October 07, 2011

Race for Water ends up the day leading tide on points with Veolia, after the first 3 races of the Krys Match. A spectacular day, reaching the highest expectations of both spectators and crews. Breakneck speeds, lots of action, a sailor injured aboard Race for Water, replaced at short notice by Yann Guichard, future superstar skipper of the MOD70 circuit, all the ingredients of a great adventure!

The serious business began at La Trinité-sur-Mer for the first confrontation between the MOD70s. It’s been a hard day for the teams: “It was physically very demanding” says Alexandre Quiblier, grinder aboard Race for Water.

The boats have shown regularity since everyone today has kept its position for the three races. Thus Race for Water has crossed the line of the three races in second place behind Veolia and in front of Foncia. This regularity should not hide the battles that have been going on between the 3 MOD70s, knowing that Gitana XI Edmond de Rothschild Group was sailing off competition. We’ve been informed later in the day that Veolia had crossed the start line of the first race too early, which made Race for Water on level points with her.

On the second race, Seb Audigane (headsail trimmer) aboard Race for Water, has injured his hand. He had to be taken to the hospital and has been replaced at short notice by skipper of the future MOD70 no5, Yann Guichard, who has come to La Trinité-sur-Mer to watch his future opponents.

“The conditions were really tough for a first day,” says Steve Ravussin, “The race courses were short and the wind conditions we had today (about 20 to 25 knots late in the day) gave the impression the course was even shorter. The crew showed great cohesion in the maneuvers, knowing they had not sailed all together yet.” His face still covered with salt, he adds: “Yes it was impressive: we have reached 37 knots. It was fantastic! These reaching legs, even on such big boats, make you wet!”

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Crew Members Race for Water :

Skipper & Helmsman: Stève Ravussin SUI
Tactician: François Morvan FRA
Mainsail Trimmer: Yvan Ravussin SUI
Headsail Trimmer: Jacques Guichard FRA
Headsail Trimmer: Sébastien Audigane FRA
Pit & Grinder: Bernard Labro FRA
Grinder: Alexandre Quiblier SUI
Bowman: Loïc Forestier SUI
Boat Captain: Benoit Lequin FRA
Shore Crew: Alain Collecchia FRA
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