Two wins for TUR 1212 on Thursday move the current World Champions to the top!

With a total of 5 races sailed so far it is the experienced “Provezza” team helmed by Andy Beadsworth, crewed by Simon Fry and Ali Tezdiker who hold a slight advantage at the Guyader Grand Prix in Douarnenez.

Relishing the superb conditions of 10 to 12 knots with a blue sky and rolling westerly waves, this professional team won back to back races after solid “Pin End” starts to go into the final day with a 2 point lead.

Close racing at the top mark as every team battle for an advantage at this Grade 1 event.

In second place overall is GBR 819 “Fever” helmed by Klaus Diederichs who is also enjoying sailing his new Petticrows V6 in the perfect Douarnenez conditions. In third place, on equal points, is Dutch Sailor Pieter Heerema who continues to impress in his beautifully restored Pedersen & Thuessen Dragon. It would be silly to bet against one of these top 3 teams lifting the trophy at the end of the day as the fourth placed boat is a further 9 points behind.  However, with two races scheduled for this final day, anything could and probably will happen!

Lady Helm Gavia Wilkinson-Cox sailing with Petticrows owner Tim Tavinor & Mark Hart.

Last night the 40 teams enjoyed a fantastic Gala Dinner sponsored by Christian Guyader who was thanked by our IDA Chairman Vasily Senatorov. The highlight of the evening saw Louis Urvois wife Kersti given a small token of appreciation for keeping the Douarnenez legacy alive….  Long may it continue…

Higher, Faster, Longer…….   Stavros.

p.s   Many thanks to photographer Francois Van Malleghem for these excellent images.