Press release No.6 / 2011 – 28 February 2011|
FABIEN DELAHAYE ON PORT DE CAEN-OUISTREHAM FOR THE START OF THE NORMANDY
The young Norman skipper (PORT DE CAEN – OUISTREHAM) is the 11th entry in
this 2nd edition of the NORMANDY CHANNEL RACE alongside Bruno Jourdren as
This latest entry testifies to both the vitality of offshore racers in
Normandy (Halvard Mabire and Christophe Coatnoan have already registered, as
well as Axel Strauss based in Caen) and the development and rooting of the
event in the territory.
A top level dinghy racer for several seasons, Fabien Delahaye made an
auspicious entrance in the Figaro circuit in 2009 as 1st rookie in the
Solitaire du Figaro that year, then in 2010 he came 4th in the French
Championship of solo offshore racing, a year also marked by a victory in the
Transat AG2R alongside Armel Le Cléac’h.
Breton co-skipper Bruno Jourdren is a highly experienced regatta sailor and
offshore racer, a former European champion in the Class 8, a familiar face
on the podium of the Melges24 circuit and winner of the Transat AG2R in the
Figaro Beneteau in 1998. After this he was a silver medallist in the
Paralympics of 2008 in Beijing and has also spent several years on the Class
40 circuit with, most notably, a 3rd place in the first Class40
transatlantic race, the Solidaire du Chocolat in 2009.
As such it’s a highly competitive crew that will be sailing aboard the
Rogers design Class40, number 59.
Supporting Fabien Delahaye’s participation in the Figaro circuit and the
NORMANDY CHANNEL RACE, the Port of Caen-Ouistreham and the Caen CCI are also
technical partners to the event and will be putting in place the event’s
berthing infrastructure in the Bassin Saint-Pierre in Caen. The Caen-based
yard, V1D2, and the Karver company, based in nearby Honfleur, are also
partnering the crew and the race itself.
NEXT REGISTRATION DEADLINE ON 15 MARCH; to register on the website
www.normandy-race.com, registration tab.
You can also join the Normandy Channel Race on Facebook.
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Translated by Kate Jennings – Expression