La Rochelle / Saint-Quay Port d’Armor
start the saturday 14th of mai 2005
Friday the 8th of april 2005
Press Release n°1
THE 2005 MINI-PAVOIS WILL CROSS
THE FINISH LINE IN SAINT-QUAY PORT D’ARMOR (FRANCE) !
· A new course: La Rochelle / Saint-Quay Portrieux
· A technically and tactically difficult course with a number of hurdles
· 48 sailors have signed up including 11 from outside of France
· 34 prototypes and 14 series boats
In agreement with the Mini class, the route for the Mini-Pavois 2005, a single-handed qualifying race for the 6.50 transatlantic race from Charente-Maritime/ Bahia, will no longer be heading for Portsmouth (G.B.), as initially planned, but for Saint-Quay Port d’Armor, the marina in Saint-Quay Portrieux in Northern Brittany. The start will take place on Saturday 14th May off La Rochelle and the race covering 491 miles will see the 48 competitors having to sail around the BXa buoy located in the Gironde estuary, then Belle-Ile, and the islands of Yeu and Sein, before they cross the finishing line off Saint-Quay Port d’Armor. The total race distance of 491 miles, which will count as 500 miles for the Mini Class, should be completed by the solo yachtsmen in 4 or 5 days, according to the weather conditions.
Technically and tactically challenging!
A technically and tactically difficult course, even if the neap tides (30) should allow the fleet to pass through the Raz de Sein and the Four Channel off the tip of Brittany, which are well-known for their strong currents. Nevertheless, they are going to have to hop on to the "conveyor belt" moving in the right direction and time it just right for the turn of the tide. The same goes for the BXa buoy located at the entrance to the Gironde, where huge quantities of water come together. Thus, during the six hours as the tide comes in, 300 to 600 billion cubic metres of seawater enters the estuary, while 20-50 billion cubic metres of fresh water are trying to get out. An unpredictable stretch of water with low waves can be guaranteed here. This means tricky sailing conditions may be expected from the start of the race. They are also going to have to keep a close eye out for shipping and for the fishermen close to the islands, as well as dealing with the little back-currents and the effects of the coast. However, this race close to the shore will also enable the race director led by Denis Hugues to monitor positions using VHF to follow the progress of the single-handed yachtsmen in terms of the rankings, but more importantly, at the same time ensure a close watch on their safety. Denis Hugues: «The course is going to be interesting, as I believe it will allow the competitors to discover the various points of sailing from upwind to downwind, while at the same time it will require great precision, which certainly means no plain sailing. On the other hand, they will also be able to head for a harbour if they have any technical problems.»
48 sailors signed up including 11 from outside of France!
There are currently 48 sailors signed up for this 2005 edition of the Mini-Pavois aboard 34 prototypes and 14 series boats. We will be seeing some of the great names of the moment like Corentin Douguet, Stanislas Maslard, Aloys Claquin, Didier Le Vourch, Cyril Ducros, not forgetting the two women in the race, Isabelle Joschke and Marine Chombard de Lauwe. It should be pointed out that 11 sailors from outside of France will be taking part in this single-handed event, as there will be 6 British yachtsmen, 2 Slovenians, 1 Irishman, 1 American and 1 Spanish. The english yachtmen will be : Stephen Simpson on Blue One, Nick Bubb on Whittlebury Hall, Nikolas James on Stormy, Phil Sharp on Les Pas Holding, Charlie Hope-Lang on Hornet and Richard Smurthwaite on Crean.
- Name : Mini-Pavois 2005, one handed race on Mini 6.50
- Start : La Rochelle the saturday 14th of may 2005 at 12h00.
- ETA arrival : Saint-Quay Portrieux the 18/19th of may 2005.
- Race : La Rochelle / BXa buoy / Belle-Ile Island / Yeu Island / Sein Island / Saint-Quay Port d’Armor.
- Miles : 491 miles
- Organisation : Grand Pavois Organisation (GPO).
- Race Director : Denis Hugues.
Entry list Prototypes :
CHIVOT Barnabé - FTH THIRARD / METOSTOCK
RIOU Yann – CAMELEON
SIMPSON Stephen (G.-B.) – BLUE ONE
LE VOURCH Didier – SERVOMAP
FISSEUX Patrice - BELLOT MULLENBACH & ASSOCIES
MONTAGNE Lucas - @DOC – SOLUTIONS
CLAQUIN Aloys – VECTEUR PLUS
GARAI Jon (Esp.) - SRADA BIZKAIA EKP
DOUGUET Corentin – AMAZIGH
JOSCHKE Isabelle – PAROLE
BUNOUST Nicolas – LOIRE ATLANTIQUE
DELPLACE Yann – VILLE DE NICE
DUCROT Cyril – BON PIED BON ŒIL
BUBB Nick (G.-B.) - WHITTLEBURY HALL
MAC CARTHY Cian (Irl.) - THE TOM CREAN
MASLARD Stanislas - CREDIT AGRICOLE SKIPPER CHALLENGE
BLUY Xavier – SMETS
GLADU Sébastien – BIRVIDIK
HAJNSEK Kristian (Slo.) – ADRIA MOBIL
MIHELIN Andraz (Slo.) – ADRIA MOBIL
JOURDAIN Steven – Nom en attente
CHEVALLIER Yann – IMAGINE
HOPE-LANG Charlie (G.-B.) – HORNET
ABALAIN Erwan - WWW.DIJS.NET
BLIN Raoul – OZONE
CURRIER Adam (E.-U.) – SABITA
JAMES Nikolas (G.-B.) – STORMY
LANCRY David - AREAS ASSURANCES
SUDRIE Erwann - GWENN HA DU
SHARP Phil (G.-B.) - LES PAS HOLDING
DE LAMOTTE Tanguy - SET ENVIRONNEMENT pour Mécénat etc…
ROUX Frédéric – PEPITO
BERTRAND Etienne - AIR DU LARGE
LOHEZIC Erwann - CASOAR
Entry list Serie :
LE DIRAISON Stéphane - KALONIG 2
SOTTOVIA Bruno – APROTEC – MORZINE
CROISEL Bruno – PULCO
BOURRIE Eric – TAQUET MAX
LE CARROU David - LE TREPORT - TIRARD & BURGAUD
DEBLED Antoine - PETIT AUGUSTE ET CIE
MONEGIER Quentin – MARIOLE
BOUILLARD Philippe - MED'EVENT
CHOMBART DE LAUWE Marine – D.C.F.
SMURTHWAITE Richard – CREAN
TROLEZ Ronan - INTERNATIONAL – JARDILAND
DUC Louis – POSITIVE VIBRATION
MESURE Sébastien - CILTISOL - MARINS SANS FRONTIERES
DUBUCQ Bertrand – AIRLINAIR
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