Lorient – As storm Ciaran is expected on the French Atlantic coast on Wednesday evening – set to blast across the course that they would have otherwise been scattered along – the first Class40s reached the port of Lorient La Base during the night to seek shelter.
The the fleet of 40 footmonohulls fought a battle to the finish, sometimes in conditions which took a toll on the sailors and the boats. On this short 320 miles course from Le Have.
Alla Grande Pirelli sailed by Ambrogio Beccaria and Nicolas Andrieu in the lead from start to finish, across the Bay of Seine to the Courreaux de Groix, won, arriving on the stroke of midnight. The mastery, the Franco-Italian tandem managed to open up a good gap with the rest of the fleet along north coast of Brittany.
Second place goes to the ex Figaro duo on Groupe SNEF Xavier Macaire and Pierre Leboucher who stayed ahead of a pack which was all very close to each other. Inter Invest (Perraut-Bloch) finished 3rd.
ORDER OF ARRIVAL INTO LORIENT
1- ALLA GRANDE PIRELLI Ambriogio BECCARIA / Nicolas ANDRIEU ITA
2- GROUPE SNEF Xavier MACAIRE / Pierre LEBOUCHER
3- INTER INVEST Matthieu PERRAUT / Kevin BLOCH
4- LEGALLAIS Fabien DELAHAYE / Corentin DOUGUET
5- AMARRIS Achille NEBOUT / Gildas MAHE