Figaro, Route du Rhum, Volvo Race, Franck Cammas a quasiment tout gagné. Il rêve désormais de ramener la Coupe de l’America en France. Un sacré défi et il confie “que gagner la prochaine relèverait du miracle” mais on connaît le talent et la pugnacité de ce champion. Au comptoir du Café de la Marine, en compagnie de Jimmy Pahun et Gilbert Dréan, Franck Cammas reviendra sur l’accident qui aurait pu mettre un terme à sa carrière de marin de haut niveau et sur les risques inhérents à la navigation sur ces catamarans volants. Il évoquera aussi la suite de l’aventure, la méthode et les atouts du Défi français pour partir à la conquête du plus vieux trophée sportif au monde.
Ne croyez-pas que Franck Cammas se prélasse dans son canapé durant sa convalescence suite à son accident de décembre (double fracture ouverte tibia-péroné) ! Le skipper de Groupama Team France est tous les jours ou presque à la base de Lorient, au four et au moulin… alors que la construction de l’AC 45 Turbo vient de démarrer sur trois sites distincts. Petit point à un an et demi de la 35e édition aux Bermudes.
Photo @ Didier Ravon
Voilesetvoiliers.com : Déjà, comment va ta jambe ?
Franck Cammas : Ça va plutôt bien. La plaie n’est pas tout à fait rebouchée, mais les os commencent à se consolider selon les radios. J’ai attaqué la rééducation à Kerpape (l’un des centres d’excellence en France en la matière ; ndlr). Quand je vais pouvoir poser le pied par terre et pouvoir mettre du poids dessus, je serai content.
Voilesetvoiliers.com : Tu espères pouvoir re-naviguer quand ?
F.C. : Franchement, je ne peux pas le dire à ce jour, mais j’espère fin … continue reading on voilesetvoiliers.com
Franck Cammas, the skipper of Groupama Team France, is recovering following surgery on his leg after a training accident.
Cammas was two-boat training with his team in foiling GC32 catamarans when he lost his balance and fell overboard. His leg was struck by the rudder. The speed of the boat, combined with the fine edge of the foil, resulted in a double break of the fibia-tibia in his right leg.
He was transported to shore by RIB and then to hospital by helicopter. Specialists performed surgery on Monday night and on Tuesday the news came that the surgery was a success. Franck has a long road ahead of physical rehabilitation, but he has been assured by doctors he will not lose the use of his foot.
On Tuesday morning, Cammas was already asking about his team, anxious that they should resume training. He also expressed gratitude for all of the well-wishes sent his way.
While the injury isn’t expected to significantly impact the Groupama Team France campaign for the America’s Cup, it does put an end to Franck’s bid for a spot at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Quiberon Bay, Brittany, France (November 30, 2015) – The French skipper Franck Cammas was wounded in the right leg off Quiberon in western France during training in preparing for the America’s Cup 2017.
The accident took place this afternoon around 14:00 in the bay of Quiberon. “In a wind of around twenty knots, and while he was at the helm, Cammas went overboard and struck the rudder of his right leg while the hydrofoil catamaran was launched at full speed” said his team in a statement.
With a serious foot injury, an open fracture at the bottom of the right tibia, he was immediately rescued by the safety boat, which accompanied the two GC32’s during team training, and airlifted by helicopter to Nantes. At 18h, the French skipper was in the operating room “or is about to be there”, said a relative.
Cammas, 42 years old, one of France’s most talented sailors, is the skipper of Groupama Team France challenging for the 35th America’s Cup event to be held in 2017 in Bermuda. The GC32 are hydrofoil catamarans and used by the French challenge to train. The Cup itself will be sailed on the AC50 catamaran hydrofoil, about fifteen meters long.
‘It’s been a really great and successful adventure,’ Franck Cammas said after getting back on land. ‘It’s unusual to have a weather window in 10 days for a boat like this to round Cape Horn. It’s my third passage and it’s really uncommon to do it with such a small boat.’
Franck Cammas, one of the most successful French sailors in the world, will sail to do something never done before: rounding Cape Horn in a foiling catamaran. This is a world first which will begin tomorrow November 8, 2015.
The Julbo Sail Session? It is an “HORNomous” adventure between Ushuaia (Argentina) and Cape Horn (Chile), which the Julbo skipper, Franck Cammas, will share with an amateur sailor, Johannes Wiebel (GER). They will take a flying catamaran round Cape Horn and then moor there.
It will be a remarkable story of an expedition to the end of the world by a pro and an amateur. It is the realisation of a dream for the two sailors, who will send us breathtaking images so that we can make you part of the passage round Cape Horn.
During the weekend of the 10th Route du Rhum start, the 2010 edition winner Franck Cammas joined the Phantom Sailing Team for a flying session in front of Saint Malo with the Flying Phantom. It was a good opportunity for the French skipper, to test the production version of the Flying Phantom as he collaborated to the development of the R&D prototype with the Groupama Sailing Team.
Alex Udin sent a press release to announce they sold 20 boats at Paris, and I fired back a Q&A to know how the Production www will continue next year. This Class will not replace any existing one, it will find as shown by the confirmed orders at Paris Nautique, a niche above the F18 / A-Class / F16 / Nacra 17. The great news are everybody has a Playground of their choice to have fun, expanding possibilities for all. The proof? Read the full article
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