13 for the 1000 Milles
Cleverly the course takes the boats - you guessed it - down some of the Brittany Ferries routes. Starting from St Malo on Friday, 4 September, the race heads first across the Channel to Plymouth where there is the briefest of stopover - just six hours - before the boats set sail again on the long leg south across the Bay of Biscay to Santander in north Spain. Here there is a 12 hour pitstop before the boat return to St Malo via a mark off Roscoff in northern France.
The 13 boats are now docked in St Malo's Bassin Vaubin and include some powerful entries. Favourite for the race is certainly Cheminees Poujoulat sailed by former Figaro sailor Bruno Jourdren and Velux 5 Oceans double winner Bernard Stamm, taking time off between IMOCA Open 60 campaigns. The majority of entries are French with the exception of Axel Strauss and Juerg Burger on the German Akilaria 40 Tzu Hang and Anglo-Australian duo Tim Wright and Nicko Brennan on their Palanad II.
This is the last major offshore dust-up in the class before their autumn transatlantic race, the Solidaire du Chocalat from St Nazaire to Yucatan, Mexico, starting on 18 October.
|CHEMINEE POUJOULAT||Bruno Jourdren||Bernard Stamm|
|PALANAD II||Tim Wright||Nicko Brennan|
|TZU HANG||Axel Strauss||Juerg Burger|
|REV 86||Pierre-Marie Bazin||Louis Duc|
|VILLE DE GUERANDE||Damien Seguin||Armel Tripon|
|TECHNEAU||Arnaud Daval||Benoît Daval|
|VOILES SANS FRONTIERES||Marc Joly||Lucie Queruel|
|GROUPE PARTOUCHE||Christophe Coatnan||?|
|ZED 4||Gérald Bibot||Didier Le Vourch|
|LES CONQUERANTS DE NORMANDIE||Marc Lepesqueux||Jean-Charles Monnet|
|GRASSI BATEAU||Eric Galmar||Olivier Grassi|
|APPART CITY||Yvan Noblet||Damien Guillou|
|GROUPE 5||Patrice Carpentier||Rune Aasberg|