Taking place from September 29 to October 7, this year’s Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez hosted the largest Classic, Modern as well as Wally Yachts for a week of competing. There were almost thirty luxury vessels equipped with Incidences Sails such as sailing yacht MOONBEAM OF FIFE (ex Moonbeam 3) and charter yacht MOONBEAM 4, LELANTINA or superyacht THENDARA in the Classic Class, who had an amazing time on the different competitions held in the Bay of Saint-Tropez.
In the Wally Class, 8 races were run during which the yacht GENIE, led by Prince Charles de Bourbon-Siciles, was fully in control of the situation. Equipped with Incidences sails for the past 2 years after the new mast installation; the 77 feet yacht signs here her prettiest performance. “We have been working very closely with Incidences for the past two years” says Nicolas Marchand, manager of GENIE. “We made a real substantive work, with Bertrand Cudennec and Ronan Floch, and they focused on research and development to achieve this result today. This is the outcome of a great team work which will be carried on in the long term. ”
Luxury yacht GENIE manager has also chosen to surround himself with an original crew. Consisting of talented offshore racing and match racing sailors, from Brittany and the Mediterranean, the Prince’s crew put their full knowledge into practice for the occasion. “We have decided to increase the competences on board,” says Nicolas Marchand. “We had three Incidences representatives: Yoann Richomme, Quentin Ponroy and Sébastien Audigane who was in charge of the navigation; to which we added several sailors from offshore racing and the Mini Class, like Rémi Beauvais or Clement Giraud. We also benefited from the expertise of Damien Iehl for the tactics.” A new selection which paid off in this environment that is more used to Anglo-Saxon crew.
Final race of the season in the northern hemisphere, the Voiles de Saint-Tropez were also the opportunity for Incidences Sails and his President Yannick Richomme to meet customers and partners on the event. Initiated and organized by Philippe Touët at the Hotel Sube in the harbor, the evening was a great success for the 200 guests. “The guests enjoyed the opportunity to meet the new direction. Incidences Sails is keen to further integrate the Super Yachts market and we created a good opportunity to discuss with our clients and offer our expertise to the owners who may be interested in our sails “explains Philippe. “This is the first time we organized such a party on an event, and it won’t be the last.”
During the weekend of September 28 to 30 was also held the Atlantique Le Télégramme Groupama regatta in Lorient on which several yachts equipped with Incidences Sails climbed on the highest steps of the podium, such as the Grand Soleil 39 SPINNECK of Hughes Riché who won the regatta in IRC1, or the A35 CONSTRUCTION DU BELON of Vincent Le Manchec who finished second in IRC2.
Incidences Sails in few figures:
- 100 people on five lofts in France: Brest, La Rochelle, Lorient, Fial in Vendée and Incidences Méditerranée in Frejus
- 7200 m2 of saimaker floor plan
- A turnover of 12 million Euros.
The excellence and performance to serve all
If Incidences Sails’ impact is known for its multihulls sailing and racing results, its production is very diversified. Small or large sails, all projects benefit from the group’s experience. Alongside the greatest skippers, Incidences Sails has won a special expertise in reliability and performance. And it has put that service on all these sails: big boats, cruises or racing.
Its leading position for sails to the unit now opens up new horizons across Europe for the entire Group.
Significant performances in 2011:
- Around the world solo by Thomas Coville on Sodébo
- Jeremy Beyou won the Solitaire du Figaro by winning three legs
- Wally 80 superyacht “Ryokan” and luxury yacht “Genie” take the two top places in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup!
- Victory of the 50′ Actual skippered by Yves Le Blevec on the Transat Jacques Vabre 2011
- Maxi Banque Populaire V and PRB won the Fastnet Race in their categories
- Tour of the British Isles with the Maxi Banque Populaire V
- Jules Verne Trophy: Jean-Baptiste Le Vaillant and the crew of the Maxi Banque Populaire V won the trophy in 45 days 13 hours 42 minutes and 53 seconds with two additional records:
- Equator to Equator record in 32 days, 11 hours, 51 minutes and 30 seconds
- Indian Ocean crossing record (Cape Agulhas / South of Tasmania) in 8 days 7 hoyurs, 22 minutes and 15 seconds.
Incidences Sails is also at the heart of the The America’s Cup with the AC45 Energy Team and Loïc Peyron.
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