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May 07 2013

Kito de Pavant wins the Grand Prix Guyader!

With three victories out of the four coastal courses contested and the top performance in the speed runs, Groupe Bel really made waves at the Grand Prix Guyader, securing a fine win in the IMOCA category. Throughout the weekend, monohull and multihull sailors and kitesurfers had a ball in Douarnenez's light airs and glorious sunshine.

Vying for supremacy with his rivals has given Kito the chance to get back on top again and recover the delights of competition and success: "It's been a very successful weekend, both in sporting and human terms! Even today, on the final coastal course, we sailed well despite the race being action-packed. We really enjoyed helming Groupe Bel, which is as good as new. She has never been as honed as she is now and we showed just what she was made of in some complicated conditions with little wind. We've all had a really great time and to win does you the power of good!"

Thrills and human warmth guaranteed

After eight unforgettable years, the Grand Prix Guyader was also an opportunity to thank the employees, who have contributed to the success of this adventure. Aboard the boat for Saturday's speed runs, each of them contributed to the great acceleration of the bright red hull, which pulled off the best performance with a 16.10 knots average speed in the second sprint of the day.

And afterwards? Groupe Bel dives southward, bound for the Med!

Groupe Bel will leave Douarnenez on Wednesday, on the back of the tomorrow's expected front, so as to benefit from some favourable sailing conditions to drop down towards Portugal, then Gibraltar and Port Camargue, her port of registry. Next up, as soon as they make landfall in Port Camargue, the skipper and his team will get the monohull into single-handed configuration, with a view to snapping up any opportunity that comes their way to try to improve Groupe Bel's Trans-Mediterranean record. (Marseille-Carthage). In June, the boat will participate in the Giraglia Rolex Cup between Saint Tropez and San Remo.

Ranking for the Grand Prix Guyader (60' IMOCA monohull):

1 – Groupe Bel / Kito de Pavant

2 – Maître CoQ / Jérémie Beyou

3 – Mare / Jorg Riechers

4 – Initiatives Cœur / Tanguy de Lamotte

Best IMOCA performance in the speed runs: Groupe Bel with 16.10 knots

(c) Stéphanie Gaspari

(c) Stéphanie Gaspari