Sunday, May 13, 2018

J/22 Europeans & GPEN J/80 Preview

J/22 sailing off France (Laveoc, France)- This coming weekend, the Grand Prix Ecole Navale will be taking place in France for over a dozen one-design fleets across five race course areas.  Included in this regatta is the second act for the French J/80 Cup season championship as well as the 2018 J/22 European Championship.

The J/22s will have a dozen teams competing from France, Germany, and the Netherlands.  The French will be well represented by the defending champion, Patrick Huet’s EUROPEAN HOMES.  The leading Dutch crew may be the TU DELFT BROACH boat skippered by Christiaan Felj.  Then, Germany will have one of its top teams in the hunt, Thomas Loesch’s JOUJOU 3.  Two women’s teams will be vying for top women’s honors, the Netherlands Annefleur De Zeeuw on DJINN HISTOS and the French Helen Maugard on JM sailing for SNO Nantes.

J/80 sailing off FranceWith forty-four boats, the J/80 class is by far the largest fleet in the event.  Teams are participating from all three coasts in France (Med, Bay of Biscay, North Sea).  The winner of the first event, Patrick Bot on ECOLE NAVALE- CG29, will have his hands full, as more leading crews will be challenging him for a spot on the podium.  Chief amongst those protagonists will be Simon Moriceau’s ARMEN HABITAT; they will be joined by Luc Nadal’s GAN’JA, Ludovic Gilet’s NUMERO J, and Sylvain Pellissier’s INTUITIVE SAILS.  Remember, the J/80 Worlds are taking place in France later this summer, so it’s all “hottin’up” for the local heroes!

As part of the French J/80 Women’s Cup, there will be ten women’s teams participating.  Also hoping to defend their first position in the first event will be Elodie Bonafous’ ECOLE NAVALE CDV29.  She will be faced by a formidable cadre of the best women sailors in France, including Maxime Rousseaux’s CN ST CAST GRAND OUEST ETIQUETTES from CN St CAST, Helena Lucas’ OMAN SAIL, Stephanie Puyraud’s MODERN BALEINE from Societe Regate Havre, Laurie Buffiere’s TEAM VENDEE FORMATION from Club Nautique Pornic, Claire Montecot’s STARTIJENN from YC Crouesty Arzon, and Anne Phelipon’s NAVIGATLANTIQUE from Societe Regate Rochelaises.  For more GPEN and J/22 Europeans sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.