”   Rankings: Crédit Mutuel Palanad 3 Lamotte Module Création Everial Virgin Media Business Black mamba Vogue avec un Crohn Milai Vicitan Gustave Roussy DNF Banque du Leman[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Back to business ]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT The least we can say is that the season has been severely disrupted this year! Even if the period has been efficiently used by the class to deal with all the short term and future issues, and by the skippers who were able to fine-tune their project ashore, it is about time that we saw some action on the water. Especially as more than 15 boats have changed hands and 5 new boats have been built or confirmed in 2020. Currently Ian Lipinski is trying to beat the single-handed record round Britain in a 40-foot monohull aboard Crédit Mutuel, this record is held by Phil Sharp since 2018. Over on the Atlantic coast, the Class40s are meeting up in Cherbourg for a long-awaited return to racing and it is the Drheam Cup which will restart the season on 18th July thanks to the determination of the organisers. Get ready for a 736 nautical mile loop between the Cotentin peninsula and La Trinité sur Mer via the Fastnet! The European Trophy, which has been greatly reduced this year, could be confirmed if there is enough participation for at least 2 out of the 3 races on the calendar. SSE Renewables Round Ireland, starting on August 22nd in Wicklow. The Normandy Channel Race, a great classic on the Class40 circuit, has already more than twenty entries and has therefore been confirmed without hesitation, the race will start on September 13th in Caen. Heading into autumn, the exceptionally beautiful Rolex Middle Sea Race will take place on 17th October in the Mediterranean. To end the season in style, some are planning on participating in the Spi Ouest France held in La Trinité sur Mer this September. And finally, several projects have announced plans to carry out parallel record campaigns on Round Britain and Ireland, the SNSM Record, the Defi Pure Ocean or Les Griffes du Lion. European Trophy: -          Round Ireland Race (22nd August) -          Normandy Channel Race (13th September) -          Rolex Middle Sea Race (17th October)[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Catherine Pourre and Pietro Luciani win the 2019 Class40 Championship]]> Thu, 28 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT The French-Italian pair Catherine Pourre and Pietro Luciani follows British sailor Phil Sharp as Class40 2019 champions. At the helm of their Mach3 n°145 Eärendil designed by Sam Manuard, Catherine and Pietro have shown all along the 6 major races on this year’s program great consistency at the top of the charts to take the win. The Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre, particularly competitive this year, is about the only race where the duo did not perform at the top. Very well positioned on a western course, they had to deal with technical issues, only to finish strong within the top ten of the race after a remarkable remontada. Claiming no less than three victories, Frenchman Aymeric Chappellier who did not compete in the Rolex Fastnet race, takes second place. Newcomer in the Class, Charles-Louis Mourruau having retired from the Transat Jacques Vabre completes the podium. 2019 proved quite an exciting and richly diversed season for the Class40 ; Two transatlantic races, the Défi Atlantique in april and the Transat Jacques Vabre in the fall, and four major classic races brought great performance and sports excitement to the fans. 45 boats enlisted in one or more of the 6 races that made up the 2019 championship. A strong testimony to the ever growing Class dynamics. New boats keep coming out of shipyards around the world, and older Class40 boats still remain quite competitive, as Charles Mourruau’s brilliant third place on board a Pogo 40 S2 Colombre XL n°101 proves the point. Earendil has displayed skill and performance throughout all the races on the agenda, starting with an early win in the Caribbean 600 in february. Catherine Pourre and Pietro Luciani then stood their ground facing an ever renewed and fierce opposition, with podium results in the Défi Atlantique, Normandy Channel Race, Les Sables - Horta and the Rolex Fastnet Race. Winning the title reflects a steady and strong commitment throughout the season by this pair of international sailors who gives an accurate representation of what the Class40 is about, diversity and internationalisation. Catherine Pourre - Eärendil « I am immensely proud of this result ; 2019 has been a grand slam year for Eärendil. After winning this year the America and Europe Class40 Trophies, the RORC Class40 Trophy, we secure the Class40 Championship. This exceptional achievement comes as a result of total commitment in every aspect of the project we initiated back in 2018. Our expectations were high. We have worked hard to improve the boats technical capabilities. She proved in the end robust and very fast. We did some great sailing with Pietro who is a talented sailor. We’ve met our goals. I however feel a bit disappointed by our Transat Jacques Vabre. Against all odds, we have tried to put up a show with a strong finish. As a 9 years member of the Class40, I remain an absolute supporter of this format that offers great sailing and racing opportunities at a reasonable price, within a lively and dynamic class. Our history with N°145 is coming to an end, almost, at least till the Québec Saint Malo 2020. To move forward with a new project would definitely please me. » Pietro Luciani - Eärendil « I am thrilled with this championship victory, which is the result of a fine team work and a solid commitment alongside Catherine. The Transat Jacques Vabre and our 10th place, leaves us with some regrets. But we have throughout the season shown dedication and steadiness to gain that reward. This championship is demanding. It is a very thorough competition, with a mix of transatlantic races, offshore races, in pairs or crewed. The level keeps on growing year after year. I particularly appreciate the Pro-Am spirit that still exists in the Class while performances are on the rise. Proof of this is this astounding 24 hours record set by Adrien Hardy and Ian Lipinsky with over 415 miles covered. Offshore sailing attracts more and more international sailors, and the Class40 is an excellent place to start. British sailor Phil Sharp won twice this championship. I admire him very much and it is an honor to come after him. I shall sail in Class40 again next year. My personal dream would be to compete in the Route du Rhum. » Aymeric Chappellier - Aïna Enfance et Avenir « It has been a great season for us, with five podiums in all five races, including three wins. I congratulate Catherine and Pietro. This second place comes as a victory of sorts, in this ever growing Class. The level is constantly on the rise and yet, fun and pleasure are still there. New boats are coming, all within the Class regulations, with performances similar to the Imoca of not so long ago. This championship offers great competitions, and the boats are still affordable. I know that the Class leaders put a lot of thinking into future potential developments and one thinks of foils quite naturally. But keeping the costs low still remain a Class trademark, which is a good thing. My partnership with Aïna is over. I’m taking time off to think about future plans. But I shall definitely sail Class40 again… » The Class40 Championship is a point race competition rewarding the teams that follow the program. This program includes transatlantic races and shorter offshore races. The Board decides every year on the program that can be checked here : www. 2019 standing  1- Eärendil - Catherine Pourre - Pietro Luciani : 1003 points 2- Aïna Enfance et Avenir : Aymeric Chappellier : 953 points 3- Colombre XL : Charles Louis Mourruau - Estelle Greck : 615 points 6 races accounted for the 2019 championship  RORC CARIBEAN 600 (10 entries) DÉFI ATLANTIQUE (12 entries) NORMANDY CHANNEL RACE (13 entries) LES SABLES - HORTA (13 entries) ROLEX FASTNET RACE (19 entries) TRANSAT JACQUES VABRE NORMANDIE LE HAVRE (27 entries)[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Crédit Mutuel breaks 24-hour record !]]> Wed, 06 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT  Ian Lipinski  and  Adrien Hardy are really impressive on the Transat Jacques Vabre ! The Crédit Mutuel duet  is now at the head of the fleet and they also broke the record of the distance sailed in 24 hours in Class40 ! They indeed  covered the distance of 415,86  nm between Tuesday November 5th at 3h30 (french time) and Wednesday November 6th (3h30) at the average speed of  17,3 knots. The previous record had been held  by V and B, skipped by Maxime Sorel and Antoine Carpentier since November 2017 the 10th. They covered  377.7 nm at the average speed of 15.7 knots during the 2017 Transat jacques Vabre. This new Max40 launched few monthes ago proves, with this new record, that the new generation Class40s are very close to the old generation Imocas (2007) regarding the perfomances ![Read more]]]> <![CDATA[AMERICAN TROPHY 2019 : EÄRENDIL ACHIEVED THE DOUBLE 2018 & 2019]]> Fri, 11 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT Catherine Pourre (Eärendil # 145) and her crew have already won the American Trophy in 2018, the crew of Eärendil repeated the feat this year with a beautiful first place on the RORC Caribbean 600 2019, thus keeping their title obtained in 2018 on this race and the Class40 record for the event!   If only two events attracted the Atlantic Class40’s this year, it was two great races!  Antigua has traditionally started the season with the RORC Caribbean 600. With ten Class 40’s at the start, including the participation of boats that participated for the first time in 2018 and remaining in the West Indies, a trio led the race to the forefront in an intense battle from beginning to the end of this 600-mile course between the Caribbean islands of Saint Martin and Guadeloupe. Catherine Pourre and her crew, who were the same as in 2018 Pietro Luciani, Pablo Santurde, Carlos Ruygomez and newcomer in 2019 Massimo Juris, finally emerged with a victory, just three minutes ahead of Aïna Childhood and Avenir (# 151) led by Aymeric Chappellier, he himself arrived two minutes before his pursuer, Lamotte-Module Creation (# 153) of Luke Berry.  The second race was between Newport and Bermuda, the Bermuda 1-2. A superb single-handed event for the 600-mile first leg and double for the return, as the American Jonathan Green (Privateer # 102) won the event in the combined time of the 2 heats in front of 4 of his compatriots, including a particular Micheal Hennessy, winner of the Route du Rhum destination Guadeloupe in the Vintage category in 2018, in his famous Dragon (# 54), arrived first in the round to go solo and2nd on the event in general.   Eärendil won the American Trophy, ahead of Privateer, second in the Trophy tied with Eärendil, Aîna by Aymeric Chappelier completing the podium. American Trophy 2019 and 2020 The American Trophy 2019 will have had 15 Class 40’s, including 8 French, 5 Americans, 1 German and 1 English boat. Traditionally less well-endowed in odd-numbered events, the American Trophy will have seen its participation almost stable compared to 2018 with a nice plateau in significant increase on the RORC Caribbean 600 and several new American projects in Bermuda one-two. Traditionally more active in even years, the American Trophy 2020 will see the Class 40 compete on the RORC Caribbean 600 as every year, the Atlantic Cup, doubles race, from Charleston (South Carolina) to Portland (Maine) via New York in June. This emblematic event of the American Trophy will be ideally placed in 2020 between The Transat,  solo from East to West arriving in Charleston (Departure May 10) and the now legendary Quebec Saint Malo (Departure scheduled July 12, 2020). Let's bet that this should boost the participation of Europeans in the American Trophy next year.   Comment from Michael Hennessy, Vice President, Class 40 A tip of the hat to Catherine for once again seizing the American trophy.  A well-earned victory!  We enjoy hosting Earendil in North American waters and her level of competition helps set a standard for the fleet. 2020 should see great racing in North America as the Class 40 fleet circles the Atlantic.  First The Transat, then the Atlantic Cup, followed by the Quebec Saint Malo.   The 2019 American Trophy Ranking: [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Eärendil (# 145) (Catherine Pourre - Pietro Luciani), winner of the European Class40 Trophy 2019]]> Fri, 04 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT "It's really fantastic for the Eärendil team to win the European Trophy this year, after winning the American Trophy in 2018 and 2019. It's the result of a lot of investment and effort from the team and it paid off. This is a collective victory, especially that of Pietro (Luciani) who has invested heavily in the project for 2 years and at the same time improved the technical qualities of the boat, making the Mach 3 from 2015 very fast, and improvements in performance and navigation, but also that of Pablo (Santurde del Arco) and other excellent team-mates. I thank them and dedicate this victory to them.’’ Said Catherine Pourre the skipper and owner of Eärendil.  Back in Europe in April with the Défi Atlantique, the first edition of which took place in March 2019, Eärendil followed with the Normandy Channel Race, for which the Spaniard Pablo Santurde del Arco replaced Catherine Pourre alongside Pietro Luciani. Although head of the majority of the course, the black boat eventually finished in second place behind the duo from La Rochelle, Aïna Enfance & Avenir (Aymeric Chappelier and Pierre Brasseur), Beijaflore signing a nice 4th place in the event. Les Sables Horta, a superb double-handed race from Les Sables d'Olonne to the Azores in two round-trip stages, will then face the duos without mercy with a tie in points between Eärendil (Catherine Pourre - Pietro Luciani) and Beijaflore (William Mathelin-Moreau – Amaury François and Marc Guillemot) respectively 4th and 3rd of the first stage and 2nd and 3rd on the return leg, Aïna (Aymeric Chappellier - Rodrigue Cabaz) ending at the top of the test. Volvo (Jonas Gerkhens - Benoit Hantzberg - Sophie Faguet), masterful winner of the first stage, finishing fourth overall. And while at the end of Les Sables-Horta, William Mathelin-Moreaux and his Beijaflore (# 154) are at the top of this trophy, thanks to his participation in the Grand Prix Guyader, it will be the Rolex Fastnet Race which will arbitrate. Beijaflore finishes in second place right in front of Eärendil, which finally, thanks to his good regularity of their four best races, picked up the European Trophy. Beijaflore finishes second in front of the mixed duo Charles-Louis Mourruau and Estelle Greck on Colombre XL (# 101), third in the European Class 40 Trophy 2019. Colombre XL has made a very remarkable season on their excellent but not very young Pogo S2 from 2011. We would also like to take note the very performance of Grizzly Barber Shop Cedric Kervanoel, 6th in the European Trophy and first vintage for the second consecutive year. See you on October 27 for the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre! There will be 27 Class 40’s lining up on the start line. This year is a record for a year after the Route du Rhum, which shows the good health of the Class40. At the end of this Transat Jacques Vabre, the champion Class 40 2019 trophy will be revealed.   Ranking of the Europe Trophy Class 40 October 2019 1.       Catherine Pourre (Eärendil) - 254 points 2.       William Mathelin-Moreau (Beijaflore) - 250 points 3.       Charles-Louis Mourruau (Colombre XL) - 212 points 4.       Aymeric Chappellier (Aïna Enfance & Avenir) - 189 points 5.       Jonas Gerkhens (Volvo) - 160 points The full ranking   [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[The Class40 travels around the world in 2021 and 2023]]> Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT Two World Tours! The announcements are attractive, and Class 40 is delighted as the Class has been campaigning this for several years to convince the organizers of the opportunity of such a race. It enthusiastically supports both of these projects. The success of the class, the maritime qualities of the boats and the accessibility of a round-the-world race for many sailors from all over the world: This means that two quality events are positioned. These projects, both on schedule and track, open for entries that correspond well to the pro-am mix of our members. It will therefore be an option for a "North Route" in 8 stages in 2021 and another option for a ‘South Route’ in 4 stages (and a prologue race) in 2023. Two different ambitions The Globe 40 in 2021, organized by Sirius Events, carries values of adventure and travel, favouring a very "north" route connecting eight new stage cities like Mauritius, Papeete in French Polynesia via Cape Horn to Ushuaia. Performance stays at the heart of this engagement race. The Race Around, the first edition of which is scheduled for 2023, organized by Manuka SEM and 5 Ocean Sports Marketing, takes over the course through the Southern Ocean around the world in 4 stages (Europe, Cape Town, New Zealand and Brazil) leading the skippers of the Class 40 to compete in the furious fifties to pass the mythical Cape Horn.The organisers propose to equip the winners with price prizes. A world tour, a project in its own right In parallel to these world tours, the Class40, now with almost 160 boats and an ever-increasing number of members, will continue to animate its Championship racing calendar as well as European and American Trophies over the years considered, with the now classic Normandy Channel race, the Les Sables-Horta, the Rolex Fastnet race or the Transat Jacques Vabre. Both of these projects are aimed at public looking for an exceptional event, the adventure of a lifetime, both personally and athletically, on a fast and efficient medium while maintaining the budget of such a commitment at a contained level. For more info  [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[12,000 miles for 15 years!]]> Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT   Anniversary Fifteen years, 157 boats (soon to be 159), almost 600 members since its creation, a well-deserved place in the international nautical scene that have created some beautiful stories ... but we do not rest on our laurels! Last season ended with a Route du Rhum that saw a record number of 53 Class40’s at the start and a new benchmark for finishing the race, down to 16 days. An accomplished history, setting the stage to make the coming years just as successful. 12,000 miles for 2019, just for the championship The 12,573 nm of racing programmed over the next 6 events and 10 months will determine the 2019 Class40 Champion. To seize the crown, the champion will need to perform again this year, starting next week. The season begins with the very tactical RORC Caribbean 600 in which ten Class40’s will participate. Then it will be time to return to Europe thanks to the first edition of the Atlantic Challenge (Pointe-à-Pitre / La Rochelle via Horta), which will bring together about fifteen boats.  