The French Match-Racing team "Prince de Bretagne" engaged in the Delta Lloyd Regatta, the fourth of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas, is an atypical team.
On board is Jeanne Gregoire
, an Ocean Racer who has crossed the Atlantic solo on many occasions. Jeanne joins Julie Bossard
and Pauline Chalaux
in Medemblik, the Netherlands.
"We were looking for a third crew. Jeanne was available and wanted to take a break from Ocean Racing so she joined us,
" explained skipper Bossard. The new team is still adjusting having joined forces only a couple of days before the start of the regatta.
Jeanne said, "I needed a break from solo racing across the oceans. I was ready to take some time off to try other type of sailing, so it was perfect timing for me."
When asked what skills an Ocean Racer can bring to Match Racing, Pauline Chalaux said, "Jeanne brings a new eye to our sailing, she was able to pick up our mistakes straight away.
"It is very refreshing to have on board someone from a complete different back ground and she is reacting quickly to situations."
With communication on board being a key element in match-racing, this are still areas that Jeanne admits she can improve on, "I have sometimes problem to understand the Match Racing lingo. They are using technical terms and also some words that are proper to them and can describe a whole situation or tactic, and then I am lost."
For Jeanne her experience at the Delta Lloyd Regatta has been considerably different. The Ocean Racer is used to spending days alone in her yacht with the sky as the horizon.
"When I did the mini Transat, ten years ago, the boat was about the same size as the Elliott. I left one continent to reach another. Here I can see the objective a quarter of a mile away.
"I go to the blue mark instead of sailing to Rio. More seriously, sailing with others, in "confined" situations when actions happened quickly and when strategy involves tacking within a few meters, is opening a different way of seeing sailing and will for sure help me when I am alone on the ocean.
"Even if then the strategy involves a 500 miles course rather than 10 minutes around marks!"
Three weeks ago, Jeanne finished fourth in the Benodet-Martinique race. In July she will set off for the Solitaire du Figaro. In the meantime, Jeanne, Julie and Pauline are sharing experiences from two different sailing worlds as one team.