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19 August 2009, 10:30 am
Fifteen Crews Ready To Contend First Class 40 World Title
Chilean entry Desafio Cabo de Hornos of Felipe Cubillos
Chilean entry Desafio Cabo de Hornos of Felipe Cubillos

Class 40 World Championship 2009
Southampton, Great Britain

Competitors for the inaugural Class 40 World Championship arrived to blue skies and fair winds for the Practice Race day at Southampton, Great Britain.
Competitors for the inaugural Class 40 World Championship arrived to blue skies and fair winds for the Practice Race day at Southampton, Great Britain.

The crews enjoyed a day of exploration, mainly of the local Hamble hostelries, before registration, scrutineering and the practice race kicked off on Monday.

Fifteen teams in total will be contesting the Championship title from Great Britain, France, Belgium, Germany and Chile, including Tanguy de Lamotte fresh from winning his class in the Fastnet Race on his Initiatives Saveurs - Novedia Group.
De Lamotte and his team asserted their intentions by winning the practice race. Winning or indeed finishing the practice race is often seen as a bad omen, many of the competitors chose not to finish by passing the committee boat on the wrong side. Denis Lazat on Jumpa Lagi made it a French 1-2 with Felipe Cubillos on Desafio Cabo de Hornos from Chile in third.

President of the Class 40 Association, Jacques Fournier, said "the Class 40 association is delighted to be welcomed by the prestigious Royal Southern in Hamble for the first Class 40 World Championship. All the competitors are really looking forward to racing together in the Solent for the first time. The Championship is being represented by five different nations which is a good example of the growth of the class internationally over the last couple of years.

"The British competitors have an advantage from knowing the area but there will be good competition from a number within the fleet. With the overall Class 40 championship being open, the class World should produce some interesting racing over the week. Being based at the Royal Southern allows the class to have some great racing during the day and the opportunity to socialize and meet each other in the evening, especially for the new Class40 members."

Championship racing commences Wednesday with two long inshore races starting at 10:30. On Thursday the competitors will enjoy a Round the Isle of Wight Race and on Friday they will be challenged with a series of short, sharp windward-leeward style races.
Lucy Barn
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