Team Tilt found the light air conditions over the weekend for the Grand Prix Grange & Cie regatta challenging, finishing eighth overall and fifth on the interim Vulcain Trophy season championship leaderboard.
“We took a while to get into the racing,” said Jeremy Bachelin. “We had a bad start in the first race which knocked our confidence a bit and in such light conditions with both hulls in the water – we didn’t feel very comfortable.”
For the first time since the start of the season, Team Tilt had an external coach on the water during the racing. Triple Olympian, Jean-Claude Vuithier (Montreal-1976, Moscow-1980, Seoul-1988), was able to give his feedback to the team on Saturday night: “Having eyes on the water watching us was a huge help. Jean-Claude was able to share his observations and experience on Saturday night and thanks to a constructive debrief, we kicked Sunday off on the right foot.”
The team posted a third place in Sunday’s opening race, followed by a fifth and a seventh, and is very aware of the work that needs to be done before the next Grand Prix. “We are over complicating things and need to sail more simply,” said Jeremy. “We have a habit of trying to win a race at all costs, when in fact we should be targeting a podium finish. We are a bit disappointed with our results last weekend, we believe we can do better and plan to give it our all at the final event at the Societe Nautique de Geneve!”
Team Tilt will have a few crew changes for the Grand Prix SAP, as Lucien Cujean and Sebastien Schneiter will be racing the 49er World Championships in Santander.
Grand Prix Grange & Cie – crew
Coach – Jean Claude Vuithier
Shore crew – Sebastien Stephant.
Grand Prix Grange & Cie – results
1. Alinghi 4
2. Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing 10
3. Veltigroup 17
4. Okalys 17
5. ZenToo 20
6. Realstone 21
7. Racing Django 23
8. Team Tilt 24
9. Mobimo 27
10. Ylliam-Comptoir Immobilier 28
11. Oryx 38