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Le 18th Marie-Agnès Péron Trophy begin under the sun

Under sunny skies, on the pontoons of the port of Tréboul, the skippers are busy on their boats with final preparations. 85 boats are expected on the starting line of the Marie-Agnès Péron Trophy on June 2nd and the weather seems to be more clement than for the Mini en Mai, a regatta starting from La Trinité which ended on May 20th and during which the skippers were often upwind in a good twenty knots. Among the skippers present for the Marie-Agnès Péron Trophy, several countries are represented: Switzerland, England, Italy, Germany, Holland, Spain, Slovenia, Ireland, Belgium but also the United States, Japan and Canada.

Laure Galley’s proto 1048, undergoing a capsize recovery test

Of the 85 skippers, 15% are women, including Julie Simon, winner of the Pornichet Select. The average age of the competitors is around thirty but there is a big gap between the youngest, Marco Varray, aged 16 and the oldest, aged 65!

Caroline Boule’s proto 1067 in front of Tristan Island for rig testing.

There are also a good fifteen prototypes, including the last one to come out of the shipyard, which will be racing for the first time: the 1067, named Bill and skippered by Caroline Boule. It is equipped, among other things, with a curved asymmetrical boom and a new hull shape.  There are discussions, exchanges and help from each other on the pontoons, while waiting to compete on the water in a few days.


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After a good fight finally  Irina Gracheva prevailed against Sébastien Pebelier. She knew perfectly well how to negotiate the ridge to the south of the  Chaussée de Sein and that was decisive. Pierre Le Roy completes the podium for the Prototypes.

Léo Debiesse wins the Trophy for the  Series with Hugo Dhallenne second then Romain Le Gall.  For them too, negotiating the ridge of the  Chaussée de Sein was decisive.

By  03:00 this morning almost the whole fleet have gone round the west of  Sein and are heading for  Douarnenez

You can see videos of the first two on  Facebook du Winches

Prototypes arrivals  :

1 – Irina Gracheva Racing Mini-Transat 2021 (800) on 4 June at  23:00 48’42”

2 – Sebastien Pebelier Decosail 787on 4 June at  23:00 57’43”

3 – Pierre Le Roy- Big Bounce 1019 on  5 June at  01:00 10’31”

Séries arrivals :

1 – Léo Debiesse 966 Les Alphas on 5 June at  01:00 15’11’’

2 – Hugo Dhallenne 979 YC Saint Lunairele on 5 June at  01:00  47’35’’

3 – Romain Le Gall 987 les Optiministes Tribord on 5 June at  02:00  19’25”

The final sprint takes off !

It’s the final duel between  Sébastien Pebelier on the  787-Decosail and  Irina Gracheva  on the  800 who are ahead by  a nautical mile and a half  and speed ahead at  4.5 knots,  less than 20 nautical miles from the finish.
Four  nautical miles away to the south-west Pierre le Roy’s 1019-BigBounce  is side to side with the first Series,  Léo Debiesse’s 966-Les Alphas followed by the  950-Porsche François Champion. Sixteen boats have succeeded in rounding  the western buoy of the  Chaussée de Sein, many more are still working round it. At this rate the first ones are expected just before midnight, with the main group arriving at dawn.

1016, 903 and 871  have retired from the race.

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West of Sein

The wind has been light since this morning. The fleet is progressing slowly but surely, at about 3 knots, towards the most western mark of the course which is  Sein’s western buoy. Amongst the leaders many have decided to flirt with the  Chaussée de Sein, Irina Gracheva on her  prototype 800 took the southern option which seems to be paying off at the 30th hour of the  course since she’s now in first position. For the séries Léo Debiesse on the Pogo3 -966-Les Alphas is now sailing in 3rd position of the fleet. This now extends over more than  20 nautical miles which means about 7 hours between the first and last skipper.

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On the second day

Last night, everyone defended their position but it appears that the God of Wind abandoned the skippers in the early hours. The fleet has now drawn closer in the Bay of Audierne. The front runners are the 5 prototypes : 950-Porsche François Champion, 787-DECOSAIL Sébastien Pebelier, 1019-BigBounce Pierre Le Roy, 800 Irina Gracheva and Victor Turpin’s 850-Pays d’Iroise.

For the Séries, Léo Debiesse on the  966-Les Alphas leads his category pursued by 4 competitors  less than half a nautical mile away, the 914-Maitri – powered by Velotrade of Brieuc Lebec, Alberto Riva’s 993-EdiliziAcrobatica, Romain le Gall’s  987-Les OptiministeTribord and Hugo Dhallenne’s 979-YC Saint Lunaire.

The fleet are very slowly  getting closer, with  2-3 knots in  Chaussée de Sein which they should reach in mid-afternoon. This morning the routing application  declared an ETA (estimated time of arrival) of between 21:00 and 22:00 this evening.

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Taking stock after 12hrs of racing

So it’s now been 12 hours since the competitors set off from  Douarnenez and the first have reached Groix, so  82 nautical miles at an average of slightly less than 7 knots. Good weather,  smooth seas, and no withdrawals up to now apart from the 589 which never left.

At the head of the race we find the  prototypes : 950-Porsche François Champion, 787-DECOSAIL Sébastien Pebelier and 1019-BigBounce Pierre Le Roy bunched up together.  The 800 skippered by Irina Gracheva has caught up and got much closer to the first three. And 2 nautical miles further two other boats bring up the rear of the first group : Victor Turpin’s  850-Pays d’Iroise and Timothée Villain-Amirat’s 756.

Looking at the Series,  two Pogo 3 are in front : the  914-Maitri – powered by Velotrade of Brieuc Lebec and Léo Debiesse’s  966-Les Alphas. Alberto Riva follows on the  993-EdiliziAcrobatica, a Vector (rounded bows), then a  Pogo 3,  Loïc Blin’s 871 and  Romain Le Gall’s Maxi 987-LES OPTIMINISTES TRIBORD (also rounded bows). This group of five largely make up the head of the fleet which now extends over 25 nautical miles . The night should prove to be quite tactical and therefore tiring, a crucial point of the Trophy.

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Passing the Raz 

Four hours after departure, the  950-Porsche skippered by François Champion has crossed  the Raz de Sein first, separated almost nautical mile from Sébastien Pebelier on  787-DECOSAIL. The third prototype is the 850-Pays d’Iroise skippered by  Victor Turpin.

For the Series, Romain Le Gall’s Maxi 987-Les Optiministes Tribord heads up the category just in front of  Loïc Blin’s 871 and Melwin Fink’s 920.

Right now the fleet extends over about 8 nautical miles.

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A great start!

The  17th  Marie-Agnès Péron Trophy got started slightly late, at  09:15 with a slight westerly wind (3-4 knots) and a cloudy sky. It was  François Champion on the prototype 950-Porsche who reached the first mark before the others then set off for the  Raz de Sein, followed by Julie Simon’s Series  963-DinaMips. And it was Georges Kick on the 529, an hour after the start, who went round the same buoy last.

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