From 26 to 28 August, the members of Pôle France in Port-la-Forêt are getting together for the first of four training sessions to prepare for the upcoming Transat Jacques Vabre. For this particular training round, four crews took to the water.
MACIF, Maître CoQ, PRB and Cheminées Poujoulat: four duos responded to the call from the Finistère-based offshore training centre for the first of four training sessions to prepare for the Transat Jacques Vabre. Solely Safran was a no-show but Marc Guillemot and Pascal Bidegorry, will be present at the next session, scheduled for 9 to 11 September.
Assessments and prospects
On the programme are a number of speed tests, a few manoeuvring exercises and a large amount of time devoted to debriefings on two recent Anglo-Saxon races, the Artemis Challenge and the Rolex Fastnet Race. “We’ve spent a fair amount of time indoors assessing these two races”, explains Christian Le Pape, director of Pôle France. “On the one hand, because there were quite a few lessons to draw on: we were able to note down lots of small details, which will ultimately make a difference. On the other, the particularly mild weather conditions we have at the moment, aren’t exactly ideal for preparing for a transatlantic race that sets off in the middle of autumn…” For this first session, François Gabart couldn’t attend so Antoine Gautier, his technical manager, is replacing him alongside Michel Desjoyeaux.
The crews present in Port-la-Forêt
Cheminées Poujoulat: Bernard Stamm – Philippe Legros
MACIF: François Gabart - Michel Desjoyeaux
Maître CoQ: Jérémie Beyou – Christopher Pratt
PRB: Vincent Riou – Jean Le Cam
The upcoming IMOCA events:
9 – 11 September: training session by Pôle France in Port-la-Forêt
17 – 19 September: training session
20 – 22 September: Trophée Azimut in Lorient
9 – 11 October: training session