Biggest ever international line-up

Mini Pavois, the first French event of the Mini season gets underway in one month's time

Friday March 23rd 2007, Author: Veronique Largeau, Location: France
60 skippers will be competing in the Mini Pavois 2007 starting on Wednesday, 25 April. This fourth edition of the Mini Pavois will be the first race of the 2007 season for French Classe Mini and is sailed singlehanded on a course from La Rochelle to a buoy off Gijón in northern Spain and then back to Pornichet near La Baule, a distance of 500 miles.

The line-up has never been more international as it is set to be this year. In the Mini Pavois there will be 16 skippers representing nine countries including: three Americans, four English, two Spanish, two Swiss, one Australian, one Portuguese, one Estonian, one Dutch and one German.

Among the international line-up are some familiar names from past Transat 6,50 Charente-Maritime/Bahias (Mini Transat) such as Juan Carlos Sanchis Mari (403 - Spain) on Spasmos, Jacques Valente (520 - Switzerland) on Telekurs Twing and Hervé Favre (303 - Switzerland) who also raced the Figaro for one season in 2004.

Among the new participants are Australian Tom Braidwood (574) who participated in the last Volvo Ocean Race on board Ericcson and has sailed on many maxis such as Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeos; the American Clay Burkhalter (575) that has worked for a long time with Rod Johnstone of J-Boats fame. Clay has sailed over 95,000 miles around the World.

Also new this time is Portuguese sailor Francisco Lobato (607) who has participated in 15 Laser European and World championships and won a European bronze medal. Lobato was part of the Portuguese Olympic and pre-Olympic national youth squad for the Athens Olympic games. Last year, he won the first race and ended second overall in the Les Sables - Les Açores - Les Sables races’ in the series fleet.

37 series boats will be in La Rochelle on Wednesday 25 April 2007. Skippers who competed in the last Transat 6,50 Charente-Maritime / Bahia include Sylvain Pontu (616 – France) who finished 5th on his Pogo 2 in 2005 and returns on the Manuard design Tip Top 2006, Nicolas Bunoust (488 – France), Mathieu Sannié (487 – France) or Arezki Boudaoud (389 – France). Also watch out for Thomas Bonnier (485 - France) 5th overall and Elodie Riou (460 – France) 7th overall in the last Les Sables - Les Açores- Les Sables race.

Entries:

