2020 was a very special year for the Leyton Sailing Team, seeing them starting for the first time in the Multi50 category. It was also a first for the orange and blue multihull skipper, Arthur Le Vaillant, who had set his sights on the Transat Québec – Saint-Malo, the Drheam Cup, and the Summer Grand Prix. The schedule was turned upside down because of the health crisis but thankfully most of the races have not been cancelled! It was a very challenging season, the Team were able to overcome many obstacles.
Not everybody is lucky enough to start a new adventure with one of the domain’s heavy-lifters, but for Arthur this was the case. Our skipper, from La Rochelle, managed to surround himself with a team of specialists that enabled progress throughout the 2020 season thanks to their expertise.
Arthur’s father is a sailor who needs no introduction! As a specialist in large multihulls, he has a multitude of victories and records to his credit. During regattas, he passes on his knowledge and experience to Arthur. On the boat, he’s the number 1 person, if you listen to him everything will go perfectly well. .
Aymeric is an ultra-versatile sailor. Thanks to his experience in Mini 6.50 and Class 40, he notably finished 2nd in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017 with guess who? Arthur! What a coincidence…He is a loyal crew member for the trimaran’s convoying and starting to get to know the Multi50 very well. .
Christophe is a specialist in multihulls too and knows a lot on the subject. In 2008, he participated in the Olympic Games in Tornado and many other international Championships. Currently, he is a coach for the French Youth team in La Rochelle. But be careful, with Christophe you must be heavy-handed! .
Quentin Ponroy knows everything about sailling! But Quentin actually designs sails, it’s his other job. During every race, he’s bring his “expert eye” and can spot any anomaly on how the sail tuning. On the boat, he’s the tactician guy! .
A the helm of Multi50 in 2020, this native of La Rochelle is a musician on land and an outstanding competitor on the water. He is in search of victory as much as being in search of sharing the world and being open to it. Arthur finished 4th in the Route du Rhum in 2018.
Ready, set, go! The crew raced together for the first time aboard the Leyton’s trimaran and got settled pretty quickly for this Drheam Cup. It started at Cherbourg, and Leyton’s skippers were among the biggest trimarans in the race, like Gitana and Sodebo. Arthur and his team led the race from the start despite very calm weather. Thibaut Vauchel-Camus took the lead during the crossing of the English Channel, aboard his Arsep trimaran, and thanks to his experience he outran his competitors along the English shores even with a lack of wind. His lead lasted up to the Celtic Sea before moving on to Brittany. As a result, it was difficult for Leyton’s multihull to regain the upper hand. Nonetheless, they finished second-best in their category! It is a promising outcome, especially when we take into account that it was their first time.
At the end of August, the “Multihull Trophy – Bay of Saint-Brieuc” took place. Arthur’s team was faced with some of the race’s mainstays, but they were able to gain a foothold and thwarted all predictions from the start by winning two second places and even being declared the winner of the first day’s round. For the next two days, the race was very close, and every detail counted. Congratulations to the whole team, who took home the bronze. A great place for a great debut on the Grand Prix circuit!
In early September, the last race of this short season took place for Arthur and his team. On the program: speed, sport and above all, FUN!
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