French team SFS II VOR 70 dominated the 2016 RORC Cowes Dinard St Malo Race, with seven classes and the overall win.
Lionel Péan's Volvo 70, Sfs II took monohull line honours, in an elapsed time of 14 hours 33 minutes 03 seconds and after time correction was declared the overall winner. Although he grew up in La Rochelle, St Malo was home when Péan skippered L'Esprit d'Equipe to victory in the 1985 Whitbread Round the World Race.
"It is normal for us to take line honours, as we are the fastest boat but to win overall is very special for me and the crew" commented Lionel Péan. "It was a beat all the way to Guernsey with the wind getting up to about 20 knots and then the wind just died at the moment we needed to tack around the islands, so that was frustrating.
However, the wind came back up to about 10 knots which was enough for us to finish at a good speed. It was great to be back in St Malo, with all the classic boats I remember from years ago. 30 years ago, almost to the day, we sailed into St Malo as winners of the Whitbread.
For this race, Eric Sendra was on board, as he was for the Whitbread 30 years ago and Sébastien Audigan, who is incredible. However, most of the team are young and we are looking to build up a team for the 2020 Volvo Ocean Race.
" Lionel Péan skipper of SFS II ® SFS Voile Overall winner SFS II ® RORC / Paul Wyeth pwpictures.com