Victories of the duo Pozzoli - Biston in Proto and the tandem David - Lemunier in Series
The 4th edition of the Concarneau Duo - Challenge BFR Marée Haute promised to be both complex and complete. She kept all her promises with a very busy first half of the course, in at least toned conditions, a very open tactically close game, the last miles as a dorselion beat the cases rtes and a final twist to a few finishing line with a small route error committed by the binomial William Ollivier and Thomas de Dinechin (979 - Casinos Brittany) while he had won the race in his category. Third runner up in the final? At the Protos: Robinson Pozzoli - Arno Biston (1026 - Uoum), Romain Van Enis - Arno Machado (630 - James Caird) and Thaïs Le Cam - Julien Letissier (1068 - Brothers Sailing). In the series: Ulysse David - Bruno Lemunier (1025 - The Adventure of Ulysse), Thomas André - Philippe André (929 - Frankiz) and Jean Marre - Brieuc Le Bec (991 - Sport in the City - Time for the Planet).
Departing early Thursday afternoon, the (first) tandems of the Concarneau - Challenge Maree Haute Duo covered the 285 miles of the course of this 4th edition between Concarneau, Les Sables d’Olonne, the Rochebonne plateau, the Birvideaux and the G Lenan on this Saturday. "It wasn't easy but it was one hell of a race!" Our leitmotive was to have as much fun as possible and from the start, we found ourselves in total symbiosis. The downpour in the high wind went well. We really wanted to test the boat out and see what's inside even though we've tried quite a few things in the first races of the season. Being in race mode, naturally we took a few risks but we were a bit shaky at times as there are still controls to make the boat go even faster. The rest is that we're obviously super happy," commented Robinson Pozzoli and Arno Biston, authors of a race full of panache. A race won by more than three hours ahead of their closest runners, just after 10am this morning. "The distance does not represent the intensity of the regatta because it really had to fight," explained the two co-skippers of Uoum who made a first break on the edge close between Les Sables d'Olonne and Rochebonne before nailing the nail on The last third of the trail. "We were pretty inspired once we drove past Petite Barge." From the first two edges we managed to get back to the outposts. Then we made the hole. Overall, we were quite impressed by the boat’s acceleration abilities,” added Robinson, who takes his fifth podium this season aboard his Finot Conq plan, but his first win on the circuit.
A very big match
Same for Ulysse David and his sidekick Bruno Lemunier at the Série boats. "We dreamed of winning and winning at home. We did it ! ", commented the two residents of the Pôle Mini 6.50 in Concarneau who perfectly thwarted the traps of the course but, it must be admitted, enjoyed the "dumpling" of the binomial William Ollivier - Thomas de Dinechin. Indeed, as the latter drove straight for victory with a 4 mile margin over his closest rivals, he failed to cross the Thief, one of the latest brands of course. "It made us happy, that's for sure." That time again we were about ten again pulling for the win. It was constantly changing of leaders. "We could be first at one point, then 10th the moment it got so tight," explained the two sailors who never gave up despite air problems but also from the outside." "We've come a bit of a long way and obviously we're super excited." The last few miles have been stressful. There was never a moment when we could lift our foot," assured the duo from The Adventure of Ulysse. And because of that, in their category of the Series, the match remained dense until the last lengths, as evidenced by the small gap at the start: less than fifteen minutes between the first four.
A very expensive mistake
"That was really, really intense. The hierarchy has never stopped being upside down," confirmed Jean Marre, who after a while leading the debates during the descent at full throttle with up to 30-35 wind knots, finally granted himself 4th place this afternoon, shortly after 15 hrs to go. "With Brieuc, we got a little tricked on the edge up close between Petite Barge and Rochebonne." It was night and there were lots of beans. It wasn't easy and miscalculated currents. We fought to get back up then a dorsal beat the cards back at the end, with air holes. There was a real fight and it was good. "We thank Will and Thomas for giving us this podium," added the Sport skipper in the City - Time for the Planet. "It's certainly frustrating for us to have forgotten the Thief's mark when we were leading." "There was a little quiproquo in its place but we still chose to arrive with a smile, bearing in mind that we had a really nice race," said Thomas de Dinechin, 14th in the last Mini Deck, who has in fact , always played in the outposts before having to "settle" for the 5th place overall. "It's a mistake we won't make again, that's for sure!" We want to remember only the good and it really was a very nice race. A very engaging and enriching race at all levels.
Romain Van Enis Belge and Arno Machado (630 - James Caird), 2nd in Proto: "We didn't expect a result like that, especially in the face of so many last generation boats. We pushed the carrying machine in the strong wind. So much so we had a little power outage at the end because it was really busy. The boat was constantly under water. It was completely new to navigate in these kinds of conditions on such a long edge but it proved super instructive for the rest. Last few miles in the petrol? This season we've been used to it. We've always had complicated grocery ends! We're happy because we've widened a bit of a gap on those at the back by having prepared well for the arrival on the Glénans. Our maneuvers and sail choices were well ahead of us which allowed us to attack right away unlike some who were probably a little more hesitant. We're super happy "
Thaïs Le Cam and Julien Letissier (1068 - Brothers Sailing), 3rd in Proto: "First boat race and first podium: of course we are happy. However, we started by farting our bit outside the coast of Trevignon, shortly after departure. We did all the sanding but really good even though it was a bit frustrating not to send more canvas. Despite everything, we have matured well and we are back up well. We happy with what we got to see The conditions have really not been easy. Between Petite Barge and Rochebonne, we've sometimes seen sacred slopes stand up in front of us! Afterwards, we got locked in like everyone else and took advantage of it to make a fortune repair on our end outside with a bumper so we kept getting itchy in the end. We never really gave up anything! "
Thomas and Philippe André (929 - Frankiz), 2nd in Series: "With my father, we had already participated in the race in 2018. So we finished 3rd with a little luck at the end. Coming back this year we were hoping to do better obviously but we knew it wouldn't be obvious with a big pack of 6.50 fine Maxi ready to tackle in muscular conditions. I have to admit that we didn't believe it too much! We had some success in the petroleum and also enjoyed the fact that Casinos Brittany forgets a buoy. This is also the regatta game! "
It is class legal. The rules were modified. They allow foils as long as they can be kept within the boat's 3 m beam for starts. Also interesting the class has no limits on the number of appendages so, for example 747 has a central daggerboard.Huey, thanks for posting the photo, I love a picture puzzle.
That 747, not new foils, I missed this.
SEAir, a French startup focused on foil technology, has modified David Raison's famous mini- Magnum 747, and converted it to a foiling design capable of full continuous flight out of the water. On January 25, 2017, the boat achieved stable and balanced flight on its second outing; flying above the waves, at a speed of 15 knots in a wind of 8 knots.
I believed it was not Classe legal any more, so if it races again it is converted back.
300 built (even some more, not all register) at least 80.000 a pop makes big numbers invested. Sailmakers etc must be happy.