Sam Goodchild 4e de la Transat Jacques Vabre

Sam Goodchild: “The Solitaire is the best race in town”

One year ago it was a disappointed Sam Goodchild who had, again, suffered a Transatlantic breakdown – losing the mast of his Class 40 whilst among the leaders of the Route du Rhum. So when he finished the Transat Jacques Vabre on his third attempt in Class 40, second place on Leyton with Fabien Delahaye felt particularly sweet for the sailor who turned 30 in November. Goodchild, whose career best on the Solitaire was 11th in 2013, confirms he will return to the Figaro for next year, racing in the Leyton colours. 

Crédit Mutuel Class40

David Raison: “415 miles in 24 hours in Class40? That does not surprise me”

As they are now along Brazilian coasts, Crédit Mutuel (Ian Lipinski / Adrien Hardy) is still leading the Transat Jacques Vabre in Class40. This is already a step change performance for the scow bowed 40 footer which was only launched on August 13, showing very well against Mach 40.3, the benchmark design in the class to date. Designer David Raison talks here of the new boat’s performances but also of Maximum Team BFR Marée Haute Jaune sailed by François Jambou, which at the same time is in the lead in the Protos in the 2nd leg of the Mini Transat while his new Series built Maxis are not having it quite as easy.

The Transat Jacques Vabre (so far) picked apart by the routers

The Transat Jacques Vabre started on Sunday from Le Havre. After five days of racing by Friday, the leaders were Primonial (Sébastien Rogues/Matthieu Souben) in the Multi50s, Charal (Jérémie Beyou/Christopher Pratt) in the Imocas and Aïna Enfance & Avenir (Aymeric Chappellier/Pierre Leboucher) in Class40. Tip & Shaft looks at the weather strategies chosen by the sailors with three routers, Christian Dumard, Jean-Yves Bernot and Dominic Vittet.

Tour Voile: Beijaflore, objective fulfilled…What’s next?

When they won the 2019 Tour Voile last weekend in Nice, Team Beijaflore, who are led on the water by skipper Valentin Bellet and on shore by Pierre Mas, fulfilled the primary goal of the project which was set up in late 2016, to win the event within three years. Now, what is next for the team and for the company, more ambitious projects in terms of goals and budgets? Beijaflore also supported the Class40 of William Mathelin-Moreaux on the last Route du Rhum.

Round the world races raining down on Class40

They’re like buses. You wait seven years for another Class40 race around the world to appear and two come at once: first to show was the Globe40 round the world. Now Class40 has The Race Around, revealed by British Sam Holliday and New Zealand Hugh Piggin last week. How did we get here? What do skippers think? Tip & Shaft tries to understand…..

No slowdown after the Rhum for Class40

The Défi Atlantique, a new double-handed or crewed race between Pointe-à-Pitre and La Rochelle (in two legs via Horta), will open the Class40 season. While usually the years following on from the Rhum tend to be much slower for the 40-foot boats, 2019 seems to be different with in particular, two new boats and around twenty or so duos expected in…

Multi50 and Class40: who will win the Route du Rhum?

Multi50 and Class40: who will win the Route du Rhum? After the ULTIMES and IMOCA last week, Tip & Shaft rounded up a posse of experts from the the Multi50s and Class40s to tell us who their favourites are to win the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe. They are Tanguy Leglatin, whose Lorient coaching programme has produced many favourites in Class40, Franck-Yves Escoffier, triple…