Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Chiron is Boss in J/80 Pornic J/Cup

J/80 one-design sailboat- rounding mark at Pornic J Cup

(Pornic, France)- According to Paul Chiron, the Pornic J Cup is one of his favorite events.  He did not disappoint, leading his J/80 JULES into contention and finishing all the races in the top 5- it was a consistent 2-3-2-4-5-3-4 record.

27 J/80s were on the starting line and Club C.N. Pornic was a wonderful host for the event.  The fleet was treated to a variety of wind and sea conditions over the three days-- light winds, flat seas Saturday and Sunday and Monday choppy waters with good breeze.  The competitors sailed 8 races (6 windward-leewards and two coastal races).

J/80 one-design sailboats- rounding leeward mark with spinnakerBehind JULES was INTERFACE CONCEPT 2 skippered by Gildas Mahe, Emeritus Figaro sailor. Were it not for one bad race to count, Gildas and crew could have easily won the event, their record was a 1-5-14-3-1-6-1.  Third was Ludovic Gilet's JACUZZI.  Fourth was INTERFACE CONCEPT 1 sailed by Jean Charles Moriceau, a good regatta for this team that is currently doing well in Coupe de France rankings. Christine Briand sailed her J IL DE RE into fifth and Bruno Trouble raced COYOTE sixth.   For more French J/80 sailing news.