Owen Clarke Class 40 finishes second at Trophée Guyader ahead of strong competition

Wednesday, 07 May 2014

Amateur/Corinthian Class 40 skipper mixes it up with the pros, on the podium of the Trophée Guyader

Twelve Class 40’s turned up for racing last week and over the long holiday weekend to contest the Trophée Guyader, in Douarnenez, which will be the site of the Class 40 Worlds later in the season.

The event was dominated by Sebastien Rogues on his 2013 Mach 40, GDF Suez. Bertrand Delesne (with crew including David Raison and Sam Manuard) sailing Teamwork (ex Mare) managed to narrowly squeeze Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron (Campagne de France) to take third place on the podium, but on the same points.

The surprise of the event however was amateur/Corinthian sailor Bertrand Guillonneau recovering from a disappointing TJV to take second place on his 2009 Owen Clarke designed, Matouba (ex Cinnamon Girl). A good result for Bertrand and the class, that continues to show tha the private owner can mix it up with the pros and semi-pros in the class.

The next big race of the Class 40 calendar is the Normandy Channel Race, late this month.
  1. FRA 130,  GDF Suez  15 Points
  2. FRA 79,     Matouba  25 Points
  3. FRA 115, Teamwork 32 Points
  4. FRA 101, Campagne de France 32 Point

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