Rankings for this 12th MARIE-AGNÈS PÉRON TROPHY

In the Prototype division :

  1. Ian Lipinski – 865, ‘Griffon.fr’
  2. Maxime Salle – 618, ‘On the road again’
  3. Gautier Enguehard  – 427, ‘Le Mini brestois’
  4. Jaanus Taame – 787, ‘ Ropeye’
  5. Pablo Torres – 431, ‘Bicho II – Puerto Sherry’
  6. Thomas Grandin  – 138, ‘Poch’trot’

Withdrawals of 850, 419, 254

In the Production division :

  1. Tom Dolan  – 910, ‘Offshoresailing.fr’
  2. Pierre Chedeville  – 887, ‘Blue orange games’
  3. Erwan Le Draoulec  – 895, ‘ Emile Henry’
  4. Gwénolé Gahinet – 902, ‘Merci Logways!’
  5. Davy Beaudart – 869, ‘Le Fauffiffon Hénaff’
  6. Yannick Le Clech – 906, ‘Dragobert’
  7. Jonas Gerckens – 882, ‘ Volvo’
  8. Guillaume Combescure – 905, ‘Mini Oiri’
  9. Valentier Gautier – 903, ‘Shaman’
  10. Tanguy Bouroullec – 909, ‘Pogo partners’
  11. Henri Lemenicier – 914, ‘LPO agir pour la diversité’
  12. Vedran Kabalin – 704, ‘Eloa’
  13.  Loïc Fagherazzi – 821, ‘Trebunnec’
  14. Stéphane Gresset – 916, ‘ Uniflow’
  15. Louis-Xavier Lamiraud – 479, ‘Woza spirit’
  16. Oliver Tessloff – 893, ‘ Jandia’
  17. Etienne Fournier – 836, ‘Frates pelouses’
  18. David Prono – 728, ‘ESI group’
  19. Slobodan Velikic – 602, ‘SISA2’
  20. Cédric Faron – 899, ‘Quasar’
  21. Germain Kerleveo – 913, ‘Adonnantes’
  22. Julien Mizrachi – 832, ‘Golborne’
  23. Estelle Greck – 514, ‘Starfish’
  24. Timothée Bonavita – 796 , ‘Mini-Lab’
  25. Victor Barriquand – 866, ‘ Coco’
  26. Gaël Durand – 692, ‘Diaoulic’
  27. Jean-Jacques Leroy – 482 , ‘EIAO’
  28. Elodie Pedron – 504, ‘Stream art’
  29. Alessandro Torresani – 523, ‘Matador’
  30. Marie Robert – 587, ‘Pepen’
  31. William Pain – 590, ‘Jolinas’
  32. Julien Bozzolo – 219, ‘ Mariole.fr’
  33. Jérôme Lhermitte – 891, ‘Moana’
  34. Gwendal Pibot – 599, ‘Rossinante’
  35. Georges Kick – 529, ‘Black mamba’

Withdrawals of 250, 535, 879, 579, 552, 549, 911, 871

 

Vanishing acts and daggers drawn

8pm on Friday 10 June: the forerunners are now on their way back, sailing south of Penmarc’h and just over 70 nautical miles from the finishing line. Owing to a firmer Westerly, they are tacking in order to reach the Chaussée de Sein West Cardinal buoy, quite far off the shore of Sein Island.

In Proto, Ian Lipinski on 865, ‘Griffon.fr’ vanished in a puff of smoke and is now 15 nautical miles ahead of his closest competitor, Maxime Sallé on 618, ‘On the Road Again’.

Since 850 quit the race, we must admit that opposition to Lipinski is scarce. However, let’s not forget Pablo Torres’ brilliant performance earlier in the race.  On 431, ‘Bicho II Puerto Sherry’, he gave Lipinski on his Raison designed Mini a run for his money. The same praises go to Gaultier Enguehard on 427, ‘Le Mini Brestois’.

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A look of great determination is clearly visible on Pablo during the briefing.

With regards to Production boats, it is a scrap for the first five places. The skippers have been repeatedly swapping positions since sailing past La Jument rock near Les Glénans. ‘Here you go, I’m gaining 0,1 nautical mile on you; here we go, I’ve dropped 0,2 behind an hour later; look, now I’m taking your wind; look, I’m beating you to this sea mark!’ There is indeed a very close contest going on between 5 Minis, which can be listed – in interchangeable order (!) – as follows: 869, 887, 895, 902, 910.

Please beware: you may end up spending the night glued to the race-tracking screen till the first boats’ expected arrival early tomorrow morning.

Especially as the nearest contestants to these ‘famous five’ are within close range and a glorious return can slip from their grasp with one failed manoeuver, a slackening of or sudden change in the wind, or an unfavourable countercurrent. The ‘famous five’ should therefore ensure they keep checking their rear-view mirrors for 906, 909, 882, 914, 903, 905.

