CNB Rendezvous Clusters 18 Yachts In Italy
Published: Friday, 29 July 2016
Italy saw 18 CNB yachts come together between southern Corsica and Sardinia for the eighth edition of CNB Rendezvous that was both competitive and convivial July 17-19.
(Photos: CNB - CNB Rendezvous 2016)
The Owners and crews participating in the event had the first scoop on images of a new CNB yacht. The official announcement will be made at the Cannes Yachting Festival (Sept 6-11).
The eighth Rendez-Vous of CNB yacht Owners brought 11 Bordeaux 60s, six CNB 76s and a one-off CNB 95, which were aligned in parade formation before the cliffs of Bonifacio. Sunshine and 20 knots of wind for a voyage under the spinnaker in the crystal clear waters of the Maddalena. Competition was held around three well-calibrated courses with varying speeds.
Each year at the start of summer, many accept the boat building yard's invitation for three days of conviviality. The Owner of the Belé insisted on early delivery of his CNB 76. After trials on the Garonne and a quick voyage round the Iberian peninsula, the 11th boat produced in the CNB boat building yard arrived on time in Bonifacio. Pat Bon, the 45th and most recently delivered Bordeaux 60 was also in the starting blocks. The Swiss Bordeaux 60 took it once again, despite solid resistance from Althane and Tupai in a torn spinnaker in a classic match.
The CNB Rendezvous is the occasion for crews to push their yachts a bit harder with occasional distinguished guests aboard such as Philippe Briand, who helmed the CNB 76 (the winner over Neyina on the first day), or the German navigator Boris Herrmann – a member of Francis Joyon's crew, tactician on Malaïka (the second place CNB 76). Associated with the various courses, the shipyard’s partners Volvo Penta and Raymarine were present with their technicians to perform small adjustments, as were sailors of Incidence and North Sails.
French naval architect Philippe Briand unveiled the outlines of CNB’s new yacht, which will be launched in spring 2017. It was exclusive among participants before the official announcement at the Cannes Yachting Festival.