It has been a very exciting two day’s in Ostend with 16 well prepared boats doing battle in the rough seas off the coast of Ostend, in the middle of rain squalls and bright sunshine!
Martin Payne, Olivier Bakker and Donal Small hold the lead at the half-way stage with three 1st places and a 2nd. However, still very much in the game is the legendary “Man” Poul-Richard Hoj-Jensen, sailing with Andrew (Noddy) Norden and Chris Brittain, in Danish Blue. The Man won the 3rd race in style and will always be the “one to beat”… As he prepares for his Gold Cup in Medemblik, a place he very much enjoys, since winning the Worlds there a few years ago….
Also showing great speed and fine sailing in the difficult conditions is BEL 79 “Princess Sofie”, helmed by Alex Helsen. Alex has been consistent in all 4 races to date, counting a 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Another BEL boat who has been sailing extremely well at the front end of the fleet is BEL 61 “Tenace” helmed by Dirk Rens. This is one of the original “Spheretex” boats and is still very quick in these difficult tidal seas….
Today will see another 2 races sailed followed by the Gala Dinner this evening…..
Higher, Faster, Longer………….. Stavros. (GBR 585).