The Defi Atlantique: Leg 2

56931930_2432113003523658_3611670744037064704_nThe Defi Atlantique, Campagne de France’s last Class40 race…

Today, April 8th, the Class40 Campagne de France will depart the beautiful island of Horta bound for La Rochelle as the second leg of this transatlantic race begins at 13h00 local time. This second leg will not only be technically challenging but will also hold a certain level of emotion as this will be Miranda’s last outing on the Halvard designed Class40 ‘Campagne de France’, a boat the duo put so much effort into.

Once into La Rochelle Miranda and the team will turn their attentions away from Class40 to begin a new and hugely exciting chapter with their recently purchased IMOCA 60 with the goal of competing within the 2020 Vendee Globe.

5th in the first leg alongside Didier le Vourch, Miranda will again seek to push Campagne de France into the best position possible during leg two. Miranda has chosen to increase her crew size, joined once again by Didier le Vourch and for the first time Stan Thuret.

The welcomed reinforcement of Stan will be appreciated. Not only is Stan a very good sailor having embedded himself as a firm favourite within the Mini Class but he’s got ever increasing experience in Class40. Alongside his sailing credentials Stan is a videographer and is currently creating a feature film based upon the history of the sea and the sailors who call it their home. Who better to feature than Miranda, someone who’s dedicated themselves to the ocean, the elements and the romance of a truly inspirational sport.

When asked about his thoughts on the race Stan said “I’m interested in Class40 because I’m preparing for the English Transat. I’ve sailed a number of miles on these boats, it’s kind of like a large Mini 6.50. I met Miranda and Didier in Antigua, we talked about my project and that seemed to interest them! Alongside our race I’ll also be taking some pictures and video of Miranda who’s Vendee Globe campaign is very exciting. I’ve already sailed with Samantha Davis and I like the British attitude when at sea. The fleet is fantastic and it reminds me a little of the Mini 6.5 Class, amateurs and professionals sail alongside one another and the atmosphere is great.”

 The race begins at 13h00 local time (14h00 GMT) and can be tracked online via the following link:

http://defi-atlantique.geovoile.com/2019/tracker/

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