Eurocat of Carnac in ETF26
Yvan Bourgnon was injured in the arm, so the talented Dutchman Cas Van Dongen replaced him at the helm.
This changes things quite a bit on board: we learn the precise technical English terms in 3 hours and we go from the heaviest crew to the lightest crew! 🕊🕊🕊
Cas is a young and very good sailor who comes from 69F. He brought us more rigor in our way of sailing and allowed us to see the limits of our freestyle side. A big thank you to him!🙏
It was the first time he sailed on ETF26 and the first time he didn’t win a regatta since 2019, we even taught him not to win 😉
Still with the tireless Paul Melot as number 1
9 races were sailed for this weekend under the sun in Quiberon Bay and the #TeamBourgnon crew finishes 6th overall out of 8, which is a good result and still keeps us in 6th place in the championship.
The only small downside is for the big raid on Saturday 🛠
A course of about 40 miles that takes sport catamarans of all sizes around the island of Houat.
5 minutes before the start procedure, the tack of the code 0 (headsail) breaks and it’s a scramble with the assistance zodiac to try a makeshift repair on the water.
Even Pierre, the new owner of the ETF26 yard will help, thanks to him as well as Antoine Iché and Fabien, they will find the solution with a Paul hooked to the end of the spinnaker pole to tinker the whole thing in 4 mins chrono⏱
The repair not allowing to raise the luff of the code 0 to the right tension. It’s better than an abandonment but we clearly have a deficit of course. We’ll keep the pace until we pass a bubbling Teignousse due to the current against the wind. Then, in a small area south of the island, the wind rotation makes the first ones go back in direct line for the finish.
Next race in ETF26 is the Raid de Quiberon on June 2-6
Next regatta for me on May 7-8 with the beginning of the M2 Speed Tour on board Tinguely 🇨🇭
📸 Clément Gerbaud / Fabien Saumur