Legallais Sailing Team 2024


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THE 2024 RACES

After an intense year 2023 for the Legallais Sailing Team, between the construction of a new Class40 LEGALLAIS (a Lombard Lift V2 design built in Caen) and a fast-paced racing program, the 2024 season promises to be just as exciting. The company is signing a second season alongside Norman skipper Fabien Delahaye and continues its commitment to offshore racing.

The program for the 2024 season will give pride of place to competition and adventure. The Class40 LEGALLAIS will line up on the starting line of three races this year, including two historic transatlantic races : The Transat CIC and the Transat Québec – Saint-Malo. The season will end with a home race, in Caen: the CIC Normandy Channel Race, which has become an essential race for the Legallais Sailing Team.

Fabien Delahaye is preparing for a tough season with different crew configurations in each of the races : single-handed, three-way sailing and double-handed sailing. A sporting program which promises to be exciting and which will allow the Legallais Sailing Team to reveal its full potential aboard Class40 n°199.

The Transat CIC

Single-handed

28 April 2024

Departure from Lorient

Distance : 3 000 nm

Classement : 3rd

Durée : 11 days 21 hours 28 minutes et 56 seconds

Transat Québec – Saint-Malo

Three-way sailing

30 June 2024

Departure from Québec

Distance : 3 000 nm

CIC Normandy Channel Race

Double-handed sailing

Official partner

15 September 2024

Departure from Caen

Distance : 1 000 nm

THE TEAM

DELAHAYE Fabien

Skipper

Born in Rouen on 7 July 1984, Fabien discovered sailing at the age of 9 in Ouistreham, in Normandy. Initially drawn to Olympic sailing, where he joined the French youth 470 team, he then opted for ocean racing. He spent 6 seasons on the demanding Figaro2 one-design circuit from 2009 to 2014, where he won a French Champion title and several podium places, including second place in the demanding “Solitaire du Figaro” race in 2011.

In 2013, he won the Transat Jacques Vabre alongside Sébastien Rogues in a Class40. Two years later, he became a coach and joined Jean-Pierre Dick’s team on the “Saint-Michel Virbac” foil boat IMOCA, where he was responsible for performance. The same year, Fabien took part alongside Jean-Pierre Dick in the Transat Jacques Vabre and then accompanied him to the Vendée Globe.

Fabien then left for 2 years on the mythical Ocean Race (formerly Volvo Ocean Race) with the Dongfeng team, as a sailor and responsible for the performance unit. A race of excellence that he won! In 2019, Fabien returned to the Figaro circuit with his new Figaro3 one-design foil boat. He spent three seasons racing single-handed and achieved podium places in the French Elite Championship and 5th and 6th places in the renowned “Solitaire du Figaro” race. At the same time, Fabien secured 2nd place on the podium in the Transat Jacques Vabre Class40 race with Sam Goodchild in 2019. His talent led him to share cockpits with some of the biggest names in ocean racing: Charles Caudrelier, Yoann Richomme, Paul Meilhat and Armel Le Cléac’h.

2023 promises to be a big year for Fabien: while managing Team Holcim-PRB’s performance alongside Kévin Escoffier on the new edition of The Ocean Race during the round-the-world stopovers, he became the official skipper of the Legallais Sailing Team on the Class40 circuit.

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LECHARTIER Henri

Technical preparer

Originally from the Orne region, Henri has always been drawn to the sea. His first maritime experience came at the age of 14, when he spent a year on a boat. At the age of 18, he left Normandy for Brittany. With his baccalaureate diploma in hand, he enrolled in a 2-year higher education certificate (BTS) in Management, followed by a professional degree in tropical agriculture, which he completed in La Réunion. But the call of the open sea proved too strong for Henri, who decided to take a state diploma (Brevet d’État) in sailing and spent a few years in the West Indies as a leisure boat skipper.

When his first child was born, Henri decided to return to France. Interested in racing but lacking a network, he joined the 1st class of ocean racing sailboat preparers (“Préparateur de Voiliers au course au large”) organised by AFPA in Lorient. After 6 months of intensive training, he was immediately offered an assignment with Xavier Macaire. Henri made a name for himself and worked with several skippers, mainly on the Figaro circuit.

He crossed paths with Fabien Delahaye several times, but never worked with him. In 2022, he decided to ask him to assist him in his Class40 project. Accustomed to “Figaro” projects, Henri will be working for the first time on the Class40 circuit alongside a structured team with a wide range of skills. “The Legallais Sailing Team project is really exciting in a high-level Class40 circuit”; concluded Henri.

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THE BOAT

Architect : Marc Lombard

Place of construction : Caen

Launching date : September 2023

Length : 12.19 m

Width : 4.5 m

Draught : 3 m

Air draft : 19 m

Weight : 4.580 t

Mainsail surface : 63 m2

Upwind sail area : 115 m2

Sail area downwind : 263 m2

Sources of energy production on board : thermal engine and solar energy

Ballast volume : 750 litres (per side)

Owner : Argo Sum – Philippe Casenave-Péré – COGITO II

THE COMMITTED LEGALLAIS SAILING TEAM

This year, the Legallais Sailing Team is renewing its solidarity commitment to the CHU Caen Normandie Foundation. Created in June 2018 under the leadership of Caen Normandy University and Caen University Hospital, the Caen Normandie Health Foundation aims to improve the comfort of patients and those around them, to accelerate research and the fight against illnesses or disabilities and to optimize the working conditions of caregivers by financing exceptional projects. The Foundation’s approach is based on the values ​​of solidarity, proximity, medical excellence, innovation and transparency. Values ​​that echo those held by the Legallais company.

At the end of the 2023 sports season, LEGALLAIS donated €10,000 to the CHU Caen Normandie Foundation to support them in the creation of a Family’s home. The company, through its sailing project, will continue its sponsorship of the Foundation in 2024.

LEGALLAIS therefore undertakes to donate €1 per nautical mile covered by the Legallais Sailing Team to the CHU Caen Normandie Foundation over the entire 2024 sports program.

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THE SHIPYARD OF NEW CLASS40 LEGALLAIS

After 8 months of construction in the Grand Largue Composites and V1D2 shipyards in Caen, the new Class40 LEGALLAIS was launched on Thursday August 31, 2023. An important day for the Legallais Team Voile, which aims, with this Lombard plan, performance in the very dynamic Class40 fleet.

This new generation monohull was designed to meet a dense Class40 calendar which requires sailors to have a high level of expertise to shine both on transatlantic races and during coastal courses. For Fabien Delahaye, this new Class40 LEGALLAIS is the result of many discussions carried out, particularly with the architects, with the aim of presenting a speedy boat in all types of weather.

PHOTOS GALLERIES

The Transat CIC

Launching of the new Class40 LEGALLAIS

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