Halvard Mabire to compete in the Route du Rhum

While Miranda will be racing on Class40 N°147 Campagne de France, Halvard will be racing on none other than Class40 Pogo S2 N° 101, a boat he knows well, since she is the first Campagne de France built in large part and campaigned by Halvard and Miranda from 2011 to 2014. Halvard will be embarking on his 4th Route du Rhum, and while perhaps not aiming for a top result, he nevertheless has over 40 years of ocean-racing experience to his name.

“This Route du Rhum is above all the continuation of a story about friendship.” At 62 years old and having spent much of those years at sea, Halvard naturally attaches a great deal of importance to friendships born of encounters on all sorts of boats.  And so it was that in the summer of 2015 he raced as navigator on the beautiful 1915 Herreshoff schooner Mariette in the Transatlantic Race from Newport to Lizard. There he met Charles Louis Mourruau, who became the owner of Class40 N°101 in 2018. Charles Louis and his co-skipper Gery Atkins raced on the Class40 circuit this year, competing in most events, and often delivering good results. The pair are now actively preparing a mostly double-handed race programme for 2019, culminating with the Transat Jacques Vabre in the autumn.

 

“I don’t have any pressure on me” says Halvard. “My main aim is to see whether I can still push as hard as required and sail a good race. I know the boat, her strengths and weaknesses. It will be up to me to make the most of the conditions.”
Halvard finished 16th in the 2014 edition, in a little over 19 days. He was beaten by Miranda who finished 6th on the very same Class40 N°101 in the colours of Campagne de France. “As in 2014, there will be a race within the race between Halvard and myself,” says Miranda. “I am perfectly aware that he can still be a formidable opponent.”

Drheam Cup – Destination Cotentin: Miranda 13th out of 29 Class40s

Drheam Cup finish 1Miranda and her Classs40 Campagne de France crossed the finish line of the Dhream Cup in Cherbourg on Friday evening just after sunset, and 4 days, 7 hours and 21 minutes of racing. She covered the 744 miles from LaTrinité sur Mer via the Fastnet at an average speed of 7.2 knots.

Miranda had a good race in the first few days, moving up to 8th place, but struggled on the last day from Wolf Rock to the finish line, finishing in 13th place: “I felt out of phase with the wind all day. Every time I changed sails, so did the wind. A number of lessons learnt!! So I am a little disappointed with my performance at the end. The rest was fairly positive.” 

 

29 Class40 competed solo in this race, providing a taste of things to come in the Route du Rhum where no less than 50 Class40s will line up for the start on the 4th of November.

 

Photo: Thierry Martinez

Miranda and Halvard 6th in an extraordinary edition of the Normandy Channel Race

A fine race for Campagne de France which completed the course in 6 days 4 hours, 49 minutes and 52seconds at an average speed of 6.45 knots. There were a total of 27 Class40s at the start of the race.
Halvard Mabire: « It was a great race. We had an interesting passage through the Solent – there was so little wind that we could do nothing more than drift with the tide. Not once did the sails fill between Cowes and the Needles. We stuck with the lead group until Land’s End where we parked up, and were the only ones not to get going again. That’s when we lost our lead group of playmates. After that, we managed to gain some ground back, but the breeze always filled in from ahead, so we only managed to catch one of the boats ahead. I’m pleased with our 6th place. Shame there were so many retirements. It is a fabulous course and event. »

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RORC Cervantes Trophy

2018-ctr-campagnedefrance-start-htCampagne de France competed in the 130 mile RORC Cervantes Trophy last weekend, her first race of the season after a long winter refit. The start was in glassy calm conditions, drifting out of the Solent on the tide, and into the Channel. The breeze filled in before sunset, increasing to 18 knots during the magnificent star-filled night on the way to Cussy buoy in the Baie de Seine. From there it was a 23 mile beat to Antifer before reaching to the finish line off Le Havre.

While there were only two Class40s out of the 47-strong fleet, there were as always plenty of boats to race against, and it wasn’t until after dark that Campagne de France stretched out a solid lead ahead of the whole fleet… only to be becalmed a few miles from the finish as the rest of the fleet caught up on the incoming sea breeze. The Ker40 Hooligan VII took line honours in a time of 25 hours 18 minutes and 08 seconds, just over a minute ahead of Campagne de France which won the Class40 Division.

A thoroughly enjoyable race and excellent (double-handed) training for the upcoming Normandy Channel Race.

 

Photo: Hamo Thornycroft

Winter refit

A busy winter of maintenance, repairs, improvements for Class40 Campagne de France ahead of a busy race season. It’s almost spring and almost time to get back on the water. We have been lucky to have Seb (who
built much of the boat with us) join us for part of the refit.CDF winter refitHalvard & SebSeb

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