The Teignouse Cup , May 6-8 2023, ASN Quiberon, France
The Teignouse cup is a no-brainer, 23rd year, 21st edition, and one of the historical events of the Breizhskiff circuit.
Why? Such a nice place, superb sailing area, free campsite, lovely natural environment - all of this make it attractive. Club volunteers and pros knowledge, excellent race management is guaranteed, so you are sure to come for fair and interesting racing. But what makes it a no-brainer is that everyone involved in the event wants it to be a happy occasion in an inclusive and sharing atmosphere. Mixed skiff racing already has this spirit at its heart and the welcoming values of the club’s volunteers and pros of ASNQ bring it all to life!
4 groups this year: Faster than RS500 (61 boats), Slower than RS500, RS Feva, and OpenSkiff. And the RS800 were well represented with 14 registered boats and 12 onsite. 10 races in 7-18 knots made it quite fair for any type of rating or level! 9 standard races in fact, PLUS the bonus, a 1 hour+ raid sending you downwind to the Teignouse, the local lighthouse, at the Quiberon's bay entrance. Different sea state, tide flows, wind patterns, and wonderful light during a sunny sunday. Intense and glamour racing.
At this event, it was with great pleasure that the French RS800 fleet welcomed Luke and Emma McEwen. After placing 2nd the previous week at Stokes Bay event, and 2 club races in Lymington during the week, they were sure they needed training to be ready for Garda! They are already familiar with Lac du Der's April French Open Skiff masterpiece and now they are also Teignouse's cup winners! With 3 RS800 in the top 11, the RS800 class was well represented on the leaderboard, along with 3 Fireball, 2 29er, 1 B14, 1 RS500 and a 4000. Congratulations all!
Aside from the McEwen’s heroics I have also included three nice stories from others within the RS800 fleet:
*Third RS800 on the leaderboard was Matthis Johnson and Juliette Tronquet, young guns (18-20 year olds) with skiff experience, but never met before the event…Waw! This is how they came together: Matthis was looking for a crew for this iconic French event, and his father Mark was also looking for a crew for Garda. After Juliette had a try in the RS800 in Lac du Der in early April with Gilles, Alexandre suggested he could come to Quiberon with two boats and Juliette. This means that Juliette could do both events: one with the son, one with the father! Wonderful opportunities the class can offer with such a great boat!
*Eleventh RS800 on the leaderboard is Colin Chenel, crewing for Adrien Hardy. Registration closed Saturday at 11am, they were in just in time. Colin had found himself helmless with a day to go and was ready to go home, but a fireball competitor noticed a friend of his was there getting his young son to OpenSkiff racing, and suggested he could fill in the boat. No doubt Colin was happy to find a helm last minute! Bonus? Adrien is a French well known offshore racer, and they quickly found their way in the boat to claim a 15th place race best result.
*Sixth RS800 is Brune Venet and François Adoux, a young couple who just started dinghy racing during the covid period. They enjoyed racing for the first time at The Teignouse's cup last year. Training with Mark Johnson in Arradon. This year? Getting advice from Luke and Emma in English on the boat park, and finishing a whooping 6th place in the RS800 fleet is a nice learning curve! The kindness of Emma and Luke is endless, they even dispensed some English lessons to kids willing to get barbecue marshmallows from them!
At the end of the weekend, the French teams polished their travel plans to go to Garda, for the lucky ones coming, but anyway, we know that we all enjoyed this year again the very French Teignouse's cup experience!
Video of the event:
Report by Gilles Peeters