Promising first outing
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!
|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|
|12||FERMIERS DE LOUE - SARTHE||F. Angoulvant||13||12||15||24||8||72|
|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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