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MORNING NEWS – Thirteen!

July 24, 2016 11:15

Lucky Thirteen!

The multinational crew of the Swedish boat Talanta, skippered by Mikael Ryking, crossed the finish line this morning to take thirteenth place in the Class40 fleet of the Transat Québec Saint-Malo after thirteen days and thirteen hours of adventure. Talanta is paving the way into the Corsair City of Saint-Malo for the more “vintage” group in the fleet of nineteen 40-foot monohulls that set sail from Quebec City on July 10.

On the heels of the Swedish Pogo S2 that was launched in 2010, the “grandfather” of the fleet, Groupe Setin skippered by Rouen native Manuel Cousin—a Rogers design dating back to 2007—crossed the line later in the morning. This spelled victory for Manu Cousin in the friendly duel that had played out all the way from Quebec City between Group Setin and Esprit Scout, an Akilaria skippered by Bordeaux-based Marc Dubos, who is expected to finish by the end of the afternoon. That leaves just four more Class40 boats still at sea with more than 300 nautical miles left to go for Christophe Souchaud (Montres Michel Herbelin) and over 550 yet to cover for tail-ender Olivier Roussey (Obportus 3). Luc and Chantal Coquelin’s Open 50 boat Guadeloupe Dynamique—the only entrant in its class—has just entered the English Channel and is expected to moor alongside the Class40s tomorrow night. Of the 26 boats that entered the race and set sail from la Belle Province on July 10 and 13—two Ultimate Class yachts, four Multi50s, one Open 50, and nineteen Class40s—the only one that won’t cross the finish line in Saint-Malo will be the Ultimate Class Mod 70 Musandam Oman Sail, further to its capsize off the coast of Newfoundland.

With the award ceremony set for Wednesday, July 28 in Saint-Malo, the final page will turn on this exceptional edition of a race the skippers themselves are calling “the greatest of all Transats,” and it will be time to say au revoir—until the Transat Québec Saint-Malo returns again for its 10th edition in 2020…

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