Four Class40s still racing at sea
July 25, 2016 10:01
Following the arrival of Marc Dubos and his three-strong crew on Esprit Scout overnight, there are now just four boats—all Class40s—remaining in the race. Marc and his crew crossed the finish line exactly 2 days, 9 hours, and 31 minutes behind class winner Gonzalo Botin (Tales II). Meanwhile, Luc Coquelin on Guadeloupe Dynamique—the only Open 50 class entrant—arrived shortly after midnight last night. Unlike the earlier boats to cross the line in this Transat Québec Saint-Malo, these racers and their slightly older boats are enjoying a somewhat more forgiving English Channel. With a moderate westerly wind blowing, they’re cantering their way into Saint-Malo virtually on a single tack. It’s a far cry from the dead calm that reshuffled the deck for the leading group of Class40 boats in the wake of the winner, Spanish sailor Gonzalo Botin on Tales II. Expected to arrive during the day tomorrow, Tuesday, is the oldest Class40 in the fleet: Montres Michel Herbelin, an Akilaria launched in 2006 and skippered by Christophe Souchaud. With a four-strong crew including owners François and Thomas Lassort, together with Jean-Baptiste Halo, the boat has made a steady, controlled crossing—going to show how accessible the Transat Quebec Saint-Malo can be to keen amateur sailors. Over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday, in an order that might yet change, Matouba (Bertrand Guillonneau), Sirius (Stéphane Bry), and Obportus 3 (Olivier Roussey) are expected to finish. The award ceremony celebrating all of the players in this superb 9th edition of the Transat Québec Saint-Malo takes place at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 28 at the Transat Village in Saint-Malo.