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.”

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