sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : World C Class Championship - Victory for Groupama C
World C Class Championship - Victory for Groupama C


'Groupama C - 2013 World C Class Catamaran Championship'    Groupama
Franck Cammas is a champion of French Match Racing, Tour de France à la Voile and now the Little America's Cup! Suffice to say it's been a winning year across the board for the Groupama skipper who, for the past 16 years has been monopolising the top spots. For this World C Class Championship contested in Falmouth (GB), the Groupama skipper and his crew, Louis Viat, didn't go about things in half measures, winning seven out of nine fleet races as well as the only two duel matches contested as a result of too much wind.

For two days Groupama sailing team has been predicting that it would be difficult to run more than the two races won in duel format against the Swiss crew on Hydros. Indeed, on the south-western tip of England, in Cornwall, the weather is even more fickle than it is in Brittany. And that's really saying something...

This Saturday morning, for the final day of the Little America's Cup, the Race Committee was keen to launch a start. For the Swiss contingent, down two races to zero, the desire to get out on the water was stronger than the sense of good seamanship which prevailed among Groupama sailing team. The cause of this was a race zone swept by a good twenty knots or so of breeze, with peaks in excess of this.

Whilst Groupama C remained on shore, refusing to play at `Russian roulette', Hydros headed off for a training sail and capsized a first time without too much mishap.

Still on shore with his first two wins banked, Franck Cammas decided to leave the Swiss to take the start on their own. It was a tough decision to make but it proved to be very wise as Besson and Lagarrigue capsized, severely damaging their wing.

Ultimately then, Groupama C took the win in the World C Class Championship 2013 by default after rather outrageously dominating all the races run.

This latest victory by Groupama sailing team caps a virtually perfect season for its favourite skipper. A fierce competitor, a rigorous racer and an ambitious skipper, Franck Cammas now has his sights on the 35th America's Cup organised by Larry Ellison.

By taking the win in this international event, which has enabled every team to develop its architectural potential and research, the French skipper has asserted himself at the head of a team which his rivals and compatriots alike are eagerly awaiting to see in the `big' America's Cup...

Franck Cammas: 'This victory in the Little America's Cup is down to the entire team, the most long-term members of which have been working together for the past fifteen years. It's also down to Groupama, who have provided us with active backing. It's over to us now to go further and higher, together, so as to be ready to challenge the Americans in the big Cup. By securing a win here, we've proven that our design team and our design office were up to the challenge. Thank you to them.'

Louis Viat (crew): 'Arriving in Falmouth, we were full of uncertainty as we'd never sized up our performance in relation to anyone else before. Very quickly though we saw that we were better in terms of heading and speed. In such conditions, it's easier to win races. Added to that, Franck has been supreme. As per usual.'

Martin Fisher (member of the Design Team): 'Groupama C really outclassed her rivals. Statistically, it was the equivalent difference between a Hobby Cat 16 and a Formula 18, that is nearly 20% extra power. As is the case in all his projects, Franck has an ability to push deeper and get the best out of his team. He's incredible!'

Expected into his Lorient base early next week, the skipper of Groupama sailing team will follow up this latest exploit five days later with an entry in the Semaine Olympique Française in La Rochelle aboard the Nacra 17 with Sophie de Turckheim.

When we tell you he never stops...

Groupama website


by Groupama Sailing Team

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=115153

4:48 PM Sat 28 Sep 2013GMT


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







News - USA and the World

















2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race by Patricia Nelder, Nova Scotia














Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata by Richard Gladwell,Sail-world.com/nz,


Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
















America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design by Kimball Livingston - Blue Planet Times, San Francisco, USA


















Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3
PWA World Tour - A taste of things to come at La Torche + Video
Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June
Melges 32 Audi Tron Sailing Series - Action shots by Max Ranchi
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Frustrating conditions
Man rescued after falling overboard in Pacific taken to hospital
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Youth leading Melges 20
Congressional Cup - Canfield leads toward Congressional Cup sailoffs
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Perfection for Day 1
America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report *Feature
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Will light winds hamper progress?
Les Voiles de St. Barth - Preparing to rock Saint Barthélemy waters
Clipper Round the World Race - OneDLL and Qingdao now in San Francisco
America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ up against funding hurdle for year *Feature
Melges 32 Sailing Series Napoli - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here
Melges 32 Sailing Series - Napoli action shots by Max Ranchi
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica launch new boat
Emirates Team NZ: Royals duke it out on the Waitemata
2014 Charleston Race Week - Thousands of sailors descend on Charleston   
The Congressional Cup 2014 - Williams hangs on with a classy crowd   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   
RORC Transatlantic Race - Notice of Race now available   
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Sunshine and smiles on day 2   
Rolex China Sea Race on the horizon   
What can a boat name tell you about the person behind the helm?   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 10 rumbles on   
SAP 5O5 World Championship - Kiel action starts August 13th   
Volvo Ocean Race - It's a family Affair   
Clipper Round the World Race - Great Britain claims line honours   
50th Anniversary Congressional Cup - Stage two   
America's Cup: Two Kiwis escape hometown action in AC45 rules ruckus *Feature   
America's Cup: Italians confirm Minoprio as Match race tactician   
J-Fest gets much needed charge   
Melges 32 Sailing Series - All set for Naples action   
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Spectacular conditions on day 1   
Clipper Round the World Race - Bitter blow as OneDLL is disqualified   
Clipper Round the World Race - Race 10 still anyone's for the taking   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here *Feature   


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