Class40 : les dernières infos Tip & Shaft

Class40s are 40-foot yachts grouped together under a common measurement, the Class40. Find here the latest news and investigations from Tip & Shaft.

Ambrogio Beccaria 

Ambrogio Beccaria: “My Class40 has huge potential”

Barely two months after his very first sail on his new Class40, Ambrogio Beccaria finished second in the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe. Speaking from Colombia, where he is taking a few days off, the Italian skipper of Allagrande Pirelli answered some questions posed by Tip & Shaft.

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Gitana Ultim

Ultim, Class40: who will win the Route du Rhum?

As in every major event, Tip & Shaft has mustered a panel of experts to analyse field in each class for the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe which starts this Sunday November 6. For this second part now looking at the Ultims and Class40s, we have coaches Tanguy Leglatin and Etienne Saïz, designer Vincent Lauriot Prévost, co-founder of VPLP, Gildas Morvan, ex Figarist who was race director this year for the Finistère Atlantique and the 24h Ultim, sailors Achille Nebout and Pascal Bidégorry, as well as Didier Ravon, journalist for Voiles & Voiliers and Liberation.

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Globe40 tour du monde class40

Class40: the difficulties of organising Class40 round the world races

Five boats are still racing in the Globe40 race which left Tangier at the end of June whilst The Race Around due to go in 2023 has been cancelled. Both races were launched just over three years ago with the ambition of each bringing together at least 15 boats. And so in the end these races around the world in Class40s which seemed at the time to promise so much have not achieved the success which was expected by their respective organizers. Here we look more closely….

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Yoann Richomme Paprec Arkea

Yoann Richomme: “the intensity of the racing in Class40 is very close to what you see in Figaro”

On Friday morning Yoann Richomme took the second place in the Lamotte Malouine 40 24-hour race, an event which mustered 31 Class40s in Saint-Malo and runs until Sunday. The 2018 Class40 Route du Rhum winner was just over two minutes behind the winner, Corentin Douguet. Two hours after his arrival, Tip & Shaft spoke with the skipper of Paprec Arkéa, who is very busy, between preparing for the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe and building his new Imoca.

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Le pôle Finistèrecourse au large de Port-la-Forêt

How the Finistère Course au large Pole has turned a new page

The retirement last summer of long time supremo Christian Le Pape marked something of a turning point in the history of the Pôle Finistère at Port-la-Forêt, the famous race training centre that he founded in the early 1990s. For Jeanne Grégoire, the new director, and Erwan Tabarly, coach, they are really now having to step up the offering in the face of constantly increasing and improving race centres which are in competition with Pôle Finistère.

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Le départ de la Transat en double à Concarneau

How the demand for offshore race training has exploded

In the context of a real boom for most ocean racing fleets in France and even seemingly despite the health crisis, the demand for high level offshore race training is growing sharply, to the point that many centres are approaching full capacity. Tip & Shaft looks at the structures of France.

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Gréement de fortune sur la Golden Globe Race

How the round the world races have grown

Between July 2022 and September 2023 it seems like as many as five round the globe races could set off in just about every conceivable format solo, double or crewed, mainly intended for amateur or semi pro sailors. Tip & Shaft look at the budgets, the contexts and the risks.

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Olivier Magré a mis à l'eau son nouveau Class40 début juin

Class40 in rude health

Announcements during the past two weeks have confirmed the construction of four new Class40s, for Antoine Carpentier, Axel Tréhin, Jonas Gerckens and Aurélien Ducroz. This does seem to prove that Class40 continues to attract sailors and sponsoring partners even in times of crisis. More announcements are expected to follow including a new Pogo40 for Jean Galfione. How did these projects happen and how do they shape up. Has the crisis actually had an impact? Tip & Shaft investigated.

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Macif et les autres Ultimes navigueront-ils en 2020 ?

How the different classes are trying to adapt their program, part 1

After almost a month of lockdown, the different ocean racing divisions are spending a lot of time working with race organizers on the possible reprogramming of their 2020 or even their 2021 calendar, while at the same time trying to reassure their members, affected to varying degrees by this new turbulent economic crisis. After Tip & Shaft spoke to IMOCA’s Antoine Mermod last week, this week we go round the houses, speaking to other key classes.

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