Le Havre Allmer Cup
Start Date 23-05-2016
The Le Havre Allmer Cup is a bi-annual week long race organised by the Société des Régates du Havre - the local yachting association - and is sponsored by the Norman clothing brand that gives the race its name. Racing will start on Monday the 23rd, going on all week before the prize giving ceremony on Saturday.
The Allmer Cup as it is more commonly referred by is the first race of the French Solo Offshore Sailing Championship of this 2016 season. The two other races this year are the Solitaire Bompard - Le Figaro in June and July, and the Douarnenez Horta Solo in late August.
Three types of racing will be going on: some classic inshore racing around marks relatively close to one another, longer coastal races, and an offshore race. All courses will be very technical, as the tide is a key factor in the Seine Bay.
This 2016 All Mer Cup will be the first solo race of the season for many sailors who have just got their boats back from the Transat - AG2R La Mondiale. In fact, the boats have been late which has caused the organisers to review the race schedule with the first inshore race now starting on Monday rather than on Sunday. The offshore race course has also been changed, it will now be 120 nautical miles long instead of the 300 planned. It will start on Tuesday, and will finish the next day in the afternoon. More inshore racing will be going after that leading up to the prize giving.
20 boats will take part in the Allmer Cup. 2014 winner Gildas Morvan is an obvious favourite, but as for Charlie Dalin and Yoann Richomme, it will be his first solo race of the season. Solo Maitre Coq winner Anthony Marchand and Solo Normandie winner Alexis Loison are also up to grab the trophy. British sailors will have a say in the race. Nick Cherry who finished 4th of the Maitre Coq in at his best on inshore courses, and Alan Roberts just had his 3rd consecutive Top 10 of the season finishing 3rd of the Solo Normandie. Two other British skippers will take part, Robin Elsey and Sam Matson, who sailed the AG2R together. It will be the first solo race of the season for Matson, and the second for Elsey after his comeback at the Solo Normandie last week (7th overall).