A more "classic" program will follow with the Normandy Channel Race, Les Sables-Horta and the RORC Rolex Fastnet Race. Finally, the Transat Jacques Vabre will culminate he 2019 season and wrap up the 15th anniversary of the Class 40 on the race course. Great years ahead The following seasons are just as exciting!! In 2020, the Atlantic Tour quadrennial returns with The Transat, the Atlantic Cup, Quebec Saint-Malo and the Normandy Channel Race. Then it will be time again to prepare the next edition of the Route du Rhum destination Guadeloupe which will host, we hope, about sixty Class40’s. 2019 Championship : -          RORC Caribbean 600 (600nm) – 18 February -          Défi Atlantique (3500nm) – 23 March -          Normandy Channel Race (1000nm) – 19 May -          Les Sables Horta (2500nm) – 30 June -          Rolex Fastnet race (600nm) – 3 August -          Transat Jacques Vabre (4350) – 27 October Full programm : [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Briton Phil Sharp wins the Class40 Championship 2018]]> Thu, 29 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT British sailor and native of Jersey, Phil Sharp (37), finished the Route du Rhum -Destination Guadeloupe with a remarkable 3rd place, earning him the outright Class 40 Champion title for the second consecutive year. Securing a podium spot in each of the four championship races he contested, Phil utterly dominated what is an increasingly selective championship thanks to the arrival this year of new boats and new racers. The talent of the skipper of Imerys Clean Energy is widely recognised, together with his temperament as a tenacious and resolute fighter, which has earned him the amicable nickname of “Bulldog”. The final of the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe for the Class40 was a true reflection of the incredibly fiercely contested season of 2018. Indeed, no fewer than fifteen or so solo sailors, aboard latest generation or fully-honed 40-foot monohulls were in contention for victory on 4 November 2018. The physiognomy of the race matched what the Class40 is able to offer today, namely an action-packed battle with daggers drawn where the big prize could end up in anyone’s hands. Yoann Richomme (Veedol AIC) triumphed thanks to his sound sailing knowledge chiselled out by years on the Figaro circuit. In his wake, the race among the main contenders for the outright title testified to a rare degree of intensity and it came as no surprise to see that the top 10 in Pointe à Pitre included the championship’s star players, such as Aymeric Chappellier, Luke Berry, Jack Trigger… and one Phil Sharp!   The Briton, aboard his Mach 40 No.130 Imerys Clean Energy built in 2013, did more than simply stand up to the very latest generation boats. In fact, thanks to his extraordinary tenacity, he was able to keep pace with boats renowned for being more powerful. Securing a fine third place singlehanded in the 1000 Milles des Sables back in the spring, an event that didn’t count towards the championship, Phil gave onlookers a taste of his metal and his ambitions for the year ahead, culminating with the star event, the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe. He asserted himself the following month, dominating his main rivals, Louis Duc (Carac) and Aymeric Chappellier (Aïna Enfance et Avenir) during a particularly intense and hotly-disputed Normandy Channel Race, which saw him teamed up with Julien Pulvé. Second in the Drheam Cup-Destination Cotentin, it was during the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland race that he hammered the point home, posting his ambitions for the outright title with real authority. Joined by his ever faithful teammates, Pablo Santurde, Julien Pulvé and Sam Matson, Phil Sharp bagged his second victory of the year here, pulverising the previous event record by some 15 hours.   And yet, the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe remained his primary objective for the season. Winner in 2006, Phil knew that he’d be up against very different opposition. In the shadow of Yoann Richomme’s superiority and his formidable Lift 40, Phil Sharp became embroiled in a fight in which he alone knows the secret to his great energy, desire and perseverance. Like a number of his rivals, he overcame his share of damage to pull off a fabulous podium place, less than two hours behind Aymeric Chappellier.   Following his success in 2017, this victory in the 2018 championship comes as a great source of satisfaction for the skipper of Imerys Clean Energy: “Winning the Championship for a second consecutive year has shown that above all we have been consistent. We have finished every event over the last two years on the podium, with a previous generation boat. Achieving this success is down to a lot of hard work on and off the water, both technically and commercially.   In addition to our race results, our most notable success is that we have developed practical fossil-free energy solutions that we hope can help set an example for the marine industry to follow in order to reduce air pollution on our oceans.  We would not have been able to achieve these performance and environmental results without the invaluable support of our dedicated partners. I hope they recognise the crucial role they have played, and can share in our successes by being proud of what they have helped the Energy Challenge achieve to date. ».   It is Aymeric Chappelier (Aïna-Enfance et Avenir) who logically takes the second step of the podium, followed by the newcomer to the Class40, Luke Berry and his Mach40 No.153 Lamotte-Module Création.   2018 ranking:   1-     Phil Sharp – Imerys Clean Energy    2-     Aymeric Chappellier – Aïna Enfance et Avenir   3-     Luke Berry- Lamotte-Module Création   4-     Jack Trigger – Concise 8   5-     Loic Féquet – Tibco        [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Phil Sharp (Imerys Clean Energy) wins the European Trophy Award!]]> Wed, 03 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT After claiming victory in last year’s European Trophy Award, Phil’s performance objective for 2018 was simple – to defend the title and he successfully did, finishing on the podium of every race he took part!   Phil wins for the second consecutive year despite the growth of the Class40 with four new boats launched just this year, added to the already fiercely competitive fleet. Luke Berry (Lamotte – Module Création), for his first season on his new Mach 40.3, is second and Louis Duc (Carac) completes le podium. “It’s really fantastic to win the European Trophy Award this year especially as there is twice the competition than in 2017. Several new boats have been launched this season which have quite simply been quick out of the starting blocks, and have definitely kept me racing on the edge.” Commented Phil Sharp, skipper of Imerys Clean Energy. The season kicked-off in April with a solo warm-up the 1000 Milles des Sables, a return race from Les Sables d’Olonne to Gijón, won by Aymeric Chappellier (Aïna Enfance et Avenir). The first opportunity for the skippers to test both man and boat single-handed and in race mode since the Transat Bakerly in 2016. The Grand Prix Guyader and the Armen race, both fully crewed, took place in May, followed by the Normandy Channel race, the annual Class40 event, won by the Imerys Clean Energy duo. 5 Class40s lined up for the Volvo Round Ireland Race (victory of Nicolas Troussel – Corum) before joining the important fleet of the Drheam Cup destination Cotentin in which Yoann Richomme (Veedol) took the first place. Joined by Pablo Santurde, Julien Pulvé and Sam Matson, Phil Sharp went on to win the last race of the EUropean Trophy, the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland race, organized mid-August, breaking the previous record by 15 hours. “The European races included two single-handed events making it a tough season so far, but so important for Route du Rhum training and preparation. I am really pleased that we have been able to be consistent racing in different configurations from solo, duo to fully crewed, which means that firstly we have a strong team and secondly that our platform, Imerys Clean Energy is versatile and competitive despite her age. To note also Cédric de Kervenoael'sperformance, 19th of the Trophy ad 1st Vintage.     Rendez-vous on November 4th for the Route du Rhum with 53 Class40s on the starting line. The result of this transat will determine the 2018 Class40 champion.     Ranking of the European Trophy   1.     Phil Sharp (Imerys Clean Energy) – 309 points   2.     Luke Berry (Lamotte – Module Création) – 279 points   3.     Louis Duc (Carac) – 277 points   4.     Loïc Féquet (Tibco) – 251 points   5.     Aymeric Chappellier (Aïna Enfance et Avenir) – 243 points. The whole ranking :  [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Catherine Pourre (Eärendil) Wins the Class40’s 2018 American Trophy !]]> Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT The first edition of the Class 40’s American Trophy, rewarding those teams that participate in the North American races on the Class calendar, has been won in convincing fashion by a European team* organized by the French skipper Catherine Pourre on her Manuard designed Mach40.3 Eärendil.  In taking the victory, she beat two American teams including Dragon, an Owen Clarke design skippered by Michael Hennessy and the winner of the 2018 Miami to Havana race, and the Farr designed Privateer, skippered by its new owner Jonathan Green.  The 16 teams participating in the North American circuit of races included 3 Vintage boats and showcased the international nature of the Class40: 7 American boats, 4 French, 1 English, 1 German, 1 Angolan, 1 South African and 1 Swedish. Eärendil was the Class40 winner of the RORC Caribbean 600, setting the record in a 2018 edition where the eight participating Class40s saw particularly high winds and challenging reaching conditions.  BHB, the Verdier designed and St. Malo built Tizh40 skipperd by Louis Burton finished second, and Iskareen, the German flagged PogoS3 skippered by Arnt Bruhns completed the podium. Catherine Pourre and Pietro Luciani also dominated the two offshore legs of the Atlantic Cup (Charleston - New York and New York – Portland Maine), thereby securing the overall victory for this iconic Class40 competition.  This year’s edition saw eleven Class40s spend 15 days racing up the eastern seaboard of the USA, where 500 miles of the Gulf Stream with its 4 to 6 knots of current and counter currents help make this race a notoriously difficult tactical challenge and extraordinary experience.  The Class40 American Trophy The American Trophy was established in 2017 with a corresponding European Trophy, and it found its legs this year with a growing number of American boats participating alongside Europeans who ended up on this side of the Atlantic following the winter transatlantic races.  Well organized events, favorable offshore courses well suited for Class40s and unfailing hospitality made for an intense level of competition  in both the Caribbean and USA. The events in the American Trophy circuit consist of offshore races ranging from 300 to 1000 miles such as the Miami to Havana Race, the RORC Caribbean 600, the Atlantic Cup and next year’s Pineapple Cup from Miami to Jamaica as well as the Bermuda 1-2 with its solo leg from Newport to Bermuda and double handed return.  The circuit also includes two events with an inshore format, the Voiles de St Barth and Grenada Sailing Week. For the Europeans, there are excellent opportunities for the transatlantic return to Europe, with the Bermuda – Hamburg race running this year, the New York Yacht Club organized 2019 Transatlantic Race from Newport to Cowes starting on June 26 in 2019, and then the Quebec Saint Malo race in july 2020. Michael Hennessy, Vice-President of the Class40 « The 2018 race calendar here in North America has really show cased the strengths of the Class40.  New skippers have joined the Class with boats purchased in the robust second hand market, and Vintage boats are competing effectively against the newest designs.   Most notably is the international nature of the Class where we have seen boats flagged from seven different countries racing with teams representing 12 different nationalities racing at the very highest level of the sport.  Catherine earned her victory against a top quality group of competitors, and I tip my chapeau to her. » Catherine Pourre, winner of the 2018 Trophy « I am thrilled with the American 2018 season that followed our 2017 participation in the Transat Jacques Vabre, in as much as it allowed me to compete at a high and consistent level with the international team of Pietro, Pablo, Puro and Benoit. The racing here includes some beautiful challenges (the RORC Caribbean 600 and the Atlantic Cup) and those races make the competition a well deserved pleasure.  Coming from Europe, one can be fooled into having an idylic vision of the racing conditions in North American but conditions for the RORC Caribbean 600 were very challenging this year, and then the Atlantic Cup leg from New York to Portland saw average winds of 25 to 30 knots and a very difficult sea state.  The field-of-play is also larger, with a corresponding navigation challenge.  We also had the chance to compete against an excellent group of sailors whom we rarely get to meet in Europe and it was a real pleasure to see the Americans and Europeans racing alongside each other on these shores.  I hope that the Class40 in America sees the same growth and strength as we see in Europe, since the race courses are fantastic and the ambiance is magical. I intend to return next year and urge the European skippers who are racing in the Route du Rhum to consider including these American races to their schedule.  Our Class motto of « Friendly Class, Fierce Racing » can be found in every way on this side of Atlantic. » * Eärendil’s RORC CARIBBEAN 600 TEAM: Catherine Pourre, Benoit Hochart (FRA), Pablo Santurde del Arco, Carlos Ruygomez (ESP), Pietro Luciani (ITA) * Eärendil’s ATLANTIC CUP TEAM: 1. Offshore Legs : Catherine Pourre (FRA), Pietro Luciani (ITA) 2. In-port series Portland: Catherine Pourre (FRA), Pietro Luciani (ITA), Allison Gray, Sam Fitzgerald, Chris O’Toole (USA), Andres Guerra (ESP) The 2018 American Trophy Rankings 1.       Catherine Pourre (Eärendil #145) 2.       Michael Hennessy (Dragon #54) 3.       Jonathan Green (Privateer #102) [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Class 40 Championship 2018, a massive crowd!]]> Mon, 14 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT Decidedly, 2018 will be the year of superlatives for Class40:a dynamic pre-season with the RORC Caribbean 600 and 1000 milles des Sables, the largest fleets of Class40, making it more difficult to win ... but this year the class has reached its climax in terms of diversity.               Remember 6 races championship Program Massive investments Other ness and Diversity The 2018 Championships There will be something for everyone this season and the best sailor shine on all races that this year offers as it is a tricky format! The Grand Prix Guyader in Douarnenez will open the season in early May by offering great coastal courses sailing the boats fully crewed. Meanwhile, in late May, there will be a contest of two races in dual of the 1,000-mile Normandy Channel Race from Caen and the Atlantic Cup on the east coast of the United States. After a few weeks of rest, in late July the Drheam Cup destination Cotentin a Solo race will take place. Then back to the fully crewed racing in August 1800 nm with the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland race(RBI). Finally, the Route du Rhum Guadeloupe as the destination, solo transatlantic, will close this crazy and very busy season. Class40 fleet Class40 will be massively represented this year: 15 Class40 will participate in the Grand Prix Guyader, 31 will line up for the Normandy Channel Race and on the same weekend, 11 more boats will start in the Atlantic Cup. At 3 months from the start of the Drheam Cup already 26 boats have registered! For the RORC RBI also expected fifteen Class 40s, a first for this summer a difficult test for all. The eventual winner of the Route du Rhum Class 40 will he be proud of his achievement and proud as they will have had to face more than 50 competitors (57 boats are enrolled, including 7 on the waiting list) ... A heterogeneous fleet An incredible mix is found this year in Class 40: more women will be skippering, 12 foreigners are entered in the Route du Rhum (2 Italians, 1 German, four British, one Belgian, three Americans and one Japanese). After more than 10 years of existence, the class has also preserved its DNA because fleet presents the different races this season with the combination of an almost equal combination of professionals and amateurs. As for Vintage, we can also be happy because there will be ten boats on the start line in Saint-Malo, which promises a good battle! Note the return on the Class 40 circuit after many years of absence! It will be a beautiful sight to see the line up alongside the latest 4 that where launched in 2018. See you Friday, May 4 in Douarnenez to launch this summer![Read more]]]> <![CDATA[2018: An eventful season ahead]]> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT Key points: -          6 races to count for the 2018 Class40 Championship -          New boats in build -          Races all over the world 2018 Championship The class is proud of its Pro-Am mix and the highly eclectic aspirations of its sailors, and the diversity of the races which count towards this year’s Championship aims to provide satisfaction to as many of our sailors as possible, as well as to crown a campaign which will have proven itself all-round at the end of the year after the Route du Rhum destination Guadeloupe. The 6 main events which will therefore count are the Grand Prix Guyader, the Atlantic Cup, the Normandy Channel Race, the Drheam Cup destination Cotentin, the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland race and the Route du Rhum*. It would seem that the 2018 Championship is going to be hotly contested as the 40 places allocated to Class40s in the legendary solo transatlantic race have been filled, there are already numerous boats on the waiting list, and the race is still 10 months away! Given the keen interest, it is likely that the early season races will also be well-subscribed. 4 boats in build The last new boat in 2017 was the third Tizh40, boat number 152, launched late summer, and skippered by Tom Laperche and Christophe Bachmann. This year, the number of Class40s is set to increase with 4 new boats currently in build: a Cape40 5G for South African Andrew Thomson, an optimised Lift40 for Yoann Richomme, and a Mach40.3 for Luke Berry. As for the second Mach in build, it’s still confidential… Class40s all over the world Even if much of the fleet is based in Europe, busy with the Championship and the European Trophy**, 2018 is an Atlantic Cup year, as is the case in even years. This American race between Charleston, New York and Portland, exclusively open to Class40s, is the main event for the American Trophy*** and follows on from the Miami to Havana Race and the traditional winter races in the Caribbean.   