Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik ZKG

Transat Québec Saint-Malo - Le Roux leads the way

by Marie-Claire D’Aoust on 26 Jul 2012
Class 40 under spinnaker on the St Lawrence - Transat Québec Saint-Malo 2012 XDachez.com
Transat Québec Saint-Malo eighth edition is currently underway. All 25 boats taking part have rounded the last mark at Pierre Percée, leaving behind the tricky waters of the St Lawrence River, and are now faced with a new challenge.

While overall leader Erwan Le Roux on trimaran FenêtréA Cardinal is bound for the îles de la Madeleine, that he is expected to sail past over the coming hours, the Class40 and Open monohull fleet will have to navigate carefully and skillfully among islands, islets and rocks that scatter the area in a strong breeze, to reach their final waypoint between Langlade and Saint-Pierre. Yet another action packed 24 hours for the 103 sailors, before finally heading out to the open ocean and to the 2,000 plus miles to the finish in Saint Malo.


Despite a wind shift from north-west to south-east that slowed down the German flagged boat for a few hours, Joerg Riechers and his crew on Mare continue to lead the Class40 fleet, following their move into the top spot at Sainte-Anne des Monts mark on Monday night. With the help of his 'dream team' formed by Rémi Aubrun, Sam Manuard and Ryan Breymaier, Richers has been pushing hard to maintain the advantage, as much as 44 miles at one point, on the four boats that have been trying to catch up. First among the hunting pack is Fabrice Amédéo on Geodis, who over the last hours has gained some ten miles on Thierry Bouchard on Comiris-Elior and Sébastien Rogues on Generation Eole- GDF Suez, whilst Aurélien Ducroz's Latitude Neige-Longitude Mer, despite showing a remarkable performance after the start, is struggling to keep up and at the same time keeping Stéphane Lediraison on IXBlue at bay. Once the boats reach the St. Lawrence Bay they will be able to make the best of a strong northwesterly wind to sail fast towards their next point of passage. The Canadian skipper Robert Patenaude on Persévérance is currently trailing at the back of the fleet but could profit from this fresh breeze to claw back some miles on the bulk of the competitors that could well compress at Saint-Pierre.

Erwan Le Roux skippering his trimaran FenêtréA Cardinal has expertly managed to keep his advantage on Erik Nigon's Vers un Monde sans Sida, that trails by 80 miles and it still looks like they will be able to pass north of Miquelon before heading down to Saint-Pierre. Behind the pair the Italian crew on Vento di Sardegna led by Andrea Mura, are sticking to their original plan to try and get the monohull leadership and be up with the leading Class40, Mare.

Contrary to its tradition, the big river has showed his most benign face to the fleet and only one boat reported a minor damage. Last night Christophe Coatnoan skipper on Partouche informed the race director Jean-Claude Maltais that he was being forced to make a technical pit-stop in Gaspé to repair the boat's bowsprit. With the help of a local welder, the French team was able to work out a solution and to re-start shortly after 6am.

Top 3 position report on July 25th at 14:30 GMT
Class40

1 - Jorg Riechers – Mare – Distance to finish 2355,5 nm
2 - Fabrice Amedeo – Geodis – 23,4 nm to leader
3 - Sébastien Rogues - Eole Generation - GDF SUEZ – 31,7 nm to leader

Open Class
1 - Erwan Le Roux - FenêtréA Cardinal 3 – Distance to finish 2240,3 nm
2 - Erik Nigon - Vers un Monde sans SIDA – 84,2 nm to leader
3 - Andrea Mura – Vento di Sardegna – 132 nm to leader Transat Québec Saint-Malo website

Newport Boat Show 2016 660x82Zhik Yachting 660x82T Clewring Cruising

Related Articles

Changing of the Guard at Melges 20 Worlds, Freides takes over
The second day of racing at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship featured two races under shifty conditions 2016 Melges 20 World Championship - The second day of racing at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino featured two races under shifty conditions, shaking up the standings and making Drew Freides' Pacific Yankee the new leader with a one point advantage over Michael Illbruck on Pinta now seated in second place.
Posted today at 4:40 am
Vendée Globe – Yann Eliès and his team relaunch 60-ft IMOCA in Lorient
Yann is now on the final stretch before the event and will be taking part in the three training courses. Yann is now on the final stretch before the event and will be taking part in the three training courses organised at the Finistère Ocean Racing Centre in Port-la-Forêt (Brittany). He will also take part in the Azimut Trophy. Yann Eliès tells us about the work that has been done and what lies ahead in the final part of his preparation.
Posted on 26 Aug
Vendée Globe – A long trip between France and Iceland for Heerema
After completing two solo transatlantic crossings in the spring, Pieter Heerema is currently on his third major trip. After completing two solo transatlantic crossings in the spring, Pieter Heerema is currently on his third major trip. Thanks to this voyage from France to Iceland and back, the Dutch skipper is finding out more about No Way Back, the new generation IMOCA on which he will line up on 6th November
Posted on 26 Aug
Phoenix returns and Cayard is back for the TP52 World Championships
Richard Cohen will compete at the championships in Mahón, Menorca, with Phoenix, which will be skippered by Paul Cayard. The carefully assembled team includes a core group of sailors who have many years of experience in the class, but Cayard cautions that their initial objective is to learn and improve together in line with their long term goal, to be competitive on the 2017 52 Super Series.
Posted on 26 Aug
Michael Marshall triumphs at J/22 World Championship
With a second place finish in Thursday’s only race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are the champions. Heading into the 10th and final race, Marshall and Chris Doyle were tied on points at 30. As the 41 teams arrived at CORK in the morning, the after effects of an overnight storm left breeze in the mid-20s, so the Race Committee postponed on shore.
Posted on 25 Aug
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 on 25 Aug
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 on 25 Aug
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
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