Sunday, April 13, 2014

Challenge J/80 La Trinité Report

(La Trinite sur Mer, France)-  In their final preparations for participating in the grand regatta that marks the beginning of the French summer sailing season- SPI Ouest France- the J/80s held the last of their training/ regatta sessions in La Trinite.  The sixteen participants enjoyed beautiful weather for the second straight event in a row, 8-15 kts winds from the southwest virtually all weekend.  Said Arnaud Walter, “it looks like the crews are sharp and ready to go!”

On Saturday, there were four races sailed in the SSW winds that produced excellent, closely matched racing between all the teams.  On Sunday, it was more practice starts on a small line with fast 3 minute starting sequences.  Part of the practice was learning how to arrive early on the line, stop, manage speed and recovery and then go.  In short, it was a great weekend for practice and learning how to sail smarter and faster.

A big “Thank You” to all participants and to Eric Brezellec and Aymeric Belloir for their coaching expertise.  Plus, the J/80 Class France is most thankful to all their partners who “spoiled” the crews with great support and organization, including Casino Partouche, Zing Cafe, Ports Morbihan, La Plancha Restaurant, L’Etage Bistro, Plisson and Square.  Until next time at SPI Ouest!  Thanks for contribution from Arnaud Walter at ARNO SKIPPER/