There are also active Class40s in the Pacific region! A number of them are entered in the Melbourne-Osaka race. The second-hand market in 2017 proved to be as dynamic as in previous years (15 boats sold), and there are now 7 Class40s based on the other side of the world! As of today, there are no boats in the Indian Ocean region, but the future Round the World race will provide the opportunity to go and sail there too! *2018 Championship -  Grand Prix Guyader (France –crewed – coeff 1) -  The Atlantic Cup (USA – double-handed – coeff 2) -  Normandy Channel Race (France – double-handed -  coeff 2) -  Drheam Cup destination Cotentin (France – solo -  coeff 2) -  Round Britain & Ireland (Great Britain – crewed -  coeff 2) -  Route du Rhum (France – solo – coeff 4) **European Trophy -          1000 milles des Sables -          Grand Prix Guyader -          Armen race -          Normandy Channel Race -          Round Ireland Race -          Drheam Cup destination Cotentin -          Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race *** American Trophy -          Grenada Sailing Week -          Miami to Havana -          RORC Caribbean 600 -          Les Voiles de St Barth -          The Atlantic Cup -          Newport to Bermuda[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[2017 Class40 Championship: Phil Sharp crowned champion]]> Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT This well-deserved title is the prize for consistently impressive results, and rewards a true champion who has been on the circuit for many years. Massimo Juris’ Colombre XL and Maxime Sorel’s V and B complete this decidedly international podium. A spectacular end to the season. The races that counted in this year’s Class40 Championship were Trophée Guyader, Normandy Channel Race, Les Sables Horta, Rolex Fastnet Race and the Transat Jacques Vabre.  With a mix of fully-crewed and double-handed events, ranging from short course to long-distance racing, being consistent and versatile were essential for success. From this perspective, the coefficient 4-scoring Transat Jacques Vabre was the highlight of the season. The compact, evenly-matched fleet, the low number of retirements, and the exceptional level of competition, are signs of the maturity of the class.    At the front of the fleet, the battle was fierce and the outcome uncertain to the very end, with no less than 15 changes of leader over the 4350 miles of race track covered in 17 days between Le Havre and Salvador de Bahia. Even though Phil Sharp, racing with Pablo Santurde, were unable to match the pure speed of their immediate competition after the Doldrums, they were unquestionably the main players of this double-handed transatlantic race. The winners V and B (Maxime Sorel, Antoine Carpentier) and runners-up Aïna Enfance et Avenir (Aymeric Chappellier, Arthur Le Vaillant) openly acknowledged the fact at the finish: known for his radical approach to competition and his appetite for windy conditions, Phil Sharp once again set an incredible pace all the way down the North Atlantic and was hard to keep up with. The average speed of the winners (10.4 knots) is close to that of the older generation Imoca boats. Proof of the advances in design in Class40, and proof that these boats can be pushed hard in difficult conditions. From there to aspiring to a major round-the-world race for Class40s is but a small step. Expect 2018 to feature much debate and announcements on this subject.  Phil Sharp : “It really is fantastic to lift the 2017 Class 40 Championship trophy after such an exciting season of diverse and challenging races. We have had some tough competition and it was been far from straightforward! From the inshore racing at Grand Prix Guyader to the ocean marathons of the Les Sables – Horta and Transat Jacques Vabre, we have had some memorable battles for the lead in all five championship events. Such close racing demonstrates the strength of the Class 40 currently as well as the level and quality of the teams.  The Energy Challenge has importantly shown that we can deliver consistent results with top 3 finishes in every championship event. It has also prototyped some cutting edge solar technology to help fulfil our zero emissions objectives, in its aim to accelerate a shift to renewables in marine.  Our success this year is testimony to the dedicated support and technical collaboration of all of our Energy Challenge partners to whom we are very grateful, together with a tireless effort from our shore, technical, and performance team. Everyone involved can be proud of this result! » Phil Sharp - an exceptional season: -          Winner of the  Trophée Guyader (coef 1) -          Winner of the Normandy Channel Race (coef 2) -          2nd place in Les Sables-Horta (coef 3) -          2nd place in the Rolex Fastnet Race (coef1) -          3rd in the Transat Jacques Vabre (coef 4) Class40 Championship 1.      Phil Sharp (Imerys) – 871 pts 2.      Massimo Juris (Colombre XL) – 624 pts 3.      Maxime Sorel (V and B) – 620 pts[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[V and B : New Record for the distance sailed in 24 hours in Class40 !]]> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT   Maxime Sorel  and  Antoine Carpentier are really impressive on the Transat Jacques Vabre ! Following the repair of a 1 meter crack on a watertight bulkhead,  the V and B duet  decided to  fight to come-back at the head of the fleet. And they are successful ! They are now second, 26nm behind the leader  Imerys (Phil Sharp and Pablo Santurde) and they also broke the record of the distance sailed in 24 hours in Class40 ! They indeed  covered the distance of 377,7  nm between Tuesday November 9th at 8h30 (french time) and Friday November 10th (8h30) at the average speed of  15,7 knots. The previous record had been held  by Tales 2, skipped par Gonzalo Botin (and Pablo Santurde !) since July 2016 the 16th. They covered  373.3 nm at the average speed of 15.56 knots during the Quebec Saint Malo Race. This Mach40.3 launched in 2015 proves, with this new record, that the new generation Class40s are very close to the old generation Imocas (2007) regarding the perfomances ![Read more]]]> <![CDATA[V and B : New Record for the distance sailed in 24 hours in Class40 !]]> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Campagne de France is the 2017 winner of the RORC Championship!]]> Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT Winner of the RORC Transatlantic Race, the first of the 10 races included in the championship, as well as the Morgan Cup, second in the RORC Caribbean 600, third in the Myth of Malham and also racing in the famous Rolex Fastnet Race in their striking green and blue 40, they have been rewarded for their dedication on the circuit and the number of races they have competed in since the boat was launched in 2016. Alongside them on the podium, are two British Class40s. Phor-ty, skippered by Peter Harding, finished second. The vintage Class40 number 23 Arwen, skippered by Austen Clark completes the podium for 2017. There are 26 boats classified this year on this championship. "I am naturally delighted with the title," said Miranda, an associate RORC member. "The RORC races are incredibly organized, both on land and on sea, and always for a very affordable cost. It's always a great pleasure to participate. These events attract a lot of runners, including our Class40s, and the French are not wrong to be participating in more and more of these event, both in the Channel or the Atlantic. We sailed tremendously this year, with more than 20 000 miles on the clock, most of which was in competition. We are proud to offer this success to our partner, Campagne de France.’’[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Phil Sharp (Imerys) wins the 2017 European Trophy !]]> Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT With 5 races to count for the Trophy this year, the Mach40 #130 won the first two (Grand Prix Guyader and Normandy Channel Race), did not compete in the Armen Race, and finished second in two other races (second on both legs of the Les Sables-Horta Race and the Rolex Fastnet Race). Having competed in numerous events this season and delivered consistent performances with podium finishes, Phil Sharp amply deserves this victory, which he has won hands down with more than 100 points of margin over the runners-up. Franco-British pair Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron (Campagne de France) take second place in the ranking for this trophy. Jean Galfione (Serenis Consulting) completes the podium. Also of note is the fine performance by the Finnish team on Fuji (a 2007 Owen Clarke design), finishing 6th and first Vintage boat overall! This trophy truly underscores the international aspect of Class40 – won by a British sailor, German sailor Burkhard Keese in 4th place, the Italian team on Colombre XL in 6th, Oman Sail in 7th and Japanese sailor Horoshi Kitada in 8th place!  Phil Sharp, winner of the 2017 European Trophy "It is really pleasing for the whole team, including our partners, to be rewarded with the European Coastal Trophy. It demonstrates that we have not only achieved some great race results but have also shown real consistency as a result of the dedication and enthusiasm everyone has shown. It is a great boost prior to this year's grand slam, the Transat Jacques Vabre, but there is no underestimating the strong competition we have for this marathon event, and the amount of preparation we still have to do in order to maximise our performance and reliability in our quest for a top result.” Halvard Mabire, Class40 president “The European Trophy highlights the vitality and diversity on offer within the Class40 race programme. While primarily designed for transoceanic racing, Class40s also make for appealing boats for any offshore racing, and are therefore able to attract a wide range of skippers and teams who may not be able to include transatlantic racing in their programme due to other commitments, budget or simply out of choice.  Over the years, we have noted an increase in the number of Class40s competing in relatively short events dedicated exclusively to Class40s in European waters, (NCR, GP Guyader, Les Sables Horta...), as well as in offshore multi-class events, such as RORC races. With the ever-increasing level of competition in Class40, it was time for a trophy for the season’s non-transatlantic races, to reward both performance in and attendance at these European events.  Congratulations to the team on Imerys for their victory in this first edition of the Trophy!”   European Trophy final results Further information *Grand Prix Guyader: Phil Sharp (GBR), Pablo Santurde del Arco (ESP), Robin Marais, Arthur Le Vaillant, Corentin Douguet (FRA) Normandy Channel Race: Phil Sharp (GBR), Pablo Santurde del Arco (ESP) Les Sables-Horta Race: Phil Sharp (GBR), Corentin Douguet, Adrien Hardy (FRA) Rolex Fastnet Race: Phil Sharp (GBR), Pablo Santurde del Arco (ESP), Pietro Luciani (ITA), Robin Marais (FRA)  [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Imerys (Phil Sharp), leading the 2017 Class40 championship at mid-season!]]> Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT Headlines : -            Highly-international participation -            6 coefficients out of 11 already allocated -            A successful pre-season -            The most represented class in the Rolex Fastnet Race and the Transat Jacques Vabre -            A round-the-world tour in 2019? The Class40 slogan Friendly Class-Fierce racing has been highly appropriate so far this year: an increasing sporting level; strong competition between each generation of boats and most notably in the Vintage class; new Class40 launched; and everything in a friendly atmosphere to the delight of new entrants. At mid-season, the Class40 championship so far The Grand Prix Guyader was the first event of the 2017 season: with very little sun but plenty of wind, it offered the 9 participating boats a very sporting start to the year. This first event, won in the last race by Imerys (Phil Sharp, Corentin Douguet, Arthur Le Vaillant, Robin Marais & Pablo Santurde) ahead of Serenis Consulting (Jean Galfione) and V and B (Maxime Sorel), was the precursor of a dramatically interesting season. In the middle of May, 24 duo gathered in Caen for the now classic Normandy Channel Race: a 1000 mile race against the Solent tides, the Irish Sea, a long and chaotic upwind stretch from Tuskar Rock to the Fastnet, and then a long reaching back to Caen via the Channel Islands, helping to erase the memories of the previous struggles. The winner was once again Imerys, led by the British-Spanish duo of Phil Sharp & Pablo Santurde, followed by the same pretenders as in Douarnenez a few weeks earlier. In the vintage category victory went to Christophe Souchaud and François Lassort (Montres Herbelin). Les Sables-Horta, with first-leg departure at the beginning of July, brought together 19 Class40 competitors, including 6 Vintage boats and 8 nationalities. Most notable was the fierce struggle between the Spanish duo of Tales II (Pablo Saturde & Gonzalo Botin) winner of the first leg and of the overall ranking, and Imerys (Phil Sharp, Corentin Douguet/Adrien Hardy), second in both legs and in the overall ranking by only 13 minutes from the eventual winner after 2500 miles of racing! Aïna Enfance et Avenir (Aymeric Chappellier  & Arthur Le Vaillant) - launched only two weeks before the start - won the second leg and took third place on the podium behind the two leaders of the 2016 & 2017 seasons. Transport Hénault Cabinet Z (Cedric Kervenoael, Robin Marais/Rémi Beauvais) won the fiercely-contested Vintage category. And it’s not over... The Rolex Fastnet Race (Cowes-Fastnet-Plymouth) will start on August 6, with an expected 30 or so Class40 entrants on the starting line. Without any doubt this promises to be a stunning event for both participants and cartography enthusiasts! The big names of the class will of course be there to win this legendary race, but a number of other great names of French offshore-racing will enrich the panorama: Alex Pella (winner of the 2014 edition of the Route du Rhum and holder of the Jules Verne Trophy on Idec) will embark on Oman Sail; Jean-Pierre Nicol (overall winner of the Fastnet in 2015, three times winner of the Tour de France à la Voile, and three-time French champion – crew ...) will crew for Maxime Cauwe on Azeo; the designer Eric Levet will sail on Carac; the sailmakers Rémi Aubrun and Eric Varin will join in on Campagne de France and Evernex ... The double-handed Transat Jacques Vabre race between Le Havre and Salvador de Bahia will be the last event of the official 2017 programme, and twenty Class40 boats have already entered. Ten countries will be represented this time: Angola, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Oman, Spain and Switzerland. The season will definitely end in style. The appeal of a round-the-world tour A round-the-world tour in Class40 would offer participants and partners a winning project in a safe boat, and be much more than just another overlong, run-of-the-mill circumnavigation.  Discussions about such a race have surfaced more and more frequently on yacht-decks - and not only in France, while in recent years no fewer than 5 foreigners (1 British, 1 Chinese, 1 Italian and 2 Americans) have already attempted to achieve their dream. So the time is right, and the Class is already working on the project of a round-the-world tour in 2019. The 2017 Championship: -          Grand Prix Guyader (crew) coefficient 1 -          Normandy Channel Race (double-handed) coefficient 2 -          Les Sables-Horta (double-handed) coefficient 3 -          Rolex Fastnet race (crew) coefficient 1 -          Transat Jacques Vabre (double-handed) coefficient 4 2017 Championship standings Full results for 2017:[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[2017, an exciting season !]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT 1 championship and 2 trophies                 2 trophies will be created in 2017 in addition to the Class40 championship which proposes inshore races and transats (GP Guyader, Normandy Channel Race, The Sables-Horta, Rolex Fastnet Race, Transat Jacques Vabre). The objective is to strengten the attraction for the race program of skippers and crews having no availability to participate in the transatlantic races ; their absence on transats being very penalizing for their ranking in the championship. The first trophy, includind 6 races, is European and the second, including 8 races, is American. Teams will be  awarded a certain number of points for each race,  depending on their ranking and on the number of competitors,  using the Cox-Sprague table. The winner will be the team/boat scoring the highest number of points. Thus, for the championship for example, a race coeff. 4 with 8 boats will not necessarily give more points than one coefficient 2 with 30 boats.   Numerous registrations expected There will have a lot of Class40 racing the 2017 season ! Today, 20 boats registered in the Normandy Channel  Race from  6 different countries. 2017 edition  should be very intense!                 A real success for the Rolex Fastnet Race  which will be another key event: 35 Class40 have already registered !                 The Sables-Horta, organized by the association Les Sables Vendée Course au Large, should also attract many competitors in introduction in the Transat Jacques Vabre who has just announced his destination. Let’s hope that the 2013 record of 26 crews will be beaten… « Rendez-vous » the 5th of November!   5 new boats under construction in 2017 New boat constructions are the good health symbol of every class, and the Class40 can be proud ! In 12 years, 148 class40 were built and five are under construction and will be launched  in the first half of 2017. 2 « Cape 40 5G » (Owen Clark Design) are built by Cape Racing Yacht, in the Cap, South Africa. The first, #149, should be launched before the end of the month. She is owned by the Norvegian Henrik Bergesen who wants to lined up for the start of the next NCR. Andrew Thomson, the owner of the yard, is building the second one.  She should participate in the 2017 and 2018 seasons in Europe. Aymeric Chappellier is back in Class40 with a new  Mach40 version 3 with the intention of lining up for the start of the Sables-Horta and TJV. There is also a 3rd Tizh40 under construction in BG Race. She will be skipped by the next promising skipper from Saint-Malo, on the next Transat Jacques Vabre, with Christophe Bachmann.                 Finally, Louis Duc should also launch  his new « Lift 40 » #150  at the end of June (plan Lombard, hull built by Gepeto Composite,  deck Halvard Mabire and appendage from V1D2) thanks to his partner, Carac, and to his very good results in the past 2 seasons.  [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[2016 Championship: the podium !]]> Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT For the seond year in a row, Thibaut Vauchel-Camus leads the team Solidaires En Peloton ARSEP to the victory. The spanish team Tales II (Gonzalo Botín/Pablo Santurde del Arco) climbs on the second step of the podium. Phil Sharp, on Imerys, completes the podium.[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[2016 championship: an international podium, Solidaires en Pelonton ARSEP did the double!]]> Mon, 03 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT A season hotly contested!   4 races counted for the 2016 championship : The Transat bakerly (coefficient 4), The Atlantic Cup (coefficient 2), the Transat Québec Saint-Malo, (coefficient 4) and the Normandy Channel Race (coefficient 2).   