We have a busy week of trimaran racing to celebrate this hot, hot summer season. On Thursday, July 6, the big tri’s start the 2017 Transpac race from the City of Angels to the Land of Aloha. Its a tricky weather pattern, with the Pacific high quite far South and showing a tantalizing light air opening over the top. Phaedo, Maserati, Mighty Merloe, and Loe Real will make this an entertaining few days. I dont think we will see a new record – Phaedos Pheat will be hard to beat – but we should see some interesting tactics play out in the early going. Check out the race tracker here.
Almost completed is the quixotic Bridge race celebrating the centennial of American entry on behalf of France into WW1 of all things. The event is a grand celebration with music, basketball and sailing events. Dont ask…..I dont get it either….its French. Four Utime Trimarans “raced” the Cunard liner Queen Mary 2 from Saint Nazaire to NYC. Macif, IDEC Sport, Sodebo and Actual started across on 25 June amid great occasion and fanfare. The weather was not kind to the wind-powered quartet and the Queen made a quick get away. It was nip and tuck for the trimarans early on in light and foggy conditions until finally Macif got into a bit of solid wind, lifted her skirts – er, foils – and was gone. Good on IDEC to keep it close, but the issue was never really in doubt. Actual struggles this morning, with 186 miles to go. You can see all the news, views at their impressive website – https://www.thebridge2017.com/en/news
And then on Friday begins another idiosyncratic French event – the Tour de France a La Voile. A record 31 teams will start the racing with a two day regatta in Dunkirk on prettily festooned hot-rod Diam 24’s. The Tour mixes traditional bouy racing with stadium racing and longer distance coastal raids around the coast of France, shadowing its sister cycling competiton. Its a wonderful event, full of drama and spectacular sailing in fantastic little boats. The mix of professional and amateur racers is to be envied. The Diam hasnt yet made a dent in the North American or Australian markets, but a similar race circuit here and down under would be tremendous.
Lots to peruse online this week – make sure you hook up to the Transpac tracker and check out the Tour – it is sure to be a hoot. Also – take a moment to commiserate with Yves and Sam aboard Team Actual – where a 9 day TransAt is too slow.