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 A A31 on its English water body

It is not every day that we pass the tip of Brittany with a tidal coefficient as low: 32. We would have been wrong to complain about it, because a little technical backtime having altered our timing, we showed up at the entrance to the Raz with a tide of delay, and until the oven exit we had to fight against the ebb. For the occasion we inaugurated a small hook in the west of the islet of Tévennec, where the current is actually less strong

At the start of the Trinity on the Sea, at the helm of a A31 with British flag.

The option had been identified as soon as the planing passage was written (a ten-page document in every sense of the term our route from Les Sables d’olonne to Weymouth), once again it is confirmed that anticipation and plans B are the keys to a Successful navigation (not forgetting a crew at the point, thanks Theo and Laurent).

From the Vendée to the south coast of England The course is very technical and leaves little respite, when we leave behind the requirements of coastal navigation it is to cross the traffic of the freighters; A boat as lively and swift as the Archambault 31 also calls for constant attention to the settings and the sail of the time, this is a conveyance that was not likely to fall into the routine! The landing on the other side of the channel provided a new ground for brainstorming: in Portland Bill even in the dead-waters the current is formidable, by beautiful sea one may be tempted to borrow the passage between the point and the Shambles bench, finally the detour by The east seems to be in all circumstances the best idea. The arrival under the cliffs of Weymouth is splendid, the coast is pristine from any construction for miles, and the panorama has taken on incredible hues while a severe thunderstorm gathered us on the last few miles. The port in the heart of the city is charming, the pubs are within reach of hawser, and to find a fish & chips there is only the embarrassment of choice. This is a menu that would not necessarily be ordinary-if you have a French stomach-but when you have just covered some 350,000 with a kettle and Chinese soups ready to serve, you have to know not to sulk its pleasure.

The English buyer to whom I delivered this used unit to the sands was waiting for his new mount eagerly, we finally met after the numerous exchanges by mail that led to this contract of conveyance and it was a strong beautiful Meeting. After the communication of my technical report our discussions continue around the optimization of the sail set. Here is a boat which I should carefully follow the results in race on its new body of water.

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En route to the championship… British

The regatta season is in full swing, for me it looks even richer-if possible-than the previous one. After the national IRC title conquered last year with the crew of the JPK 1010 Alkaïd 3 (race name, the owner Gérard Quenot planned an ambitious schedule, leading from front to the crew and double championships. In the aftermath of a fifth place at the Spi Ouest France in the program reduced to the skin of grief by the weather, we chained with the GP of the Crouesty for which, once is not custom, I had left the steering to manage the beach before: second in IRC 3-4 but PR Emiers IRC 3. To follow the GP of La Rochelle, in early July, where it is hoped that participation will be a little more extensive this year. On the front of the double, Gérard makes the teammates turn: I finished with him on the podium of the half-key Duo (a tour of Lorient and Belle Ile departing from Groix)… One minute and seven seconds from first place. I return in August for the Dhream Cup, a new race of 400,000 created by the UNCL. Gérard loves the double and the broad, the boat too, and me the same: there’s more to it!

Precision: In the meantime the boat changed its name to Atlantic Loisirs, same sponsor but different commercial poster.

At the same time, some infidelities. The Massilia Cup as tactician on Solenn, a brand new JPK 1080, in a superb atmosphere despite the little worries and trial inevitable with a boat that had recovered its sails the day before the championship.

Then the Weaponn Race, as a deflector, on the JND 39 of Mestral Marine Works. This plan of the firm Joubert-Levelt-Murat and signs a rather radical approach to the IRC gauge, with a very light shift, a considerable ballast ratio, and a relatively modest sail (nothing without anything). The hull was built in Portugal, as Lann Aël, its quasi-sister-ship, but it is a completely re-drawn bridge that was built and assembled in Spain at Mestral Marine, the site of the formidable Toni Weijl, goldsmith of the Strat ‘ and Marin Emeritus (17 Sunbeds on the counter….). For the time being the JND 39 is the shipyard boat, it was rented for the beginning of the season to Michel Perretié, the owner of the Archambaut 40 based in Royan: hence the name of baptism of Stamina, taken from the boats of Michel.

The JND 39, a radical approach to the IRC gauge: less than 5 tons of travel for nearly 40 feet long (document provided by Alexis Muratt).

From now on it passes in the hands of another crew, constituted by Joe Lacey, English racer installed near the Trinity on the sea, which is very strong to develop in particular the diffusion of the JND, and in general to create the link between the sail to the Fran French and the British yachting.

Thus, at the United Kingdom Championship held this weekend in Cowes the bar of the boat will be entrusted to Andrew Hurst, editor in chief of Seahorse magazine, accompanied by some of his compatriots but also a skewer of frog eaters ( of which your servant is robbing. Re-Belote at the end of July for the Commodore’s Cup, inter-nation competition by teams of three boats, always with Andrew Hurst, but also with Jean Philippe Cau, president of the UNCL, as second helmsman. And we will run… Under the color colors!

In a way, the Commodore’s Cup is a legacy of the Admiral Cup, national team race that made the rich hours of the IOR gauge: less long, less international, less professional, but in the same waters for the most part and a little On the same model. Just as the Fastnet 2015 had rejuvenated me for a pack of years, I am very happy to come back in the footsteps of a competition that I had played on board Ossian (1981) then Proud Lady (1983). Can these reunions prove to be as successful as those of last summer (see below the ticket on the victory at Fastnet)!