One of the crew from Gitana 11, France's Single-handed Ocean-racing Champion
Gitana 11 set out from La Trinité sur Mer last Wednesday and is nearing the end of her delivery passage to Calvi. Meanwhile, one of her Grand Prix crew, Yann Eliès, won the Course des Falaises this weekend, a ten-day long race in which 24 sailors compete on Figaro Bénéteau 2, with 7 rounds raced between Le Havre, Cowes (GB) and Fécamp, with the last finish in Le Havre.

Winning this race means that Yann has won the much coveted title of French Single-handed Ocean-racing Champion. This success puts the crowning glory to a brilliant season also marked by his winning the Generali Solo Méditerranée and taking second in La Solitaire du Figaro (in which he won two legs). This French championship title illustrates the extent of the talent possessed by this yachtsman from the north of Brittany, often described as being in the same mould as Michel Desjoyeaux and Jean Le Cam. Respected and feared as a solo yachtsman, he is much sought-after as crew as is equally at home on mono or multihulls.
Whilst he is not lacking in projects and dreams for the Southern Ocean, for the time being, Yann has headed off to join the rest of the Gitana 11 team in Calvi where he will be taking part in the Grands Prix of Calvi and Marseille.

Overall rankings in the Course des Falaises :

1 Yann Eliès (Groupe Generali Assurances) - 26 pts
2 Jérémie Beyou (Delta Dore) - 32 pts
3 Charles Caudrelier (Bostik Findley) - 39 pts

Rankings in the French Single-handed Ocean-racing Championship :

1 Yann Eliès (Groupe Generali Assurances) - 21 pts
2 Jérémie Beyou (Delta Dore) - 38 pts
3 Charles Caudrelier (Bostik Findley) - 43 pts

About Yann Eliès
  • 30 years old, married, 2 children
  • French Single-handed Ocean-racing Champion 2004
  • 8 participations in La Solitaire du Figaro, won 4 legs, 2nd in 2004
  • Twice winner in the Generali Solo in 2001 and 2004
  • Twice winner in the National Figaro-Bénéteau (crewed) in 1998 and 2001
  • Winner of the French Mumm Championship (crewed) in 2003
  • 2nd in the Tour de France à la Voile 2003 (Mumm)
  • Joint title holder of the Trophée Jules Verne in 2002
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