Switzerland’s Bernard Stamm and France’s Jean Le Cam have hardly stopped over the past few months, busily putting their new project into place: to take part in the third edition of the Barcelona World Race. Logics and circumstances have brought them together and now these long time rivals join forces forming an incredibly experienced tandem.
The Cheminées Poujoulat team formed by Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam has been through quite bustling days. Following two busy refit months in Brest, during which the rigging, the ballast configuration and the keel have been modified, the boat is finally back on the water. Last Tuesday the boat left the shipyard on a semi-trailer, the keel was fitted yesterday and the boat was launched today in the commercial port of the French city.
He is regarded as a regular fixture on solo races and had done his share of two-handed Transats and crewed racing, but sailing two handed around the world is something almost new for the very experienced French sailor Jean Le Cam. “I did this Barcelona World Race in 2011 with Bruno Garcia but we dismasted after just 10 days, so for me that scarcely counts as useful experience”. Le Cam maintained last week when he was in Paris for the famous boat show there, Le Salon Nautic.
Jean Le Cam, coskipper de Bernard Stamm a bordo del Cheminées Poujoulat en la Barcelona World Race, mantiene la mirada atenta sobre los navegantes españoles que tomarán parte en esta tercera edición de la vuelta al mundo a dos y sin escalas. Para el Rey Jean algunos son contrincantes, pero también amigos con los que ha estrechado lazos en los últimos años.
As Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam pass under 5,000 miles to the Barcelona World Race finish line and today crossed over their own outbound track the leading duo are starting to feel like the worst of the course is very much behind them. Both skippers have, individually, suffered more than their fair share if ill luck over their careers. Now, if it is not good luck that is running with them it is certainly good timing.
Death of Florence Arthaud, forever “la petite fiancée de l'Atlantique”. One of the true greats of French offshore sailing, Florence Arthaud, 57, has died on Monday March 9, 2015 in a helicopter crash while filming a TV show in Argentina. The tragedy claimed the lives of 10 people, including two French athletes, Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat and boxer Alexis Vastine.