Atlas Ocean Racing powered by Groupe Esprit de Corps

Atlas Ocean Racing powered by Groupe Esprit de Corps

Thursday June 14, 2017 – Kingston, ON

There was an unexpected change of course for Groupe Esprit de Corps (GEDC) on May 17th when Canadian Gilles Barbot and his crew turned their race efforts into a rescue mission. The Volvo 60 was in the midst of sailing in the Antigua Bermuda Race- a total of 935 nautical miles across the Atlantic.

Barbot and his team veered in the direction of the distressed ship to assist skipper Les Crane and the crew of Monterey who had to abandon their sinking Farr 56 in the early hours of May 17th, 200 miles from the finish in Bermuda. “When the first orange safety flare appeared in the sky, illuminating Groupe Esprit de Corps foredeck, the bearing to take was for once, very obvious,” says Tristan Péloquin, GEDC crew.

Groupe Esprit de Corps and Monterey were approximately four or five miles apart and were unable to establish radio communication for about 20 minutes. Eventually, Les Crane’s voice emerged on the static radio confirming that they were taking on a lot of water but were ok and boarding the rescue raft. The Monterey sank minutes later.

Groupe Esprit de Corps welcomed 6 new crew members aboard and from there a friendship emerged, sharing race duties, bunk beds, food and lots of philosophical reflexions. “Gilles (Barbot), Maxime (Grimard) and the crew from Montreal are a fabulous bunch of guys. They made us feel so welcome on board and got us all involved in racing the boat. I can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done,” said Les Crane.

It’s in the highly emotional moments like these that relationships tend to crystallize. These new friendships will definitely remain strong, for a long time,” said skipper Gilles Barbot.

We applaud such heroic efforts by Gilles, Luc, Simon, Maxime, Philippe, Karen, Tristan, Charlotte, André and Tiberius!

Congratulations to Helly Hansen Sailor of the Month – Atlas Ocean Racing powered by Groupe Esprit de Corps – Montreal, QC.

Groupe Esprit de Corps Crew List: Gilles Barbot, Luc Dubois, Simon DuBois, Maxime Grimard, Philippe Lefebvre, Karen Marshall, Tristan Peloquin, Charlotte Rousselot, André Roy, Tiberius Trifu.

Monterey Crew List: Les Crane, Cam Macrae, Jock Macrae, Bob Medland, Kit Tatum, and James Watlington.

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About Atlas Ocean Racing
ATLAS sailing team is the creation of 3 individuals that are passionate about sailing : George Leblanc, a quebec skipper who has travelled around the globe by boat for the past 35 years. Gilles Barbot, a French entrepreneur and President and Founder of Groupe Esprit de Corps Inc., and Maxime Grimard, a young French manager who fell in love from the Province of Québec.
Our objective is to take Quebecois oceanic sailing to the highest level and to prove to the international sailing scene that Quebec has enough talent and ambition to compete with the best teams!

About Sail Canada
Established in 1931, Sail Canada (formerly known as the Canadian Yachting Association) is the national governing body for the sport of sailing. The Association promotes sailing in all its forms including yachting through collaboration with our partners, the Provincial Sailing Associations, member clubs, schools, and many individual stakeholders.