The J/112 Elegance wins the European IRC Championship. Didier Le Moal and his crew on the J Lance 12 won the European Championships on Saturday all classes combined. The yacht from the Vendée yard has shown once again that you can perform very well in competition with a boat designed for cruising.
The team led by the CEO of J Composites, together with double champion of the Solitaire du Figaro Nicolas Lunven calling tactics and doing the navigation, had a fantastic week of sailing on the Cowes race zone in the Solent. Faced with all the different weather conditions, from light airs to breeze, the J/112 Elégance handled tremendously well and continues to assert herself as the perfect harmony of speed and habitability.
“The J/112 Elegance is a fighter plane”, explained Nicolas Lunven on Saturday evening following the J Lance 12’s victory in the European IRC Championship. “We’ve had a fantastic week of sailing in Cowes in what were often summery conditions. In a fairly fluky breeze in terms of speed and direction, we always managed to be in the right place and come off well. The J/112 Elégance is a particularly versatile all-rounder considering she’s a boat designed for cruising. She has a massive edge close-hauled where we were simply untouchable. Added to that, the crew has been sailing together for the past two years, which facilitates things aboard. I’m now setting a course for the Volvo Ocean Race again for the last leg of this Round the World, which has been incredibly instructive for me.”
Didier Le Moal, CEO of J Composites: “This boat was designed for cruising and not necessarily for offshore and inshore racing. That’s the strength of J Composites: building high performance cruising boats, without neglecting comfort. For us, performance ranks among the different elements of comfort.”
Fred Bouvier, Sales Manager at J Composites: “Everything’s rolled out before us like the red carpet. The J/112 Elégance is boat of the week and we’ve won every class thanks to our haul of good results throughout the week. This victory is down to the whole team: from the naval architect to the crew, to all the staff, who do a superb job year-round in our workshops and design office. »
Axe Sail team congratulates the entire J Lance 12 crew and all the J Composites shipyard!