Thanks to his victory on the most difficult solo-handed transatlantic race, and to his regularity during the season, the team Solidaires en Peloton ARSEP won the 2016 Class40 championship. Thibaut Vauchel-Camus was the only person on board of the blue boat for the first race but he runned the Transat Québec-Saint-Malo with his crew : Victorien Erussard, Fabien Delahaye and Martin Bazin. They finished 4th, just a few seconds after the 3rd. Finally, Thibaut crossed the finish line of the Normandy Channel Race with Frédéric Duthil on the 4th position. Tales II’ spanish team, won all the races they participated in, no matter the crew on board, but their absence at The Transat penalized them for the championship! Gonzalo Botin won The Atlantic Cup with Pablo Santurde del Arco and also the Transat Québec Saint-Malo when Antonio Piris and Carlos Ruigomez joined the team. In Caen, for the last race of the season, the Botin’s plan skipped by Pablo Santurde et Fidel Turienzo crossed the finish line in first position. The Imerys project, although he started only a few weeks before the first race, proved a great regularity : 3rd in New York, Phil Sharp is back in Class40 with real success after his victory on the Route du Rhum 2006. For Québec-Saint-Malo, Adrien Hardy and Milan Kolacek were part of the team who finished 6th.Then, Sam Manuard, the architect of the boat, was Phil Sharp’s co-skipper for the NCR. They climbed on the second step of the podium, only 2 minutes and 49 secondes after the winner… 41 projects were competing for the 2016 class40 championship. Even if she had to abandon The Transat, Isabelle Joschke finished just off the podium on Générali – Horizon mixité. Louis Duc ranked 5th  on  Carac, an old generation boat, thanks to his result on the Transat bakerly (2nd). In 2016 renowned members came to class40 such as Alain Gautier, co-skipper on Générali – Horizon Mixité, Robert Stanjek (world champion Star in 2014, 5th of Olympics in London..), or from Figaro such as Fabien Delahaye, Jean-Pierre Nicol, Fred Duthil, Claire Pruvot, Pierre-Loïc Berthet (winner of several Tour de France à la voile)… To note as well that some famous skippers are back to class40  such as Armel Tripon, Jorg Riechers.   The ranking :     A new dynamic in 2017              In May a new season will start. The program for the 2017 championship : GP Guyader (fully crewed – coefficient 1), Normandy Channel Race (double-handed – coefficient 2), Les Sables-Horta (double-handed – coefficient 3) and the Transat Jacques Vabre (double-handed – coefficient 4).             New trophies will be created for the first time in 2017 because some teams choose to race the transatlantics  and some other choose « inshore » races. The first trophy will be presented in Europe and the second one in USA where  about 10 boats race every year. As dynamic as ever, we can hope that the Class40 will be able to provide a record number of boats for the next  Route du Rhum in 2018 !   2017 Race programm :[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[A breathtaking season!]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT On the eve of the Normandy Channel Race, Class40 looks back on an excellent season so far: a major player in this year’s two multi-class transatlantic races, presence in a wide variety of sailing venues, a solid mix of hardened professionals and corinthian sailors, a varied programme combining solo/ double-handed/ crewed racing, fierce competition for the class championship…   Key points         - An intense season of offshore racing: two transatlantic races in 3 months        - A successful combination of 3 different race programmes        - A record number of entries in the Normandy Channel Race        - Who will be crowned 2016 Champion?     Transatlantic races: inshore-style racing on the open ocean 10 Class40s crossed the start line of the Transat Bakerly on the 2nd of May in Plymouth, with 3050 nautical miles of solo racing ahead of them. After 17 days, five low pressure systems and fierce competition for podium places, Thibaut Vauchel-Camus (Solidaires en Peloton ARSEP) clinched the top spot ahead of Louis Duc (Carac) and Phil Sharp (Imerys). It should also be noted that Isabelle Joschke (Generali Horizon mixité) had been leading the fleet when water ingress forced her to retire from the race. The competition was no less ferocious throughout the rest of the fleet, with Edouard Golbery (Région Normandie) and Robin Marais (Esprit Scout) crossing the finish line just 1 1/2 hours apart. Anna-Maria Renken finished 6th in her first solo transatlantic race, followed by new-comer to the class, Japanese sailor Hiroshi Kitada. On the 10th of July, 19 teams lined up for the start of the highly popular Quebec Saint-Malo race. The fleet contained all the ingredients of what Class40 is about: a mix of sailors on all levels. Professional teams and talented owners living the dream, 8 nationalities, two women on the podium, a Vintage ranking… The Transat Quebec Saint-Malo has become established as a “classic” in the race calendar, not just because of the incredible scenery, but once again because of the very close-fought racing across the Atlantic all the way down the fleet: Gonzalo Botin led his team to victory, but only by 90 minutes. Just 9 minutes separated 2nd placed Generali Horizon Mixité and 5th placed Cora Moustache Solidaire. The suspense lasted right up to the finish line thanks to the local team on T. Vauchel-Camus’ boat who threw everything at it in the last few miles by taking the north channel into Saint-Malo, finishing just behind 3rd placed Catherine Pourre on her new Mach 40.3 Eärendil! There was more of the same to follow: 5 minutes between Black Pepper / Les P’tits doudous by Moulin Roty in 6th place and Imerys in 7th place. A mere 5 hours separated Carac in 9th place and Kiho in 12th…  and just 1h15 between Obportus in 18th and Sirius in 19th place. The Transat Quebec Saint-Malo lived up to its reputation and will be remembered for the intense racing as well as the atmosphere and unusual race course. Competitors relished both these races, and Class40 is proud to have been the main player, both in terms of numbers and in terms of competition (making up 40% of the Transat Bakerly fleet, and 75% of the Quebec – St Malo fleet). The class has strengthened its dynamic image and given a clear demonstration of the level of competition in its events. New highly-experienced members from different horizons such as Imoca, Figaro, Tour de France and Mini 6.50 have discovered the delights of the class and should make good ambassadors.     One class, 3 race calendars The eclectic nature of the Class40 fleet means that requirements differ: while many sailors commit to Class40 to be able to compete in renowned races at a reasonable cost, there are others who prefer shorter and/or crewed events. On that basis, there were 3 different race programmes on offer this year: American, Offshore (comprising events which count towards the annual championship) and European. Class40s competed in the RORC Caribbean 600, the Grand Prix Guyader, the Voiles de Saint-Barth, the Armen Race, Round Ireland… The Atlantic Cup, which took place at the end of May/ early June, saw a fleet of 9 boats, half of them American, the rest European, come to discover this event which combines inshore and offshore racing along the exceptional East Coast of the USA between Charleston and Portland (Maine), including surfing along in the Gulf Stream and a stopover in Brooklyn in the shadow of the Manhattan skyline. A large number of competitors will line up against one another in a few weeks in Caen for the last race of the season.     Some thirty boats in the Normandy Channel Race             The final event of the 2016 season, the Normandy Channel Race, will bring together a large number of Class40s from different fleets. Who will be the winner of this 1000 nm double-handed race – those having covered thousands of miles offshore, or those who have focussed more on coastal races similar to this event?  One thing is certain, it will be a thrilling race and a great end to the season.     2016 Class40 Championship - a captivating finale The 2016 Championship is based around offshore racing. The four races to count this season are the Transat, the Atlantic Cup, Quebec-Saint-Malo and the Normandy Channel Race. After three events, team Solidaires en Peloton ARSEP has a solid lead with a 20 point margin over the Spanish team on Tales 2 on equal points with the British team on Imerys. But the outcome is far from certain, with Carac just 4 points off the podium, which equates to two places in the ranking of the Normandy Channel Race. Eärendil, currently in 5th place, is but 6 points adrift… all will be revealed in September!   Complete ranking:    [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Eclecticism and success]]> Tue, 07 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT But 10 boats lined up for the start of The Transat Bakerly. 10 skippers and 10 different types of projects, with a different personality and a different story.   Louis Duc (Carac) finished second of this transat, considered to be the most difficult, due to its Northern route. In 2013, he arrived third of the Transat Jacques Vabre with Christophe Lebas on the same boat, a 2008 Lombart design boat. This time, his large experience in offshore racing led him to choose a southern route because he knew that his « old » boat couldn’t be very fast reaching compared with new generation boats. Strategy that allows him to stand on the podium.   Phil Sharp (Imerys) winner of the 2006 Route du Rhum in Class40, bought #130 (ex GDF SUEZ, ex Zetra) in April, just in time to be qualified. From the opening miles, Phil took the lead of the race  several times and despite many technical problems (such as mainsail tearing) he climbed on the third step of the podium.   Edouard Golbery (Région Normandie) and Robin Marais (Esprit Scout) participated in their first transat in Class40, after participating in the Mini Transat. They lined up for the start thanks to their families and friends. A limited budget but a real competitiveness. They fought to the end and finished just 1h30 from each other after 19 days racing.   The German woman Anna-Maria Renken (Nivea) arrived on the 6th position. She is the first woman to finish that very difficult race. It was also her first solo transat and she was preparing for months. She arrived after many technical problems but also medical problems and she was very proud and very happy to complete the race.   Hiroshi Kitada ended 7thof The Transat. Communicate with him was not easy because he is Japanese and speak only a few work of English. He came to the Dinner Gala in traditional Japanese costume and impressed eveybody. The Transat was his first solo race in Class40 and it was also the first race for his new boat. He was very proud to finish this race especially when he realized that it was one of the most difficult of the Class40 program. Everyone (organization, competitors, classes…) hopes that they will meet again on other events.   If only 7 arrived in New York, 10 took the departure in Plymouth. The 3 who did not finish must no be forgotten.  Isabelle Joschke, newcoming on the Class40 circuit, on Generali-Horizon Mixité took the lead of the race for several days. Unfortunately, the weather conditions weakened the boat and Isabelle had to stop in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon.   Armel Tripon (Black Pepper / les Ptits doudous par Moulin Roty), for his comeback in Class40, chose very soon a Southern route. Unfortunalety many technical problems forced him to make a stopover in Horta and finally to give up. Maxime Sorel (V and B) gave himself a real scare when he collided with a cargo ship near Penmarc’h the day after the departure. He decided to realize an expertise of the boat in La Trinité sur Mer to make sure no damage would compromise the rest of the season.   Anyway, The Transat bakerly is not the only Class40 race ! Since the beginning of the year, many skippers demonstrate that  there is a place in Class40 for all profiles, all budgets, in France, Great Britain, USA or Carribbean.[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Solidaires en Peloton ARSEP, winner of the 2015 Class40 championship!]]> Wed, 16 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT A very competitive championship !                 Second of «Grand Prix Guyader » and «les Sables-Horta-Les Sables», third of the «Normandy Channel Race», winner of the «Record SNSM» and fourth of the «Transat Jacques Vabre», Solidaires en peloton ARSEP, skippered by Thibaut Vauchel-Camus and co-skippered by Victorien Erussard, becomes the 2015 Class40’s champion. The regularity of the blue boat (a Mach 40 built in 2014) is indisputable this year and confirms her superb second place in the “Route du Rhum-destination Guadeloupe” in 2014.                 Yannick Bestaven and Pierre Brasseur, winners of the «Transat Jacques Vabre» and «Les Sables-Horta-Les Sables» and second of the «Normandy Channel Race» on their Tizh built in  2014, Le Conservateur, take the second place of the championship. Even if they couldn’t participate in all the races, they had a strong impact during this season.                 To note as well Louis Duc’ superb performance on his Class40 Carac Advanced Energies: he takes the third place of this ranking with his Akilaria MK2 from 2008! By finishing fifth in the «NCR », fourth of « Les Sables-Horta-Les Sables» (and third of the second leg) and third of « Record SNSM » and “Transat Jacques Vabre”, he proves that old generation boats are still competitive.                   « Rendez-vous » in 2016                 2016 is gonna be a busy race season for the Class40s!                 The championship will focus on a big triangle in the Atlantic ocean: The Transat (Plymouth- New York, solo-handed -  departure May the 2nd), The Atlantic Cup (Charleston- New-York- Portland, double-handed -  departure May the 28th), the Transat Québec Saint-Malo (fully crewed - departure July the 10th) with about 25 boats participating and, at least, the Normandy Channel Race which, by starting on September the 11th will be the last race of the season, and will determine the champion!                 As the fleet is growing accross the Atlantic, four promotional races will be proposed (RORC Caribbean 600, Newport to Bermuda, Ida Lewis Race and Vineyard Race).                 At least, for those staying in Europe, the calendar is organized around the Grand Prix Guyader, the Armen race, the Myth of Malham, the  Record SNSM, the Round the Irland race and  the Round the Island race to finish with Cowes-Dinard.                 Different possibilities for a worldwide and eclectic fleet!           A flourishing second-hand market!                 To prove that Class40 is in excellent health, the second-hand market is flourishing all over the world: 26 boats were sold in 2015! Moreover, 4 new boats have been lauched (2 Mach 40.3, 1 Pogo S3, 1 OCD 40) and 2 are under construction. Now, 2 Class40 are in Brazil, one in Montenegro, one in South Africa, one in China, two in Canada, two in Slovenia, two in Japan, four in the Netherlands, fifteen in Great Britain, two in Australia, one in New Zeeland, ten in Italy, forty five in France, fifteen in USA…     2015 Championship ranking: Solidaires en Peloton ARSEP (Thibaut Vauchel-Camus / Victorien Erussard) – 49 points Le Conservateur (Yannick Bestaven / Pierre Brasseur) – 59 points Carac Advanced Energies (Louis Duc) – 66 points TeamWork 40 (Bertrand Delesne) – 84 points Bretagne Crédit Mutuel (Nicolas Troussel) – 113 points Groupe Setin (Manuel Cousin / Gérald Quéouron) – 113 points Zetra (Eduardo Penido / Renato Araujo) – 114 points V and B (Maxime Sorel / Sam Manuard) – 129 points Concise 2 (Phillippa Hutton-Squire) -  139 points CRENO Moustache Solidaire (Thibault Hector / Morgan Launay) – 145 points Club 103 (Alan Roura) – 146 points Serenis Consulting (Jean Galfione) – 152 points SNBSM Espoir Compétition (Valentin Lemarchand / Arthur Hubert) – 153 points Colombre XL (Massimo Juris / Pietro Luciani) -  156 points L’Express (Pierre-Yves Lautrou) – 162 points *the skipper and co-skipper are mentioned if they raced the whole season together.[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[The team "Solidaires en peloton ARSEP" is on the top of the 2015 Class40 ranking at mid-season!]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT However, Nicolas TROUSSEL, was in the lead of the Championship after  winning the 2 first races of the season - Grand Prix de douarnenez and Normandy Channel Race- but , as the Class40 "Crédit Mutuel de Bretagne" did not take the departure of Les Sables-Horta, his skipper slipped back to 2nd place.   Louis Duc, skipper of Carac Advanced Energies, complete  the podium, just one point behind Nicolas. It's a nice 3rd place, even a temporary one, for an older generation boat 3rd of Record SNSM and of the leg Horta-Les Sables!   But, for the moment, nothing is yet decided! The duo Yannick Bestaven and  Pierre Brasseur (Le Conservateur) needs only one single point to make the podium. Bertrand Delesne on TeamWork 40, may hope to be on the podium too for his second season on the Class40's circuit.   We will have to wait for the result of the The Transat Jacques Vabre, next and last race of the official calendar, to know the name of the 2015 Class40  Champion!   Temprary ranking :[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[The Class40 confirmed in its strategic choices]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT - 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.» ____________________________________ 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 rankingIn order to enhance the performance of the skippers evolving on first generation boats, a classification Vintage 2015 is currently being discussed. ____________________________________ 2015 provisional calendar  1st – 4th May : Grand Prix Guyader24th – 31st May : Normandy Channel Race18th – 23rd June : Record SNSM28th June – 26th July : Les Sables - Horta - Les Sables16th  - 23rd August : Rolex Fastnet Race1st – 29th November : Transat Jacques Vabre ____________________________________ La Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe 2014 ranking: click here4 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 contactCatherine Ecarlat -  -  06 79 54 22 83 Contact Class40Vanessa Boulaire -  -  +33 6 17 13 51 80[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[42 Class40 registered: an increasingly attractive Class]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT For this « Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe », the Class has just taken a further step. With more than 40 bateaux registered it is becoming an increasingly attractive Class. The Class40’s fleet is always rich in its diversity: skipper from Imoca or “amateur”, ex-mini-sailor, youngest skipper of the race and pioneers of the Class. Class40 is also an innovative technical platform with 13 new boats with an excellent level of competition.   Each skipper with his different abilities, in one same spirit, through an enriching diversity allows the Class40 to have a very competitive fleet…   Solo-handed races are quite rare in Class40, and the « Route du Rhum » has a real power of attraction. The fleet which will cross the start line in St-Malo has never competed all together especially as there will be no less than 7 brand new boats. Many skippers can perform well because nobody knows how the new boats will behave and the parameter "solo" is to take into account.   