RP_150507_GPGuyader_2680 (640x426)GBR 764 “Naiad” Winners of race 1 yesterday Mike & Monique Hayles, with Geoff Butcher..

Eventually Douarnenez got up and running  with 3 back to back races yesterday in this years Guyader Grand Prix. With the wind dropping and turning to the south east, the PRO Jean Gabriel de Leach set three courses in quick succession for the 58 boat fleet to enjoy and finally get some serious time on the water.

The first race of the day was race 2 of the series. GBR 764 Mike Hayles and his team had a great battle out in front with FRA 365 Christian Guyader, as both boats pulled away from the fleet after catching a nice shift on the right hand side of the first beat. The two boats extended their lead on the first downwind leg as they sailed away in more pressure and never looked back!

For the second race of the day, race 3 of the series, was the turn for GER 1162 “Desert Holly”, helmed by Stephan Link and crewed by Frank Butzmann & Michael Lipp, to secure victory.  Such was the “snakes and ladders” board of the race course  yesterday this experienced team, sailing their brand new PCT boat built in Dubai, had a terrible first race of the day but then bounced back to win this second race by a mile! They were always in control after playing the right hand side of the first beat and made huge gains on the downwind legs, each time sailing further away from the rest of the fleet.  

RP_150507_GPGuyader_2831 (640x426)Stephan Link & his team in the new PCT Dragon “Desert Holly” GER 1162 lead race 3.

Then in race 3 of the day, race 4 overall, there was a huge shift one minute before the start, which meant it was impossible to cross the line on starboard! However, the race was not postponed, so the whole fleet tacked onto port and it was a test of speed up to the windward mark. Lars Hendriksen in DEN 138 held the lead with UAE 7 Markus Wieser and RUS 31 in hot pursuit…

After a course change at the bottom gate, it was Markus Wieser in his new PCT Dragon who just took the victory from Lars Hendriksen right on the line.

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Markus Wieser, Georgii Leonchuck and Serguy Pugachev in UAE 7 win race 4.

Top Corinthian Team and 2nd overall sailing brilliantly is “Furie” NED 309 Guus de Groot and his team of Richard Van Rij and Hay Winters. This excellent team have put together some very consistent results and are still very much in the hunt with two more races scheduled today…

Higher, Faster, Longer……………    Stavros.   (GBR 585).