Coastal, A New Challenge.
July 9 th 2018 - 12:35
Act 2, Dieppe, and it is the first coastal race of this 41st edition. Winds are starting to build a little bit and should again be from east of north during the 43 Nms course which starts at 1330hrs local time.
The 26 boat Diam 24 OD fleet will be racing on the ebb tide until 1533hrs. With the finish off the Plage de Dieppe at around 1730hrs the tide should just have turned and started to flood. The tidal coefficient is 69.
There is nothing in it at the top of the standings, the ‘classements’. Beijaflore and #sailingarabia are on the same points and then just one point back are Team Reseau IXIO and Lorina Limonade – Golfe du Morbihan. Most teams make changes to take on board their specialist navigator, or coastal race specialist. On #SailingArabia that means Thierry Douillard comes on for Mat Richard and on Beijaflore Julien Villion takes on his role as navigator.
Villion worked as a stagiaire (trainee) with Antoine Koch and has been mentored by Jean Luc Nélias. He was part of the routing group which last winter worked with Francois Gabart on the solo round the world record of Macif and he has been interested in meteo since he trained at Port-La-Forêt where he was spotted by Nélias.
“We are looking forward to the coastal raid as it will be the first time on the Tour we can get a measure of our rivals, we are in good shape I think and have a good navigator in Julien.” Said Beijaflore’s skipper Valentin Bellet at this morning’s welcome press conference.
Last night was the first ‘convoyage’ – movement by road – from Dunkirk 2.5hrs west to Dieppe. For the well ressourced team there is a well oiled, perfectly managed logistics operation designed to keep the sailing team rested and the boat in the best possible shape, ready to race.
For the low budget teams, like Delft Challenge their first transit was tiring but went OK. But they were so tired they pitched their tent – they are camping all the way round – right beside their van.
“It’s going to be tough but we are learning and getting better every day. We slept OK but we are ready to go today.” Said navigator/tactician Casper Hoek.
Monday, 9, midday, Dieppe