Please select your home edition
Edition
Jeanneau AUS 2019 OCT SO410 LEADERBOARD

A challenging sea-going debut for Switzerland's Safram

by Safram Sailing on 3 Jul 2016
2016 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race - Safram Shaun Roster
2016 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race - The Swiss sailing team Safram, a frequent competitor at Europe’s biggest lake regattas, shipped their Ventilo M1 catamaran to the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom to take on the challenging 50 nautical mile J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. This classic on the British racing calendar attracts a fleet of over 1,500 boats.

Saturday’s race started in 20 knots of wind with conditions increasing to 25 knots as the fleet raced out of the Solent, past the Needles and into the English Channel. The waves were steep at the Needles making the going tough for the small catamaran, more used to light lake conditions, and finally resulting in the boat losing its mast. Thankfully no one was hurt.

“The boat went very well in the Solent, we sailed really well up to the Needles,” described helmsman, Christophe Peclard. “It was impressive to see so many boats in the fleet. The crew worked really well together, but in the end it is a mechanical sport and the waves were too much for the catamaran. We don’t know exactly what let go, but it was probably the sub structure that failed. I am convinced that without the damage, the team would have completed the race around the island and enjoyed every minute of it!”



Rodolphe Gautier, skipper and project leader, added: “With the tide against us, plus the wind, we had 26 knots on the nose and steep waves at the Needles. But despite everything we were able to enjoy the spectacle while we were towed back to Cowes through the 1,500-strong fleet – it was magnificent!

“It was a bold but rewarding experience and while we would have preferred to keep the boat in one piece, it was a big day for the team and will remain an unforgettable memory.”

The boat is already packed away in its truck, courtesy of team partner, the transport company, Safram and the crew will work on fixing it in the coming weeks. Next up is the Centomiglia on Lake Garda in Italy on the 10 September, where the team will be defending their 2015 victory!

BandG AUS Zeus3 FOOTERMAURIPRO 2020 - AUS FooterSeamo 2019/20 Bottom

Related Articles

The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 6, Day 8
Busy days and invisible bungee cords It was another busy day for the Clipper Race fleet as it continued its way through the Doldrums Corridor and across the Solomon Sea.
Posted today at 12:11 pm
MacGlide Festival of Sails wraps up
RGYC sets its sights on 2022 Youth Worlds As the MacGlide Festival of Sails wraps up for 2020, the Geelong Yacht Club has its sights on winning the rights to host the 2022 Youth World Sailing Championships - the world's ultimate youth sailing regatta.
Posted today at 7:07 am
Happy Australia Day
Yes, it is good to use the word happy in the same sentence as Australia... Yes, it is good to use the word happy in the same sentence as Australia, given the Summer that has occurred thus far. It is by no means over yet, and the tragic loss of the Hercules crew from the USA highlights the global nature of the calamity
Posted on 26 Jan
Laser class makes positive move over builders
The International Laser Class Association announces seven new provisional builders The International Laser Class Association has announced the seven new builders in the Northern Hemisphere have been appointed as the class moves to comply with European anti-trust law.
Posted on 26 Jan
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 6, Day 7
Race 6 continues to thrill Most teams report being in close proximity to each other and this has helped momentum when it comes to monitoring the competition and galvanising teams to push hard to improve their position in the race standings.
Posted on 26 Jan
Windsurfer Australian Championship overall
The seabreeze finally kicked in The morning was for the freestylers with more than a dozen competitors donning costumes and styling it up to their chosen music for a three minute routine.
Posted on 26 Jan
MacGlide Festival of Sails Super Sunday
A chance to blow away the cobwebs from a long opening day passage race For thousands of sailors gathered at Geelong, Australia Day was also 'Super Sunday' at the MacGlide Festival of Sails and a chance to blow away the cobwebs from a long opening day passage race down from Melbourne.
Posted on 26 Jan
Classic Yachts: Images from Mahurangi Regatta
120 yachts entered with the racing being conducted in a light to moderate SE wind The Classic Yacht Association staged the annual Mahurangi Regatta on the picturesque Mahurangi Harbour, about 25nm north of Auckland. Entries were 20% up this year with 120 yachts entered with the racing being conducted in a light to moderate SE breeze.
Posted on 26 Jan
EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour begins in Oman
Speed and skill will be the order of the day Over 15 days, a strong international and local contingent will use the prime winter conditions in the Sultanate to push both speed and heartrates to the max in thrilling close quarter racing in five diverse locations along the coast of Oman.
Posted on 26 Jan
SB20 Summer Sailing on the River Derwent
A wild time sees wind, rain, thrills and spills The Tasmanian SB20 fleet had a wild time on the River Derwent on the second night of sailing in the Post-Christmas Summer Pennant Series. While the forecast thunderstorm didn't eventuate, the fleet was buffeted by shifting winds of up to 30 knots
Posted on 26 Jan