Three more races were completed yesterday at the Regates Royal here in Cannes yesterday, in crystal clear Blue water, under an Blue sky and in a “Blue Haze”… Yes Ivan Bradbury helming his beautiful varnished Petersen and Thuesen GBR 375 built in 1957 not only won the first race of the day, but also followed it up with two more excellent results to take the lead after 6 races..
In 2nd place overall is RUS 76 “Strange Little Girl” helmed by Dmitry Samokhin, who sailed very consistently all day in the three “tricky” races. I say tricky because despite a wonderful sunny day with a wind between 6 to 8 knots, it was extremely difficult to read the shifts or spot the different pressure. However, another boat that is getting it right this week is GER 1123 “Pow Wow” helmed by Michael Zankel, who despite a Black Flag in the first race of the day, bounced back with two very good ones and is now 3rd overall.
Race two in fact was won “By a Mile” by RUS 27 helmed by Anatoly Loginov, who chose the right side of the course for both his upwind legs and held a comfortable lead at the end. Race three was won by a new team to the fleet EST 17 “ABB FUN” helmed by Kosk Mihkel, crewed by Niklas Jansson and Catherina Gylliny, who read all the shifts well, particularly downwind.. It is great to see more talented “Young” sailors join the class and I know Kosk is very pleased with his new Quantum Sails….
In the evening everyone enjoyed a fabulous “Beach Party” organised and run by the main sponsors “Panerai” and a great time was had by all Dragon and Classic Boat participants after another fantastic day on the water…..
Two more races today to decide this exciting and competitive series…..
Can the Strange Little Girl find her way out of the Blue Haze ??
Higher, Faster, Longer……….. Stavros (GBR 789).