Race 2 start of the 2017 Gold Cup in St Tropez (photo by Elena Razina)

The Gold Cup has started with 2 superb races out in the bay of Pampelonne’ in the most perfect conditions. Thermal southerly winds of 8 to 12 kts have provided the 88 teams with excellent races over a 2.4 nm course set well away from the famous beaches of St Tropez. The SNST organising committee led by Principal Race Officer Philippe Faure, have taken the positive initiative to tow all boats out from the port to this most fantastic race area. It has meant long days that begin with an 11am departure and a 6pm return, but this is a Gold Cup and all competitors have been happy when returning ashore…

“Golden Sky” The sun set’s as the last boats are towed back to the St Tropez Marina

In the opening race on Sunday 15th, it was GER 1162 helmed by Stephan Link who opened up a nice lead by the end of the two and a half hour race. As they crossed the line, crew member Michi Lip gave the high fives to fellow crew Frank Butsmann and deservedly so…  A great win for this top team who can now add the famous “Borge Borresen” trophy to their growing list of achievements 🙂  In 2nd place was SWE 393 helmed by Gutta Johansson and 3rd was RUS 27 Anatoly Loginov.

Race 2, Monday 16th, was held in similar conditions and this time it was DEN 411 “African Queen” who led at the top mark closely followed by UAE 9.

DEN 411 Jorgen Schonherr leads around mark 1 yesterday after a 2.4 mile beat.

As the race developed it was UAE 9 helmed by Hendrik Witzsmann who took the lead and went onto win a very close race. DEN 411 had to settle for 2nd place and RUS 27 again took 3rd.

UAE 9 “Desert Eagle” Hendrik Witzmann, with Markus Koy & Robert Stanjek win Race 2.

Top Corinthian team after 2 races is FRA 409 helmed by Gerard Blanc from Yacht Club de Cannes. In 2nd place is GER 1184 Reemt Remstsma and 3rd is GER 1071 Helmut Shmidt..  With 41 Corinthians out of the 88 teams this will be a tough title to win this year, so watch this space for more updates.

FRA 409 Gerard Blanc fights to hold his position above MON 2 Jens Rathsack during race 2.

So overall after 2 races it is GER 1162 who leads on 6pts. In 2nd place also on 6pts is RUS 27 then just 3pts back in 3rd is UAE 9. However, early days yet as 4 more races to go and with a no discard series, it’s never over till it’s over….

Higher, Faster, Longer………   Stavros.    (On the Committee Boat).

Many Thanks to Elena Razina for these wonderful photo’s from day 2.