It finished some days ago the 40 class first real rof the year, the Normandy Channel Race and it was won...by a German boat with a mixed team (duo race) but with the skipper being German,the increasingly popular Jörg Riechers that was racing with the French Pierre Brasseur.
Class40, initially a French thing, as initially almost all Solo or short crew ocean racing, is becoming international with lots of new boats coming in. In that race there was sailors from New Zealand, Great Britain, German, South Africa, Norway, Swiss and US. Lots of women too. The French are still the majority but they are not alone neither they winning all the times
If you are interested in solo racing and particularly in 40 class racing here it is this year's program:
Class40 - Association skippers Class40 - Races
Being the big classics "LES SABLES - HORTA" and most of all the "TRANSAT JACQUES VABRE".
It would also be interesting to see if the interest of US boats in the American race is renewed or even increases, I am talking about the "The Atlantic Cup", that starts in Charleston (2013-05-12) and finish in Newport (2013-05-26).
Class40 - Association skippers Class40 - Home
In between some nice images of the delivery of one of the new class 40: