Promising first outing

Miranda Merron reports on their promsing second place fresh out of the box in the Class 40's Morbihan Mondial

Tuesday July 24th 2007, Author: Miranda Merron, Location: France
Dominique Vittet's Atao Audio System dominated proceedings at this weekend's inaugural Class 40 Worlds, the Morbihan Mondial held on the Bay of Quiberon, winning four out of five races. There was a fair amount of competition for the next few slots, and it was the first time many of the new crop of boats have lined up against each other. The emphasis was on good racing (always provided by the Societe Nautique de la Trinite) and entertaining evenings.

After what has seemed like an eternity of working seven day weeks to get 40 Degrees through measurement and to La Trinite in time for the Morbihan Mondial, we had a fabulous weekend of fun. Other than half a practice race with half the crew (it was pouring with rain, and aperitif time, so most of the fleet opted to go in), Friday was the first occasion we have lined up with other boats. The aim for us was to learn how to set the boat up, and enjoy ourselves.

Since then we have had three days of 15-20 knot winds and sunshine. The race committee at the SNT are not afraid of setting long races and making sure everyone gets the most out of the conditions. We were treated to two coastal races on Friday where we scored two sixth places, and two on Saturday where we improved with two seconds, the latter being a 50 mile affair around Belle Ile, and didn’t start till early afternoon.

On Saturday night we discovered that we were lying second with several boats very close behind, so the pressure was on to perform in the last race on Sunday. We led for much of the race, with Atao Audio System, which won the first four races, constantly trying to get ahead of us. We managed to hold it all together, including some interesting sail changes, and 40 Degrees crossed the finish line in first place by a few metres, to clinch us second overall.

IN the 40 Degree the crew were:myself, Peter Harding, Alex Sizer, Sam Davies, Jean-Marie Peyret, Giovanni Soldini/ Ned Wakefield.

Peter and I are off tomorrow (Tuesday) on our 1000 mile qualifier for the Transat Jacques Vabre. Our route takes us a few hundred miles to the west into the Atlantic, then up to the Fastnet Rock, then to Hamble. Now that we have learnt plenty about the boat over the last few days of racing, Peter and I have to learn to sail the boat as efficiently as possible double-handed. It will be a good test of the boat in a variety of conditions, including a reasonable amount of breeze. The motivation for going as fast as possible is that we will finally get 40 Degrees back to the UK!


Pos Boat Skipper  R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Tot
1 ATAO AUDIO SYSTEM  D. Vittet  1 1 1 2 2 7
2 40 DEGREES  M. Merron  6 6 2 4 1 19
3 EN AVANT LES ENFANTS  Y. Berrehar  5 2 5 6 7 25
4 PALANAD II  Jm. Viant  2 5 6 10 3 26
5 COURRIER DE NUIT  G. Trentesaux  4 3 3 12 4 26
6 ST GLIN GLIN  P. Doin  3 4 4 8 10 29
7 GROUPE 5  P. Carpentier  8 7 8 18 5 46
8 IX FUN  O. Rabine  9 10 9 14 6 48
9 APPART CITY  Y. Noblet  10 9 12 16 11 58
10 DIMENSION ONE SPAS  F. Scheeck  7 8 13 26 13 67
11 IMX  P. Cadoux  12 13 10 22 12 69
12 FERMIERS DE LOUE - SARTHE  F. Angoulvant  13 12 15 24 8 72
13 MONBANA  D. Grimont  11 11 11 34 9 76
14 TECHNEAU  G. Dutoit  17 17 7 20 17 78
15 SHERE KHAN 3  T. Derville  14 14 14 28 17 87
16 NOUVELLE CALEDONIE  Y. Ecarlat  15 15 16 34 14 94

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