Another great day of sailing in Cannes at the annual Regates Royal, with two more races completed in glorious sunshine and a 6 – 8 kt Southerly breeze. With 6 races now completed the 36 boat fleet can now discard their worst score and look forward to a further two races today then a final race on Saturday, hopefully giving a 9 race series.

In the first race yesterday RUS 27 helmed by Anatoly Loginov opened up a fantastic lead on the 2nd upwind leg by playing the left side of the course, catching every small, but important wind shift to give him a comfortable victory. Anatoly and his crew of Vadim Statsenko and Alexander Shaligin now lead overall on 28pts. In 2nd place overall is RUS 31 Mikhail Senatorov who despite having a poor second race has put together an excellent series counting 33pts.  GBR 789 helmed by Martin Payne is 3rd on 37pts.

In race two yesterday the “left hand side” again paid handsomely on the upwind legs, which saw GBR 761 Gavia Wilkinson-Cox take an early lead. Pushing hard to take the winning gun on the second upwind leg was Dragon Supremo Tommy Muller helming “Finito”, with his two son’s Mark and Robin. They almost took the lead from Gavia until the “Shortened Course” two guns confused Tommy and thinking the time limit was up they headed for the harbour, only to see GBR 761 cross the finishing line for a well deserved victory! A quick turn around saw Tommy and his team finish still well and the few places lost were soon forgotten on returning the festivities tent and bar 🙂

However, the star boat of the day was “Cloud” ITA 56 helmed by Giuseppe Duca and crewed by local tactician/professional Jean Sebastien Ponce and Patrick Aucour. This team recorded a 2nd and a 3rd which won them a week’s holiday to the wonderful Island of Mauritius, as the day was sponsored by this far-away-island which also hosted an excellent party last night at the Yacht Club de Cannes, which saw everyone wearing White..  Later I spoke with the Director of Tourism for Mauritius, Dr Karl Mootoosamy who told me his dream was to see many Dragon’s race in and around Mauritius very soon 🙂

Any taker’s…….    Higher, Faster, Longer……..   Stavros. (GBR 789).