• 2020 Drhream Cup: After The Calm

    After more than 24 hours of racing in the DRHEAM-CUP / GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE DE COURSE AU LARGE, the regatta is raging in all classes, scattered between the Celtic Sea, Wolf Rock and the South coast of England. The first are expected on Tuesday morning in La Trinité-sur-Mer, it remains to be seen in what order.

    The first 24 hours of the DRHEAM-CUP / GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE DE COURSE AU LARGE promised quite varied conditions, the weather files did not lie: after a piano start on Sunday in the harbor of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, the crossing of the Channel was made in the fog and in the rain, before, once the mark of West Shambles left to port, a beautiful night descent downwind along the English coasts and a sunrise which was worth the detour, if the 'we believe the photos and videos posted by many competitors on Monday morning.


    After more than a day of racing, it is clear that the 94 solo sailors, duos and teams competing were keen to race, as the competition is particularly intense in all classes. On the side of the largest boats, the Ultimes, launched on a course of 750 miles, they reached at the beginning of Monday afternoon the most northerly point of their journey, located in the Celtic Sea, in a very soft wind. , which caused a tightening of the trio. Taking the lead, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild (Franck Cammas / Charles Caudrelier) was followed behind by Sodebo Ultim 3 (Thomas Coville), while the Current leader (Yves Le Blevec) followed just 5 miles behind.

    What is at stake in the second part of the race? Get out of the high pressure bubble as quickly as possible to recover a northeast flow of around fifteen knots which should propel the three full-ball maxi-trimarans towards the DRHEAM-CUP mark (located 45 miles west of Ouessant ), the Chaussée de Sein, then the Rochebonne plateau, off the Vendée, before a final tack towards La Trinité-sur-Mer where they are expected on Tuesday morning. In which order ? Suspense ...

    Rather similar situation on the DRHEAM-CUP 700 for the Multi50 (615 mile course), which went to find the same waypoint in the Celtic Sea as the Ultimes, crossed at the head at the stroke of 3:30 p.m. by Solidaires en Peloton-ARSEP (Thibaut Vauchel -Camus) in front of Leyton (Arthur Le Vaillant), pointed at about 7 miles, and Ciela Village (Erwan Le Roux). Here again, the objective is to escape the caudine forks of the high pressures to spin on the port tack reaching towards La Trinité-sur-Mer (they do not go through Rochebonne) where they should arrive at the same time as the Ultimes. .

    On the 550-mile course of the DRHEAM-CUP 700 (Class 40, Multi 2000 and the only Open Large Monohulls in contention, Formatives Network, the “Red Cigare” of Jean-Marie Patier), the race currently offers a formidable duel at the top of the Class40, between Crédit Mutuel, the Raison plan of Ian Lipinski (winner of the last Transat Jacques Vabre), and the very last Mach 40.4 out of the worksite (mid-June), Palanad 3 (which belongs to Olivier Magré ), led on this race by its builder, Nicolas Groleau (JPS shipyard), and its architect, Sam Manuard. About ten miles behind, even a fierce duel between Everial (Stan Thuret) and Lamotte-Module Création (Luke Berry). In Multi 2000, it is the 100% disabled crew of Team Vent Debout (Fabrice Payen) who are leading the way, followed by the new TS5 Guyader / Mext of Christian Guyader.

    Finally on the course of the DRHEAM-CUP 400, if Amanjowo (Sébastien Harinkouck), already winner in 2018, makes an impressive single rider at the head of the IRC crew fleet, the regatta is raging in Figaro and double IRC. In Solitaire Figaro, the first two of the last Solo Maître CoQ, Sam Goodchild and Tom Laperche (who had won), confirm their very good current form, since they crossed Wolf Rock in the lead around 3 p.m., except that this time , it was the Englishman on Leyton who preceded the skipper of Bretagne CMB Espoir, with Gildas Mahé (Breizh Cola), Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire), Pierre Quiroga (Skipper Macif 2019) and Alexis Loison on their trail. (Normandy region). Their program: a jibe to be stalled, before going down under a spinnaker in a northeast wind towards the next mark, the DRHEAM-CUP buoy,

    In double Figaro, Pierre Leboucher / Benoît Mariette (Guyot Environnement) and Tom Dolan / François Jambou (Smurfit Kappa) passed Wolf Rock glued to each other around 4 p.m., a passing mark that was about to cross less than an hour later the first double IRC, Raging Bee, with a 100% Cherbourg duo Pierrick Letouzé / Arthur Richer on board. Finally in classic yachts, Monday evening promises to be long for the leader Faiaoahe (Rémy Guérin) and Le Loup Rouge (Pierre Le Goupil), which should not escape the light airs of Plymouth Bay.

    Photo: Everial

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