LaBaule10Close starting at the Pin in La Baule, so far 8 races have been completed in wonderful conditions.

32 boats are currently having some great racing at the Derby Dragon in La Baule, with a fantastic “party” atmosphere both on and off the water. There is no doubt that this amazingly well supported Yacht Club, on the west coast of France, finds the perfect balance between competitive racing and a great social program.

So far 8 races have been sailed in a variety of conditions over the past three days, GBR 585 “Full Speed” has won 4, NED 309 “Furie” has won 2, with FRA 421 “Revolte” and GBR 633 “Feelings Flirtation” with a win a piece…

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Team “Full Speed” Martin Payne, Dominic Bakker & Olivier Bakker hold the overall lead.

In 2nd place overall is NED 309 helmed by Guus de Groot, crewed by Richard Van Rij and Haj Winters. This experienced team have been coming to La Baule for many years and certainly enjoy the comradery of fellow competitors and the many helpers of Y.C.L.B.

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2016 winners FRA 365 “Ar Youleg” Christian Guyader crossing NED 309 today in race 7.

Currently in 3rd place overall is FRA 365 “Ar Youleg” helmed by Christian Guyader, crewed by Gwen Chapalain and Arthur Le Vaillant. Having won this event last year Christian and his team will not be giving up their title too easily so will be fighting hard tomorrow on the final day of racing…

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Another very well set line see’s the fleet spread evenly with just seconds to go….

Unfortunately many regular competitors of this event are missing this year, due to the forthcoming World Championships in Cascais next week.. Y.C.L.B. President Dominique Mollet is confident that the fleet size will return to its usual 50 boats in 2018. 

For sure Yacht Club La Baule will continue to enhance it’s fantastic reputation of providing competitive sailing and great hospitality at the highest level…   Final day tomorrow….

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

My thanks to Jean-Michel Roy for these excellent photo’s from the last three days.