From onboard the Class 40 Team Keysouce…
Now St Nazaire isn’t the most attractive of destinations on the French West Coast but the French make such an effort with these events the whole place was buzzing and they’d set up a great race village around the main yacht basin with the Open 60’s, Class 40’s, multis and a handful of IRC boats on display.
Lots of events happening over the Saturday and Sunday before the offshore started on the Sunday. One of the highlights had to be Mich Dejoyeaux match racing Bernard Stamm in the dock on little dinghies (see attached snap) – Le Proffeseur winning it in incredibly fluky wind conditions.
The course for the 40’s and the IRC boats was 230 miles, the 60’s had to race a longer course at 400 or so miles.
The start on Sunday afternoon involved the whole fleet going into the lock watched by thousands of keen French sailing fans with all the boats being announced on the tannoy and getting great cheers from the fans. We were really buzzing and it’s just so different from racing in the UK – awesome.