Thursday, May 19, 2016

Moriceau's SAILING 29 Tops J/80s @ GPEN

J/80s sailing GPEN off Camaret, France Botherel Dominates J/22s
(Brest, France)- The Grand Prix de l’Ecole Navale (the French Naval Academy) hosted yet another popular edition of GPEN off the beautiful, undulating countryside of Camaret, France.  A strong fleet of fifteen J/22s participated off the mouth of the river and the powerful fleet of forty-six J/80s sailed a bit further offshore.

Familiar teams topped the J/80 standings and the final outcome could not have been any closer- with the winner determined on a tie-breaker with 27 pts each.  Simon Moriceau’s SAILING 29 team won the tie-break based on winning four races in the eight race series!  Taking second was Eric Brezellec’s COURRIER JUNIOR, winning two races over the weekend.  Third crew as Luc Nadal’s GAN’JA with 33 pts net and, ironically, was the most consistent boat in the top three- - the other crews both had at least two races in the big double-digits!  Rounding out the top five was Charles Le Guil’s HOTEL MIRAMAR in fourth and Damian Michelier’s VITEL SAILING TEAM in fifth place.  Top woman skipper was Maxime Rousseaux’ CN SAINT CAST GRAND OUEST ETIQUETTE in 12th overall and second woman skipper was Laura Simon sailing UNIVERSITY NANTES.

J/22s sailing GPEN regatta off Camaret, FranceWinning the J/22 class after four races was Claire & Pierre Bothorel on PAPY J.  Taking second overall was the Dutch team on BIGROLL TU DELFT BROACH BEAUFORT, skippered by Hylke Kooistra with crew of Tom Holewijn, Bern Laninga and Timen Petri.  A past French J/22 champion, Patrick Huet, completed the podium in the bronze position, sailing EUROPEAN HOMES with Yannick Souron and Pierre Royne.  Of note was that it may have been the first time in French J/22 class history that two woman skippered boats took 1st and 2nd in a national event!  The balance of the top five included Guillaume Gallou’s MAJIC in 4th and the Verdoorn family from The Netherlands (Dirk Jan, Liselotte, Rosemarijn) and friend Sanne Uitentuis sailing JUT ET JUL into 5th place.  For more Grand Prix de l’Ecole Navale regatta sailing information