Photo: Alexis Courcoux

Merron and Mabire win Class40 Championship

As the class contemplates a vintage division for 2015

Wednesday December 17th 2014, Author: James Boyd, Location: France

Miranda Merron and Halvard Mabire's Pogo 2 Campagne de France has won the 2014 Class 40 Championship, helded by Miranda's 6th place in the recent Route du Rhum. The championship is an amalgamation of the points scored during races throughout the 2014 season.

1 - 101 - Campagne de France 75 points
2 - 131 - ERDF - Des pieds et des mains 86 points
3 - 115 - Teamwork40 95 points
4 - 135 - L'Express - Trepia 111 points
5 - 109 - IXBlue - BRS 112 points
6 - 98 - Maison Tirel Guerin 119 points
7 - 85 - Picoty-Lac de Vassivière 122 points
8 - 79 - Matouba 123 points
9 - 123 - Santander 2014 124 points
10 - 137 - Solidaires en Peloton 128 points
11 - 119 - Otio-Bastide Médical 132 points
12 - 95 - Serenis Consulting 133 points
13 - 81 - SNCF Géodis - Newrest 142 points
14 - 126 - Fantastica 147 points
15 - 142 - Le Conservateur 148 points
16 - 124 - Groupement Flo 157 points
17 - 93 - Eau et patrimoine 167 points
18 - 45 - VandB / MS-SAILING team 177 points
19 - 107 - Visit Brussels 180 points
20 - 141 - Campagne 2 France 184 points
21 - 68 - Région Haute Normandie 188 points
22 - 91 - Kogane 189 points
23 - 133 - Teranga 200 points
23 - 134 - Guadeloupe Grand Large - 1001 piles batteries 200 points
25 - 60 - Obportus - Conseil régional de Lorraine 206 points
26 - 89 - Marie-Galante 208 points
27 - 130 - GDF SUEZ 211 points
28 - 105 - April 213 points
29 - 22 - Voile 44 AAEA CAVA 224 points
30 - 57 - Setti LTD 225 points
31 - 99 - Ville de Sainte-Anne - Guadeloupe 228 points
32 - 104 - Bruneau 244 points
33 - 31 - Vanetys - Le Slip Francais 248 points
34 - 65 - Advanced Energies Carac 259 points
35 - 30 - Aerocampus Du Rhum au Globe 279 points
36 - 52 - Swish 280 points
37 - 55 - La belle équipe II 294 points
38 - 83 - Wallfo.com 296 points
38 - 103 - Exocet 296 points
38 - 106 - Gryphon Solo 2 296 points
38 - 113 - Normandie Sussex 296 points
38 - 125 - Crédit Mutuel de Bretagne 296 points
38 -132 - Cat(R) Phones - Built for it 296 points
38 - 139 - Team Sabrosa SR40mk2 296 points
38 - 140 - Sensation Class 40' 296 points
46 - 116 - jeffreymacfarlane.com 298 points
47 - 39 - Pleiad racing 300 points
48 - 54 - Dragon 302 points
49 - 25 - Flatline 304 points
50 - 36 - Romerike Elektro AS 306 points
51 - 10 - Sea Shepherd Fantronic 310 points

The 2014 season concluded with a successful Route du Rhum which saw 43 starters and victory ultimately going to Spanish skipper Alex Pella aboard Gonzalo Botin's Botin & Partners designed Tales 2 Santander.

Class40 President François Angoulvant commented: "The first great satisfaction of this Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe is the evidence of the attractiveness of the class and the success of its box rule. Among the first 10 boats, there were nine different designs, six different design house and a span of six years in their build dates."

The skippers ranged in age from 53 to 34 years-old, coming from from Classe Mini, IMOCA, the Olympic Games, showing its great diversity and once again demonstating that it is the skipper or the crew who makes the difference more than the boat.

Angoulvant continues: "Nicolas Troussel’s return is excellent news as is the arrival of Kito de Pavant and Arnaud Boissière. We are pleased to attract renowned skippers to the class. Kito de Pavant has, in addition, sailed a great race and has really enjoyed his time in the Class40.

"In the Route du Rhum, the first Class40 has arrived just after the last IMOCA. That was the same in the last Transat Jacques Vabre, so some IMOCA skippers are keeping a watchful eye on the Class40."

Now that Class40 is more than 10 years old, and skippers and designers continue to evolve boat, a Vintage class is currently being discussed for introduction for 2015.
 
2015 provisional calendar

1st – 4th May : Grand Prix Guyader
24th – 31st May : Normandy Channel Race
18th – 23rd June : Record SNSM
28th June – 26th July : Les Sables - Horta - Les Sables
16th - 23rd August : Rolex Fastnet Race
1st – 29th November : Transat Jacques Vabre

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