Friday, December 13, 2013

Brezellec J/80 Coupe de France Champion- Four-peat!

Interface Concept 2- Eric Brezellec sailing upwind(Paris, France)- The year long series known as the Coupe de France is comprised of eight regattas and the four best scores are selected for each team; the series starts with SPI Ouest France Regatta in April and ends with the J/80 Nationals in November!  It’s a tough series since virtually all top French J/80 teams (over 250 teams!!) participate in events that range from sailing on the rough waters of the Channel on the northern coastline, to the classic racing in the Bay of Biscay and, of course, the often spectacular sailing in places like Marseille down in the warm, azure waters of the Mediterranean.  It’s quite a feat for any team to consistently finish in the top five in this series with some of the world’s best J/80 sailors.

J/80 Interface Concept II sailing upwind off FranceRemarkably, taking a “four-peat” was none other than Eric Brezellec on INTERFACE CONCEPT I, a perennial championship team that also had a great performance at this year’s J/80 Worlds in Marseilles.  Brezellec was followed by fellow colleague Simon Moriceau on INTERFACE CONCEPT 2!  Not too surprisingly, Luc Nadal’s team on GAN’JA took the final place on the podium.  Note that two of the three teams counted for their classification in the Coupe de France their top placings in the 2013 World Championships sailed this year in Marseilles, France— a big “congratulations” to Luc Nadal and Eric Brezellec for their consistency!

The top women’s crew for 2013 Coupe de France was FRA 6001 “THIERRY REAL ESTATE- PAYS DE LOIRE” skippered by Catherine Lepensant.

Note- for those J/80 sailors who may be traveling in Paris or France, the French J/80 Class will hold their AGM and Coupe de France 2013 Awards at the end of the Paris Boat Show on 14th December.  For more J/80 French class sailing and awards information