A few favourites … and some serious outsiders After two very good seasons (only victories), Sébastien Rogues (GDF SUEZ) is favourite: he controls his Mach40 (Manuard design) almost perfectly and after several years in “Classe Mini”, he feels comfortable sailing single-handed. The name of the excellent Spanish racer Alex Pella (Santander 2014 - Botin design), in also mentionned. The talented skipper, Halvard Mabire (Campagne 2 France) will sail the brand new Pogo S3. Yannick Bestaven (Le Conservateur) has to qualify his new Verdier Design. Conrad Humphreys (Cat® Phone), newcomer in Class40, could be on the podium at the helm of his Akilaria 2013. Kito de Pavant (Otio - Bastide Médical), also newcomer, choosed Bruno Jourdren’s Verdier design. Bertrand Delesne (TeamWork40) talended ex mini-sailor very discreet but very well prepared. Intensive preparation also for Pierre-Yves Lautrou (L’Express – Trepia) and his Pogo S3. Nicolas Thomas (Guadeloupe Grand Large) 2nd of « La Qualif’ » with his Mach 40. Marc Lepesqueux and his Sabrosa just launched, Damien Seguin (ERDF - Des pieds et des mains), Miranda Merron (Campagne de France), Stéphane le Diraison (IXBlue – BRS) comes back in Class40 with legitimate ambitions, Giancarlo Pedote (Fantastica) and Pierre Brasseur (Matouba) talented ex- mini sailors, Arnaud Boissières (Aerocampus - du Rhum au Globe), will sail a first generation boat, the racer Thibaut Vauchel-Camus (Solidaires en peloton), Jean-Christophe Caso (Picoty – Lac de Vassivière), Brieuc Maisonneuve (Groupement Flo), Louis Duc (Advanced Energies – Carac),  journalist Fabrice Amédéo (SNCF Geodis - Newrest)…   In short, about fifteen competitors could finish in the top 3 of this “Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe”, and about twenty in the top 5 à 10...    That’s great! But, Class40 is more than a victory, a podium or a top ten! Class40 is an adventure… for half of the fleet, this « Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe » is a real challenge. As for, Paul Hignard (Bruneau) 19 years old, the youngest skipper of the race, the famous vaulter Jean Galfione (Serenis Consulting) who participate in his first solo-handed Transat,  Juliette Pétrès, veterinarian who stopped working for a year to prepare this race, Emmanuel Hamez (Terranga) engineer who lives in Dakar, Valentin Lemarchand (Maison Tirel Guerin) selected among several young people from Saint Malo, Alan Roura (Exocet) ex mini-sailor from Switzerland, Olivier Roussey (Obportus 3) from Lorraine who prepared a program of races over 3 years, Maxime Sorel (MS Saling Team) and Antoine Michel (Setti LTD) who will be in competition for the vintage ranking, Dominique Rivard (Marie-Galante), Michel Kleinjans (Visit Brusails), Vincent Lantin (Chagabang) and  Rodolphe Sepho (Voile 44 AAEA Cava)...   Attractiveness is synonymous with loyalty In the heart of the fleet, some pioneers of Class40 show that attractiveness is synonymous with loyalty In 2006, they participate in their first “Route du Rhum”. Three editions later, they are still there, with the same sparkle in their eyes: Class40’s President François Angoulvant (Team Sabrosa MK2) and his new Sabrosa, Lionel Regnier (April / Formacoupe), Jean-Edouard Criquioche, Patrice Bougard (Kogane) et Thierry Bouchard ( They are not pioneers of the Class, but loyals since many years: the south African world-racer   Phillippa Hutton-Squire, the most famous Guadeloupean skipper Philippe Fiston (Ville Ste-Anne Guadeloupe), Eric Darni (Sea Shepherd Fantronic).     Save the dates ! The 42 skippers of Class40 invite you on September the 25th in Paris for the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe » press conference and on October the 29th in Saint-Malo for a drink, and of course, from November the 2nd to live this « fierce and friendly » soloTransat.   13 new boats !... and  5 « vintage » Despite the tough economic conditions, 7 boats  join the Class40’s fleet in 2014 and 6 were launched in 2013. And also: 3 boats from 2012, 5 from 2011, 6 from 2010, 6 from 2009, 3 from 2008, 4 from 2007, 2 from 2006.   With 13 new boats, the fleet has an exceptional architectural and technical interest (15 architects represented on the 42 registered).   François Angoulvant, Class40’s President: « With 13 news boats it’s a very competitive fleet. Each architect has explored different possibilities to provide a maximum power, it will offer new prospects … But the other boats, optimized and perfectly controlled by their skippers, remain very good in terms of performance. We must not forget that in solo, the complicity between the skipper and his boat is a major asset. The Class40 is continuing to develop well and, with about 15 new boats over 2 seasons and good performances of boats from 2010 – 2009 we can note that the Class Rules works well! »     The evolution of hulls has led the Class to create a « vintage » ranking to value the performances of racers skipping first generation boats. Five boats are concerned: n°10 - Eric Darni, n°22 - Rodophe Sepho, n°31 - Vincent Lantin, n°45 - Maxime Sorel and n° 57 - Antoine Michel. The winner of this vintage ranking will receive a prize of de €2000.   François Angoulvant, Class40’s President: «  42 boats: it’s a great satisfaction: - In quantitative terms, more than forty boats especially in the current context is one very great success and the proof of the attractiveness of the class. - From a qualitative point of view: The level of competition due to the eclecticism of this fleet :  experienced skippers like Kito de Pavant, Alex Pella, Halvard Mabire, Arnaud Boissières, Yannick Bestaven… talented ex-mini racers such as Sébastien Rogues, Bertrand Delesne… Expérience, talent, control of the boat, energy of young people, this led to a situation in which about fifteen boats can finish in the top three: who knows the 3 winners of this “Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe” in Class40 ! »    Some figures The youngest skipper: Paul Hignard (Bruneau), 19 years old, from Saint Malo, he will skip a Mach40 from 2011…   10 skippers in their fifties : Thierry Bouchard, Patrice Bougard, Eric Darni, Kito de Pavant, Emmanuel Hamez, Michel Kleinjans, Halvard Mabire, Lionel Regnier, Olivier Roussey, Bruno Rzetelny.   12 newcomers in Class40 and Route du Rhum : Emmanuel Hamez, Paul Hignard, Conrad Humphreys, Vincent Lantin, Valentin Lemarchand, Antoine Michel, Giancarlo Pedote, Alex Pella, Juliette Petrès, Alan Roura, Maxime Sorel, Nicolas Thomas. Kito de Pavant participate in the“Route du Rhum” 2010 but not in Class40.   3 skippers from Imoca Class: Kito de Pavant, Arnaud Boissières, Yannick Bestaven.   11 skippers from « classe Mini » : Arnaud Boissières, Yannick Bestaven, Pierre Brasseur, Jean-Christophe Caso, Bertrand Delesne, Louis Duc, Pierre-Yves Lautrou, Stéphane Le Diraison, Giancarlo Pedote, Sébastien Rogues, Alan Roura.   15 architectes : Guillaume Verdier, Finot-Conq, Sabrosa rain, Sam Manuard, Conq, Marc Lombard, Botin partners, Farr Yacht Design, Elie Canivenc, Groupe Finot, Jacques Valer, Owen Clarck Design, François Lucas, Rogers Yacht Design, Humphreys Yacht Design.    [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Overview of the 3 first races]]> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT Review on the results:   Grand Prix Guyader (Coastal courses, fully crewed): 1. GDF SUEZ 2. Matouba 3. TeamWork 4. Campagne de France 5. Serenis Consulting 6. L'Express - Trepia 7. ERDF Des Pieds et des Mains 8. MS Sailing team 9. Stella Nova 10. OFI 11. Concise2 12. Setti   Atlantic Cup(Offshore & Inshore races, double handed  & fully crewed): 1. Gryphon Solo 2 (Joe Harris & Patrick O'Connor) 2. (Jeffrey MacFarlane & Jake Arcand) 3. Pleiad racing (Edward Cesare & Chad Corning) 4. Dragon (Michael Hennessy & Rob Windsor) 5. Flatline (Kyle Hubley & Frederic de Mesel)   Normandy Channel Race (1000nm, double-handed): 1. GDF SUEZ (Sébastien Rogues & Bertand Castelnerac) 2. Groupement Flo (Brieuc Maisonneuvre & Rémi Aubrun) 3. L'Express - Trepia (Pierre-Yves Lautrou & Thomas Ruyant) 4. ERDF Des Pieds et des Mains (Damien Seguin & Jeanne Grégoire) 5.TeamWork (Bertrand Delesne & David Raison) 6. Campagne de France (Miranda Merron & Halvard Mabire) 7. Groupe Picoty - Lac de Vassivière (JC Caso & Aymeric Chappellier) 8. Serenis Consulting (Jean Galfione & Roland Jourdain) 9. Le Conservateur (Yannick Bestaven & Pierre Brasseur) 10. Advanced Energies Carac (Louis Duc & Damien Rousseau) 11. MS Sailing Team (Maxime SOrel & Pascal Quintin) 12. La Belle Equipe 2 (Bruno Rzetelny & Loïc Coudret) 13. Obportus (Olivier Roussey & Philippe Burger) 14. Kogane (Patrice Bougard & Richard Tolkien) 15. Swich (Roderick Knowles & Paul Peggs) 16. Concise 2 (Juliette Petres & Phillippa Hutton-Squire) DNF. Romerike Elektro AS (Rune Aasberg & Simen lovgren)    [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[2013 is completed ... 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 are waiting for you!]]> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT This long transat has been lead briskly and has crowned an international podium, even if there have always been fight at all stages. For three weeks, the Class40s have undertaken an exciting offshore regatta.And this is not over! 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 ... a calendar of stable and mixed races is proposed for Class40 skippers and their sponsors: enough to get together some strong projects!GDF SUEZ (Rogues/Delahaye), undisputed leader along these 5 450 nm between Le Havre and Itajaï, had been under the pressure of two teams until Brazil: Tales Santander 2014 (Pella/Santurde) is on the second podium step followed closely by Mare (Riechers/Brasseur).The care of the equipment has been a key factor in the success of this transat raced almost exclusively downwind. The sails and the general condition of the boat (the bowsprit in particular) have significantly affects the performance of each team, showing new duels between recent boats and Class40 of the 2nd generation, and/or between experienced crews vs duets of challengers. All safe and sound23 out of the 26 Class40 competitors who had left Le Havre Thursday November 7th have arrived in Itajaï. Only three Class40 had to withdraw (technical issue on board Marie Galante (Rivard/Clerton) and Concise 8 (Collier Wakefield/Goodchild) and medical problem on board Dunkerque - Planète enfants (Jourdren/Ruyant)). Once again, the transatlantic race has been very interesting. And, in the image of the diversity of the class, the top 10 includes 6 architects and 4 nationalities. Annual ranking*After a remarkable season (6 victories out of 7 events), GDF SUEZ skippered by Sébastien Rogues has won hands down the 2013 Class40 Championship. Campagne de France (Halvard Mabire) comes 2nd and Groupe Picoty (Jean-Christophe Caso) rzaches the third step of the podium.  2014 – 2017 : a consistent race calendar Now, the skippers of the Class40 and their sponsors can rely on a stable program of races.A varied program, conceived to meet the “offshore” and “inshore” skippers expectations.A program in which sailors will chose the races they want to participate, based on their budget, their availability or the objectives of their sponsors.C. Ecarlat__________________________________________PREVISIONNAL CLASS40 CALENDAR 2014 - 201720142 – 5 May : Grand Prix Guyader9 – 24 May: The Atlantic Cup25 May – 1st June : Normandy Channel Race22 – 29 June: Record SNSM & 1000nm solo-handed race between Saint-Nazaire, Spain, Ireland and back to St Nazaire18 – 21 September : Worlds in Douarnenez5 – 23 November : Route du Rhum2015 (all dates TBC)28 April – 1er May: Grand Prix Douarnenez14 – 21 May: Normandy Channel Race23 – 31 May: The Atlantic Cup21 – 23 June: Record SNSM4 – 26 July : Les Sables – Horta – Les Sables16 – 23 August : Fastnet Race1er – 29 November : Transat Jacques Vabre2016 (all dates TBC)27 mars - 23 avril : La Solidaire du Chocolat28 avril – 1er May: Grand Prix de Douarnenez15 – 29 May: The Atlantic Cup19 – 21 June: Record SNSM3 – 24 July: Québec – Saint Malo27 August – 4 September : Normandy Channel Race2017 (all dates TBC)4 – 7 May: Grand Prix de Douarnenez13 – 24 May: The Atlantic Cup25 – 27 June: Record SNSM2 – 24 July : Les Sables – Horta – Les Sables13 – 20 August: Fastnet Race29 Oct. – 26 Nov. : Transat Jacques Vabre __________________________________________* 7 races were part of the 2013 Class40 Championship Normandy Channel Race (coefficient 2)Grand Prix Guyader (coefficient 1)Atlantic Cup (coefficient 2)Record SNSM (coefficient 1)Les Sables-Horta (coefficient 2)Rolex Fastnet Race (coefficient 1)Transat Jacques Vabre (coefficient 4)49 boats have participated [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[In Transat mode]]> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Because of the tough weather conditions, the organizers of the Transat Jacques Vabre played the caution card by delaying the departure day, so that the fleet of the four classes involved benefited from better weather conditions to leave for the journey of over 5300nm. However, a weather stop had been scheduled for the Class40, in order to lay low and find shelter during the strong gale announced. A pitstop of almost 40h for the 26 boats. GDF SUEZ, 1st boat to enter Roscoff marina Friday afternoon was therefore the 1st one to sail again on Sunday November 10th at 4 am. ECOELEC FANTRONIC followed 9h later. While the Mod70 sail briskly towards Itajai, the match between the Class40 has started again ff the coasts of Brittany, maybe not as fast as the bigger boats, but with the skippers equally motivated to rapidly reduce the distance which separates them from the finish line in Brazil. News, photos and videos can be watched on line[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[2013 Transat Jacques Vabre, finally there!]]> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT This 11th edition that marks the 20th anniversary of the Transat Jacques Vabre is mythical: an international class event, a unique course, an exceptional list of entrants consisting of the most famous names in sailing, old generation sailboats and others benefiting from the latest technological innovations, in brief it will be a great show at sea and ashore and we are finally there, the 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre has started! One more time, the Class40 is well represented among the fleet of 44 boats tacking part in the Transat Jacques Vabre. There will be 26 of them crossing the start line and sailing on the historical route, link between France and coffee lands. Impressive victories. The 26 boats entered represent a high level fleet competition of sailing. After a season full of events, one boat makes the different: Mach40 GDF SUEZ skippered by Sébastien Rogues, with 5 victories in a row this season. Victories obviously thanks to a power full boat, which wouldn’t work so well without its talentuous skipper and his team, such as his co-skipper for the transat, Fabien Delahaye, very well known in the ocean racing world. But, they won’t take the victory for granted as other teams also have a chance to finish on the podium. The last winner of the event, Yannick Bestaven, will come back to defend his title on the same boat. This time he will have another champion on board, from another category, Aurélien Ducroz, famous in the freeride skiing. Let’s not forget last year’s Class40 champion, German skipper’s Jörg Riechers, who remains a potential winner. Following a season shared between Imoca, Class40 and Mini 6.50 boat, he will take part of the Jacques Vabre on his Mach40 with Pierre Brasseur, already his co-skipper while winning the Normandy Channel Race last April. Unavoidable couple on board Campagne de France, Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron, also have victory in mind. Despite a very good season but without any victory, their long experiences around the world and transat could be the key to win on such long and demanding route. Finally, on board Tyker40 Evolution 3 Dunkerque – Planète Enfants, experimented Bruno Jourdren and 2010 Route du Rhum winner, Thomas Ruyant, have everything in their hands to sail with the other top boat in this edition. They will also be part of the game. Many outsiders who can surprise us also show how much this edition will be fantastic to follow. Another winner will be in the Class40 fleet. Boat designer Sam Manuard, winner on a Multi 50 on the 2011 edition, will be on board Bet1128 as co-skipper of Italian sailor Gaetano Mura, interesting duet to be watched out especially after having shown what they were able to do on Les Sables-Horta last summer.Beware of the amateur Catherine Pourre and excellent sailor Goulven Royer on board Eärwen. They created the big surprise of the season, especially on Les Sables-Horta where they finished 2nd overall.Same for the high level sailors, Victorien Erussard and Thibaut Vauchel-Camus, that will certainly keep the pressure on the other competitors.Teams Caterham Challenge and ERDF – Des Pieds et Des Mains on their Akilaria RC3, Concise 8 British sailors on the Forty 1 Design, Spanish sailors on a Botin design and Austrian sailors on a new Humphreys design boat, arrive on brand new boats. But everything does not depend on a boat… skippers are also influent on the final results.With a great performance on the Record SNSM, the Fabrice Amedeo and Armel Tripon have good hopes to be nearby the podium.Some faithfull teams will also be present: Jean-Edouard Criquioche and Denis Van Weynbergh on Proximedia – Sauvez Mon Enfant as well as Jean-Christophe Caso and Aymeric Chappellier on Groupe Picoty. They could interfere in the expected ranking. From different horizons. Such as the Class40 Association members, the Transat Jacques Vabre gathers a fleet of international skippers. 9 countries will be represented on this 2013 edition: France (34), United Kingdom (6), Italy (3) with the duet Stefano Raspadori and Pietro D’Ali on Fantastica, Australia (2) with the couple Michelle Zwagerman and Patrick Conway on Croix du Sud, Spain (2) with the team Alex Pella and Pablo Santurde on Tales Santander 2014, Austrian with Christof Petter and Andreas Hanakamp, Germany (1), United States (1) and Belgium (1).Class40 fleet is the only one with male and female teams (5) like the English speaking duet Hannah Jenner and Rob Windsor on 11TH Hour Racing as well as the Phoenix Europe team Louis Duc and Stéphanie Alran.The fleet will also gather skippers from different generations, such as April Deltacalor team with a mixture of youth and experience. Tim Darni (19 year old) youngest of the entire fleet will be associated to the experienced Lionel Régnier.As usual, the Class40 fleet is a harmonious mixture of professional and amateur. Some skippers on Ecoelec, Marie Galante, Matouba, Mr Bricolage and Obportus 3 don’t pretend to be professional sailors. Unique and demanding route. It’s the first time that the Transat Jacques Vabre race organizers propose such a long and hard race. Competitors will have to sail 5 400 miles to reach Itajaí in Brazil, which represent from 3 weeks to one month at sea for the Class40 yachts. A route with mythical passages but also many difficulties, tactical will be the key to go through. The English Channel exit, Bay of Biscay crossing and of the Azores high pressure system, the doldrums and the Equator and finally sailing along Brazilian coasts will have to be taken seriously. A big party ashore. It’s important for Le Havre and Itajaí cities to propose to the publican event ashore as unique and as high quality than the transat. Both for the start and the finish, atmosphere will be relaxed, with various activities:    To be seen on  the race village in Le Havre: - October 25, 12:00: deadline for boats to arrive in Le Havre - October 26: Inauguration of the Transat Jacques Vabre village - October 26, 19:00: Official presentation of the crew - October 26 and 27: Exhibition racing, Virtual Regatta - November 2, 20:00: fireworks - November 3, 09:00: boats leave - November 3, 13:02 start of the 11th Transat Jacques Vabre (for monohulls)   The finish in Itajai, Brazil : - Finish ETA Prediction: 3rd week of November - Village with traditional music, local cuisine, initiatives of sustainable development, linked with installations directly to the village, and many animations. [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Next step : the transat]]> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT The next to last race of the season has just ended. The final preparations before the Transat Jacques Vabre have now started.   