Please select your home edition
Edition
upffront 728x90

Grand Prix Guyader - A truly outstanding line-up

by Veronique Guillou Le Bivic on 4 May 2012
Grand Prix Guyader 2012 Jacques Vapillon © www.vapillon.com
At the Grand Prix Guyader, there was an stunning terrestrial display of just how completely unique an event it really is. With the presence of Francis Joyon, Michel Desjoyeaux, Sébastien Josse, Yves Le Blévec, Marc Guillemot, Bruno Jourdren, Luc Pillot, Laurie Smith, Jimmy Pahun, Bruno Peyron, Evgeniy Braslavets, Karine Fauconnier, Arnaud Boissière, Tommy Müller, Pascal Bidégorry, Jean Galfione and even his Royal Highness Prince of Denmark, the Grand Prix Guyader is once again host to a truly outstanding line-up at the port of Tréboul in Douarnenez.

The list of championship titles and medal-holders at the Grand Prix Guyader is quite spectacular, as is the sheer variety of nationalities and different classes represented in the competition. This passionate sailing manifestation is largely due to the Douarnenez Bay itself, but it is not the sole reason, as clearly demonstrated this morning by Bruno Jourdren, out on the pontoons without his Classe 40 (still in the boatyard and not able to sail for another two weeks),

'I have come here anyway. This is my Douarnenez week, and with or without a boat I never miss the Grand Prix. I’m going to try and get onto another boat as crew to make the most of the Bay all the same.'

A little luckier, Sébastien Josse on his MOD 70 Groupe Edmond Rothschild was delighted to be back in Douarnenez,
'We don’t come here nearly enough, and the Grand Prix is really great, a real sailing festival. And also ‘God’ is here and we are all his apostles!' The God in question is of course the one and only Michel Desjoyeaux, skipper of Foncia and the rival of Sébastien Josse or ‘Jojo’ in MOD 70, also going by the name of ‘professeur’.


'This is the fifth time I have come to sail on the most beautiful bay in the world and be alongside all the greatest champions in an absolutely fantastic atmosphere,' said an enthusiastic Arnaud Boissière, racing in Imoca on Akena Vérandas.

The Multi50 class has the most numerous fleet among the offshore boats. 'It’s great!' admitted Yves Le Blévec (Actual), 'we are all in great form, happy to be here and guaranteed the best sailing battles out on the water and the best nights out back on land.'

In the Dragons Gérard Blanc was the first Frenchman in yesterday’s classification (FRA 409). Due to lack of wind today he was still leading the French teams after no racing was held, and explained he had travelled almost 1500 kilometres to come to the Grand Prix Guyader, 'for the atmosphere and people.'

So, it is not just the racing that draws the sailors to Douarnenez, and a good thing for them and the Grand Prix Guyader, since today the beloved sailing battles were not possible for the whole fleet. Today the bay was the perfect image of a Swiss lake, a great big beautiful and calm blue lake, gleaming in the sunlight.

The offshore boats (Class40, Multi50, Imoca, Mod 70 and Idec) were the first out to the race course this morning at around 10.30. Race Committee President Loïc Ponceau, was able to hold a short 18-mile coastal race in spite of the lack of wind (3-4 knots). Three different starts were given, the first at 12.56 for the Class40, followed by the Multi50 and then the 60 foot and others.

After three hours of laboured racing, Foncia, Michel Desjoyeaux’s MOD 70 crossed the finish line right before the port of Rosmeur. The Dragons had a long wait in brilliant sunshine but after a few attempts, Jean Coadou decided to throw in the towel and the 75 participants returned to the port without racing.

Grand Prix Guyader website

Barz Optics - Kids rangeColligo Marine 660x82Wildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Best pictures of the first 4 Acts of the Extreme Sailing Series™
An influx of fresh talent have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40. An influx of fresh talent, new venues and a revised race format have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40 by a smaller, faster catamaran: the flying GC32.
Posted today at 1:34 pm
Return to Russia for the Extreme Sailing Series™
Joining the fleet as the season heads into its second half is Gazprom Team Russia, led by WMRT champion, Phil Robertson. With one week to go, the fleet returns to St Petersburg for the fifth Act of the season, presented by SAP, 35 of the world’s best sailors are getting their heads in the game and preparing for the one of the trickiest venues of the season so far.
Posted today at 12:58 pm
Marshall and Doyle tied on points at J/22 World Championship
By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points with Chris Doyle, Will Harris and Adam Burns. Jeff Todd is still in the hunt in third place with 35 points.
Posted on 24 Aug
Debriefing the 2016 Rio Olympics—Sailing news North America and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 23 Aug
2016 Sail Canada Senior Championships - Day 4
After not sailing on Sunday due to heavy winds, sailors returned to the water today at Sail Canada Senior Championships 2016 Sail Canada Senior Championships - After not sailing on Sunday due to heavy winds, sailors returned to the water today at the Sail Canada Senior Championships at Cork OCR. Today’s conditions were ideal, with a breeze of 18-19 knots from the southwest, and sunny skies.
Posted on 23 Aug
2016 U.S. Team Racing Championship – Final report
Team Trouble saved their best for Sunday’s knockout rounds and rallied to win the historic George R. Hinman Trophy 2016 U.S. Team Racing Championship - Team Trouble, comprised of Charles Higgins (Norfold, Va.), Johnny Norfleet (New York, NY), Isabel Strachan (Annapolis, Md.), Matt Allen (Hamilton, Mass.). Gabriel Smith (Annapolis, Md.) and Arielle Darrow, saved their best for Sunday’s knockout rounds and rallied to win the historic George R. Hinman Trophy at the 2016 U.S. Team Racing Championship, hosted by Sa
Posted on 23 Aug
The Clipper Race turns 20!
Throughout the race, tales of crew celebrating birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion Throughout the race, tales of Clipper Race crew celebrating their birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion, likely to remain a completely unique event in their lifetime.
Posted on 23 Aug
A magnificent fleet gathers in Cowes for Etchells World Championship
58 teams from all over the world have entered the championship, hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club. Twenty teams are from Great Britain and a dozen each from Australia and the United States of America. Four entries are from Hong Kong and as far afield as: Bermuda, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.
Posted on 22 Aug
FAST40+ Class to be the first to have honour of racing for One Ton Cup
14 FAST40+ racing yachts are expected, flying the flags of England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the USA 14 high performance FAST40+ racing yachts are expected for the One Ton Cup, flying the flags of England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the United States of America. The crew, of which only five can be professionals, come from countries all over the world.
Posted on 22 Aug
Noroton Yacht Club dominates Hinman Trophy Team Race
Sailors often say it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and lose. 2016 Hinman Trophy Team Race - Sailors often say it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and lose. This was the case for Noroton Yacht Club as they won the Invitational Team Race Regatta for the Commodore George R. Hinman Masters Trophy for the second straight year, though maybe not in the way you’d expect.
Posted on 22 Aug