Samantha Davies, the talented british yachtswoman based in France, raced the 220 nm cross-channel “Transmanche” last friday and arrived in a time of 13h30m, 15 minutes from the record set by Sébastien Josse (13h14m), a french skipper based in Brittany.
The courageous sailor, who’s sponsored by MaxSea and Furuno, didn’t beat the record but had the chance to run many weather routings with the help of her MaxSea TimeZero software. The weather wasn’t good to her Savéol boat, just as the routing predicted, so it was at least a great training for the races to come, particularly the Vendée Globe.
The information offered by the Routing module was accurate, a crucial and sometimes painful point in sailboat racing.
Here’s a little abstract of Sam’s post about the Transmanche race:
“Last Friday we raced the Transmanche on board Saveol. The course is simple: L’Aber Wrac’h – Plymouth breakwater – L’Aber Wrac’h. For the IMOCA 60s the race is a “time trial” format, and the record to beat is Seb Josse on board BT – 13h14minutes. I was joined by Erwan Lemeilleur and Roger Capitaine for the race.
For the few days before the race I had been running weather routings that gave us a time of 13h28 at the best and so I knew that we were in for a good try at the record! The conditions were strong easterly winds – reaching both ways – so strong that the other boats in the race were sent on a different course to avoid the gale force winds. “
La Solidaire du Chocolat transatlantic race started 10 days ago after many festivities in the area surrounding the port of Saint Nazaire in France.
As an official supplier, we are lucky to receive exclusive pictures from the organisers.
In these, you will feel the warm reception from the public of the numerous concerts, parades and other activities; enjoy the particular atmosphere brought by mexican dancers, chefs and artists; and the gorgeous pics of the Port and the race start:
Congratulations! What a great victory for the french team Courrier Dunkerque after winning 5 out of 6 legs of the 2012 Sailing Arabia race.
The professional crew on Courrier Dunkerque, winner of the 2010 World Farr 30 Championship, boasts an impressive list of achievements. Skippered by Daniel Souben, from an Olympic background, the team counts an abundant ‘on-the-water’ curriculum vitae among its crew. This includes several titles as French champions in crewed offshore racing, world champion titles, participation in some of the most renowned races like the Transat Jacques Vabre and the Route du Rhum, as well as victories in the Mini Transat. With solid backgrounds on all manner of boats, the Courrier Dunkerque team has gained maturity, confidence and experience, enabling it to pull off some very fine performances.
Courrier Dunkerque is supported in its annual programme by the Urban Community of Dunkirk and Veolia Environnement. Sirius Evénements, the company behind the project with Daniel Souben, is supporting the team with the communication and marketing elements. Various partners with a presence in the Middle East joined the team for the event: Air France KLM, the hotels Novotel Al Dana Resort in Bahrain, Mercure Grand Hotel Doha and Ibis Muscat, as well asMaxSea International, which provided all the project’s digital cartography via the MaxSea Time Zero Navigator software.
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Once again, MaxSea International is happy to be one of the official suppliers of the 2012 edition of Normandy Sailing Week 2012.
For this 7th edition, that is going to take place in Le Havre from June 8th to 10th, MaxSea provided the event with MaxSea TimeZero maritime navigation software, charts and a Routing module, to be used by the race direction.
Last year, the event featured 4 days of races, 112 participants, 106 yachts ranked, 89 races launched across 11 series, 3 race zones in a single day, split between 4 different fleets, harbor courses, one long coastal course around the Seine Bay and one offshore course for the M34s.