New and old players in the Normandy Channel Race

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We look at some of the new Class40 campaigns emanating from the UK
A grand gathering of Class40s is due to set sail from Caen on the Normandy Channel Race today. 22 boats entered in the Normandy Channel Race was to have made this the largest Class40 gathering since the last Route du Rhum. However this line-up is now two light, making it equal with last year’s Quebec-Malo: Rune Aasberg and Simen Lovgren were entered on the Round Britain and Ireland-winning Express 40 Solo, but were unable to get their boat south from their native Norway after it was iced in... Bruno Rzetelny and Vincent Duguay’s Tyker 40 La Belle Equipe has also not made it to the start while German Joerg Riechers only reached Caen on Friday after she was dismasted on the delivery here on Monday. The carbon spar on Riechers’ broke in two in the early hours of Monday morning after one of her D1s failed inside a terminal as the boat was 30 miles northeast of Ouessant. Reichers recounted: “There were some waves and it was still a little bit windy and we were next to a shipping lane, and we decided that cutting it away would be safest, because we didn’t want it to damage the boat. In the end there was just cosmetic damage to the boat. It was the best choice to cut it away.” They headed for L’Aberwrach to take on fuel before backtracking to Brest where they arrived at midday Monday. According to Reichers by 1400 that afternoon they had ascertained that they could get hold of the rig off Aloys Claquin’s sistership, Jack In the Box. “It was a really nice move – he chartered his rig to us! It is because of Aloys that we are able to do this race, so thank you to him,” said Reichers. On the Tuesday the rig was