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Races follow one another: a good test for the major events to come.


ADRENA’s users are always at the forefronts and reached each podium of the beginning of the season. CONGRATULATIONS to all of them for their great victories!

 

Figaro: Focus on La Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro

Course Chart : La Solitaire Bompard - Le FigaroThe Figaro skippers are training for La Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro race that will start on June 19th in Deauville. There are already 26 skippers wishing to succeed to Yann Eliès.

To do so, they take part to the pre-season races: Solo Normandie, Transat AG2R LA MONDIALE, Solo Maïtre Coq, Le Havre Allmer Cup…

On the beginning of the season, Macif 2015 skipper Charlie Dalin won the Solo Concarneau, then after an intense suspense, Thierry Chabagny and Erwan Tabarly finished in first position in the Transat AG2R La Mondiale after 22 days at sea and with only a 4-minute lead. The Solo Maitre Coq was won by Ovimpex – Secours Populaire skipper Anthony Marchand and, finally, it is a home-win for Groupe Fiva skipper Alexis Loison who finished in first position in the Solo Normandie  race. All of them will be racing in La Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro: a great battle is going to take place so it’s time to place your bets!

 

IMOCA 60s: Vendee Globe                        

For IMOCA 60s, 2016 is the year of Vendee Globe Race! One after another, equipped or not with foils, the boats are in the assault upon qualification or compete in preparatory races: Calero Marinas Solo Transat, The Transat bakerly, New York – Vendée…

Only 27 skippers will be on departure of the non-stop round-the-world race on November 6th in Sables d’Olonne: it is already a great battle for the skippers to be officially qualified for the race. But the true question is: will the winner be a boat equipped with foils?

On The Transat bakerly, it is Armel Le Cléac’h who is winning with his new Banque Populaire boat equipped with foils.

 

Dinghies: Targeting Rio

Olympic Sailing Team

 

Within three months, the Rio Olympic Games will start! the French Olympic Team is preparing the event since a long time now and is willing to grab maximum medals. They already showed their motivation to be at the forefront during last main international events.

All those good results give confidence for the Rio Olympic Games starting on August 8th. Will this French Olympic team manage to win more than three medals, the actual record? As Official supplier of the French Olympic sailing team, we truly wish them to beat this record!



Let’s not forget the Ultims, Multi 50 and Class 40…

They all have the same feedback, The Transat bakerly was a nightmare as its reputation!

Few words from the winners:

« I think it is the toughest thing I ever did! » François Gabart, Ultim winner onboard Macif

« I am very happy,ten years ago I came into the IMOCA class and this is the first time I have won. I have finished second many times – in the Vendée Globe, The Transat, the Transat Jacques Vabre and the Route du Rhum, so today is a new day for me. I now I hope to be the first in the Vendée Globe 2016. » Armel Le Cléac’h

Most of Bakerly Transat skippers will cross back the Atlantic racing either on the New York-Vendée for the IMOCA 60’, either on The Transat Quebec-Saint Malo Race for the others. This one is the oldest offshore race from west to east with no stop and crew handed and will start on July 10th.

ADRENA is proud to contribute to those two races as official supplier. We wish them fair winds!

 

Young American Junior Big Boat Sailing Team

It is a great pleasure for us to announce all our support to the Young American Junior Big Boat Sailing Team, the youngest entry in the Newport Bermuda race starting on June 17th.

Team on J105

 

The Young American Junior Big Boat Sailing Team story began three years ago at American Yacht Club, New York.  The team comprises of young sailors aged between 14-19.  The mission of the team is to teach and impart proper seamanship skills and to compete in as many big boat races as possible with an emphasis on distance racing.  The team has already notched up significant race wins and trophies and gained some notoriety in the process.  For example, the team has overall fleet victories in both the Block Island Race and the Vineyard Race; two of New England’s most prestigious trophies.

Riding high on the wave of this success, eight of the more experienced sailors have been selected to embark on the Newport Bermuda race. Many members of the crew are accomplished dinghy boat racers, racing at the National level (Laser class).  Other members of the team already have a number of sea miles under their belts.  Two members recently worked a 2,400 nautical mile passage in a RP 74 from Honolulu to San Diego.

Navigation and routing

 

At aged 15, Madelyn Ploch (a sail-maker’s daughter) is the youngest sailor on the team.  She’s also one of only two girls on board. The other is Carina Becker, the daughter of Peter Becker, one of the three adult coaches on board and the leader and mastermind behind the Young American Junior Big Boat Team Newport Bermuda race entry. Peter is a Newport Bermuda race veteran having completed in no less than fifteen Newport Bermuda races. He completed his first race aged 16!

Over the last few weeks, the team has been working hard to get their boat, “High Noon”, a 41 foot Grand Prix Racing yacht designed by Bill Tripp, ready for the race.

Aboard to guide and assist them is Guillermo Altadill, a Barcelona native who has completed seven circumnavigations (three with podium places) and fourteen transatlantic crossings.  It was Guillermo who recommended the use of Adrena software and the team is excited to explore and familiarize themselves with it!  They’re confident that with his experience, their talent and Adrena, they will have a winning formula!