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

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