Etoile 1932

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 L' Etoile , Museum Quality Ship Model.

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«L’ Etoile » has always been the name of french warships since 1622 thanking the stars to be good guides for sailors.

Nowadays the schooner «L’ Etoile » and his sistership « Belle Poule » are replicas built in 1932 of fishing boats wich were fishing cods near Iceland coasts till 1938. They are used as a cadet training ship in the french navy school at Brest.

The heading stability of those schooners is perfect as the sailing balance due to the length of the keel and the well balanced shapes of the hull. Averages speeds between 7 and 10 knots may be reached with a well settled wind.

Size 76 cm L x 71 cm Hgh
Year1932

1999 sees a new challenge structure with a dynamic, resourceful and youthful syndicate. Originally called "Yaka," ( French slang for 'just do it' ) the syndicate is the brainchild of Luc Gellusseau and Pierre Mas, of Corum Sailing Team fame.

Gellusseau who now runs the technical and design team, has managed to group together the best bits of the previous French challenges along with a large quantity of new, young talent. He and Mas realised that it was important to stay out of French national politics and to that end the syndicate is a relatively small budget operation.The sponsorship was supplied early by two technology companies, Bouygues Telecom and Transiciel. Le Defi, as it is now called, only dreamt of building one boat and are well organised, completely transparent and very motivated.

Bertrand Pacé is at the helm of the boat "6eme sens"Thierry Pepponet is tactician and the well-respected Dutchman Marcel van Triest is navigator. Pacé, undoubtly France's most talented helmsman today, is a top ranked match racer - world champion in 1994 and runner-up in 1998 - commands huge loyalty amongst his crew and is mature in his approach after three Cups.The "6eme sens" boat design team includes such notables as Bernard Nivelt and Daniel Andrieu along with other names from the French world of composite structures and aerodynamics.

The stated goal of the French Team was to do a good and to get to the Louis Vuitton semi-finals.They succeeded with their victory against America one, and reached to an honorable 6th rank. See also "6eme Sens" half hull.