Transat Quebec Saint Malo: Franck-Yves Escoffier on Crepes Whaou! takes overall win

Thursday, 31 July 2008

 

At 18h49'14" (GMT), on Thursday 31st July 2008, Franck-Yves Escoffier, on board Crêpes Whaou! crossed the finish line of the seventh Transat Quebec-Saint Malo off the city of Saint-Malo doing twenty knots. After 11 days 3 hours 19 minutes and 14 seconds of racing, at an average theoretical speed of 10.68 knots, the skipper from Saint-Malo and his three crewmen, Yves Le Blévec, Bertrand Chambert-Loir and Christophe Aillet were first to finish this 2855 mile (5287 km) transatlantic crossing from west to east, where they encountered a wide range of conditions from their way out of the Saint Lawrence and as they crossed the North Atlantic.

Setting sail on 20th July on board the most recent 50-foot trimaran, they have led the way from the start and have built up a comfortable lead of over 500 nautical miles over their nearest rivals. The yachtsman from Saint-Malo has repeated his success from 2004 with a crew, thus doing the double. Already triple winner of the Route du Rhum (1998, 2002 and 2006), twice winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre (2005 and 2007), as the deep sea fisherman passes under the ramparts in Saint-Malo, he is going to add another line to his list of achievements, which is the fullest for this category of boat...

A quick look at the crew of Crêpes Whaou!

Franck-Yves Escoffier's crew is made up of two professional yachtsmen with some great successes already under their belt, aided and abetted by two skilful amateurs.

Franck-Yves Escoffier, fisherman, boat-owner, 50
Yves Le Blévec, skipper, 42
Bertrand Chambert-Loir, head of development at Whaou!
Christophe Aillet, managing director of Pain Concept

A quick look at the Crêpes Whaou! trimaran

Class'50
Open50-foot trimaran
Launch: April 2005
Based in Saint-Malo
Length: 15.24 m2
Beam: 14.55 m
Clearance: 23.80 m
Number of sails: 7
Mainsail surface: 105 m2
Gennaker surface: 140 m2
Laden weight: 4.2 tonnes
Designer: Van Peteghem – Lauriot PrévostConstructor: CDK

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 July 2008 )