September 30 2016
Photo race : Rorc Paul Wyeth - Daniel Andrieu and Eric Stromberg, manager of sail activity at Jeanneau Shipyard : photo : N. Venance
Eight three boat teams contested the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial championship for Corinthian crews, taking place out of Cowes over 23-30th July.
Teams for this 13th Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, comprised three from Team France, two from Team GBR and others from Flanders North Sea and, for the first time, Israel. The last to raise its head above the parapetwas the Celtic Team, comprising two boats from Scotland and one from France.
The Sun Fast 3200 Cifraline campaigned by Sun Fast designer Daniel Andrieu was the top scoring yacht in the French trials to represent their Country, then went on to be the second-highest scoring yacht in the Commodores Cup itself to give team France Blue the overall win.
Cifraline is one of the new R2 versions of the Sun Fast 3200 specifically optimised for fully-crewed racing and IRC with a non-bulb keel, open transom and carbon mast.
Only a few of these R2 versions have been launched so far, but they are already proving to be almost unbeatable under IRC in the right hands.