sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Panerai Transat Classique - Quays buzzing with anticipation
Panerai Transat Classique - Quays buzzing with anticipation

'Panerai Transat Classique 2012'    © Christophe Varène    Click Here to view large photo

The hours leading up to the start of an offshore race are always an exciting time, and the Panerai Transat Classique 2012 is no exception to this age-old rule. In Saint-Tropez, a port accustomed to hosting these kinds of events, the quays are literally buzzing with anticipation.

A light easterly breeze, mild temperatures and a superb sunset gave a tropical atmosphere to the start of the second leg of the Panerai Transat Classique 2012. At 1800 hours the committee gave the signal to race, finally relieving the competitors from the pressures of last-minute preparations. Every entrant was clearly determined to impress from the word go. Observers witnessed an elegant parade as the yachts crossed the starting line in unison. The crews were busy with the lines, happy to be out on the water and living the moment that they had been dreaming about for weeks.

Since sunrise there had been a buzz of excitement on the quays of Saint-Tropez. Despite months of preparation, there is always a thousand and one things to do before the starting gun fires. The competitors in the Panerai Transat Classique 2012 had their fair share of pre-race chores, and the decks and pontoons were alive with incessant toing and froing. And yet the atmosphere remained calm and friendly between the owners, skippers and sailors.

In fact everyone was ready to lend a hand in the spirit of fraternal passion for these elegant classic yachts. The final packs of bottled water were shipped. Drills passed from hand to hand as hurried repairs or modifications were made. Riggers swung around the masts, gaining the admiration of the public who had decided to make the most of the magnificent weather and take a walk along the quays to see the boats.

An hour before setting sail, Laurent Cosson presented Sea Lion and her owner Manuel Champalimaud with the Mount Gay Prize. This award is designed to promote the values and traditions of classic sailing: elegance, team spirit, generosity and tenacity.

Panerai Transat Classique 2012 -  © Christophe Varène   Click Here to view large photo

Earlier in the day race director François Séruzier, along with the chairman of the race committee Jean-Claude Travert and the chairman of the protest committee Patrick Celton, assembled the skippers for a weather briefing. The most recent forecast justified the decision for moving the start of the race forward to avoid the bad autumnal weather expected in the Gulf of Lion. In the first few hours of the race the yachts are expected to enjoy a comfortable breeze from the east.

It will then swing around to the west before settling into the north where it will increase progressively, turning into a heavy blow on Friday night. By that time the boats should be near the Balearic Islands, although the race committee recommends that they hug the Spanish coast to avoid the worst of the weather. The next problem will be a succession of lows in the Straits of Gibraltar, south-westerlies coming in from the Atlantic. The first yacht to sail through the Straits will be awarded the Capbiotek Prize.

The racing began in earnest as the night closed in and already The Blue Peter is gaining a significant advantage over White Dolphin, Corto and Sea Lion. But the race has only just begun and the tactical options available to the competitors will certainly make a profound difference in the hours and days to come. Cascais is a long way away and anything can happen between now and their arrival

Panerai Transat Classique 2012 -  © Christophe Varène   Click Here to view large photo

Costa Lourandakas (Sea Lion): 'We had to change a crew member at the last minute but I'm sure the new guy will fit in very quickly. At first we'll treat it like a day race and try and get the best possible start. We’re expecting light winds so we're really going to have to work hard to get Sea Lion's forty-four tons moving. In the evening we'll organize watches of two hours, each watch comprising two crew members. But if the conditions require it, the whole crew will be ready to come on deck at the drop of a hat. We wish our fellow competitors an excellent race and look forward to having a drink with them in Cascais.'

Mathew Barker (The Blue Peter): At the end of a very studious weather briefing: 'The meeting was very serious because of all the recommendations made by the race committee. That’s normal but we mustn't forget the most important aspect: fun! I hope all the competitors get their fair share.'

Louis Duc (Corto): 'I think we're ready for the off. I know, I shouldn't say that because there is always something else to do, to improve. The crews are motivated and can't wait to get to sea.'

Transat Classique website


by Isabelle Delaune

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=103188

5:02 PM Thu 25 Oct 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World





America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,




































2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins by Vanessa Yates, Hawaii


























PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - First blood to Toselli and Angulo
Melges 24 Nationals - Record entries for 2014 and 2015 venue revealed
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Anna Kjellberg claims the lead
Jessica Uniack Memorial Beach to Bay Race at Long Beach YC
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship - Poland tops the leaderboard
America's Cup - Four teams confirm full support regardless of venue
Plastic Classic takes place at Mariposa Hunters Point YC
Six Metre European Championship - No champion declared for 2014
J/Teams sail tough Chicago Mackinac Race
Anna Tunnicliffe wins first event of Reebok Cross Fit Games + Video
2014 Pacific Cup - Skill and luck required for victory
Six Metre European Championship - Action resumes on day 4
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 4
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam on the horizon
Rolex Big Boat Series - Golden Jubilee to take place this September
DH Pacific Cup - Running with the pack + Video
Women's Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Testing day in Vannes
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Ireland establishes solid lead
International Moth Worlds: Outteridge charges into the lead + Video
Marina Rubicón Round Canary Islands Race - First blood to Team Brunel
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - Competition heats up on day 2   
Laser Radial World Championships - Competition aplenty on day 3 +Video   
Extreme Sailing Series - Penultimate Act to take place in Nice   
Leukemia Cup - Images by Leighton O'Connor   
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Meeting of the grand designs   
29er North American Championship - Final series kicks off   
29er World Championship 2014 set to start in Kingston, Ontario   
Barcelona and Parnu chosen for 2015 ORC championship events   
2014 Race for Rady Yacht Race - Benefiting Rady Children’s hospital   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Doubleheader events start tomorrow   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 3   
Sailing through STEM Night at California YC   
Six Metre European Championship - High temps and little wind on day 3   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Light wind opener in Vannes   
International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Unsatisfactory conditions on day 4   
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - American unbeatable on day 1   
RS Feva World Championships - All set at Yacht Club de Carnac   
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Nominations now open   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds - Steady winds on day 2 + Video   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT