Saturday, January 12, 2013

French J/109 First Double-Handed Sailing In ARC!

J/109 Albacor IV- Sophie from France off St Lucia(St Lucia)- Congratulations to ALBACOR IV!  The French J/109 ALBACOR IV, skippered by Sophie Olivaud, successfully completed the ARC and were the first double-handed boat to finish and first women skipper to finish! Sophie was one of just five female skippers in the race and the J/109 has beaten some much much bigger boats, as well as the majority of the cruising yachts, over the water to arrive in St Lucia.  ALBACOR IV was sixth overall in the Racing Division against the other fully-crewed boats, a fantastic result and extra impressive given that this year has seen much more wind and squally conditions than this race usually expects to see.  Her "J-colleagues" on the J/145 ACE also performed well in their Cruising Division sailing "white sails" only-- mainly a jib and a main.  The ARC is a 2,700nm passage from Gran Canaria to St Lucia and 2012 was the 27th edition of the race.  Sailing photo credit- Tim Wright/   For more ARC Rally sailing information