Touching base with Jean-Luc Encinas, before the depart for the Transquadra race

We caught up with Jean-Luc Encinas, a French Skipper and carpentry shop owner, to find out what he is up to and why he uses TIMEZERO for racing since 2013.

Jean-Luc Encinas Sun Fast 3200 yacht in harbor waiting for the start of the Transquadra race Sunday, 16th, July

I’m Jean-Luc Encinas, and I sail aboard the Sun Fast 3200 from Jeanneau boatyard. My program consists of coastal and offshore regattas 80% of the time, but also trips from the North of Britany down to Gijon in northern Spain. My home port is in La Rochelle where I’m often found going back and forwards in the Pertuis Charentais area.

I’ve been using TIMEZERO software since 2013 for offshore regattas such as sailtica, royan gijon, pornic gijon, armen race, course des iles, etc. in which I had a lot of success and multiple podium finishes. I recently finished 1st in the Pornic-Baiona race in July 2016 against more than 30 sailing yachts (which mostly had Adrena onboard).”

Why did you choose TIMEZERO?

“I chose TIMEZERO because of its simplicity, easiness to pick up, and playfulness.”

How did the installation go?

“Because I race, I rely on professionals and Mino from Rom-Arrangé provided a quality installation setup to ensure all the best equipment were in place.”

Describe TIMEZERO in one word:

“If I had to describe TZ Navigator v3 is a word, it would be: Contemporary.”

Have you tried out other software?

“I was able to try out Adrena as most of the competitors within the regattas that I take part in use it. Often those with it, use it only 20% of the time, while I would say I use TIMEZERO 50% of the time and I paid cheaper!

I used TIMEZERO this weekend for a regatta called: La régate des 3 phares de Royan à La Rochelle for example”

This regatta took place of the weekend of the 13th-14th, May. It is the first of the lighthouse regattas (phare means lighthouse in French). The event organized by le Club Nautique de La Rochelle took place in great conditions. Jean-Luc Encinas skippered the Sun Fast 3200 to third place in the categeroy “grand parcours” (the superior category).

La Régate des Trois Phares was the first race of 7 that are aimed to increase the participation of the local nautical clubs in the region.

Jean-Luc added that, “it is a navigation software that is very much enjoyable to use and I will be counting on it for the next Transquadra which is set to take place on the 16th of July.”

The Transquadra has two starting points. One being in the Mediterranean and the other in the North Atlantic. Of course, the two will undoubtedly provide unique challenges. For those starting from Barcelona, they will need to pass the Gibraltar strait. Last edition, competitors were forced to moor there boats temporarily until the conditions allowed their safe passage through this dangerous strait where winds can change from 0 to 40 knots in the blink of an eye and currents that can cause boats to move towards unsafe grounds.

The 20 yachts starting from Barcelona will start on the 12th of July, while the remaining 67 yachts will depart from Lorient of the 16th of July, heading to the Portuguese island of Madera and then on to Martinique.

We wish Jean-Luc Encinas the best of luck for this unique off-shore race! If you want to find out what features for racing TIMEZERO contains, then visit our page dedicated to racing: