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Our quest to understand exactly why offshore racing is such an impossibly popular sport here in France continues this week with the first Farr (Mumm) 30 Worlds in two years.  We’re covering it in Hyeres on the Mediterranean, and look for a detailed story about this Class and how one of the best 30 footers ever designed went from hero to zero in just a couple of years.  We’re pretty confident that it’s back, and we’ll have interviews, racing videos, and live or delayed streaming video of the first two days of racing starting on Thursday as well as pictures and reports from the course, where we were showered with amuses-bouches and pastis today by an SA fan on one of the RC boats – tres sympa!  You can check out the Pre-Worlds results and a pile of great shots from Mer too.

Unfortunately, we’ll be racing Northwards to get to incredible St. Malo for the start of the Route Du Rhum, the most spectated event in all of sailing.  We already spent a couple of days up there watching the preparations begin, and let me tell you – the entire thing is going to blow your mind.  If other countries had the kind of widespread passion for any discipline in sailing that the French do, the sport would have a far different landscape.

So check back on this page for the latest, and keep an eye on the French Connection thread for as-it-comes info and multimedia from our trip, and watch for reports on some of the awesome Magic Marine gear that our friends in Holland sent us to try out during the bitter weather we expect in Brittany.  And thank god they did, because the forecast is for the kind of race start that might just hurt.

Meanwhile, if you don’t believe us about the Route Du Rhum, watch this