After three days of intense racing, 17 Class40 arrived in the port of Plymouth on the weekend of August 15. Sometimes within few seconds, such as Rune Aasberg (Solo) which precedes Olivier Magré’s Akilaria (Palanad 2) of 36 seconds only, but all in less than 18 hours. Sébastien Rogues and crew (Fabien Delahaye, Arthur le Vaillant and Bertrand Castelnérac) have fought hard against Gonzalo Botin’s brand new Class40 (Tales II) and managed to raise GDF SUEZ on the highest step of the podium 20 minutes before the Spanish crew. The new Humphreys design, driven by Austrian skipper Andreas Hanakamp and crew, completes the trio of this beautiful edition, closely followed by Bruno Jourdren (Lord Jiminy) and Mathias Blumencron (Red) who signs a great race after his fourth place in Les Sables-Horta in July. One Class40 had to withdraw at the very start of the race, the JPK design Obportus 3, of skipper Olivier Roussey.   While the Worlds 2013 have been canceled due to an insufficient number of participants, Gonzalo Botin remains champion for another year. Most of the Class40 fleet is now focused towards the ultimate challenge of the season: the Transat Jacques Vabre, double-handed race which will lead about 25 Class40 from Le Havre to Itajai, that is to say  5395nm across the Atlantic, with a mandatory crossing of the Equator ... and the dreaded Doldrums.   By November 3, skippers will have much to do. Like Ned Collier-Wakefield who looks forward to launching its new Forty1Desig. Surely Ned and Sam Goodchild, coskipper, will exploit the maximum of the few weeks between the launching of the boat from the Transat Jacques Vabre start to test out the boat. Same thing for another British duo, Mike Gascoyne and Brian Thomson, whose Akilaria RC3 has just started sailing recently. Other teams who recently acquired a Class40 continue to discover their new boat: Bertrand Guillonneau and Sebastien Audigane on Owen/Clarke design No. 79 renamed Matouba or Denis Van Weynbergh and Jean-Edouard Criquioche on Mach40 No. 104 Proximedia.   At the end of the last race of the calendar, the 2013 Champion Class40 will be finally known. GDF SUEZ, still unbeaten this year (apart from her withdraw to the Normandy Channel Race), is in the lead of the ranking, followed closely by Campagne de France. Whatever the results, the international Class40 fleet in the Transat Jacques Vabre will offer beautiful moments for sailing races lovers.[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Rolex Fastnet Race]]> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT The world's largest offshore yacht race sets sail this Sunday, 11th August, with a fleet of 347 boats from 20 nations competing in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Rolex Fastnet Race. This size of fleet represents a new record entry for the 611-mile biennial race from Cowes to Plymouth via the Fastnet rock off south-west Ireland."   Among these boats, 18 Class40 from different horizons and level of competition, most of them training for the next Transat Jacques Vabre.   News and tracking :[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Worlds 2013 : change of program]]> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT With only 6 entries, the organizers chose to cancel the event for financial reasons.As the logistic is in place, at the request of competitors, the Royal Western Yacht Club decided nevertheless to maintain a 4-day event for entered boats.Although the "World Champion" title, held by Gonzalo Botin & crew, will not be defended this year, the Class40 yachts will compete as hard as usual on British water.Entry listFRA88 - Eärwen (C. Pourre)GBR90 - 40 Degrees (H. Jenner)GBR93 - Momentum Ocean Racing (E. Creighton)ESP123 - Santander 2014 (G. Botin)FRA124 - Al Bucq (A. Lower)AUS125 - Vaquita (C. Petter)[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Heading for the Azores]]> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT On Thursday, July 4, at 7:02 pm, a fleet of 19 Class40 will sail across the Bay of Biscay, to discover (rediscover) the beautiful Azores archipelago. But before exploring this dream destination, the participants of this 4th edition will have to deal through a high-level fleet and tactical course that has many pitfalls.A demanding courseThe skippers will compete on a technical and varied course of 2 540 nautical miles where the weather can change completely, from one edition to another. If northeast winds settle and remain sufficiently powerful, the leg can be completed in just five days. On the contrary, if a low pressure system moves over the Atlantic, the road can turn into a long wait. A course that requires maximum concentration until the finish, as both Jean-Christophe Caso and Aymeric Chappellier know well, to have sailed to Horta harbor many times: “On the 150 to 200 last nautical miles before arriving to the Azores, we will have to be really careful. This last portion of the course is particularly delicate to negotiate because of lack of wind caused by the islands and the site effects around the archipelago… There are often surprises on the arrival!". In short, a good study of the weather files and a detailed tactical preparation before departure is essential expect to be on the podium.The best class specialistsUncertainty weather is also part of the race interest. The number of recidivist proves it. Not less than 10 skippers have already sailed on this event, such as.  Lionel Regnier, local sailor, La Rochelle skippers Jean-Christophe Caso, Stéphanie Alran and Olivier Grassi, the team Patrice Bougard / Gilles Dadou or still the Norman sailor Christophe Coatnoan, among others. This edition will also be the champions’ return. Aymeric Chappellier on Group Picoty is the recent winner of last summer Les Sables-Les Açores on a Mini 6.50. As well as Stéphane Le Diraison on a Class40 who took the lead in front of Yannick Bestaven for 25 seconds only in 2011. A revenge in the race? No doubt that both competitors will work hard to resist the tandem Halvard Mabire / Miranda Merron, Jörg Riechers / Sébastien Audigane or even the surprising crew Victorian Erussard / Thibaut Camus-Vauchel. Sébastien Rogues, who was full of trustworthy after three consecutive wins, teamed with experienced Armel Tripon (Les Sables -> Horta) and Fabien Delahaye (Horta -> Les Sables), in brief yet a strong team. As in every edition, the race remains faithful to the Class40 spirit offering an international registered list (7 different nationalities) including the Sardinian, Gaetano Mura associated with Samuel Manuard, the Australian duo Michelle Zwagerman / Patrick Conway, or the US-British couple Emma Creighton / Dan Dytch represents their country. Faithful race to the Class40 spirit also by its registration list well balanced between professional and amateur sailors. Half of the fleet can claim podium when others come hoping to surprise and especially to sail properly, to have fun while respecting the fundamentals of ocean racing: perseverance, tenacity and transcendence.A strong maritime character destinationA place famous due to its low pressure system but finally little known by the general public. And yet, when you listen to the ocean stories told by the sailors, you feel all the major maritime history that makes this archipelago. Now became a stronghold of the modern ocean racing, if the Azores is much appreciated by sailors, it is primarily due to its strong maritime character. Islands steeped in history with a real meaning in terms of ocean sailing routes. These lands in the middle of the Atlantic offer exceptional volcanic landscapes. We find moderate climates, often rainy, which favor the development of extraordinary flora, in particular thanks to its positioning between two continents. The sailors in stopover can enjoy the incredible kindness and hospitality of the locals. Between the visit of the island, the rise of the Pico volcano and the good atmosphere of Peter’s Cafe Sport, a real complicity is created as testify some the eternal frescos drawn by the passersby in stopover, on the quays of the marina.Meeting with the Vendée publicAll these racing boats are based in Les Sables d'Olonne and can be seen by public since Sunday, June 30 on the Vendée Globe pontoon in Port Olona. The skippers are invited to a reception at the City Hall on Monday evening July 1. Les Sables’ inhabitants will be able to enjoy the show by the coast on Wednesday afternoon, July 3rd at the prologue of the event. Finally the departure, so much expected moment, will be given on Thursday, July 4 to 7:02 PM with an exit of the channel and a sound presentation of the tandems from 5PM. The head of the fleet is expected in the Azores from Wednesday, July 10 with a prize giving ceremony scheduled for Saturday, 13. The sailboats will sail back Sunday, July 14th off the Horta marina. The Class40 arrival in Vendée is estimated from Friday, July 19 with a prize giving ceremony sets for Sunday, July 21 (to be confirmed).To follow the Class40 fleet, visit the official race website The race news are also on the Class40 Facebook page and Twitter account.[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Record SNSM, a 9th edition at top speed]]> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT The sailboats of the Record SNSM 9th edition dashed on Sunday evening shortly after 5:00 pm. 10 Class40 cross the start line and left on a course finally reduced to 180 miles (instead of 230), in a northwest flow of 25-30 knots and a moderate sea. The sun was also present to greet the crews which composed with varied conditions on this new course starting and arriving off Saint Nazaire, via Quiberon, Hoëdic, Belle Ile, Yeu and Noirmoutier. The Class40 "Phoenix Europe-Carac" of Louis Duc and Stéphanie Alran was quickly forced to withdraw after a collision with another Class40, "Norma Concept TW ECO". More fear than harm. The incident does not affect the participation of No. 65 in Sables-Horta race.A fast edition, as the boats set off Sunday night after 5:00 pm, and the first three Class40 have completed their course between the islands about 24 hours later. In difficult weather conditions, with a strong North-West wind, and especially a very formed sea, crews were tested severely, as Miranda Merron, co-skipper of the Class40 Campagne de France, says:“A fairly muscular departure, everyone was soaked, there was a lot of tackings (stack included in the offer), high funds to be avoided or to be sailed very close by... We had a break for a few miles under spinnaker after South Quiberon buoy in the middle of the night, followed again closely while rounding Belle Ile. Finally, the reward with the long tack to the Yeu Island: spinnaker, sun, boat and crew drying out and freeze-dried diner for breakfast...”.The GDF-SUEZ crew, skippered by Sébastien Rogues, won with a comfortable lead over its competitors after leading throughout. He crossed the finish line near the Saint-Nazaire bridge after 24 hours and 10 minutes of race at an average speed of 7.55 knots. After his success in the Grand Prix Guyader and ArMen Race, it’s the third victory in a row. Of good omen for the young skipper whose main objective remains the Transat Jacques Vabre at the end of the year.“From the outset, it was the battle in our class. We had great fun on the way back, making tackings in 20-30 knots with gusts to 35, along the Croisic and La Baule coast. It was interesting for us because the boat is new, it was its first navigation in 35 knots of wind, we are happy, the boat is strong and we were able to start watching her behavior in these conditions. We had a great race, we had fun and we won, that's great!” says Sebastien at the arrival. With a time of 1 day and 1 hour,  Geodis (lead by Amedeo/Tripon and crew) take the second place of the event, acquired in pain as Fabrice Amedeo tells us on his arrival: “It’s the first time that we finish before Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron, models on the Class 40 circuit. Therefore this is a satisfaction. This is a great second place gained in pain because I dislocated my shoulder while maneuvering in front of the boat. I managed to put it back in place but I will obviously go to the doctor. Then Pascal Alain, our sail maker also part of the crew, has likely a sprained knee. The sailing conditions were hard today and for the start of this Record SNSM. We were sailing all together. It is last night that we were able to take advantage on Halvard Mabire and Bruno Jourdren Class 40. Then we managed to keep the control despite a constant pressure from others competitors“. Campagne de France (Mabire/ Merron and crew) complete the podium with only 8 minutes away from the second. As usual, the Class40 have made the show until the last second. It’s the case for crews on board SETTI Ltd and Ecoelec who fought as per a Match Race until the end of the race to cross the line with 40 seconds of distance. They set a timing of respectively 1d 08h 40min 15sec and 1d 08h 41min 05sec in 7th and 8th position of the class40 fleet. On ERDF-Des Pieds et Des Mains, Damien Seguin also had to withdraw. On the first evening at about 11:00 pm, the keel hit a rock in Quiberon bay. The skipper from Nantes and his crew made their way towards La Trinité sur Mer.All the rankings and the complete times are to be discovered here.[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Class40 in St Nazaire to support the National Lifeboat Institution]]> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT Since the strat af the season, members of the Class40 Association were not able to resist to the sea fever and meet once again to compete in this race of the official calendar. Born from an initiative to support the National Lifeboat Institution, this event gathers the main sailboats of the ocean racing: G-Class, Imoca, Multi 50, Multi 2000, Class40 and IRC. In 2013, the Record SNSM. also invites other water sports practitioners, rowers and light sails, to come join in this security celebration on a course of 7 nautical miles towards the Saint-Marc beach.For this 8th edition of the event, the Class40 favorites will be present to sail a 230 nautical miles course between Saint-Nazaire and Sainte-Marine (Bénodet) via Yeu Island. Teams such as Campagne de France (Nb 101) and its very experienced crew Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron, will be joined by skipper Brieuc Maisonneuve ; Sébastien Rogues and crew on board GDF SUEZ (Nb 130), successful this year on the Grand Prix Guyader and Armen Race; or the faithful duo Fabrice Amedeo and Armel Tripon on Geodis (Nb 81). We can expect Lord Jiminy (Nb 119), ERDF-Des Pieds et Des Mains (Nb 111), Phoenix Europe-Carac (Nb 65) and Deltacalor (Nb 105) to also play in front of the fleet. Less experimented crews will try to create the surprise. It’s the case of Eric Darni in search of experience on board Ecoelec (Nb 10), Antoine Michel on his vintage Class40 SETTI Ltd (Nb 57), or La Belle Équipe II (Nb 55) of Bruno Retzelny. Class40 will also have the pleasure to count among its ranks a champion in his field, double Ski Freeride World champion Aurélien Ducroz, skipper of Latitude Neige/Longitude Mer (Nb 30). Aurélien is pleased to sail again on this well-known boat on which he has crossed the Atlantic during the last edition of the Quebec-St Malo. The SNSM invites the public to join them from Friday, June 21st at the Saint-Nazaire basin to come to admire the beautiful sailboats and on Sunday 23st, to attend the start of the race. It’s also possible to follow the race directly on the official RecordSNSM website and its social networks. (Facebook and Twitter).[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[118 Bodacious Dream wins The 2013 Atlantic Cup]]> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT NEWPORT, R.I. – #118 Bodacious Dream (USA), skippered by Dave Rearick and Matt Scharl, held on to first place overall in the 2013 Atlantic Cup after a tight weekend of inshore racing that saw Bodacious Dream and #121 Lecoq Cuisine trading places. The weather over both days delivered wind speeds consistently in the upper teens and twenties with gusts up to 30 knots, making for a challenging two days of inshore racing in Narragansett Bay. #116 Icarus dominated the inshore series by winning three of the five races, finishing second in the other two, en route to securing third overall. Bodacious Dream was equally impressive during the offshore competition, besting the field during the first offshore leg (Charleston, S.C. to N.Y. Harbor), and second leg (N.Y. Harbor to Newport, RI). Bodacious Dream finished with 51 total combined points for the offshore legs and inshore races in Narragansett Bay, Lecoq Cuisine finished with 45 total points. Bodacious Dream co-skipper Dave Rearick: “We are ecstatic. We really wanted to win the racing and do well in the inshore series…today was a bit of a challenge with the high winds, but we managed to hang on. Obviously Lecoq Cuisine was our closest competitor and we really wanted to best them, which we did today, so that was terrific. ”   To keep going with Class40 current events, let’s go back to Europe. First of all early June in England, with the Round the Island Race, around the Isle of Wight. Six crews will represent the Class40 association on this race of the promotional calendar. Among them we will find regulars circuit participants such as the South African sailor Phillippa Hutton-Squire on board her faithful Akilaria first generation, Phesheya Racing (23), and the American-British sailors, Emma Creighton and Dan Dytch on their Akilaria RC2 Momentum Ocean Racing (93). At the end of June, St Nazaire will welcome an attractive fleet of 12 Class40 crews will come to supporting the actions of the National Lifeboat Institution during the Record SNSM. For this official calendar event we shall find the top skippers of the circuit on a return race from and to St Nazaire via St Marine. Teams such as GDF SUEZ (130), Campagne de France (101), Geodis (81), Groups Picoty (85), Lord Jiminy (119), Solidaire en Peloton (107) and many others, will be there, ready to fight. While waiting for his brand new Akilaria RC3, Damien Seguin will sail on board the no less powerful Akilaria RC2 No. 111, named " ERDF Des Pieds et Des Mains " for this special occasion.