sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : The 7th Transat Quebec Saint Malo begins

The 7th Transat Quebec Saint Malo begins

'Class 40 start Photo: X. Dachez / VIQ ®- Transat Quebec St Malo'    Xavier Dachez / VIQ ©
With just over three knots of SE’ly breeze, it was the dreaded current of the Saint Lawrence River which set the tone amongst the 18 Class 40s setting out at 1500 hrs UT and the six Open 50’ trimarans and four FICOs released by the starting gun at 1530 hrs UT, for the start of the 7th Transat Quebec Saint Malo.

Setting out 30 minutes after the Class 40s, the multihulls and the FICO Classes saw themselves subjected to the same pattern. Gennakers for the multis and asymmetric spinnakers for the monohulls enabled them to contend with the current and from the outset the favourites took the lead. Pierre Antoine and his 'Imagine' demonstrated their ease in the light airs but soon saw a comeback by 'Crêpe Whaou!'.

A fierce duel raged between the most high performance multihulls measuring 15.24 metres and the only Imoca 60 footer of the fleet, Cervin ENR skippered by Yannick Bestaven. The ‘local’ of the stage, the ever popular Georges Leblanc, didn’t disappoint his countless supporters as he set off under big spinnaker in 4th position, ahead of the trimarans driven by Hervé Cléris (Prince de Bretagne) and Victorien Erussard (Laiterie de Saint Malo). The Belgians aboard 'Ocean of smiles' brought up the rear.

As regards the Class 40s, the experienced Italian, Giovanni Soldini, almost let himself get carried away by the current, his Class 40 Telecom Italia being reversed towards the starting line just a few seconds from kick-off. Pushing along at 4 knots, the current in the great river will continue to set the tone amongst the racers until the tide turns tonight. Patrice Carpentier and his 'Entreprises Lorraines' delayed hoisting his gennaker until the last minute and it is he who was first across the start line thanks to some spotless timing, leaving the British sailor Miranda Merron (40 Degrees) to leeward. Using his advantage Patrice Carpentier pushed towards the north bank of the river whilst the bulk of the fleet opted for the south bank. Ahead a compact crowd gathered along the bank from the start line, nearly three kilometers upstream, and all the way to the tip of the port. The yachts were clearly drifting rather than being pushed by the wind, and the fleet of 40 footers were quickly strewn right across the immense river.

Start - Transat Quebec St Malo. Photo: X. Dachez / VIQ ® -  Xavier Dachez?nid=46703_- VIQ ©

Quotes from the pontoons:

Hervé DeCarlan, 'Delirium': 'This Transat is in part a reward for all those who have helped me build this catamaran. We won’t be the quickest to get to Saint Malo that’s for sure, but we’re going to concentrate on sailing cleanly, in order to make Brittany in as short a time as possible having taken the time to enjoy it. My two children are accompanying me, including Joris who will celebrate his 20th birthday in two days time.'

Jean-Edouard Criquioche, 'Esprit large': 'We have all racked up as much sleep and energy as we can. We are ready to do our best to negotiate the first days of racing, which promise to be difficult in terms of breeze with an upwind section in light airs. Our gamble in setting off with a crew of five should therefore prove interesting from the first few tacks as we will be able to be sparing of our efforts, whilst our adversaries will be flat out with the trimming and the numerous manœuvres…'

Benoit Parnaudeau, 'Prévoir Vie': 'The past fortnight in Quebec has been an absolute dream. The public and the organisers have shown themselves to be incredibly receptive and extremely kind to us, anticipating our every need. It’s a fantastic country which I’m keen to return to as a simple tourist…'

Boris Hermann, 'Beluga Shipping': 'The last night went really well and the whole crew is in great shape. We are setting out free of nerves and stress as the weather forecast is particularly mild. We think the Canadian authorities have made the river very safe so our only concern will be tackling the currents in order to escape the Saint Lawrence as quickly as possible.'

Cécile Poujol, 'Destination Calais': 'A big thank you to the people of Quebec who have been fantastic. We are already in race mode as we have thoroughly studied the effects of the currents and the pitfalls of this river course. With the little low forming in the Atlantic, we mustn’t drag our heels in the Saint Lawrence as the first to touch the strong NW’ly breeze could head off towards France very quickly and open up a big lead…'

www.quebecsaintmalo.com




by Mer et Media

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=46703

10:47 PM Sun 20 Jul 2008 GMT






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


Related News Stories:

11 Jul 2014  Northern Scotland: Voyage to Orkney and Shetland Isles (Part 1)
24 Oct 2010  Evert Bastet inducted into Quebec Sailing Hall of Fame
11 Feb 2010  Interview with Derek Hatfield on the Daily Planet
04 Feb 2010  Clipper 09-10: Canada's Breton Island aims for back to back wins
03 Feb 2010  The VHF Antenna - the weak link?
20 Dec 2009  Two Golds for Canada at World Cup regatta
14 Dec 2009  2010 Route Halifax St-Pierre Ocean Race
09 Dec 2009  Velux 5 Oceans launches 'Taking On The Elements'
09 Dec 2009  Canada’s Premiere Boat Show Celebrates 52 Years of Fun on the Water!
09 Dec 2009  Sailing To Win, Sailing for Life
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World





















A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,




ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video by Luissa Smith, International 470 Class Association,


























2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 4 by William Wagner, San Francisco
















ISAF Sailing World Championships - Solid Day 3 for US Sailing Team
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Day 3 images by Jesus Renedo
Marseille One Design 2014 - GC32 Armin Strom blitzes final day
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Una Etapa 0 complicada para todos
Santander 49ers: Olympic Gold Medallist says two into 90 does not go!! *Feature
GBR aiming for first ever Nacra 17 Games berth at Santander Worlds
Volvo Ocean Race: Man and sail overboard as Leg 0 serves up drama
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 – Images by Dan Ibsen
Santander Worlds – already a spectator success
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 - Day 3 morning report
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Tales from the extreme
Volvo Ocean Race: Latest starter wins opening race
2014 J/70 World Championship - Healy, Abdullah, Becker and Borges win
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Full-blown, once again
ISAF Worlds - Americans jump up Laser and Laser Radial leaderboard
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 3
America's Cup: Luna Rossa sailing with two foiling AC45's + Video
Extreme Sailing: Emirates Team NZ retain second overall
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio Olympic Laser spots snapped up
Rolex Swan Cup - All set for final showdown
Upper Midwest sailors need help to take it to the next level   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - RS:X action begins in Santander   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans rise in Laser and Radial   
Extreme Sailing Series - A remarkable penultimate day’s racing + Video   
Marseille One Design - GC32 GDF Suez unstoppable in the light   
Rolex Swan Cup - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Images of the leaders in Santander   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Good day for Double Trouble   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2 images by Erik Simonson   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - TP52 fleet ready for tricky race tracks   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Plenty maintains lead   
2014 Asia Pacific Student Cup - Count down begins   
Extreme Sailing Series: Live coverage of Day 3 - view here   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Going away   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Practice makes perfect   
2014 J/70 World Championship - Contrasting conditions on Day 4   
Rolex Big Boat Series - 50 years of big boat racing: a retrospective   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2   
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Champ: Rios takes the Championship   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg Zero signals start of the significant racing   


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