Halvard 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.