12 boats for the Class 40's Normandy Channel Race
Organisers of the Class 40's Normandy Channel Race have revealed more about their event that is due to run from Caen on 16 May with a 975 mile course through the Channel and Celtic Sea and with marks off the Irish coast including the Fastnet Rock and Tuskar Rock, before returning to Caen.
At present half the entry list comprises international crews. Among the French, favourite must be Tanguy de Lamotte on Novedia Initiatives, winner last year of the Class 40's doublehanded Solidaire du Chocolat, who will be racing with Jean Galfione as co-skipper. Also watch out for former Mini sailor Thomas Ruyant on Destination Dunkerque, Yvan Noblet on Appart City who is teaming up with David Tabore, as well as the wily President of the Class 40, Jacques Fournier on Groupe Picoty, who is racing with Denis Van Weynebrgh.
Normandy itself is well represented with Marc Lepesqueux, racing with Eric Defert and supported by Caen La Mer as well as Christophe Coatnoan on Partouche, racing with Pierre-Yves Lautrou.
Among the international crews are some highly experienced sailors such as the Dutch crew on Moonpalace - Roeland Franssens and solo Class 40 round the world sailor Michel Kleinjans, plus three British crews in the form of 40 Degrees, sailed by Peter Harding and renowned oceanic legend Halvard Mabire, Spliff sailed by Andrew Dawson and Jon McColl, and heavy weight campaigner Mike West on Keysource with Joffy Berd.
Finally there is a South African crew on board Phesheya Racing, sailed by Nick Legatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire.
A sizeable programme of entertainment has been arranged with the Class 40s being moored in Bassin Saint-Pierre in the very heart of Caen. In the race village from 12-16 May there will be several marquees. A race prologue is scheduled for Saturday 15 May, followed by an official soirée the same day, then on the 16th a parade down the channel between Caen and the sea on prior to the start,