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May 23 2011

??Start of the Normandy Channel Race and MP sponsored Class 40 "Port de Caen Ouistreham" takes early top position

After being moored for 4 days in the Basin St Pierre of Caen, the Class 40 "Port de Caen Ouistreham" left the dock early in the morning to slowly reach the starting area off Ouistreham for its first participation in the Normandy Channel Race. At the helm, Fabien Delahaye with skipper local Bruno Jourdren. The two Frenchman have all the weapons in place to make the first regatta together a success.
Jumpstart!
Delahaye/Jourdren steamed off the line at 14:00 and within a few miles Ouistreham secured second position. Yet, there are complicated weather conditions sailors will have to face over the first hours of the race. There were 25 knots of westerly wind in the starting area. As Bruno explained, "the latest files this morning only confirm what we saw last night with David Lanier. That is to say a lot of wind at the start and the first hours of racing, before seeing a softening the first night. Then it's a bit more uncertain beyond 36 hours and we must re-evaluate the weather files before approaching Plymouth because we expect a big change. "
A tricky course
Originally living in Caen, Fabien knows these waters well, including the Norman archipelago Islands St Marcouf: "It is a corner that I am sailing in frequently", Fabien said before departure, "we must be careful. We will go  between the Cotentin and the Côte de Nacre and will have to play the game between the oscillations of wind and strong current. "
The two sailors said before the start, they consider every mark of the passage  a major transition point in the race. The course can be divided into several phases where the fleet may significantly stretch out, or conversely  regroup, "boats have many options, whenever there are pebbles, an island or a lighthouse around, it can completely redistribute the cards, "says Bruno.
A combination of skills to achieve goals
Being a duo does it´s magic by combining different skills. Even if the two sailors do not know each other, there is a constant exchange and learning process. As noted by Fabien: "We are two ... it would be stupid to miss the opportunity to share the work! (Laughs) We already got into the routine of maneuvers. Then we will have to alternate between periods of rest, moments at the helm and work on the weather. The only goal the duo has is to be at 100% all the times and push the performance of the boat.
The yacht has an excellent track record (2 wins on the 1000 miles of the Brittany Ferries - 1st Trophy SNSM - 6th in the Transat Jacques Vabre), so sailors have it all at their hands when they face the other 15 boats in the race and have set their early goals, "we want to have the best possible start and want to finish this race on the podium", Bruno concluded.
Transition to the buoy Ouistreham
1. Initiatives Flavors (Tanguy De Lamotte / Sebastian Audigane) at 14:49
2. Port de Caen Ouistreham (Fabien Delahaye / Bruno Jourdren)
3. Challenge WDM Tzu Hang (Axel Strauss / Nicolas Boidevezi)
4. Red (Matthias Blumencron / Boris Hermann)
5. Feet and Hands (Damien Seguin / Yoann Richomme)
6. Phesheya Racing (Phillippa Hutton-Squire / Nick Leggatt)
7. Mare.de2 (Jorg Riechers / Etienne David)
8. Talanta (Jean Galfione / Eric Peron)
9. Partouche (Christophe Coatnoan / Sebastian Figue)
10. Marie Roof - The sea Caen (Michel Kleinjans / Marc Lepesqueux)
11. 40 Degrees (Jenner Hannah / Anna-Maria Renken)
12. Spliff (Andrew Dawson / Rune Aasberg)
13. The Express - Sapmer (Pierre-Yves Lautrou / Dominique Vittet)
14. Ocean's Eleven (Stephanie Alran / Old Carolina)
15. Gryphon Solo 2 (Joe Harris / Josh Hall)
16. Livewire (Stuart Dodd / Steve Kennington) at 3:02 p.m.

Start of the Normandy Channel Race and MP sponsored Class 40 "Port de Caen Ouistreham" takes early top position

After being moored for 4 days in the Basin St Pierre of Caen, the Class 40 "Port de Caen Ouistreham" left the dock early in the morning to slowly reach the starting area off Ouistreham for its first participation in the Normandy Channel Race. At the helm, Fabien Delahaye with skipper local Bruno Jourdren. The two Frenchman have all the weapons in place to make the first regatta together a success.

Jumpstart!

Delahaye/Jourdren steamed off the line at 14:00 and within a few miles Ouistreham secured second position. Yet, there are complicated weather conditions sailors will have to face over the first hours of the race. There were 25 knots of westerly wind in the starting area. As Bruno explained, "the latest files this morning only confirm what we saw last night with David Lanier. That is to say a lot of wind at the start and the first hours of racing, before seeing a softening the first night. Then it's a bit more uncertain beyond 36 hours and we must re-evaluate the weather files before approaching Plymouth because we expect a big change. "

A tricky course

Originally living in Caen, Fabien knows these waters well, including the Norman archipelago Islands St Marcouf: "It is a corner that I am sailing in frequently", Fabien said before departure, "we must be careful. We will go  between the Cotentin and the Côte de Nacre and will have to play the game between the oscillations of wind and strong current. "

The two sailors said before the start, they consider every mark of the passage  a major transition point in the race. The course can be divided into several phases where the fleet may significantly stretch out, or conversely  regroup, "boats have many options, whenever there are pebbles, an island or a lighthouse around, it can completely redistribute the cards, "says Bruno.

A combination of skills to achieve goals

Being a duo does it´s magic by combining different skills. Even if the two sailors do not know each other, there is a constant exchange and learning process. As noted by Fabien: "We are two ... it would be stupid to miss the opportunity to share the work! (Laughs) We already got into the routine of maneuvers. Then we will have to alternate between periods of rest, moments at the helm and work on the weather. The only goal the duo has is to be at 100% all the times and push the performance of the boat.

The yacht has an excellent track record (2 wins on the 1000 miles of the Brittany Ferries - 1st Trophy SNSM - 6th in the Transat Jacques Vabre), so sailors have it all at their hands when they face the other 15 boats in the race and have set their early goals, "we want to have the best possible start and want to finish this race on the podium", Bruno concluded.

Transition to the buoy Ouistreham

1. Initiatives Saveurs (Tanguy De Lamotte/Sébastien Audigane) à 14h49

2. Port de Caen Ouistreham (Fabien Delahaye/ Bruno Jourdren)

3. Défi GDE Tzu Hang (Axel Strauss/Nicolas Boidevezi)

4. Red (Matthias Blumencron/ Boris Hermann)

5. Des Pieds et Des Mains (Damien Seguin/ Yoann Richomme)

6. Phesheya Racing (Phillippa Hutton-Squire/ Nick Leggatt)

7. Mare.de2 (Jorg Riechers/ Etienne David)

8. Talanta (Jean Galfione/ Eric Péron)

9. Partouche (Christophe Coatnoan/ Sébastien Figue)

10. Marie Toit - Caen La mer (Michel Kleinjans/ Marc Lepesqueux)

11. 40 Degrees (Hannah Jenner/ Anna-Maria Renken)

12. Spliff (Andrew Dawson/ Rune Aasberg)

13. L'Express - Sapmer (Pierre-Yves Lautrou/ Dominique Vittet)

14. Ocean's Eleven (Stéphanie Alran/ Caroline Vieille)

15. Gryphon Solo 2 (Joe Harris/ Josh Hall)

16. Livewire (Stuart Dodd/ Steve Kennington) à 15H02

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