Tuesday, June 11, 2019

J’s Cruise in Armen Race

J/122 sailing offshore
(La Trinite sue Mer, France)- The Societe Nautique de La Trinite sur Mer hosted their annual Armen Race, a 210.0nm offshore “sausage-style” course that starts off La Trinite, heads out into the Bay of Biscay, and rounds a mark off Cape Finisterre at the entrance to the English Channel (La Manche) and return to the finish off La Trinite.  It can be a grueling course and this year it took most of the 35 to 40 footers around 60 to 65 hours to complete the course- approximately a 3.45 kt average (no wonder there were a lot of DNF’s in the race!).

Over a dozen J/Teams participated in the race, with most finishing the difficult and challenging weather conditions.  In the end, there was an excellent showing in IRC B Class.  Winning was the J/122E MUSIX, skippered by Phillipe Baetz from the host club SN Trinite sur Mer. A fellow club member took the silver, the J/120 HEY JUDE, skippered by Phillipe Girardin. Not far off their pace was the J/120 LADY JANE, skippered by P. Tostivint from CN Pornic, ending up in 7th place. For more SNTM Armen Race sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.