[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[3rd Annual Atlantic Cup Sets Sail to New York city]]> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT A fleet of seven Class40 crossed the start line towards New York and then Newport (RI) pushed by southwest winds of 10 to 15 knots. The race will take the 7 crews, sailing under the United States and England flag, to the Manhattan marina with an ETA due on Wednesday, May 15 in the morning. After a short 3-day stopover, the fleet will wave goodbye to the Statue of Liberty at 14:00 Saturday, May 18. They will sail along the U.S East coast to Newport, for leg 2. Last but not least for this 2013 edition, the skippers will have to stay focused until the very last day to ensure a good result during the two days of Inshore Races scheduled on May 25 and 26 in Newport Bay.Seven teams are participating in this year’s unique 100% Class40 race in the US, among which 5 boats from the last edition. Without the presence of European teams, Dave Rearick on board Nb 118, Kiwi FC40 Bodacious Dream, has the favorite place after its second position in 2012 behind the German Jörg Riechers (Mare 115). Of course he should be wary of Gryphon Solo II (106), Icarus (116) and Dragon (54) crews who now know the race area. Peter Harding on board Nb90, 40 Degrees, comes back with a revenge after having dismasted in Charleston Bay in 2012. Eric Lecoq,  accompanied by experienced Conrad Colman, and on board the brand new 121 Lecoq Cuisine (40 Tyker latest generation) may be a formidable candidate with such boat. Finally, Pleiad Racing Akilaria number 39 will try to compete with their younger generation boats.All information’s on the official website. To follow the race visit the Facebook page, Twitter account and tracking map.[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Class40 commits to the Transat Jacques Vabre through to 2017]]> Tue, 14 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT The Class40 Association has attracted proposals for varied and interesting races from a number of race organisers since its earliest days, and over the past few months, the class has received proposals for double-handed transatlantic races other than the Transat Jacques Vabre and the Solidaire du Chocolat.   With the aim of creating a long-term race calendar, the class put out a tender in March for a double-handed biennial transatlantic race. It is the new Transat Jacques Vabre association which has been retained from amongst the proposals. And so a sizeable Class40 fleet is expected in Le Havre in October 2013 for the twentieth anniversary of the “Route du Café”.A typical Class40 season includes a transatlantic race in the autumn. There are also one or two 1000 mile races during the spring/ summer (Les Sables-Horta-Les Sables, the Normandy Channel Race, the Atlantic Cup…), as well as a few coastal races (the Grand Prix Guyader, the record SNSM, the World Championship…). Long-term commitmentIn even years, the Class40 fleet races alternately in the Route du Rhum and the Transat Québec-St Malo. The tender process meant that the Class was able to choose from amongst the different proposals put forward for a double-handed transatlantic race in the autumn of odd years. The decision involves a commitment over three editions of the race, through to 2017. By committing to the long term, Class40 competitors, sponsors and race organisers alike can plan for the next few years, thereby making the most of their investment and preparation.François Angoulvant, president of Class40: “The ultimate decision to select the Transat Jacques Vabre came down to several reasons. The fact that it is a well-known race is obviously a factor. A study of the media coverage generated by the races which had responded to the tender clearly highlight the attributes of the Transat Jacques Vabre. Overall, the proposal put forward by the Transat Jacques Vabre association answered the brief well. In particular, we wanted a shorter course, or at least to avoid a race finish in a port far from shipping or in a place where the weather conditions can be difficult: this point has been taken into account. We also took a close look at the efforts made in the previous edition to treat all classes equally, even if there is still room for improvement here, particularly the matter of the elapsed time of the first boats to finish.  The individuals in charge of the Transat Jacques Vabre are open to proper discussion on these issues with the classes involved in the race (Imoca, Multi 50 and Class40 in particular), which we see as essential. Lastly, we have come to the conclusion that the multi-class format does not harm Class40. The public finds it intriguing and it attracts the press.All of these reasons led us to choose the Transat Jacques Vabre. We would nevertheless like to thank all the other race organisers who took the time and effort to respond to our tender.”Gildas Gautier, director general of the Transat Jacques Vabre association: “We are delighted that Class40 chose the Transat Jacques Vabre. We fought for it and it’s a great outcome, especially since 2013 should be a fine year for the Class40 fleet, since as with every post-Vendée Globe season, we don’t know what competitors in the IMOCA fleet will do. If there is a strong showing from the Class40 fleet, there will a fine media opportunity to exploit.” So from now on, for Class40 sailors and sponsors alike, the place to be in October in odd years is Le Havre! In the meantime, Class40 sailors, many of whom have recently competed in the Transat Québec Saint Malo, are on their way to Caen for the next event, the “Normandy Channel Race” from the 2nd to the 9th of September, prior to finishing this long season with the Class40 World Championship in La Rochelle from the 3rd to the 6th of October. 2013 Provisional Race Schedule (dates to be confirmed)7 – 14 April         Normandy Channel Race (double-handed)3 – 5 May         Grand Prix de Douarnenez (crewed)9 – 12 May         Armen Race (crewed)12 – 26 May             The Atlantic Cup (double-handed & crewed)23 – 25 June        Record SNSM (crewed)8 – 28 July        Les Sables – Horta – Les Sables (solo?)11 – 17 August         Rolex Fastnet Race (crewed)29 Sept – 24 Oct.    Transat Jacques Vabre (double-handed)[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Joerg RIECHERS « 2012 Class40 Champion » !]]> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT After a magnificent season full of regularity, The Classs40 N°115, skipped by Jörg RIECHERS, imposes itself logically. Winner on the Solidaire du Chocolat and the Atlantic Cup, the German skipper will have left the podium only once over five events in the Normandy Channel Race (DNF). He reached the second place in the Transat Québec-St Malo and the 3rd place in the Class40 World Championship. These performances underline a professionalism and a constancy quite exceptional for someone who has just launched his campaign “ Vendée Globe 2016”.Sébastien ROGUES impresses on Eole Generation GDF Suez (N°105) climbing on the second step of the podium! 5 races for his first season in Class40, and he was five time in the top 10 and once on the third place of the podium (Transat Quebec Saint Malo). At 24 years old, Sébastien clearly shows that he will be a serious competitor for the title next season.Participating in only 3 races, Aloys LE CLAQUIN, skipper of Class40 N°104, climb on the third step. His good results (6th in Solidaire du Chocolat, 8th in Québec Saint Malo and 2nd in Class40 World Championship) shows that Aloys stays among the favorites.The prize giving ceremony  will take place during the Paris Boat Show. In the meantime the complete ranking can be downloaded here!       Joerg RIECHERS « 2012 Class40 Champion » ! By Maxime FALCONE - Association Class40[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Sponsors’ testimony of Class40 Circuit]]> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT Interviews by Maxime FALCONE – Association Class40 Eole Generation – GDF SUEZ Sébastien ROGUES’s sponsor – Class40 #105   Why this commitment to sailing ? « Eole Generation, 100% branch of GDF SUEZ, is both a developer and operator of wind projects and tidal stream generating electricity. It is thus quite naturally that it turned towards sailing which is a sport with naturally many common points, in particular the knowledge of the maritime environment and the respectful use of the wind, sun and streams energy. More generally, the activity of Eole Generation is very close to the practice of this discipline with which we share strong values: the respect of natural sites, the dynamism, an activity in accordance with the nature, or still the self-transcendence. Sébastien Rogues is a skipper who embodies all these values. As a company committed to sustainable development and implanted in the heart of the territories, Eole Generation therefore wished to support its approach. »  « The group GDF Suez accompanies young people in its « YOUNG TALENTS » policy whatever the sport. Sébastien fits into this category and we help him to start his career. » Why the Class40 and this skipper ? « The Class40 is the next logical step in Sebastian’s career, who comes from the Mini circuit. Eole Generation and GDF Suez can pursue the project with a safe and solid boat, which stays in a reasonable budget after the prototype in 6,50. In sporting terms Class40’s boats showed their ability and the association which governs this class is very well organized and professional. » How do you exploit this partnership internally and externally  ? « Because it is a small structure, all Eole Generation’s employees had the possibility to navigate or discover sailing. In a general way, this partnership creates a strong mobilization and an unwavering support of all the employees of GDF Suez. We indeed associate the Group’s branch in regions to offer special moments to our guests like starts of races like the Normandy Channel Race. Furthermore for the GDF Suez group, the internal communication is activated during races, it allows all the employees to gather around a human sports’ challenge that reflects the values of the company. Externally, it is the opportunity to develop animations such as boat christening in St Nazaire in March with her godmother Amélie Mauresmo. » What is your assessment ? « This is very positive. Sébastien wants to reach his objectives and manages his projects in a exemplary way. He is representative of each employee. We are proud to support him. Its progression is well controlled, and we are proud to support him and to contribute to his development in this beautiful discipline of sailing. Furthermore, he puts his human qualities in the service of his ambition; performance and ethics, quite as Eole Generation. We are very sensitive to his values of respect for others and the environment. »     Gaël TEMPIER – COMIRIS Group CEO Thierry BOUCHARD’ sponsor – Class40 #83   Why is this commitment to sailing ? « Two main reasons, the first one is that Thierry Bouchard convinced us to follow him. The second reason is that sailing with regard to our activity, reflects the values which we wish to convey from the technological point of view, teamwork and sustainable development as a sail boat is nature-friendly. » Why the Class40 and this skipper ? « At the beginning we had no sailing project. It is really the man who seduced us when we met him. Then, when we thought about it we realized that there were many interesting points to convey the image of the company. Concerning the Class40, it is a support which seemed to us financially affordable, we would not have been able to follow him on a superior Class. » How do you exploit this partnership internally and externally ? « We set up events at the starts and the arrivals of the races. Inviting our clients in Pointe à Pitre, for example, is very interesting. Another essential aspect is the impact in the media. We had many publications because we were associated with the Class40. We do not look for public recognition because we work in B to B but in this particular. case it has confirmed our reputation with our customers. Moreover, what is interesting for us is that our company appears more on the web, it is a point not to neglected in our argument. Finally we also exploited this partnership internally to gather our employees around a common project. » What is your assessment ? « For me, it is a mixed assessment. We were not able to exploit this partnership. We should have continued with Thierry until 2014 for the Route du Rhum, but for economic reasons we will not. As many companies we had to reduce the budgets in communications so we could not set up the events planned around races. I am personally disappointed because that corresponded really well to what the company wanted to convey. »     Jean-Yves PIERCHON – Phoenix Europe Express CEO Stéphanie ALRAN s’ sponsor – Class40 #98   Why is this commitment to sailing ? « Just because I have been personally a big sailing fan for a long time. » Why the Class40 and this skipper ? « With the Class40, an SME like ours can realize a sponsoring, have its name on a boat for an affordable budget, and yet participate in international events like the Transat Jacques Vabre Transat or Quebec - St Malo. Imoca and multihull classes are too expensive for us and the Classe Mini less interesting. We met Stéphanie ALRAN by chance but we enjoyed her project. She was able to adapt to our needs and our limited resources. » How do you exploit this partnership internally and externally ? « For us it is specially a search of internal benefits. For the employees who all adopted Stéphanie as if she was a member of the company, it fast became an adventure that they appropriated. I think that it is a certain pride to have the name of our company on the boat and on the sails that participate in big mediatized events. This is also an opportunity for families to go at the starts of races . And this creates a certain emulation in our team. Externally we also invited some of our guests on the departures of races but we don’t expect any commercial benefits. We think that it gives us more visibility with our partners and suppliers. » What is your assessment ? « It is very positive and we do not regret our investment. We will certainly continue to participate in some Class40’events, but however, because of the economic situation, we will probably be forced to limit our participation in some events, even in races held every 2 or 3 years. »  [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Rolex Fastnet Race : extraordinary success !]]> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT Class members, do not panic! It's still possible to register and participate in the eighth edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race. This year the organizers have not set a limit on the number of entries for the Class40 and Class Imoca! Quick reminder of this promotional race of our calendar: 2013 edition, -          Organizer : RORC -          Dates : 11 - 17 August -          Course : Île de Wight (Cowes) / Fastnet / Plymouth -          Format : 608 milles (Crewed) -          Class40 engaged in the previous edition: 20 (Results here) -          All information & registration: HERE     Back to the 2011 edition: (From the Class40 Guide 2012 P14)   20 CLASS40 AT THE START LINE AND A SPECTACULAR FINISH   The line-up featured 20 crews, representing 9 nations, and a mixed fl eet of newly designed boats, as well as Class40 classics, sailed by both experienced crews and amateurs. The Rolex Fastnet Race was the most popular competition in 2011. In addition to the French, including female skipper Catherine Pourre, who recently won the Grand Prix Guyader aboard her Tyker 40 Evolution, the ex-Destination Dunkerque, competitors also included Americans Michael Hennessy and Joe Harris, British such as the formidable Ned Collier-Wakefi eld, Italians, Swiss, Germans, Belgians, Norwegians, Dutch, exceptional line-up indeed.   7 MINUTES BETWEEN THE FIRST 5   Tanguy de Lamotte and his crew won the race after 86 hours, 17 minutes and 28 seconds of sailing. It was tense at the finish line, as they crossed only 2 minutes ahead of Peraspera. It was a very competitive race, and Initiatives-Alex Olivier's skipper and crew members, Tanguy Leglatin, David Sineau and Thomas Gavériaux, fought until the end. Tanguy celebrated a double whammy this season after having already won the Normandy Channel Race in May, as well as winning the Rolex Fastnet Race for the second time, his fi rst time being in 2009. The race started to windward, as they sailed along the British coast, then backed, giving them mostly downwind towards Fastnet. During the fi nal leg, the wind gradually eased off and the race ended closely in light airs.   Comment from the winner. Tanguy de Lamotte:   « We were ahead for a very long time, but were overtaken by Peraspera 2 miles from the fi nish line. With 0.5 mile to go, we were 4th. It was a crazy race. We were successful, but we did everything that was needed to win. It was a memorable fi nish. Two years ago, we knew that victory was coming; this time however, the last few minutes were very uncertain. There were 5 boats, within less than 7 minutes from the fi nish line. It was incredible! It's the fi rst time that I've seen that in Class40. It's the second consecutive time this year that there has been such a close fl eet, it's really interesting. The race was also very international. The level was very high. Everyone sailed very well ».    [Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Our American cousins!]]> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT Sharing, helping, friendliness, teamwork, accessibility, international, are all terms that define the Class40 philosophy. The international side is characterized, among other things, by the mixed origins of the class members (16 nationalities in 2012), but also its races across several continents. This circuit goes well beyond the official program and promotion. We will here cast a glow on these races across the Atlantic: the US East-Coast circuit. By having since 2008, Michael Hennessy (skipper of 54 - Dragon) US representative, the Class40 shows its interest for increasing its International development. This status within the Board of Directors highlights a circuit and a fleet often unknown from the general public. This fleet includes ten skippers sailing under the US flag in which we can add Quebec and Bahamas sailors. It's on the six-event circuit totaling not less than 3 500 miles that this fleet race together every year. This circuit is highlighted with its 900 miles key race, dedicated to Class40, the « Atlantic Cup », from Charleston to Newport, via an unforgettable stopover in Manhattan (New York). This race, which appears in the official Class40 race calendar, welcomes every four years a part of the European fleet during their Atlantic Ocean tour. It is the intermediate step, which winds up the American-east coast between the two Transats, « La Solidaire du Chocolat » and « Québec-Saint Malo ». Just to mention the name of the hosts' harbors, at start and finish, makes it more than a dream. The « Pineapple Cup », 811 miles race between Port Everglades in South Florida and Montego Bay in Jamaica or even the « Bermuda One-Two » which offers a return of 1270 miles between Newport Harbor and Bermuda islands are perfect examples. Further North, the « Marblehead to Halifax » race, with a distance of 363 miles, proposes to go sailing in cooler waters along the beautiful Canadian coasts.   