Munslow wins solo divisionA British boat has taken the first place in the singlehanded division on the 350 mile opening leg of the Mini class' Open 6.50 Demi-Cle race from Locmiquelic to Cork.
This three stage race started on Sunday and has both singlehanded and two handed divisions. 34 boats are taking part - a relatively modest turn-out for a Mini race - but what is impressive about this fleet is how international it is. Aside from the ubiquitous French, there are four British boats, one Irish, a Slovenian team, a Belgium, plus Finnish and Swedish boats. Considering that many budding solo sailors use this class as a stepping stone up to the Figaro and ultimately the Open 60 classes, this bodes well for the increased cosmopolitan nature of solo offshore racing in the future.
The two handed division was won convincingly by Frédéric Duthil and Cédric Gourmelen on board the Magnen-Nivelt design All Mer (265). The duo arrived in a time of two days one hour and 14 minutes - an impressive 12 hours ahead of second placed Morph'Eau sailed by Finns Pia L'Obry and Australian former Amer Sports Too crewwoman Liz Wardley.
First singlehander in was Plymouth's Ian Munslow sailing Smuk (326), while in 20th place Irish ex-BT Global Challenge crewman Cian McCarthy (right) was third in the singlehanded class sailing Tom Crean, his brand new Owen Clarke design.
McCarthy told madfor sailing that the light conditions hadn't suited his boat which has a lot of wetted surface area. But when the breeze picked up to 20 knots after rounded Pointe de PenMarch he had taken off. "I had a lot of boats in front of me and I was able to burn through them pretty quickly which was quite nice. At Ushant I think I was right up there."
The breeze died again en route to the Scillies, but fortunately picked up again as they passed Bishop Rock. "It was going really well. I got my Code Zero drawing nicely and I picked up a lot of ground again between the Bishop and Cork," said McCarthy.
For the Irishman the race has been primarily a test for his brand new boat. "On Monday I was trying out all my different sail combination to find out what worked and what would get me going. So I was quite relaxed about the result as I needed to find out more about the boat what worked and what didn't work".
Launched in the middle of May Tom Crean was supposed to have entered the Mini-Fastnet race, but McCarthy says they were still debugging the rig at the time. Now they have solved this the boat is going well. "She seems to go really nicely downwind. We had the prologue on Saturday in Lorient and we got a fourth in that which was good. I've got a really big daggerbaord and I seem to be able to get a lot of height. I seem to be able to match the Magnen boats which is really nice. That was the first time I'd sailed against any other Minis. It was nice to be up there without the boat even being fully tuned up".
The boats will set sail from Cork's East Ferry marina on Friday morning on the short leg to Baltimore. The forecast is for fresher conditions which should favour the wider Owen Clarke and Magnen designs. The final leg back to Lorient kicks off on Sunday night.
|1||265||ALL MER||DUTHIL Frédéric||GOURMELEN Cédric||PROTO||2||2d.01:14:00|
|2||316||MORPH'EAU||L'OBRY Pia||WARDLEY Liz||PROTO||4||2d.13:24:00|
|3||391||LGL-GARAGE LEDU||MORVAN Patrick||NOBLET Yvan||PROTO||6||2d.14:12:40|
|4||209||WAKE UP||LECHARPENTIER Bertrand||CAIGNEC Philippe||POGO||8|
|5||322||BLUE BOSSA||GUILLERM Gilles||FRANCOIS Boris||POGO||10|
|6||121||MENSURA BATI RENOV||LANCRY David||GELINEAU Bertrand||PROTO||12|
|7||388||DEMI-CLE SHIPCHANDLER||NIORT Yves||MERLIN Loïc||POGO||14|
|8||321||PURPLE HAZE||PESQUET-DEJEANTY Jean-Baptiste||GICQUEL Gildas||PROTO||16|
|9||276||KYSYMYSMERKKI||HUUSELA Ari||KIISKI Jari-Pekka||PROTO||18|
|10||168||Sté RAULT LE SERVICE Alimentaire||GUILLERM Fabrice||CALS Christian||POGO||20|
|11||373||YELLOW SUBMARINE||DARY Christophe||DARY Soizic||POGO||22|
|13||269||SEMELLE DE VENT||RUBIO de TERAN Lionel||POGO||26|
|14||250||SIM INTERIM GRANVILLE||MAISONNEUVE Brieuc||RIOUX Antoine||POGO||28|
|15||33||AQUITAINE||HAJNSEK Kristian||MIHELIN Andraz||PROTO||30|
|16||318||THRANE&THRANE||RIOU Yann||DANJON Frédéric||POGO||32|
|17||335||FTH THIRARD||CHIVOT Barnabé||SOREL Erwan||PROTO||34|
|18||113||PRIM'AUTO||MARSCHAL Nicolas||MARSCHAL Jean||PROTO||36|
|19||193||DECEPTION||BUBB Nick||WALLER Nigel||PROTO||38|
|20||393||TOM CREAN||MC CARTHY Cian||PROTO||40|
|21||236||GROQUIK||THOMAS Sylvain||SIMON Pascal||POGO||42|
|22||207||LIBRAIRIE MARINE||VAN WEYNBERGH Denis||DE MESEL Peter||POGO||44|
|23||235||NEW DREAM||BEAUDART Davy||BLAVIER Bernard||POGO||46|
|24||218||JUDY||GOELTHALS Sébastien||DE BACKER Nicolas||POGO||48|
|25||273||GOUDURIX 2||VOLK LEONOVITCH Vincent||SAUTRET David||POGO||50|
|26||283||OBA OBA||CEYRAT Médéric||VINAY Eric||POGO||52|
|28||237||CARPE DIEM||KERJAN Pierre||MEYER Fabien||POGO||56|
|-||78||SMETS||BLUY Xavier||EYDELY Franck||PROTO||70|
|-||56||ATOMIC||BIRD James||KACZOR Adam||PROTO||70|
|-||177||AIRLINAIR||EUVERTE Charles||DUBUCQ Bertrand||POGO||70||DNF|
|-||241||BLUE ONE||SIMPSON Stephen||PROTO||70|