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…