Competitor Report

Chips Howarth's summary of racing in the RS fleet in Carnac

Tuesday April 22nd 2003, Author: Chips Howarth, Location: United Kingdom
Easter weekend marked the start of the RS Classes Eurocup tour (sponsored by Fat Face), with the Yacht Club Carnac hosting five Classes over a three day event.

Carnac is a beautiful venue on the west facing Brittany coast, hidden behind the Quiberon Peninsula. This makes the race area comfortably protected from the worst the Bay of Biscay can throw at this coast line. To say the regatta was blessed with good weather was an understatement, with every day being hot, sunny and a varied mix of 15-18 knots on day 1 and 3 and more testing 4-8 knots on day two.

Seven races were scheduled and successful completed by all Classes, our story was in the RS800 fleet where Ali Hall and I were standing in for windsurf guru Barrie Edgington in 'RWO'. Despite a few wobbly moments in the windier races, the carbon was kept above the fibre-glass for enough races for us to scrap home as eventual winners, although being pushed regularly by the Stokes Bay team's of James Date and Matt Adams.

My top 3 tips for Carnac:

1) Hotel Plancton, two minutes walk from the dinghy park and by all the best bars. Good price, good breakfast and very friendly, contactable on +33 2 97 52 13 65.
2) The Square Pub and Flamingos are the best two bars, visiting during Easter makes for some lively evenings with Spi Quest in the next town creating a major influx of yacht sailors.
3) When the wind is from the south east, protecting the left usually paid due to the converging wind along Carnac beach. Our other wind direction was south west where protecting the right hand side of the beat usually paid, although there were numerous shifts from clouds that needed to be watched as gains could be made on the left.

The RS Assocation makes these events very easy to attend, with an e-group making arrangements, bookings and double stacking very simple. The second leg is lake Como, Italy in July.

Chips Howarth

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Full results of the RS event in Carnac are expected soon

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