As far as I am aware the M3 is a Motorway in the UK that links Southampton to London, it is a very busy road and the traffic runs smoothly and fast…..
Yesterday here in Cannes on Day 2 of the Panerai Classic Regates Royal we also had a M3 running smoothly & very fast….only this M3 (GER 1157) was being driven by Michael Schmidt and crewed by Mario Wagner & Stefan Waack. This very relaxed German team won both races sailed in wonderful conditions in the East Bay of Cannes, with winds between 10 to 14 kts from predominately 195 degrees. The sky was blue, the Mediterranean sea a beautiful Turquoise and even the majestic Dolphins joined in the fun. 🙂
Also having a great sailing day was the experienced team from Cowes on the Isle of Wight, the GBR 761 team “Jerboa” helmed by Gavia Wilkinson-Cox, crewed by Marc Hart and Philip Catmur. Gavia and her team always seemed to be in the right place at the right time and thoroughly deserved their 3rd in race 1 and 2nd in race 2 of the day, which moves them up to 2nd overall behind the “M3″….
3rd overall after 3 races is GBR 375 “Blue Haze” Ivan Bradbury, who followed up his race win on Monday with a 5th and 9th yesterday. Ivan’s top Professional Crew of Lars Hendriksen and Claus Olesen did a great job in holding on to a 9th place in the final race after a 40 degree windshift to the right put paid to the hopes of RUS 35 Victor Fogelson who lost 13 places !! By finishing 9th, the “Blue Haze” team are still very much in the hunt to defend their 2014 Regates Royal title won so convincingly last year.
Another team who had a very encouraging day yesterday was GER 1123 “Pow Wow” helmed by Michael Zankel, crewed by Pedro Andrade & Phil Blinn. This team, who finished 12th in the Worlds, battled hard to record a 2nd & 5th place after receiving a Black Flag on day 1. So Michael and his team will look forward to when the discard kicks in after 5 races….
Top Corinthian Team is GBR 770 “Storm” helmed by Jono Brown, crewed by his Father David, his Mum Lyn and James Howard. These experienced sailors from the “Elite” Class are soon getting to grips with their boat speed and general sail trimming.. a team to watch for in the future….
Also having a good day in the overall ranking was GER 1071 “Kleine Brise” helmed by Helmut Schmidt who recorded a 7th and 8th which puts this excellent team in 5th place right behind GBR 789 “Bear” in 4th…..
Today (Weds) we have winds gusting above 30 kts at present, however the forecast is for it to drop as the day goes on so it should be another wonderful sailing day for the 70 + Classic Yachts and the 40 Dragons……….
Higher, Faster, Longer……. Stavros (GBR 789).