BRÈVE MATINALE – Montres Michel Herbelin first Vintage Class40 to cross the line
July 26, 2016 12:16
Christophe Souchaud and his Class40 Montres Michel Herbelin—hailing from the Aquitaine region of France—finished the Transat Québec Saint-Malo this morning, bringing to a close their 15 days and 9 hours of adventure. Officially speaking, this is a 16th-place finish for them in the overall rankings—but unofficially, it’s a win for them in the Vintage contingent of the Class40 fleet. Their Akilaria was launched in 2006 and is one of the oldest boats in the race. Matouba, an Owen Clark design built in 2009 and skippered by Bertrand Guillonneau, is on the final approach to Saint-Malo and is expected to cross the line by the end of this afternoon. Sirius, an Akilaria launched in 2008 and skippered by journalist Stéphane Bry, is expected to finish Wednesday morning just ahead of Obportus 3, a 2007 JPK with Olivier Roussey at the helm.
It’s clear as the race draws to an end that the final boats in the running are older designs that have been surpassed by the newer Class40s. But that’s not all: these boats have made it possible for a number of keen amateur sailors to live their dream and race in a cohesive fleet, bringing their own dimension to this memorable 9th edition of the Transat Québec Saint-Malo. The common thread connecting journalist Stéphane Bry, accounting consultant Olivier Roussey, surgeon Bertrand Guillonneau, and former public works CEO Christophe Souchaud, is the passion they share for nautical adventure and discovery. They can all enjoy the satisfaction of knowing they’ve given their very best every inch of the 3,000 nautical miles they’ll have covered on this course. And when the excitement of the race is over, these intrepid amateurs will find their lives back on dry land only the richer for the experience.