Let’s start this new episode with the launch of the Ultime Banque Populaire XI by Armel Le Cléac’h on Tuesday in Lorient La Base. It took two years of construction, or 150,000 hours of work and no less than 150 companies mobilized for this flying machine to emerge. The first big confrontation is scheduled for November 7 at the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre, which Armel Le Cléac’h will contest with Kevin Escoffier.
Mondial du Vent
Since Wednesday and until Sunday, the spot of Leucate-La Franqui gathered the gratin of the glide on the occasion of the 24th Mondial du Vent. The event hosted the first leg of the GWA Wingfoil World Cup. Another novelty is the presence of kitefoils on the future Olympic format of mixed doubles relay selected for the 2024 Olympic Games in France.
Thinking of the Mini-Transat
First solo race of the mini season, the Pornichet Select, 20th of the name, is full with 80 boats on the starting line this Saturday. In front of the bows of the 650s, a course of 300 miles off the coast of southern Brittany. The Pornichet Select is aptly named since, in addition to the fact that it is one of the three compulsory events of the French championship, it is also a qualifier for the Mini-Transat 2021. In the Mediterranean, the start of the 222 Mini Solo, race in solitary of 220 miles, was given this Friday from Genoa.
With less than three months before the opening of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the duo Lili Sebesi and Albane Dubois have been selected in 49er FX. Of the ten Olympic series, we therefore know the selected in nine of the ten series. The French Finns, including Jonathan Lobert, will try to win the last European quota for Tokyo during the Gold Cup which will take place from May 8 to 12 in Porto. The Finn will be replaced after the Tokyo Olympics by a mixed series for Paris 2024.
The French selected:
RS: Female X: Charline Picon
RS: Male X: Thomas Goyard
470 female: Camille Lecointre – Aloïse Retornaz
470 male: Kévin Peponnet – Jérémie Mion
Nacra 17: Quentin Delapierre – Manon Audinet
49er: Lucas Rual – Emile Amoros
Laser: Jean-Baptiste Bernaz
Laser Radial: Marie Bolou
49er FX: Lili Sebesi (Albane Dubois
Finn: series to qualify
Tour Voile: something new
The Tour Voile 2021 route (July 2 to 24) was unveiled at the start of the week and includes some new features. There are nine stopover towns (Dunkirk, Le Havre, Saint-Vaast-La-Hougue, Dielette, Erquy, La Baule, Châtelaillon-Plage, Royan and Serre-Ponçon) with an original finish as judged on the Lake of Serre-Ponçon. This year especially marks the return of the coastal courses that sailors so missed: there are five on the program and the distances vary from 52 to 95 miles.
Head for the sun!
No less than 36 lucky sailors will set sail for the sun of Saint-Barthélemy in the Caribbean Sea on Sunday May 9. From Concarneau to the West Indies, the 18 duos have 3,890 miles to cover with an obligatory passage over the island of La Palma in the Canaries. For this great premiere of the Figaro Bénéteau 3, a one-design with foils faster than the Figaro 2, the first ones should take between 17 and 19 days depending on the weather conditions.
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