No
Skipper
Nat
Boat
Class
Type
1
98
Caroline REBUFFAT
FRA
MADOUCE
Proto
Berret 93
2
250
Emeric DE VIGAN
FRA
GALEOLE
Series
Rolland-Pogo 99
3
269
Nicolas BOSIO
FRA
SEMELLE DE VENT
Series
Rolland-Pogo 99
4
318
Fabienne ROBIN
FRA
PETITE LOUVE
Series
Rolland-Pogo 01
5
339
Pierrick LAINE
FRA
ELIMA
Proto
Magnan 02
6
384
Grégory MAGNE
FRA
20 MINUTES
Series
Rolland-Pogo 02
7
389
Arezki BOUDAOUD
FRA
TOTEM
Series
Magnan-Super Calin 02
8
403
Juan-Carlos SANCHIS MARI
ESP
SPASMOS
Proto
Bakewell-White 03
9
422
Erwan ABALAIN
FRA
DIJS.NET-1
Series
Magnen-Ginto 02
10
520
Jacques VALENTE
SUI
TELEKURS TWING
Series
Magnen-Ginto 04
11
537
Tristan POULIQUEN
FRA
BICKWICK
Proto
Pouliquen-Dejenty 05
12
574
Tom BRAIDWOOD
AUS
WOMBAT
Proto
Rogers 05
13
601
Thomas VALENTIN
FRA
SAMBA
Proto
Seitz 06
14
607
Francisco LOBATO
POR
BPI
Series
Finot-Pogo 05
15
616
Sylvain PONTU
FRA
VIDA PURA
Series
Manuard-Tip Top 06
16
621
Erwan LE ROUX
FRA
DEPHEMERID-TROIS
Proto
Finot-Conq 07
17
628
Quentin MONEGIER
FRA
TABON
Proto
Rolland 07
18
667
Isabelle JOSCHKE
FRA
EVA LUNA
Proto
Finot-Conq 07
19
679
Samuel MANUARD
FRA
A DEFINIR
Proto
Manuard 07
20
165
Fabrice LUCAT
FRA
HAKUNA MATATA
Proto
Rolland 96
21
229
Jean-Baptiste DARAMY
FRA
DANSE AVEC LES LOUPS
Proto
Villenave 98
22
303
Hervé FAVRE
SUI
TEAM WORK MANAGEMENT
Proto
Magnen-Nivelt 00
23
322
Pierre BRASSEUR
FRA
PEINTURES RIPOLIN
Series
Rolland-Pogo 01
24
328
Matthieu GUILLON VERNE
FRA
LINO
Series
Magnen-Super Calin 00
25
457
Sébastien BORDIEC
FRA
GARCIMORE
P/S
Nivelt-Mistral 03
26
460
Elodie RIOU
FRA
KPMG
Series
Finot-Pogo 03
27
470
Jaanus TAMME
EST
LENDUR
Series
Finot-Pogo 03
28
472
Vincent BARNAUD
FRA
MASOCO BAY
Series
Finot-Pogo 03
29
480
Véronique LOISEL
FRA
DE L'ESPACE POUR LA MER
Series
Finot-Pogo 04
30
482
Bénédicte GRAULLE
FRA
LAURENT
Series
Finot-Pogo 04
31
483
Sigrid LONJEAU
FRA
YEMAYA
Series
Finot-Pogo 04
32
485
Thomas BONNIER
FRA
ARCHITECTURE(S) ELEMENTAIRE(S)
Series
Finot-Pogo 04
33
488
Nicolas BUNOUST
FRA
ZEBULON
Series
Finot-Pogo 04
34
498
David LE CARROU
FRA
VILLE DU TREPORT
Series
Magnen-Ginto 04
35
502
Erwan DUBOIS
FRA
GUYADER L'ESPRIT DE LA MER
Series
Rolland-Dingo 04
36
517
Sébastien MARSSET
FRA
MAREE HAUTE
Series
Rolland-Dingo 04
37
552
Sébastien ROGUES
FRA
LE GNOU²
Series
Finot-Pogo 05
38
575
Clayton BURKHALTER
USA
ACADIA
Proto
Johnstone 05
39
590
Andrew MAGRATH
GBR
SEASCRIPT OF HAMBLE
Series
Finot-Pogo 05
40
602
Nicholas AFFLECK
GBR
NAUTIPOGO
Series
Finot-Pogo 06
41
606
Donatien CARME
FRA
GROUPE UN
Proto
Delion 06
42
614
Franck COLIN
FRA
QUIETUDE PROMOTION / SUPER U DE MAGNE
Proto
Berret-Racoupeau 06
43
629
Louis MAUFFRET
FRA
SOLIDAIRES
Proto
Rolland 06
44
441
Christophe BERARD
FRA
CHET
Series
Lombard-Zero 02
45
567
Jérôme KOCH
GER
METEOR
Proto
Manuard 06
46
670
Andy ABEL
USA
PHOENIX
Series
Lombard-Zero 07
47
444
David RAWLINSON
GBR
SPOT
Proto
Lang 91
48
347
Yann RIOU
FRA
CAMELEON
Proto
Rolland 01
49
641
