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The Next Chapter of the TdF a la Voile

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the next chapter

 

 

The 2011 Tour De France a la Voile might be lightly populated and it might take us all a long time before we get over our nostalgic love for the days of the huge Mumm 30 fleets, but the big guns are ready to play in the new M34 and Christophe Launay was with Groupama’s team for some light air training in preparation for Spi Ouest. Plenty more for your viewing pleasure in the thread here and at Christophe’s site.

 

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and Groupama34 won...

They were looking for challenging trainning for the VOR inshore races...

 

These guys are really amazing!

 

well done!

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Those M34s are sexy......

Initial imperssions from the sailors vs. the Mummy???

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Groupama won by a point from past Tour winners Courier Dunkerque, Bertrand Pace had a couple of bad results to slip back to 4th. Small fleet but lots of high quality sailors. Smart by Cammas to give his sponsor more high profile coverage

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Those M34s are sexy......

Initial imperssions from the sailors vs. the Mummy???

Not my own opinion but from a friend who has sailed both (and neither boat in OD-fleets):

 

The Mumm is more refined (obviously after all these years of OD racing) and is more manageable in 20kts + upwind conditions. Cracked sheets (60-110 TWA) the extra waterline length of the M34 seems to be in her favour. Downwind, the Mumm is more challenging but perhaps more rewarding that is not to say the M34 isn't but felt easier. I should note that his opinion is based on 210nm offshore on the M34 in 18-25kts of breeze (with 13-18kts the final hour in when running) and the Mumm has only been day sailing.

 

 

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Lostmy - which race did your friend do or was it just training ?

RORC/NSR North Sea Race

 

Results: http://www.rorc.org/...coverall06.html (overall), http://www.rorc.org/...2011/one06.html (class)

Mumm I'm not sure about, definitely trained with the same program on their boat but also done other days out on Mumms

 

 

There should've been a tracker but didn't work on the return trip (did work on "vuurschepen" race: http://www.nsr.nl )

 

 

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Some nice video from the Grand Prix Ecole Naval at start of May (small fleet but won by Oman Sail with a mostly Omani crew by the look of it)

 

 

 

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Nice video mate !

Although this boat in really not a cute one, high level sailors who tested look like satisfied...

Really less fast upwind than a mumm30 the launch and almost the choice of this M34 surprised (Not kidding with JN) a lot of sailors ...

JPK launched a prototype which was even sure to be the good one for the TDV and... at least, we discovered a M34 designed by a mostly unknown architect who quickly got a deal with Joubert NIvelt to oversign it. Very strange for anarchists sailors isn'it ?

Would be happy to get the right story about that m34 !

 

Some nice video from the Grand Prix Ecole Naval at start of May (small fleet but won by Oman Sail with a mostly Omani crew by the look of it)

 

 

 

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