Arkema’s youngest skipper Quentin Vlamynck wins episode 1 of the Pro Sailing Tour 2022

Arkema’s youngest skipper Quentin Vlamynck wins episode 1 of the Pro Sailing Tour 2022

by Pro Sailing Tour May 16 07:23 UTC
May 12 – July 10, 2022

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Quentin Vlamynck (FRA), the youngest skipper in the history of the Ocean Fifty class, accompanied by his two teammates, Alex Pella (ESP) and Antoine Gautier (FRA), won his very first episode on Sunday afternoon in Bonifacio of the Pro Sailing Tour. , Corsica. He widened his preliminary advantage after 7 inshore races, winning the 24-hour Challenge around Southern Corsica a few minutes ahead of his close rivals, Briton Sam Goodchild on Leyton and Erwan Le Roux (FRA) on Koesio .

This result is a good start to the season for the Pro Sailing Tour – the most exciting new circuit in ocean racing – for the 28-year-old from Gironde in France and is sure to set the tone for an Episode 2 hotly contested in Brest from June 22 to 26 on the waters of Finisterre!

Focus on the 24 hour challenge

From Bonifacio to Ajaccio via the Lavezzi and the Vacca mark not far from the entrance to the bay of Porto-Vecchio, the ultra-demanding 164-mile course lasted nearly 27 hours. The 5 crews had to negotiate the vagaries of light winds throughout the night and variable thermals during the day making the race as much a test of nerves as a test of endurance with constant sail changes and regroupings with the rest of the fleet. On such delicate terrain, never far from the rocks, with unpredictable geographical effects, clarity made the difference. “I’ve done a lot of races all over the world, and I don’t remember ever having raced with so much intensity,” said Alex Pella, winner of the Route du Rhum, round the world record holder (with a crew) and crew on board. Arkema with Quentin Vlamynck.

At the foot of the Citadel of Bonifacio, Arkema, Leyton and Koesio arrived less than 9 minutes apart, with 72 seconds between Sam Goodchild’s trimaran and Erwan Le Roux.

A magical and epic first episode

The medieval city of Bonifacio rolled out the red carpet for the exciting new offshore racing circuit and gave a warm welcome to the Pro Sailing Tour for the first episode of their four-episode series. With frenzied coastal regattas contested under the hot Corsican sun, followed by a fiercely contested 24-hour Challenge, all in a breathtaking setting, this first round of the Pro Sailing Tour 2022 had all the ingredients to make it a huge one. hit.

Groupe GCA – 1001 Sourires and Primonial, two of the seven teams entered in Bonifacio (the 8th Armel Tripon, will be back for episode 2) withdrew from the competition very early after a collision at the start of race 4 – it was clear right from the start that the level of the Ocean Fifty fleet is extremely high and that the skippers hold nothing back! The young skipper, Quentin Vlaminck (28) on Arkema 4 launched in 2020, held off the PST title holder, Sam Goodchild (winner of the 2021 edition) aboard Leyton, while Erwan Le Roux on Koesio, the latest addition to the fleet, shook his opponents on the start lines and throughout the Challenge 24 hours. Le Roux is the most successful skipper of the Ocean Fifty, with three titles in the Transat Jacques Vabre and a victory in the Route du Rhum in 2014 to his credit, he is not left out!

Eric Peron (FRA), newcomer to the Ocean Fifty class, showed skill in helming Komilfo and good speed in light airs, and Thibaut Vauchel-Camus (FRA) aboard Solidaires En Peloton – L ‘ARSEP was bold with what seemed like clear options, his picks sometimes paying off. Primonial, skippered by Sébastien Rogues (FRA) set the tone from the start by winning race 2: it was clear that he was aiming for the final podium! With extremely well-prepared multihulls and experienced and talented crews in all disciplines, the skippers are putting all the odds on their side, determined to dethrone Goodchild aboard Leyton, untouchable last year… The figures speak louder than the words: 5 different winners in 7 inshore races!

Off script…

Quentin Vlamynck (Arkema): “We managed to do a lot of things, but we missed a lot of things too! Nothing was easy, but we managed to take the advantage at the end during the 24h Challenge, after the Vacca mark. Overall it went really well.” well on board, everyone was hard at work, and I learned a lot from Alex (Pella) and Antoine (Gautier). We were all side by side in the night, it was often very tense. a lot and stay very focused on this tricky body of water. It’s a first victory for Arkema on the Pro Sailing Tour and it’s great for the whole team!”

Sam Goodchild (Leyton): “This 24-hour Challenge was rich in twists and turns, we fought well! Arkema and Koesio were going very fast this morning and we had trouble keeping up. You have to be able to go faster in light airs. Arkema sailed very well. We came in second, which is a drop in performance compared to last year, but it’s still a very good place. The light tunes are almost always the most intense. I think I slept 15 minutes in total. It was endless! Each team had its moment at the head of the fleet and everyone is really in their game. The level of performance is clearly higher than last year. I have no regrets, everyone sailed perfectly. It was fabulous !”

Erwan Le Roux (Koesio): “What a fight with the five boats! There were constant regroupings. You had to be patient and stay calm. We made good decisions; we were at the front of the fleet all the time. It was really nice!” Yann (Eliès) and Pablo (Santurde) gave their all in the manoeuvres. I think we didn’t manage our sleep very well, because this morning we weren’t very lucid, and Arkema got away from us. We were a little burnt out. outside and in the bad air. Arkema and Leyton are tough competitors. The overall level of play has gone up a notch, that’s for sure. In short: intense and brilliant!”

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