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Re: What happens when you fly the spinnaker in heavy air?

Paulo,

I had figured that the skipper was one of the European pro's out trying things out per say etc with that boat. The name was vaguely familiar to me, but not enough to say I knew who it was.

I do like how it will stay high enough when knocked over to not get water in the cabin. that would not happen with many boats. A lot lot sailing a dinghy to a degree. A BIG one at that.

The closest one will find around here is the Elan 310/350, Jeanneau sunfast 3200 for sale here in the state. The figaro is not even mentioned on the Beneteau USA site, you have to go to a european site to get info on it. Or go a lot smaller and go with a mini transat. Those are about 22' and 6.5M or there abouts. Similar style, design etc.

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Re: What happens when you fly the spinnaker in heavy air?

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Paulo,

I had figured that the skipper was one of the European pro's out trying things out per say etc with that boat. The name was vaguely familiar to me, but not enough to say I knew who it was.

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Marty
Ok, so more information on the two sailors that were training on that Figaro that made that acrobatic figure

Xavier MACAIRE, 31 year's old:

Xavier Macaire Saison 2011 avec STARTER

2012
La Solo Concarneau : 4e
Icom Cup Med : 3e

2011
Figaro Bénéteau 2:

La Solitaire du Figaro : 10e
La Solo Basse Normandie : 9e
La Solo Concarneau : 3e
La Solo Massif Marine : 12e

2010

Mini-Racer:

Vainqueur du Mini Pavois
Vainqueur du Mini-Fastnet
Vainqueur de Les Sables - Les Açores - Les Sables

2009

Mini Racer:

Vainqueur de la select 6,50
3e de La Transat 6,50 Charente Martime – Salvador de Bahia


The one that actually was steering the boat is a best known sailor and is racing not on the Figaro class but on 50ft trimarans. Probably that's why he managed to "plant" a Figaro much in a way that is more usual on multihulls

The "artist" was Yves LE BLEVEC, a 45 year's old sailor:

L'histoire entre Groupe ACTUAL et Yves LE BLEVEC - TEAM ACTUAL

2011 MULTI50 ACTUAL
3ème du Trophée du Port de Fécamp


2010 MULTI50 ACTUAL
2ème du Trophée du Port de Fécamp
2ème du Trophée Port Médoc
2ème du Trophée Prince de Bretagne
Vainqueur de la Vendée-Saint Petersbourg
Vainqueur du Tour de Belle Ile
Vainqueur du Trophée GUYADER "L'Esprit de la Mer"

2009
Abandon Transat Jacques Vabre Multi50 ACTUAL
Vainqueur du Trophée Prince de Bretagne Multi50 ACTUAL
1er - Challenge de printemps en Mach 6.5 GROUPE ACTUAL
2ème - Spi Ouest France Bouygues Telecom en Mach 6.5 GROUPE ACTUAL
1er - Grand Prix de l'Ecole navale en Mach 6.5 GROUPE ACTUAL

2008
1er Transat Québec-Saint Malo sur Crêpes Whaou! de Franck-Yves Escoffier

2007 Mini ACTUAL
1er Transat 6.50 Charente Maritime - Bahia
1er Transgascogne - solitaire
5ème Open Sail Simard B&G
1er Chrono 6.50 de Groix
1er Trophée Marie - Agnès Peron - solitaire
1er Demi-clé 6.50 - double
2ème Pornichet select 6.50 - solitaire

2006 Mini ACTUAL
1er Mini Barcelona
2ème Challenge Mini de Quiberon
1er Solo Chrono 6.50 de Groix
3ème Open Demi-clé
Volvo V70 / ABN Amro 2 - Skipper Sébastien Josse
5ème Volvo Ocean Race / Inshore Rio
6ème Volvo Ocean Race / Etape 5 : Rio - Baltimore

2005 Mini Point Mariage
3ème Etape 1 Transat 6.50
Mini Servomap
2ème Mini Fastnet
Maxi Catamaran Orange 2
Trophée Jules Verne / Record autour du monde en équipage sans escale
50j 16h 20mn 04s

2004 Maxi Catamaran Orange 2
Record de distance en 24h (705 milles)
2ème performance mondiale sur le record de l'Atlantique (4j 17h 58mn)
Record de la Méditerranée / Marseille - Carthage (17h 56mn 33s)

2003 Figaro ACTUAL - Rêve de Grand
21ème Championnat de France Solitaire
16ème Tour de Bretagne en double
19ème Général Méditerranée en solo
24ème Solitaire du Figaro

2002 Maxi Catamaran Orange 1
Trophée Jules Verne sur le maxi catamaran Orange 1
64 j 08h 37 mns 24s

2001
1er au classement annuel par points sur le Mini ACTUAL Interim



The coach was Nicolas Berenger

Nicolas Bérenger | Au Taquet !

