Winning the day yesterday after three fantastic races in La Rochelle, was POR 66 “Drago” helmed by former European Champion Jose’ Matoso and crewed by Frederico Melo and Bernado Freitas. After the disappointment of an OCS on day one, Jose’ fought back to record a 3,2, and 1 to move 2pts clear (after discard) of the French former World Champion in both Star Class and Finn Dinghy, Phillipe Presti helming FRA 405.
In 3rd place overall after 5 completed races (halfway through the series), is the “Legend” himself, Remi Arnaud FRA 396, crewed by his son Herald and Pascal Civel who won the first race of the day and were 3rd in race 4. With RUS 27 and ANT 1 hard on their heels, many things could change today.
Over in Holland, NED 412 helmed by Pieter Heerema and crewed by Theis Palm and newly crowned European Champion Lars Hendricksen, continue to hold onto their lead from the ever improving “Bakkers”. Father Jan, with Sons Dominic and Olivier are keeping real pressure on Pieter and the Championship could go either way… Poul-Richard has started to find some form and moves into a comfortable 3rd overall.
In Switzerland, the PRO managed to complete two races on day 2 of the Swiss National Championship’s in Rorschach, by starting one at 10am and the 2nd race later in the day at 6pm. This is often the case with lake sailing, that you get wind in the mornings and evening’s, but little during the day. .. One boat that has got off to a very good start with a 1st and 3rd is CAY 789 “BEAR” helmed by newcomer into the class Peter Cunningham, crewed by Simon Fry and Pedro Andrade… More to follow later on this fleet..
Higher, Faster, Longer………… Stavros. (ANT 1).