Panerai Transat Classique 2012 : Satisfied

Thursday, 27 December 2012

At 12:37 local time, Gweneven crossed the finishing line of the Panerai Transat Classique 2012 to take fifth place in corrected time (provisional).

A fair breeze and bright sunshine accompanied Oren Nataf's Swan 38 as she sailed in under gennaker and a poled-out genoa instead of her spinnaker (out of action because of a broken halyard block). Her elegant lines, drawn by the famous architect Olin Stephens, slipped playfully along the long swell.

Aboard, Oren had a choice crew : Frédéric Texier, Yann Salaün, the other veteran of the first Transat Classique, and Christian Williame. Their suntanned faces broke into huge smiles as the welcoming committee came out to meet them.

Once alongside and the customs formalities completed, Oren made clear his satisfaction : "The race was really good. We broke very little except for the spinnaker problem, which delayed us at the end. Our hydrogenerator worked perfectly and we didn't have to put our engine on once to charge the batteries."

As they crossed the finishing line, other sailors in the race were taking part in the traditional Boxing Day Regatta organized by the Barbados Cruising Club. Corto was carrying a mixture of crews from legs 2 and 3, while Mathew Barker and Alejandro Ruiz of The Blue Peter were sailing on Desiderata, an English classic just in from the Canaries.

Members of the organizing team of the Panerai Transat Classique were also out on the water : they were invited on to the J24 belonging to Raphaël Grisoni, managing director of the famous Mount Gay Distillery.Croix des Gardes, the Dervin design sailed by the Kelman family, will be the next in. She is expected to cross the line tomorrow afternoon.

 Isabelle DELAUNE

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