Downwind chase race during the Flying Phantom Series Saint Malo – Raid des Corsaires. Gurvan Bontemps & Benjamin Amiot vs Franck Cammas & Antoine Joubert vs Thibaut Vauchel & Benjamin Lamotte.
During the weekend of the 10th Route du Rhum start, the 2010 edition winner Franck Cammas joined the Phantom Sailing Team for a flying session in front of Saint Malo with the Flying Phantom. It was a good opportunity for the French skipper, to test the production version of the Flying Phantom as he collaborated to the development of the R&D prototype with the Groupama Sailing Team.
What do you think of the production version of the Flying Phantom?
It was nice to sail again on the Flying Phantom, it’s been a year now I haven’t sailed her. The evolutions are very good and the new foils as compared to the prototypes ones are much more stable especially in moderate sea. We encountered only few stalling during the session; the boat is relatively easy in this type of conditions.
Four years after your Route du Rhum victory, back in Saint Malo?
Yes, but it is not the same challenge, not the same stress than for the Route du Rhum Sunday start with all the boats and ribs around and today we are not going to Pointe-à-Pitre. Furthermore, it is enjoyable to sail today in front of Saint Malo with these good weather conditions.
2015 will be a flying year for you?
Yes we will fly in 2015, we are continuing the development of our C-Class catamaran working on foils and appendages like the ones of the Flying Phantom, but the C-Class with the rigid wingsail is a little bit different and more nervous to sail. We also except with Team France to fly the AC45 next year, as the America’s Cup World Series will race on modified foiling AC45s.
Phantom International congratulates Loick Peyron for his elegant and brilliant victory in this year Route du Rhum with the Maxi Trimaran Banque Populaire VII. He rallied Pointe-à-Pitre in 7 days and 15 hours, beating the previous 2006 record held by Lionel Lemonchois. We are looking forward to see Loick soon sailing the Flying Phantom again with Artemis Racing.
The next rendez-vous for the Flying Phantom and Phantom International is the Paris Boat show that will be held Porte de Versailles. On that occasion the 2015 Flying Phantom Class events calendar and the Phantom Sailing team 2015 will be presented.