Multi50s to St Petersburg
The new race for the Multi50s from Saint Gilles Croix-de-Vie, France to St Petersburg, Russia sets sail on 16 May. Nine trimarans are expected including two of the latest racing machines in the class: Yves le Blevec's Verdier-designed Actual and Franck-Yves Escoffier's VPLP-penned Crêpes Whaou! (Read more about the Multi50s here)
The line-up is:
|Crèpes Whaou ! 3||Franck-Yves Escoffier||2009 VPLP||Loïc Escoffier, Antoine Koch|
|Actual||Yves le Blevec||2009 Verdier||Ronan Deshayes, Eric Loizeau, Jean-Baptiste Levaillant|
|CLM||Herve Cleris||1990 Irens||Christophe Dietsch, Erwan Pellen, Ronan Delacou, Alain Veyron|
|Naviguez Anne Caseneuve||Anne Caseneuve||Mitchell/Houdet tri||Christophe Houdet, Romuald Favraud, Antoine Houdet|
|La mer révèle nos sens||Philippe Laperche||Brouns/Gaudry tri||Alan Pennaneac'h, Eric Blouet, Jereme Vaudelet|
|FenetreA-Cardinal||Erwan Le Roux||Joubert-Nivelt/Lombard||Didier le Vourch, Rochard L'Oncle|
|Pir²||Etienne Hochede||Francoise Hanss, Yoann Tricault|
|Région Aquitaine-Port Médoc||Lalou Roucayrol||Arnaud Boissieres, Romaric Neyhousser|
|Crêpes Whaou ! 2||Loïc Fequet||VPLP||Victorien Erussard, Matthieu Souben|
The race for line honours looks certain to be between Crèpes Whaou! 3 and Actual, the former winner of last year's Transat Jacques Vabre, after Actual capsized soon after the start. Le Blevec, the 2007 Mini Transat winner and one time Orange 2 boat captain is back and all the wiser. This weekend thse two boats lined up at the Grand Prix Petit Navire in Douarnannez for the Trophy Guyader and it was Actual that came out on top.
Crew can be changed for the return leg from St Petersburg and there are some interesting names cropping up including former Sopra Group skipper (currently on the Transat AG2R) Antoine Koch, former maxi-catamaran and Whitbread skipper Eric Loizeau, sail making guru from the Incidences La Rochelle loft, Jean-Baptiste Levaillant, Vendee Globe skipper Arnaud Boissieres and one of Yves Parlier's Mediatis Region Aquitaine designers Romaric Neyhousser.
The race organisers have gone to the trouble of creating a fine press pack in English providing full details of the race here