Wednesday, May 19, 2010

J/22 French Nationals

J/22 one-design sailboat- sailing French Nationals at Brest, France


(Brest, France)- Ten boats made the trip to LanvĂ©oc off the River Alders, including three crew who sailed their first J/22 regatta outside of Nantes, France.  A special thank you to Philippe who made his J/22 JULIE available  to the youth team of Erick and Pierre Philippe and Jean Pierre.  Like the J/80s, the J/22s sailed as part of the Grand Prix Ecole Navale in Brest.

The sailing was magnificent, with flat seas, large stretches of green, undeveloped coastline and gorgeous vistas. In typical Breton weather, four races were run on Friday at a steady pace and by 1500 hours all boats were in port.  After the first day, EUROPEAN HOMES  was dominating with three firsts and a third (after hitting a buoy and re-rounding while in the lead!).  On Saturday, the standings tightened up with various leaders making some mistakes, but EUROPEAN HOMES maintained their leading position.  On Sunday, the course was shifted eastwards towards the River Alders.  Two races were sailed on the final day. As usual EH stayed in front, not having to sail the last race.  In the end, the final standings were European Homes (13), Soffe (20), Delfina (30), Majic (34), J'rouette (52), Jazzy (56), Ener'J (57), Julie (61), Papy'J (65) and Beasties' Boys (68).   For more French J/22 sailing information     Sailing Photo credits- Ecole Navale Brest