 

MAP Trophy 2016 – Top 10 for Production boats

Finishing times on 11 June 2016 :

  1. 910 – Tom Dolan  – ‘ Offshoresailing.fr’ at 10h 00min 42secs
  2. 887 – Pierre Chedeville –  ‘Blue Orange Games’ at10h 08min 12secs
  3. 895 – Erwan Le Draoulec –  ‘Emile Henry’ at 10h 13min 47secs
  4. 902 – Gwenolé Gahinet – ‘Merci Logways !’ at 10h 29min 47secs
  5. 869 – Davy Beaudart – ‘Le Fauffiffon Hénaff’ at 11h 17min 35secs
  6. 906 – Yannick Le Clech – ‘Dragobert’ à 11h 29min 48secs
  7. 882 – Jonas Gerckens – ‘Volvo’ at 12h 47min 41secs
  8. 905 – Guillaume Combescure – ‘Mini Oiri’ at 13h 25min 49secs
  9. 903 – Valentin Gautier – ‘Shaman’ at 13h 31min 28secs
  10. 909 – Tanguy Bouroullec – ‘Pogo Partners’ at 13h 54min 52secs

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Mid-Race Summary on Friday 10 June at 12 noon French time

The Ogre of Sein

Yesterday at 6pm, the 12th edition of the Marie-Agnès Péron Trophy started as planned, even though there was hardly any wind.  Slowly, the competitors set sail towards the Raz de Sein, the first challenge on their route, past which they needed to get before the turn of the tide. Indeed, with such slight winds, it was essential to get through the Raz before its door slammed shut.

Not long after midnight, the Minis in the lead glided their way through the southern edge of the passage and in the following hour managed to swing past the critical point.  About twenty others became trapped inside the jaws of the Ogre.  Through the night, they soldiered on, worked frantically, tried everything, but all in vain. Without help from Aeolus, ruler of the winds, the Raz is a trap. Not before morning could the skippers at the tail end extricate themselves from this tangle. At this stage a few exhausted competitors made the wise decision, as good sailors would, to turn back towards Douarnenez, feeling somewhat bruised and battered.

For those in the lead, the weather caused a number of surprising developments. Most particularly in the Proto division, where the smiling Pablo Torres, the surprising Spaniard, lorded it on 431, his ‘old’ Manuard designed Mini from 2002, as he firmly maintained his lead position for the first part of the race.

It is only when he reached the Point Penmarc’h that Ian Lipinski regained the lead and gradually increased the gap between him and his chasers.  Halfway through the race, his ‘Griffon.fr’ was way ahead of the rest as he sailed past ‘les Chats’, a route pointer south of Groix Island.  Behind him, Pablo Torres boldly pushes on, holding on to second place 6 miles from the leader. He is 3 miles ahead of a trio made of Maxime Salle on 618, Gaultier Enguehard on 427 and Clément Machetel on 850.

A clear breakaway at the Jument rock

When it comes to Production boats, the publicised punch-up is well and truly underway, but things are not turning out as expected.

In the lead, Davy Beaudart on 969, ‘Le Fauffiffon Hénaf’ quickly pulled into first place. The four-time winner of the Trophy gave a thorough display of his great seamanship as he sailed past Sein and came first in the general ranking. It not until he reached point Penmarc’h that he was overtaken by the revolutionary Proto skippered by Ian Lipinski.

Some thought that the ‘Fauffiffon’ was on course for another easy flying victory. Especially as the main element of challenge came from older boats ( Vedran Kabalin’s Tip-top 704 ‘Eloa’, Etienne Fournier’s Argo 836, ‘Frates Pelouses’, and Louis-Xavier Laùiraud’s  Ginto 479, ‘Woza Spirit’) which cannot keep up with Pogo3s when the wind starts to blow properly.

The other favourites, the pack of Pogo3 hounds, appeared to already be on bended knee in the first third of the race.  It’s now quite clear that these bandits were simply play-acting and were sharpening their swords as they lay in ambush.  Come 9am this morning, Pierre Chedeville on 887 dealt the first decisive blow and took first place in the ranking. This moment saw the emergence in the Production division of a quartet of four breakaways sailing in close formation. The race took on a much more predictable turn as this quartet is composed of four Pogo3s: 887, 869, 865, and 902.

Right now they are about to start sailing around Groix Island after which they will head back north, towards the finish line. We’re at mid-race and the ranking for the leading Production boats currently approaching the Basse Mélite, north of Groix Island is as follows:

  1. Pierre Chedeville on 887 ‘Blue Orange Games’ at 112,8 M from the finish line
  2. Davy Beaudart on 869, ‘Le Fauffiffon Hénaff”, à 112,9 M from the finish line.
  3. Gwenolé Gahinet 902, ‘Merci logways’, at112,9 M from the finish line.
  4. Erwan Le Draoulec on 895, ’Emile Henry’, at 112,9 M from the finish line.
  5. Tom Dolan on 910, ‘Offshoresailing.f’, at 113,0 M from the finish line.
  6. Yannick Le Clech on 906, ‘Dragobert’, at 114,5 M from the finish line.
  7. 7. Henri Lemenicier on 914, ‘Petit Tonerre’, at 116,1 M from the finish line.
  8. 8. Valentin Gautier on 903, ‘Shaman’, at 116,5 M from the finish line.
  9. 9. Guillaume Combescure on 905, ‘Mini Oiri’, at 118,1 M from the finish line.
  10. Tanguy Bouroullec on 909, ‘Pogo Partners’, at 119,0 M from the finish line.
  11. Jonas Gerckens on 882, ‘Volvo’, at 120,3 M from the finish line.

Obviously the race is far from over and it promises to be quite a battle royale.

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