The « Key West Feeder Race », 160 miles along the Florida coasts, and the « Rolex St. Thomas », inshore race on the Caribbean Sea, are part of small local races that complete this circuit. For the Board of Directors, it is particularly important to maintain and develop the relationship with these races which gives an international vision to the Class40 association. Aside the « Atlantic Cup », the American racings in which participates Class40 yachts are also opened to the IRC fleet. One of this year's objective is to introduce Class40 boats to IRC skippers so that they discover this boats and help, why not, to develop the American fleet.[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[PLYMOUTH TO HOST THE 2013 CLASS 40 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS]]> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT The four day Championship will be organised by the Royal Western Yacht Club of England as the event authority, with an expected 20 international teams from nine nations due to compete at the event. Twenty Class40 teams have already pre-registered for the Rolex Fastnet Race and are due to arrive in Plymouth from the 15 August. The teams will have a couple of days break before starting an intense series of inshore and coastal races to decide the overall Class40 World Champion.The public is invited to come and see the fleet parade in front of Plymouth Hoe on Sunday 18 August before they set off for the start of the coastal race. In the evenings there will be a series of event functions for the visiting teams to enjoy some of the local hospitality. François Angoulvant, Class40 President:“We are delighted to be welcomed by Plymouth for this fifth edition of the Class40 Worlds. The timing is perfect and we hope we can build a partnership with the RWYC to come back regularly for the Worlds. The Class40 fleet knows the area quite well as it comes here every two years for the Rolex Fastnet Race and was also here in 2008 for The Transat. We expect many Class 40 skippers, from all over Europe and the US, to gather on this great event.” John Lewis, Commodore of the Royal Western Yacht Club:“The RWYC is delighted to be the host club for this prestigious World Championship particularly as it has formed a close relationship with the class during our last two oceanic events. I extend a warm welcome to all the competitors and wish them every success on the water.” Gonzale Botin, Class 40 World Champion 2012: “Tales Santander 2014” will be there to defend its title and it will not be easy as the standard goes up each year since the first World Championships in 2009. Our new boat hasn’t been built for windward-leeward races that we can expect during the Worlds, but more for offshore races. This is the case for most third generation boats. Whatever happens, the show is guaranteed!"   Follow the event : - Website - Facebook page - Twitter account[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Normandy Channel Race Act 4: Entry list worthy of the greatest races!]]> Mon, 13 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT We are finally there; Caen is getting ready to welcome, from next Wednesday (10 April 2013), 20 Class40 participants to the Normandy Channel Race. For the first race of the Class40 Association official calendar, the competitors will gather at the Saint Pierre dock. It promises a thrilling 2013 edition. Departure on Sunday, April 14th at 12:00 from Caen and 17:00 at sea!                      Dual of winners. The1000 nautical miles of the race should be the scene of a high-level oceanic fight. Indeed, winner of the last edition in September, British skipper Ned Collier-Wakefield will be present to defend his title. This time, he will be co-skipper of French sailor Brieuc Maisonneuve also Al Bucq's owner, no 124, first Akilaria RC3 launched last November. Talking about winners, we can't skip the one who won the first edition in 2010 and the last Route du Rhum: Thomas Ruyant. He will team up with the second of the 2011 edition, Bruno Jourdren on his Tyker Evolution 3, Lord Jiminy (No. 119). They are also seen as favorites. Renowned German skipper, Jörg Riechers, will try to do better than his disappointing 2012 edition. He was forced to retire during the first 24 hours after breaking the "Mach40 # 115" bowsprit. Sailing this time with Pierre Brasseur, the 2012 Class40 champion and "German skipper" of the year, is well decided to show that he is there to win. Sebastien Rogues will be on board a new boat, Mach40 # 130 GDF SUEZ launched last month. After a first season on the circuit, the young skipper from Lorient has showed that he has all the abilities to be on the podium. Duo Halvard Mabire / Miranda Merron, second from the last edition, will be present, always with the same ambition. A podium of Mini sailors: Skippers from Class Mini 2012, Aymeric CHAPPELLIER and Nicolas BOIDEVEZI will meet once more on the water for a new battle. Indeed, they will be respectively co-skipper of Jean-Christophe Caso on Group Picoty (#85 ) and of Thibault Reinhart on Jasmine Flyer (#112 ). Furthermore, the fact that they have shared the podium four time the last season, gives a taste of symbolic rivalry that they will discuss, this time, in Class40. A race in the race. A list of mixed competitors Reflecting the Class40 association, the Normandy Channel Race gathers a fleet of international skippers, both professional or amateur. 7 countries will be represented during this 2013 edition: France, United Kingdom, Germany, United States, South Africa, New Zealand and Switzerland. Many participants are coming back again to taste the happiness of this Cass40 ‘exclusive race, just like Catherine Pourre, Goulven Royer, Olivier Roussey, Phillippa Hutton-Squire, Boris Herrmann, Christophe Coatnoan, Louis Duc, Stéphanie Alran, Thibault Reinhart, Mathias Blumencron, etc. The only woman's crew will be represented by an English-speaking duo, the South African round the world sailor Phillippa Hutton-Squire and English skipper Pip Hare.                If the forecast remain the same as the last days, the sea conditions will be tough. The two previous editions had been shortened (bad weather in 2011 and lack of wind in 2012). The sailors have been deprived to see the Fastnet rock and its legendary lighthouse. Let's hope that next week weather briefing contradicts the current forecast outlook.     The course as viewed by Halvard Mabire*                "The first section, as far as the Isle of Wight, is a good, classic Cross-Channel, with an interesting coastal course off the D-DayLandingBeaches and a perpendicular crossing of the shipping lanes, as is required by the rules of shipping. Following on from that, we have a stark reminder of a Fastnet Race start. The Needles, Portland, Lizard, Land's End... The fantastic South coast of England has seen so much nautical jousting over the centuries that, if the cliffs could speak, we'd have a genuine encyclopaedia of Offshore Racing. We say a quick hello to Wolf Rock and then we're back in the CelticSea with relish; a sea we've criss-crossed many times during our Figaros and various Fastnet races. Next we track straight across to the Côtes d 'Armor in Brittany, as if to the mark the boundary between ourselves and our dear "Anglos", with the strongest tides, the strongest currents and a few very familiar rocks as justices of the peace. The terrible Raz Blanchard forms a tricky passage, with the Goury lighthouse playing the role of gatekeeper, and we can but hope that the winds and tide are with us. Indeed we know all to well that with the "Vent d 'Amont" (NE'ly wind) over tide, it's a liquid hell if there's more than 25 knots of breeze! As if one Raz wasn't enough, the one at Barfleur will be on hand to remind us that the English Channel is no joke and that it's the Tide that decides here. The Baie de Seine won't be sparing of us as regards the currents and all the way to the finish, we'll have to dig deep and play the shrewdness card if we're to successfully complete the "Normandy Channel Race"... The Channel has witnessed a number of races and it needed its own event to pay homage to the waters which opened the gateways to the World to us. I hope that in a few decades time, we'll speak of the Normandy Channel Race as fondly as we do of its big sisters, and that the wake we trace in 2010 will be followed for all time."   *Halvard Mabire is one of the most highly awarded French sailors in offshore racing with 5 crewed round the worlds to his credit, 7 Solitaires du Figaro and 33 transatlantics. The most notable of his wins are the Course de l’Europe, the Twostar (twice champion) and the Transat Quebec Saint Malo in the Class 40. Follow the race on the official website and on the social networks: Facebook & Twitter! As well as on the Class40 Association Facebook page and Twitter account!   Normandy Channel Race Act 4: Entry list worthy of the greatest races! By Maxime FALCONE - Class40 Association Translation by Muriel ROBIN - Class40 Association[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Normandy Channel Race: A tough kick-off of the season!]]> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT There were many, last Friday, April 19, to attend the Normandy Channel Race prize-giving ceremony, followed by a friendly BBQ to conclude this 2013 edition. Back to act 4 who started Sunday, April 14th at 5 pm under the shining sun. 24h after the start, many boats had to withdraw due to various technical issues (auto pilot, overheating engine, forestay problem…). The following day, looking at the bad weather expected, the Race Direction announced to the 11 boats still racing a shortened course. They all arrived safely in Ouistreham. After a withdrawal in 2012, he took his revenge in the most beautiful ways! Jörg Riechers, for his third participation, won with co-skipper Pierre Brasseur after 3 days 7 hours 57 minutes and 30 seconds of racing. Yet it was a bad start for Mare Racing Team, as explained by the German skipper “It’s great to win especially after dismasting just before the race. It’s a really hard, technical race. Sailing in the Celtic Sea was chaotic. We never let up, despite a tough passage at Barfleur on the outward leg”. With a perfectly optimized Mach40 and an experimented tandem, the two sailors took the lead of the race for the third night then perform faultlessly. “We gradually moved up through the fleet through our speed and sheer determination”. Crossing the finish line Thursday April 18 at 0:57, the current Class40 champion can add an extra victory on his prize list. They created the biggest surprise of this edition. Without too much ambitions except to cross the finish line, the team Made in Normandy, familiar with the Tour de France à la Voile and the Solitaire du Figaro, never raced together before. They were competing in their first Normandy Channel Race and it was their first experience on a Class40 yacht. “We’re happy with our performance in this Normandy Channel Race, which was a first for us. We’ve got a better idea of what a Class40 is like. Over a short race like this, we spent a lot of time making sail changes so it’s incredibly physical” explains Alexandre Toulorge. Nevertheless, they were the leaders of this edition taking the lead from the first night before letting go to the duo from Germany and France’s Picardy region. “Mare was going faster on close reach and the crew escaped at Raz Blanchard. We were working on the weather for the first part of the race and that worked well for us” tells Nicolas Jossier. By crossing the finish line at 1:53, Norman sailors get a well-deserved second place after the big scare to see Campagne de France back on them as fast as an arrow to cross the line 1 minute 3 seconds later. Campagne de France finally climbs on the third step of the podium. Rather positioned in the middle of the Class40 fleet throughout the course, the duo Halvard Mabire / Miranda Merron made a spectacular comeback on the final day, which leaves some dazed. “We came back from nowhere. It’s a fine third place. A few more miles and we’d have secured second place. We took a minute too long” says Halvard once arrived on the docks. In Ouistreham, over the night between Wednesday and Thursday, the intense rhythm of the arrivals did not stop. They crossed the line one after another: Geodis, Akilaria RC2 skippered by Fabrice Amedeo and Armel Tripon in fourth place (at 3:06), followed by Al Bucq brand new Akilaria RC3 of Brieuc Maisonneuve and coskipper Ned Collier-Wakefield (at 3:09). Red, Rodgers Class40 of German skippers Mathias Blumencron and Boris Herrmann (at 3:18), Jean-Christophe Caso and Aymeric Chappellier on Pogo 40 S² Groupe Picoty (at 3:27). Finally, Red will lose one place because of a 14-minute penalty (seal of a water jerrican missing and broken seal on the anchoring equipment). The decision of the Jury will benefit Groupe Picoty who takes the 6th place of the overall result. Half an hour later, the last two boats of the nigh arrived : Dan Dytch and Emma Creighton on board Akilaria RC2 Momentum Ocean Racing (at 4:00), and Phoenix Europe - Carac with Louis Duc and Stephanie Alran (at 4:07) on board the Akilaria MkII proto recently bought. Arrivals very close one from another that shows the increasing homogeneity of the Class40 fleet. The only 100% female team, Phillippa Hutton-Squire and Pip Hare on board Phesheya Racing, finished in 10th place in the morning, followed by Olivier Roussey and Philippe Burger on Obportus 3, to close this 2013 edition the following night (at 1:22) after 4 days 8 hours 22 minutes and 22 seconds of navigation and a lot of perseverance. They can tick the box of the Transat Jacques Vabre qualification! Complete ranking here!   Normandy Channel Race: A tough kick-off of the season! By Maxime FALCONE - Class40 Association Translation by Muriel ROBIN - Class40 Association[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Grand Prix Guyader not only a show … !]]> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT More a big party than a race, the Grand Prix Guyader gather the best ocean racing sailors and their amazing boats, the riders and their impressive wing or even the respectful Dragon. Between inshore races and speed test, sailors will compete in the fantastic bay of Douarnenez, among the most beautiful ones according to the skippers. If we cannot dream of a better water playground, the Grand Prix Guyader offers to the public a top quality program with high level competition and a lot of activities in the race village for everybody whatever their passion and their age. From Tréboul to Rosmeur via Port Rhu, all Douarnenez city will celebrate the sea.First called Grand Prix Petit Navire then Grand Prix Douarnenez and now Grand Prix Guyader, whatever the name of the event, since 2008 the Class40 have shown their faith to the race that is now unavoidable on the calendar. For this 2013 edition, nine talentuous teams are expected for the show. Among the favorite, we can find Eärwen, nb 88, Class40 twice winner in 2010 and 2011 and second in 2012, will try to comes back to the first place in 2013. GDF SUEZ and Lord Jiminy, both having to withdraw at the last Normandy Channel Race, will be motivated to show what they can do. Groupe Picoty, that proved in Normandy that it can be feared, will also be there to lead the fleet. It will be the first race of the season for Lionel Régnier on his Akilaria RC2, nb 105 Deltacalor. His long experience in Class40 could be the key to bring his crew to the podium.The Grand Prix Guyader is also the opportunity for the new comers in the class to test their boat on coastal racing before heading in the offshore category. Antoine Michel on his Pogo40 nb 57, SETTI LTD, as well as the duo Victorien Erussard and Thibault Vauchel-Camus, on board Kiwi40 nb 107 Solidaire en Peloton are in that case. Last but not least the international side of the class will be represented by British boat Momentum Ocean Racing nb 93, skippered by Emma Creighton and South African Phillippa Hutton-Squire on board Phesheya Racing nb 23.Even if the party is on, the level of the Class40 participant reflects the one in the other category. Competition will be as though on the water as the party will be friendly once back to the bar.No need to say that during 10 days the “Penn Sardin” city will become the ideal place for all nautical dreams …   All news Grand Prix Guyader 2013 here : Official : Web site - Facebook Page - Twitter Account Association Class40 : Facebook Page - Twitter Account   Grand Prix Guyader not only a show … !   By Maxime FALCONE - Association Class40 Translation by Muriel ROBIN - Association Class40[Read more]]]> <![CDATA[Under the sun in Douarnenez]]> Mon, 13 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT As is often said, the best race sponsor is the good weather. And what a weather on this 2013 edition! The sun's rays have reflected on the sails of the magnificent race boats during the four-day of festivities in the “Penn Sardin” city. A perfect weather, well almost, as it did not count on the whims of our good old Aeolus. Indeed, participants will have suffered from a lack of wind and therefore couldn’t fully exploit their boats potential on Sunday and Monday events.On land, the crowed came to enjoy the weather, the entertainment in the race village and the show on Rosmeur’s quay. For four days, ocean racing boat, M34, Dragon, Kitesurf, Pen Duick, etc. met on this beautiful bay, between coastal races and speed runs. An amazing group of sailors, gathering the best in each category. Class40 have fought until the end to find a winner. Sébastien Rogues and crew, onboard GDF SUEZ Mach40 (130), win after 8 races sailed. Once again the Nb 107 is a surprise. This time with a new name "Solidaires En Peloton" and new skippers Victorien Erussard / Thibaut Vauchel-Camus and crew, who climbed onto the second step of the podium despite their limited experience in this category. Sailors to be watch out for the rest of the season! Bruno Jourdren, faithful of the event, completes the podium with his crew onboard last generation Tyker40, Norma Concept Lepal, alias Lord Jiminy (119). Eärwen (88), who had never before left the podium in this event, remains in the top half of which is placed in the fourth of this edition. We can congratulate the rest of the crew, who have been able to come and play spoilsport in front of the fleet, as is the case Picoty Group (85) and Deltacalor (105). Or congratulate the perseverance of South African Phesheya Racing (23) and the friendly crew of Antoine Michel onboard SETTI Ltd (57).The Grand Prix for offshore boats ended yesterday (May 6, 2013) by the prize giving ceremony in Treboul, Douarnenez. This 13th edition Just finished, we already look forward to returning next year. Ranking here No time to rest for 3 of the 8 teams present in Douarnenez! Eärwen (88), GDF SUEZ (130) and Solidaires En Peloton (107) will participate from Thursday to Saturday on a fully crewed crew race from La Trinité sur Mer: the Armen Race. This event, part of the promotional calendar, will bring together a small fleet of 9 Class40 among the 120 teams and more. The 360 milles along the French Atlantic facade is a qualifier for the Rolex Fastnet Race to be held in August. Official web site Facebook Page and Twitter Account[Read more]]]>