Monday, May 8, 2017

J/112E Dominates Tour de Belle-Ile

TOur de Belle-Ile “The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” Does It Again!
(La Trinite sur Mer, France)- On April 30, between the two rounds of the French Presidential election, professional and amateur sailors went sailing on the Bay of Quiberon to race in their fabled Round Belle-Ile race- the VIII edition, so far.

The Tour de Belle-Ile has become the biggest sailing event in all of France based on the number of the sailboats- over 450 entries across 15+ classes.  The event has become a classic, a fixture at the beginning of the French summer sailing season. Numerous J/teams have participated in this family-friendly event, a simple large starting line, sail out around the island, keeping it to port, and finish back off the sea-buoy off the harbor La Trinite sur Mer.  The Maxi offshore multihulls, of course, the famous ones like SODEBO, etc, blast around the track in less than 2 hours.  As for the rest, it is treated as a somewhat “competitive picnic with the family”!

Here is how it all took place on a sunny afternoon on the Bay of Quiberon.  In the IRC 1 class with 17 boats, it was Eric Gicquel’s J/133 GICQUEL ASSOCIATES from Societe Baie St Malo that took 6th in class.

J/112E wins Tour de Belle-IleIn the highly competitive IRC 2 class with 15 boats, Cyril Penvern’s J/112E J/LANCE 12 took first, with Philippe Baetz’s J/112E MUSIX from Societe Nautique Trinite sur Mer taking third. For many, it was the dominating performance of the J/112E’s that took everyone by surprise.  While some believe the J/112E’s performance in the SPI OUEST France regatta was weather condition specific, the performance of the J/112E in offshore conditions with reaching and running and jib-only scenarios in the Belle-Ile race demonstrated the boat’s amazing versatility to perform in a wide-variety of sailing conditions under the IRC Class rating rule.

In OSIA A Class with 34 entries, the J/crews nearly swept the top five places.  Winning was Patrice Vidon’s J/111 J4F from Societe Regate Douarnenez; followed by Rodolphe Marchais’ J/122 JOLLY JOKER in second from SN Trinite s/Mer; in fourth was Frederic Guillemot’s J/105 GUILLEMOT from SN Trinite s/Mer; and 5th place was Stephane Blanchard’s J/111 LE JOUET.    Follow the Tour de Belle-Ile Facebook page   For more Tour de Belle-Ile sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.