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Next steps…

15 octobre 2016 Posted by miranda

cfd6-photo-m-merronHalvard and Miranda are busy working on Campagne de France, sorting out teething problems from the Normandy Channel Race and improving some aspects. The plan is to get back out on the water soon, and back to learning how to get the most out of this new Class40. The European season is over, and a good way to keep racing over the winter is to head across the Atlantic to the Caribbean.

The team are aware that they were not as competitive as they should have been in the Normandy Channel Race. A number of lessons learnt, one of them being that it’s hard to come out 18 months of build and push a new and relatively untested boat as hard as the well-honed competition. Time on the water this winter is essential to improve boat and crew performance.


Training in the English Channel and North Atlantic in the winter has its limitations.  Halvard and Miranda are therefore considering racing to the Caribbean in the RORC Transatlantic Race (Lanzarote – Grenada, start 26th November) and then competing in some early 2017 events including the RORC Caribbean 600, hopefully against a few other Class40s.

The aim is to return in time for the 2017 Class40 European season, which includes Grand Prix Guyader, Normandy Channel Race, Les Sables – Horta – Les Sables, the Fastnet Race and the Transat Jacques Vabre. The long-term goal is for Miranda to race in the 2018 Route du Rhum on a boat which she will know inside out.

Campagne de France will be relaunched at the end of the month.

Campagne de France 11th in the Normandy Channel Race

22 septembre 2016 Posted by miranda

Campagne de France crossed the finish line off Ouistreham at 1728 on Friday 16th September after 5 days, 0 hours, 28 minutes and 2 seconds. The boat covered the 960 miles of theoretical course at an average speed of 7.93 knots. In reality, the distan...

Campagne de France, approaching her first big event with modesty…

1 septembre 2016 Posted by miranda

On Sunday the 11th September, Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron will line up for the start of the 7th edition of the Normandy Channel Race in Caen. The course of this exclusively Class40 event takes the fleet on a 1000 mile tour of the English Channe...

Campagne de France 1st Class40 in RORC Ile d’Ouessant Race

21 août 2016 Posted by miranda

Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron on Campagne de France were first Class40 to finish in the RORC Ile d’Ouessant race. They crossed the finish line in Saint Malo a little after 0300 local time on Wednesday 17th August after a 400 nautical mile race ...

RORC Channel Race 2016 ; Campagne de France 1st in Class40 division

5 août 2016 Posted by miranda

Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron raced their Class40 Campagne de France in the RORC Channel Race last weekend, in what was an elongated 100 mile circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight in light airs. Campagne de France won the race just ahead of  ...