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Objectif Transat Jacques Vabre 2021 avec le Groupe Lamotte et Module Création

He's off for 5 days of single-handed sailing!

Prologue Drheam Cup
Le Classe 40 Lamotte - Module Création participait au prologue Drheam Trophy le 21 juillet dernier. ©LB Sailing

You’ve missed not having any news of our sailor?  It’s true that nearly 2 months have passed since the Class 40 Lamotte Module-Création won the very respectable 5th place in the Normandy Channel Race.  

Time flies by, but don’t worry, Luke hasn’t stopped sailing, in fact the opposite!  

After a passage up to Saint Malo at the beginning of June to present his boat, the skipper sailed back down to Lorient again for a well defined programme of sailing with sponsors & partners, intensive practical training sessions and classroom study.  

Today at 15h he’s on the start-line for the single-handed race - Drheam Cup - Destination Cherbourg en Cotentin, a race that covers 750 miles in the English Channel and Irish Sea.  So our skipper is in the starting blocks for this last race of the season that counts as an official dress rehearsal for the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe.  


Off over to Ireland again! 

This Monday at 15h Luke and the Class 40 Lamotte Module-Création will be at the start of the 2nd edition of the Drheam Cup - Destination Cotentin race.  This race, open to all types of sailing boats longer than 6.5 metres offers two separate circuits: the shorter one of 400 miles and the longer one of 700 miles and counts as a qualification race for the Route du Rhum.  

It is the final race that the ocean racing Class 40s will participate in before the Route du Rhum in November. 

After leaving the start-line in Trinité-sur-Mer the flotilla will head  for the mythical Fastnet Rock off the Irish coast, then towards the English coast and Wolf Rock.  The competitors will then cross the Channel again to reach Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, the arrival destination port, where they will be expected from Thursday 26th July onwards. 


Luke analyses “ The course is technical, with the same waypoints (Fastnet and Wolf Rocks) as the Normandy Channel Race.  They are magnificent places but very complex to navigate due to the currents, the rocks and the traffic.  You have to be on top of your game and play the right cards to stay in the match and keep up with the leader pack.  There will be little wind for the start but it might pick up at night depending on a weather front passing over.  It’s the first boat to pick up the south westerly air stream who will have the advantage when heading towards Ireland.  We should get some wind heading towards Fastnet.  That’s what I’m hoping for anyway and it will help to validate the boat and this guy!”  




Dress rehearsal for the Route du Rhum 


With more and more Class 40 boats signed up for the races (with the most recent ones fresh out of the boatyards), we’re getting closer to knowing the expected competition in the fleet at the beginning of November in Saint Malo.  And even if our skipper has spent more days at sea than on land in the last two months, the level of the class is only going to get higher and once again will undoubtedly provide a lot of top action sport!  


“We’ve started the season really well producing some good performances in the first races.  I am however really aware of the high standard that will be out there this time, particularly as it’s a single-handed race.  In any case, if there is wind and there is an opportunity, I’ll be there to attack and go for it.  I feel as though I have progressed in these last months especially due to the number of great training sessions with the coach Tanguy Leglatin.  I’ve now got to put it all into practice out on the ocean.  I’ve also got to get myself back into “solo sailing” mode, and to continue to manage my energy and my sleep.  For a few weeks now I have been working a lot on that.  I have also had some sessions at the sleep clinic in Nantes hospital and some sophrology consultations. I am also in contact and getting advice from a nutritionist.  All these aspects are very important, even more so for long haul ocean races like the Route du Rhum” Luke confides to us with only a few months to go before the start of the big race.  



A little prologue with crew to get in some practice  

The festivities started on Saturday with the Drheam Trophy, a prologue race sailed in the Quiberon Bay to which all competitors were invited to participate with crews.  Class Lamotte Module-Création finished 12th having made a few strategic mistakes but managed to recover well.  “ We spent an enjoyable time on the water and it was essential not to break anything in order to be ready for the main race - so that was a good result. Many thanks to the crew and the Lamotte supporters who shared the day with us!” 


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