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Defi Atlantique Class 40 Carieb La Rochelle

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FINAL STRETCH BEFORE DEPARTURE!
Departure on Saturday 23 March from Guadeloupe for an arrival in La Rochelle in the middle of April.
A return Atlantic race for Class40 with a crew (two minimum) between Pointe-à-Pitre, Horta and La Rochelle,
A route with many complex weather conditions!
13 registered to compete,
How to follow the race?
https://www.defi-atlantique.com/
Part of the French Sailing Federation’s Class40 programme, this new event organised by Grand Pavois Organisation will depart from Guadeloupe on Saturday 23 March so that the crews (minimum of 2 people aboard) arrive in Horta in the Azores, then in La Rochelle, the arrival port for this first edition.
 
Although the boats will be gathered together from 19 March in the inner harbour of Pointe-à-Pitre, they will set sail from Guadeloupe on Saturday 23 March with a view to initially arriving in Horta, in the Azores, more than 2,200 miles away. A first interesting stage in terms of the weather conditions since it will be necessary to head northwards to find a westerly wind system, but remain sufficiently far south to avoid the effects of low pressures that may be more or less strong at this time of year.
 
The stopover at the Marina of Horta, the partner of this first edition, will be interesting in that it will allow a second part of the race in contact, with a grouped arrival in La Rochelle, the opportunity for some to change over crew members (two-man team qualification for the forthcoming Transat Jacques Vabre), and also to better evaluate the weather conditions as they near the arrival point (1,200 miles away).
 
Although the departure from Horta is currently scheduled for Monday 8 April, the boats should arrive in the city with two towers on Saturday 13 / Sunday 14 April. It should be noted that the prize ceremony is scheduled for Monday 15 April in order to allow the Class40 enough time to prepare for other competitions in the year’s programme.
 
In short, about 3,500 nautical miles along a route that is highly uncertain at this time of the year, where powerful weather systems circulate and may require competitors to make drastic route choices.With a team-mate or a reduced crew, the Défi Atlantique Guadeloupe > Horta > La Rochelle replies in all aspects to the requirements of the Class40, always hungry for new experiences and new horizons.
 
Departure from the Guadeloupe Region, off the coast of Pointe-à-Pitre!
The departure of this first edition of the Défi Atlantique Guadeloupe > Horta > La Rochelle will be from Pointe-à-Pitre on Saturday 23 March at 11 am, local time. A coastal route will have to be completed before leaving Guadeloupe and will promote the treasures and diversity of the archipelago’s islands. Note that it is the first time that an Atlantic return race will depart from Guadeloupe.
 

Who will be on the start line of this first Défi Atlantique Guadeloupe > Horta > La Rochelle?
 
13 crews are registered for this first Défi Atlantique Guadeloupe > Horta > La Rochelle:
Loïc Fequet (Tibco – 123)
Aymeric Chappellier (Aïna Enfance et Avenir – 151)
Marc Dubos (Esprit Scout – 81)
Miranda Merron (Campagne de France – 147)
Franz Bouvet (Yoda – 65)
Morgane Ursault-Poupon (Fleury Michon Bio – 30)
Arthur Hubert (Athena Groupe Immobilier – Mer Entreprendre  - 152)
Emmanuel Le Roch (Edenred – 100)
Charles-Louis Mourruau (Lost Boys – 101)
Luke Berry (Lamotte Module Création – 153)
Catherine Pourre (Earendil – 145)
Kito De Pavant (Made in Midi – 142)
Andréa Fantini (Enel Green Power - 55)

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Thanks for this Leo

Interesting line up.... for who is not sailing .   but will be great to see Catherine [who has really been sailing well ]  , Miranda and Kito take on the young guns . 

 

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3 days out from the start, the weather should be starting to be current enough to start thinking hard about routing while still on shore.

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And that one lost his mast;
Le Class40 n°153 Lamotte – Module Création de Luke Berry a démâté un peu avant 19h30 (heures françaises). Le monocoque se trouve actuellement à 180 milles des côtes et tout le monde va bien à bord.

And Kito is sailing with Pella as second man.

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3 minutes ago, LeoV said:

And that one lost his mast;
Le Class40 n°153 Lamotte – Module Création de Luke Berry a démâté un peu avant 19h30 (heures françaises). Le monocoque se trouve actuellement à 180 milles des côtes et tout le monde va bien à bord.

And Kito is sailing with Pella as second man.

Tough on Luke, they were sailing well there.  Glad all is well and at least it was close enough to motor back.  Chappellier really seems to have another gear on the fleet.

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Chappy is always fast in the first days. Kito with two up not doing bad. Seems 3 up works nicely on C40.
 

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Chappy keeps extending from the rest of the fleet, but there will be some transitions before the finish that could prove tricky

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It looks like a good dragrace, not many tactical choices.

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Catherine sitting on the Quarter.....but Aymeric will accelerate with the strengthening breeze . 68 miles a little to far...

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