Rémy CARDONA
FRA
R&O
Series
Manuard-Tip Top 06
50
464
Romain LE GALL
FRA
KARANTEZ 6
Series
Finot-Pogo 03
51
504
Alexis HUPIN
FRA
MANU POKI
Series
Finot-Pogo 04
52
624
Yves LE BLEVEC
FRA
ACTUAL
Proto
Lombard 06
53
579
Benoit SINEAU
FRA
CACHACA
Series
Manuard-Tip Top 05
54
332
Alex MEVAY
USA
GENASUN
Series
Rolland-Pogo 00
55
588
Alvaro LOPEZ-DORIGA
ESP
ARTE Y NATURALEZ
Series
Finot-Pogo 05
56
551
Raoul COSPEN
FRA
BAHIA EXPRESS
Proto
Manuard 04
57
291
Sébastien STEPHANT
FRA
DEPHEMERIDES
Proto
Finot-Conq 91
58
487
Matthieu SANNIE
FRA
ORANGE MINI
Series
Finot-Pogo 04
59
633
Lucas SCHRÖDER
NED
T-MOBILE ONE
Series
Finot-Pogo 06
60
438
Oliver BOND
GBR
BASE CAMP
Series
Finot-Pogo 03
Waiting list
61
454
François SALABERT
FRA
AREAS ASSURANCES
Proto
Dejeanty 05
62
543
Pierre-Yves LAUTROU
FRA
TEO TAKET
Series
Finot-Pogo 05
63
455
Antoine DEBLED
FRA
ADD MODULES
Series
Finot-Pogo 03
64
589
Koën VAN ESCH
NED
DUTCH DRIVE
Series
Finot-Pogo 05
65
672
Alexandre SCRIZZI
FRA
PHOENIX
Series
Finot-Pogo 06
66
340
Marie-Christine de BRUGIERE
FRA
LADY JIM
Series
Rolland-Pogo 01
67
236
Sandrine BERTHO
FRA
HAMTARO
Series
Rolland-Pogo 98
68
618
Peter LAUREYSSENS
BEL
ECOVER
Proto
Lombard 06
69
439
Caroline VIEILLE
FRA
TAMAGOSHI
Proto
Bakewell-White 03
70
260
Olivier CUSIN
FRA
NEGAWATT
Proto
Lombard 99
71
479
Loïc LE DOYEN
FRA
POP UP
Series
Magnen-Ginto 04
72
424
Ronan DESHAYES
FRA
PCO TECHNOLOGIES
Proto
de Lamotte 02
73
232
Sime STIPANICEV
CRO
MARINA TRIBUNJ
Proto
Lucas-Raison 99
74
417
François DUGUET
FRA
CREDIT AGRICOLE SKIPPER CHALLENGE
Proto
Lombard 02
75
247
Thomas RUYANT
FRA
REGION NORD PAS DE CALAIS / FABER France
Proto
Rogers 99
76
569
Bertrand DELESNE
FRA
NAPADELIS
P/S
Nivelt-Mistral 04
77
198
Adrien HARDY
FRA
BROSSARD
Proto
Magnen 97
78
576
Thibault REINHART
FRA
LES BLOUSES ROSES
Series
Rolland-Dingo 05
79
599
Yves RAVOT
FRA
ROSSINANTE
Series
Finot-Pogo 05
80
427
Sébastien GLADU
FRA
BIRVIDIK
Proto
Rolland 03
81
612
Jean-François QUELEN
FRA
GALANZ
Series
Finot-Pogo 06
82
539
Stéphane LE DIRAISON 
FRA
CULTISOL
Series
Finot-Pogo 05
83
664
Izabel PIMENTEL
BRA
PETIT BATEAU
Proto
Manuard 06
84
117
Guillaume BONNIOT
FRA
ASI METRIC
Proto
Rolland 93
85
194
Ari HUUSELA
FIN
DORADE
Proto
Strahlman 97
86
617
Fabien DESPRES
FRA
SOITEC
Proto
de Beaufort 06
87
625
Nicolas CHARMET
FRA
LA LIGUE CONTRE LE CANCER
Proto
Canivenc 06
88
447
Matthew THOMAS
RSA
RUNNING WITH SCISSORS
Proto
Dudley Dix 03
89
265
Aloys CLAQUIN
FRA
VECTEUR PLUS
Proto
Magnen-Nivelt 99
Withdrawals
507
Adrien MONSEMPES
FRA
VENDEE BETON
373
José Manuel AIRADO
ESP
YELLOW SUBARINE
Series
557
Daniel MORTON
FRA
MINUTE
Series
184
Thomas COUBES
FRA
PETIT CITRON VERT
Proto
421
Pierre MATTHIEU
FRA
PICOLO
Series
1
Yves DUPASQUIER
FRA
TI PUNCH
Proto
368
Simon LEMAITRE
FRA
WWW.EPICAR.COM
Series
518
Hervé PIVETEAU
FRA
JULES
Series
593
Eric MEZIERES
FRA
JAJA
Series

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