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Class40: Crédit Mutuel wins by more than a nose

Leaving Le Havre, Ian Lipinsky and Adrien Hardy on Crédit Mutuel were on everybody’s list of favourites. The big nose of the new Mini-inspired, David Raison-designed scow attracted a lot of attention on the pontoons of the Bassin Paul Vatine. They were a known unknown. “They’ve got two very good sailors and a new boat,” said Sam Goodchild (Leyton), destined to be their chief pursuer. “They’ve only been in the water for two months. We’ve been sailing with them and their times are a bit quicker; they haven’t blown us out of the water yet, but they’re not going to get worse.”

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IMOCA: Local boy makes good after Doldrums strike

The 35-year-old Havrais, Charlie Dalin, completed more than one arc than the 5,061.85 miles he and co-skipper, Yann Eliès covered in winning his first Transat Jacques Vabre on his latest generation 60ft monohull, Apivia.

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Multi50: Lamiré and Carpentier find gold in the west

As he was leaving Le Havre, Lamiré announced that he was here to win. Groupe GCA - Mille et un sourires was not the bookies favourite for the 14th Route du café. But by buying the old Crêpes Waouh 3, a 2009 VPLP-design with an exceptional track record, this year, the Saint-Malo skipper knew that he now had a boat that matched his ambitions. After six years on the Multi50 circuit, Antoine Carpentier, who is as calm as he is effective and had already pocketed the British Transat in 2016, joined as co-skipper. Already a winner in Salvador de Bahia in the Class40 two years ago, alongside Maxime Sorel, Antoine Carpentier is at ease racing on all platforms inshore or offshore.

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Terre Exotique finishes twenty second in the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre Class40

Equipe voile Parkinson finishes twenty first in the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre Class40

UP Sailing Unis pour la planète finishes twentieth in the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre Class40

Kerhis finishes nineteenth in the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre Class40

Iskareen finishes sixteeth in the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre Class40

Chocolat Paries - Coriolis Composites finishes fiveteeth in the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre Class40

Prendre la mer, Agir pour la forêt finishes foorteeth in the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre Class40