Saturday, September 3, 2011

Brezellec's IC2 Wins J/80 Pornic Cup

J/80s sailboat- sailing one-design in EuropeDramatic Three-way tie Determines 2-3-4!
(Pornic, France)- So far, it has been a remarkable sailing season for Eric Brezellec and his winning team aboard INTERFACE CONCEPT II.  After winning the French J/80 Nationals as practice, Eric's IC2 team went on to the J/80 Worlds and finished as the top French team behind the Spanish sweep.  Continuing his winning ways, Eric has clearly begun to master the J/80 and is sailing at a world-class level, as evidenced by his remarkable performance at the J/80 Pornic Cup, winning by 21 points overall!

The Club Nautique de Pornic hosted 29 participants, ran seven good races and ensured that all J/80 teams had a fantastic time sailing as well as enjoying onshore festivities-- hard to beat great French wine and cuisine, isn't it?!

Eric's IC2 team sailed to five 1sts, one 2nd and one 3rd, tossing the 3rd to win!  Perhaps the most dramatic and intriguing part of the regatta was the fight for the balance of the podium, with five boats vying for 2-3 going into the last race.  At the end, it was another strong French team skippered by perhaps one of the top women keelboat sailors in France, Christine Briand sailing J'IL DE RE, that won the battle and the war. As one of the the only other two teams to win a race, Christine's J'IL DE RE team sailed to a 6-4-1-9-3-8 to win by a tie-break over third place finisher Nicolas Troussel racing RENOSTYLE to a 3-2-9-10-2-2-10.  Fourth, losing out the tie-break was Gwenole Bernard sailing MARINE LORIENT, the second women skipper in the event.  Fifth only one point back was Gaetan Aunette sailing SAMBA.
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