Grand Prix Ecole Navale’s second act: Laser SB20 Eurocup 2010
The first stage of the Grand Prix Ecole Naval – the French One Design Cruiser Championship -was contested just over a week ago with four French titles settled in the J80, Open 5.70, the Corsaire and the Longtze that attracted up to 170 teams. This weekend the naval college extends a welcome to the Laser SB3 sportsboat class for its 4th Eurocup which has a strong Anglo-Saxon following.
The series will be sailed off Crozon-Morgat and almost 30 different crews representing six nationalities will challenge at this Laser SB3 Eurocup regatta which has built up a popular following among this flourishing class which races all over Europe.
Among those leading sailors who have raced in the Laser SB3 are four times Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie and Australia’s three times Laser world champion Glenn Bourke. Winners of the Laser SB3 Eurocup regatta last year Roger and David Hudson return with their City of Cape Town.
Racing starts on Friday with a start sequence around 1300hrs, with racing each day until Monday when the winner should be known during the afternoon. On the Friday evening there is a reception for the crews at the Town Hall, Crozon. Saturday, Sunday and Monday the scheduled racing starts around 0900hrs and there is a crews gatherings and parties each evening. The prize-giving should take place around 1430hrs on Monday 31st.
List of entries
Boat name Skipper Sail number
? BRESSO SEBASTIEN ?
LASERPERFORMANCE PERON PHILIPPE 3009
EXCUSE ME GENTS JACKSON ANN 3079
SHARK BITE CORK TIM 3146
BARTABA CHARON BENOIT 3169
LOS ZAPATEROS SCHOENMAKERS ALEX BEL3472
NORTH SEA ONE XXX XXX BEL3502
LIESL II STUYTS BERTRAND BEL3512
NORTH SEA TWO XXX XXX BEL3513
TACKTONIC DE BLEYE CEDRIC BEL3518
PUISSANCE 4 BRESSON SEBASTIEN FRA3078
MORPHEUS RUSSO EDWARD FRA3163
DARLING ASSOCIATES CVB CVBT GBR3027
RUMBLEFLURG CUMMINS DAVID GBR3032
CHEEKY MONKEY SULLIVAN IAN GBR3038
XCELLENT POLLARD JOHN GBR3058
ROLA-TRAC SAXTON PETER GBR3065
SPARTACUS LEGUILLETTE CHARLOTTE GBR3142
HOT PANTS WOOD MICHAEL GBR3177
SAIL ARMY – ENGINEERING BARHAM E MIKE GBR3304
ERIC WEDGE MARTIN GBR3464
HUTTONS WILLIAMSON BEN GBR3510
TB4E GRITTON GEOFF GBR3516
DOOLALLI SIMONDS COLIN GBR3517
SAIL BOAT SPARES.COM ALLAN SARAH GBR3575
RIGGING GURUS RICHARDS MARK GBRTBC
? CEPPAGE MARTIN IRL3484
CITY OF CAPE TOWN HUDSON DAVID RSA3451
? LUKA RODION RUS3269
Alain Daoulas, Commisaire General of the Grand Prix Ecole Navale:
“The SB3 class is growing still and very competitive in Great Britain and so 30 boats are expected this weekend. To ensure this is a success we welcome the support of partners like Brittany Ferries, and the community and councils of Crozon Morgat. We are looking forward to seeing teams from six different nations get under starter’s orders. Of course the Grand Prix is now one of the important sporting events on the calendar in Finistere and for the Naval College as a nautical and engineering college it is an important event which uses the dynamics and challenge of sport to foster a greater international profile. And, closer to home, it reinforces our links locally with Crozon and the Brest communities.
Jean-Marc Jourdain, Director of the Watersports Centre of Crozon Morgat:
“This regatta brings us the chance to work in close association again with the town of Crozon itself. We look after the on-the-water organization as well as the on-shore festivities, the opening cocktails night, the two crews evenings, and the prize-giving.
We work closely with the organizers of the Grand Prix Ecole Navale which manages the whole regatta running ‘upstream’. And for the last three years we, the Watersports Centre of Crozon Morgat, have worked well with the sports sectors to organize major events like this, and in the past have organized many ISAF classes’ championships. Our Watersports Centre of Crozon Morgat really believe in the fundamentals of one design racing and we hope that events such as this will attract more overseas visitors to come to see the Morgat, our centre and the great facilities here. We want to promote Morgat and all it has to offer.
Katie Ashworth, Secretary SB3 Class Association:
“This is always a really special weekend with a truly European feel to it that English crews really look forward to. And largely through the hard work and drive of Edward Russo it is great to report that the class is growing in France as it did significantly through the winter, and so this will be the first time we really see a strong home French entry. And, of course, a good time will be had by all!”