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let them eat crepes

Franck-Yves Escoffier makes a successful comeback in the 50-foot VPLP Trimaran Crêpes Whaou 3 after damaging the bow of his boat during last year’s Route Du Rhum.  Escoffier and his 4-man crew, which includes past Banque Pop skipper Pascal Bidegorry, smacked around the rest of the Multi 50 fleet at the first 2011 event the Grand Prix Guyader.  This super-fast class is quietly growing into something special, sort of an ORMA or MOD for the more budget minded, and with the top three boats from VPLP, Verdier and Irens, the design battle is something to watch as well.  Photo and story from the excellent Gilles Morelle, and check out more photos here.