Friday, October 6, 2017

Atlantic Telegramme Regatta Fun 4 70s, 80s, 111, 122!

J/80 winners (Lorient, France)- The past weekend saw the 18th Atlantic Telegramme Regatta take place in Lorient, France, organized and hosted by the Center Nautique de Lorient.  It was a three-day regatta that had 121 sailboats across a wide variety of classes for 800+ sailors.  Amongst those fleets were J/70s, J/80s and a J/111 participating in IRC Division.

The sailing on Friday was not optimal, low winds with huge oscillations across the race course area.  Then, on Saturday it was almost perfect, with 10-15 kt winds from the southeast.  On the closing day on Sunday, a less than idyllic weather scenario played out as a Low (depression) swept across the Bay of Biscay, bringing with it rain, fog, and good breezes from the southwest.  In the end, the J/70 and J/80 classes enjoyed a lot of racing, both getting in a total of eight races.

In the J/70 class, it was “fratricidal warfare” between the two brothers Phillipe and Eric Guigne- in fact, it was a friendly family battle, too.  After compiling seven 1sts, it was Phillippe’s crew on VIRTUAL REGATTA 70 that won quite handily with just 9 pts total.  His crew consisted of Damien Scelo, Tanguy Caron, and Benjamin Diouris.  Second was his brother Eric on FORCE G sailing with a complete family crew that included Antoine Guigne, Adrien Guigne, and Gregroire Guigne!  Finally, in third place was Ivan Damon’s JUNIOR SANGALKAM with crew of Lucie Ribet, Eric Kescaven, and Matthieu Kloek.

J/80s sailing off FranceSimilarly, the J/80 class saw a runaway leader for their class.  Past regatta winner Simon Moriceau guided ARMEN HABITAT to six 1sts in 8 races to win with just 6 pts net.  His crew consisted of Jean Queveau, Pierre Loic Berthet, Stephane Geslin, Paul Medinger and Tiphaine Ragueneau- all from the APCC Voile Sportive sailing club.  Taking second was top French woman skipper Maxime Rousseaux on her CN ST CAST GRAND OUEST ETIQUETTES; her CN St Cast crew included Alexis Aveline, Corentin Kieffer, Julie Richeux, and Matthieu Legrand.  Third place wen to Thomas Launay’s AVEVA MSAASA; his crew included Matthieu Layus, Nicolas Richard, and Emmanuel Houze.

Over on the handicap racing classes, it was the J/122 MUSIX winning IRC 2 Division, skippered by Philippe Baetz from La Trinité sur Mer.  Then, in the Osiris 2 class, it was Patrice Vidon’s J/111 J4F that handily won their class, too.  For more Atlantic Telegramme Regatta sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.