Safran has arrived safely in Newport


Safran arrived at the marina in Newport yesterday (Monday) at 23:00 (French time). Morgan Lagravière, the skipper, confirmed that the boat had hit a large marine mammal and that following the impact, he found that a foil was broken, causing a small leak.

Safran’s technical team immediately got to work to make a precise evaluation of the damage. The initial assessment suggested the need for major repairs.

The plan is to do the repairs needed to sail the boat back to France, where work will begin in the boatyard.

Good performance from Team ENGIE on Lake Garda


With 4 days of racing and 19 races sailed in near-perfect conditions, the nine crews competing in the GC32 Racing Tour in 2016 provided a great spectacle with the stunning backdrop on Lake Garda in Italy. For this first major event, Sébastien Rogues and Team ENGIE finish in 5th place. The aim of finishing in the middle of the fleet has been achieved in what is a very competitive fleet. The ENGIE crew will need to continue to race well in order to move up the rankings gradually this season.

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News Flash: Lagravière diverts to Newport


Around 12:00 (French time), Morgan Lagravière, the skipper of Safran, contacted his shore team to inform them he had hit a UFO (unidentified floating object), which had broken a foil and caused a small leak.

Lagravière is fine and is diverting to Newport, where he will arrive in the evening and be met by his team, who will assess the damage and work required.

Quantum Racing Triumphant in Scarlino



(Sunday 29th May, Scarlino) – Displaying their hallmark high level of consistency at a challenging new venue for the 52 SUPER SERIES, Quantum Racing won the opening regatta of the season – the Scarlino Cup on Tuscany’s Golfo di Follonica. The Ed-Baird-skippered crew finished no worse than fourth over the eight race series to secure the title with a margin of six points over Andy Soriano’s Alegre.

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Franck Cammas and his team seal a first victory for Norauto

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With the wind equally as generous as the sun, these beautiful thoroughbreds showed their full power at the foot of the Italian Alps. Showing impressive skill at break-neck speeds, Franck Cammas’ crew on board Norauto took the overall lead from day one and on Sunday, they carried off the Riva Cup with a total of 8 wins and 10 podiums out of 19 races contested. The months of training have borne fruit. The team is united, effective, and it has definitely found the accelerator pedal.

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Transat New York–Vendée: race time for Morgan Lagravière



Morgan Lagravière will cross the starting line of the Transat New York-Vendée, his first transatlantic race on Safran, on Sunday at 21:30 (French time), after a parade in front of the North Cove Marina that began at 17:00. The youngest skipper in the race has been looking forward to passing Ambrose Light, the mark for the start, for a long time.

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Samui Regatta – AY Race Report 5 & Summary


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AY Race Report 5 & Summary

Samui Regatta victory for THA 72, Jessandra II & El Coyote
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May 28th, Koh Samui, Thailand: An early morning passing storm, to the South of Samui, generated an 18 – 22 knot South Westerly, which produced a tough slog to windward and fast surfing conditions downwind, to bring the regatta to an exciting conclusion. Kevin Whitcraft’s TP52 THA 72 made it nine wins in a row before calling it quits and Roland Dane’s Corby 36 Jessandra II scored seven wins to successfully defend the IRC 1 title. Both boats always hit the start line with speed, when the horn sounded, leaving the rest of the fleet to play catch up. It’s the first regatta in some time to have favourable wind for the whole event and kept crews on their toes during crucial maneuvers. One little mistake like a fouled spinnaker drop or equipment breakage and the yacht would go from first to last.

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