Pacé (remember he was an AC 32 BMW Oracle cast off) is sailing
the SNG entered GP 42 Near Miss, with Alinghi’s Tom Schnackeberg
as navigator, in the Copa del Rey. Yesterday, it seems like a right
royal combination and Near Miss didn’t seem to be missing anything.
The Swiss boat in the first race, though José Maria Van der Ploeg’s
Madrid sailed a tight race to finish just 20 seconds behind. In the
second race, Pacé took the honours again, with a 1minute lead
over Airis, to lead the Class by 9 points.
Today, the cards were reshuffled with Airis, Roma and Desafio getting
a win each, and shaking the overall results, but they failed to topple
Prince Pacé from his throne, as overall leader. This pic by Nico
Martinez. Read about the rest of the day’s racing here.
18h49’14" (GMT), on Thursday 31st July 2008, Franck-Yves Escoffier,
on board Crêpes Whaou! crossed the finish line of the seventh
Transat Quebec-Saint Malo off the city of Saint-Malo doing twenty knots.
After 11 days 3 hours 19 minutes and 14 seconds of racing, at an average
theoretical speed of 10.68 knots, the skipper from Saint-Malo and his
three crewmen, Yves Le Blévec, Bertrand Chambert-Loir and Christophe
Aillet were first to finish this 2855 mile (5287 km) transatlantic crossing
from west to east, where they encountered a wide range of conditions
from their way out of the Saint Lawrence and as they crossed the North
Atlantic. Photo Daniel Allisy / DPPI. Full story here and pix here