Naval School Grand Prix. Beautiful day and light weather

Photo: J. Vapillon / GPEN

lThe Grand Prix de l’Ecole Navale took place this Friday in light skies, but the starts were able to be launched for all series except the flying props (Waszp and Wingfoil) which did not have enough pressure to take off.

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D80: Laouenan takes the lead
The battle was fierce between the J80s vying for their title of champions of France. Pierre Laouenan, who races under the colors of the École Navale, managed to take the lead thanks to a good consistency at the front. He is seven points ahead of Patrick Bot tonight.

Open 5.70: Battle in sight for the title
As for the Open 5.70, a title of French champion is also at stake and the differences between the leaders are very small. Young Costa Rican Titouan Giannantoni had a near-perfect day with three wins. “It’s the foot! We win three races and we run a race of 7. This is my third time coming to the Grand Prix de l’Ecole Navale. Crozon’s water is very technical. There are many cliffs, it It’s not easy. It’s very close to the first, there’s a good level,” explains the young sailor. On the eve of the last day, he has a short lead over Martin Allix and Maxime Helie who can still dream of the title .

Windsurfers: tactical mistake for leaders
In Windsurfer, the hierarchy is well established between Hervé Petitjean and Jean Calvet winning all the heats. This little routine was turned upside down today by a tactical error by the two champions. Jean-Michel Pautrec and Jacques Giraudeau managed to seize the opportunity to take the first places.

Handis: Untouchable Turner
In MiniJi, Hervé Tourneux does not let his competitors miss anything. It’s very simple, the Vannetais wins all races, mostly ahead of Laurent Gourves, well installed on the second step of this provisional podium. In Neo 4.95 (double), Bastien Séantier and Olivier Roudevicth take first place. We note the presence of two Belgian crews occupying 5th and 6th place.

Hijackers: Jacques Levy takes control
Nice operation for Jacques Levy on board Lezig. The Anjou skipper managed to take first place thanks to his consistency. Philippe Gandar, president of the class, is delighted to participate in the Grand Prix de l’Ecole Navale: “We are very happy with the organization and the way things are going on the water. This water, it pleases the pirates, but it is complicated. We were in Camaret for several years and I find it hard to understand how things work here. †

Foilers: Patience Day
Due to the weak wind, the Wingfoils and the Waszp stayed ashore today. Tomorrow they can catch up, because strong winds are forecast in the port of Brest.

APPLICATION CALLS

Herve Tourneux (Mini Ji):
“It is a very well organized event, on a beautiful stretch of water in Brest. It is therefore a real pleasure to come and sail the Grand Prix de l’Ecole Navale. †

Alain Delcroix, President of the Neo 4.95 Class
“We had sworn to be numerous for the 20th anniversary. We are 13 boats with crews coming from all over. There are people who discover seawater, there are people who discover the wind because they are used to inland waters. We are happy, there are Belgians, there is a Swiss, everyone is there. The Grand Prix de l’Ecole Navale is the starting point for the development we are considering. We are 13 today and next year, I think we will be 20, which equates to 40 participants with about fifteen chaperones. I would like to have six Neos in each French region, this would allow for nice regional gatherings. †

Titouan Giannantoni (Open 5.70):
“It’s the foot! We win three races and we run a race of 7. This is my third time coming to the Grand Prix de l’Ecole Navale. Crozon’s water is very technical. There are many cliffs, it is not easy. It is very close to the first one, there is a good level. The atmosphere is very nice, we all eat together in the restaurant, it is nice. »

Margot Riou (first 24):
“It’s a great day with some great races at the front of the fleet. I had already done a Grand Prix de l’Ecole Navale in J80. I know, but it’s a rather complicated stretch of water with the hills around it. It gives game! There are seven boats in First 24. It is very varied and quite heterogeneous. It’s very well organised, it’s going really well on the water. †

François Mouchel (Gibsea +):
“The water was perfect with flat seas. It’s land wind, so there’s a lot of wind swings in strength and direction. You have to be focused, but it’s very interesting. It’s busy between us, the first five can win the race and that’s which is super interesting. Only at the end you see the result. The Grand Prix de l’Ecole Navale is one of the favorite events for the Gibsea+. It is pure one-design and we are super happy.”

Philippe Gandar (Corsair):
“It’s going well for the Corsair class this year. We are very happy with the organization and the way things are going on the water. This water, it pleases the pirates, but it is complicated. We were in Camaret for several years and I find it hard to understand how things work here. One of our goals for 2023 is to get more than 15 boats together here. If you have a Corsair don’t miss the National, our big party where we have lots of coastal courses. This year it’s early August in Granville. †

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