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Class 40's in the Normandy Channel Race 2020

Posted on 19th September 2020

Photo credit: MArie Sapin/Normandy Channel Race
A finish off the podium for Thibaut Lefevre (FRA) and Sebastien Marsset (FRA) didn’t in any way reflect the level of skill they brought to the game. They were in touch with the leader from the start, having been as high as second and were in third approaching Tuskar Rock before taking a 3-hour penalty stop (for a rule infringement exiting the Solent) that set them back to 17th. #157, now called Freedom, was third in last year's event when racing as Cape Racing Yachts, finished 8 th this year out of a record fleet of 27 boats. Indeed, simply finishing was a credit to the teams’ determination after heaving too in the Celtic Sea, watching boats from behind sail by and then having to deal with a nasty 30kt to 35kt heavy weather beat in short steep waves up the channel for the last 36 hours.

For owner Thibaut Lefevre:
′′ It was for me a first experience in Class40 but also a first experience in offshore racing on a very demanding Normandy Channel Race course, physically tiring. We gave everything we could to move the boat forward the best. This was great, we had some really good feelings. At the same time we had fun, at the same time I learned a lot about tactics, manoeuvres and what not to do. This was very informative and I absolutely regret nothing even the end in 35 knots. First time going out in big weather like this. It's also nice to see that the boat holds well, we can trust him. Very happy with this first Normandy Channel Race. I think we have been a very good team. I really had a blast even when taking a 3rd night laugh in 30 knots of wind, even though it was physically hard, I keep only good memories. ′′

Sebastien Marsset, the pro sailor onboard:
′′ It's been a fantastic edition to live in terms of regatta. It's been very interesting to see boats from different generations battle each other. The requirement rises on this race, the overall fleet level was quite high. At one point we considered stopping at the stand like some other competitors, but finally we thought there would definitely be less sea offshore and then it happened and we don't regret because here we are 8th in Ouistreham despite our penalty. ′′

Photo credit: Thomas Deregnieaux/Freedom 157

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