This year’s Ti­wal Cup in­cluded by sin­gle and dou­ble­handed classes Ti­wal Cup Big­ger than Ever

SAIL - - Racing Under Sail - —Adam Cort

This past sum­mer no fewer than 53 in­flat­able Ti­wal dinghies com­peted in the fourth-an­nual Ti­wal Cup on France’s Gulf of Mor­bi­han, a re­gatta that clearly pegged the fun fac­tor at “11.”

Amaz­ingly, the event, which has grown five-fold since its in­cep­tion, once again drew par­tic­i­pants from not only all around Europe, but from all over the world, in­clud­ing New Zealand, Hong Kong and the United States.

As in past years, the re­gatta be­gan with an “assem­bly chal­lenge,” in which Gré­gory Pre­lat and Mélanie Vial set a new dou­ble­handed in­fla­tion and assem­bly world record of 6 min­utes 28 sec­ond (Gilles Ba­jo­let took the solo win with a time of just un­der 11 min­utes).

After that came racing on the wa­ter for sailors rep­re­sent­ing a wide range of abil­i­ties and ages, in­clud­ing plenty of youngsters. “For this 4th edi­tion, we wanted to in­clude the chil­dren more and of­fer them their mini com­pe­ti­tion,” noted the boat’s de­signer, Marion Ex­cof­fon.

In end it was Jérôme Vici win­ning the sin­gle­handed divi­sion, Michel and Alix Luong tak­ing the dou­ble­handed win, and Ma­rine and Salomé Gi­blet com­ing out on top in the kid’s divi­sion. For more on this nifty lit­tle boat, visit ti­wal.com/us.

The start of the re­gatta in­cluded a com­pe­ti­tion to see who could in­flate and as­sem­ble their boat the fastest

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