1995 : 1er au Championnat de France de Match Racing D2
1996 : 1er au Championnat de France Espoir - 16e de la Solitaire du Figaro
1997 : 4e du tour de France à la voile - 1er de la Route des Îles
2001 : 4e du tour de France à la voile
2002 : 4e du tour de France à la voile
2004 : 18e de la Solitaire Afflelou Le Figaro - 3e de la Transat AG2R Lorient/St-Barthélemy
2005 : 13e de la Solitaire Afflelou Le Figaro - 3e de la Roma per Due - 2e du Tour de Bretagne à la voile
2006 : 19e de la Solitaire Afflelou Le Figaro - 11e de la Transat AG2R Lorient/St-Barthélemy
2007 : 11e de la Solitaire Afflelou Le Figaro - Vainqueur de la Cap Istanbul en compagnie de Thierry Chabagny
2008 : 7e de la Solitaire Afflelou Le Figaro - Vainqueur de la Cap Istanbul en solitaire - Vice-champion de France de la Course au Large en Solitaire
2009 : Vainqueur de la Primo Cup à Monaco sur Longtze KONE MonoSpace
2009 : 8e du Grand Prix de l'école naval sur Longtze KONE MonoSpace1
2009 : Vainqueur de la Deauville International Week sur Longtze KONE MonoSpace
2009 : 10e de la Solo Concarneau sur Figaro KONE Elevators
2009 : 2e de la Quiberon Solo sur Figaro KONE Elevators
2009 : 8e de la Solitaire du Figaro sur Figaro KONE Elevators
2010 : Vainqueur de la Primo Cup à Monaco sur Longtze « Un maillot pour la vie »
2011:World champion sur Longtze


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Paulo
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Re: What happens when you fly the spinnaker in heavy air?

For those of you who'd like to play with your chutes in heavier weather without drama like this, run your sheets farther forward, about where your head sail fairleads to the winches. With the sheets all the way aft it's pretty obvious how the chute is lifting the stern.
In 1969 I picked up a 49' TransPac class B winner (won in '63 but was no longer competitive) for a great price. She was a Rhodes design; fast and lovely but it was a lousy cruising boat, by the way. We had seven chutes, all different sizes, weights and shapes, (23 bags of sails, total), from an 5 knot max up to 45 or more, depending on one's intestinal fortitude. But the TransPac is pretty much a down wind race. It's been said that an old lady in a bath tub can sail to Hawaii from SoCal. No navigation needed; just follow the jets' contrails.
Now going BACK, that's another thing entirely!
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Re: What happens when you fly the spinnaker in heavy air?

Well, damned racing yachts.
To each their own.
The idea of sailing my olde ship that hard in those conditions is beyond me.
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Re: What happens when you fly the spinnaker in heavy air?







We do not do it much anymore but its good fun in your twenty's on a small boat






Lot more at risk on the big boat and we manage to keep it up right
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Re: What happens when you fly the spinnaker in heavy air?

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For those of you who'd like to play with your chutes in heavier weather without drama like this, run your sheets farther forward, about where your head sail fairleads to the winches. With the sheets all the way aft it's pretty obvious how the chute is lifting the stern.
Good point, or you can tension the tweakers to bring the sheet and guy to the deck level near the shrouds to the same effect.
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Re: What happens when you fly the spinnaker in heavy air?

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We do not do it much anymore but its good fun in your twenty's on a small boat

Lot more at risk on the big boat and we manage to keep it up right
I launch my smaller spinnaker out of a laundry basket, too:

I wish I could find a larger basket for my large spinnaker. Much better than an expensive spinnaker box!
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Re: What happens when you fly the spinnaker in heavy air?

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What a great boat!

The French are so much more advanced than the Americans in solo racing. Here, sailing is not a very popular sport. There is very little solo racing, almost all teams/crewed boats. The sport is regarded as elitist and irrelevant to the majority of the population. The overwhelming majority of racing in the U.S. is around-the-buoys club racing, on short windward-leeward courses, instead of point-to-point long distance ocean racing.

In France, it appears the solo sailors are national heros (like our football or basketball stars).

I just saw Rich Wilson speak in Salem MA last week. He spoke very highly about the French and their passion for sail boat racing. Being the only American and oldest sailor in the Vedee Globe 2008, the French were warm and incredibly supportive. 300,000 French men and woman attended the start of the race. Rich Wilson was part of a parade of racers that travelled down a channel to get to the ocean at the start of the race, and as he passed a few thousand people began humming the Star Spangled Banner as a salute to the sole American skipper.
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