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Strong start for Grace and Bancroft

Breeze fills in at the B14 Europeans in Carnac

Friday July 9th 2010, Author: James Boyd, Location: France

With Day 1 resembling flat lemonade conditions, Day 2 was full on champagne. The B14 flying circus had arrived!

The first race today saw the lightest conditions with 8 to 10 knots. There was an individual recall, but most boats got a clean start. Guy Bancroft and David Grace in Sly Bone (AUS 778) led to the first mark, followed by Tim Harrison and Johnny Radcliffe (GBR 758), and the North Sails boat (GBR 785) of Dave Hayes and Richie Bell.

Tim and Johnny took the lead in the second lap and held it to the end, with North Sails moving into second and Bangers dropping to third. Richie Reynolds and Lissa McMillan in the Nude (AUS 780) moved from sixth to take fourth place.

Having finally got a race in, the fleet got a bit excitable, and there was a general recall in Race Two. As promised the Race Officer brought out the black flag. Most complied, with only one boat being disqualified. The wind built to 10 to 12 knots. Dave Lorimer and Raf Heale in Toxic (AUS 778) had a blinder, leading from, the restart to the finish. Bancroft and Grace (AUS 778), following a disastrous start, pulled back to second, passing North Sails (GBR 785) on the final run.

Race Three was the breeziest of the day, with up to 15 knots on the course. One again the black flag was brought into service after another general recall. A clean start was had by all. Having a very strong regatta, Guy Bancroft and David Grace in Bonework (AUS 778) led all the way from Ullman Sails, Mark Watts and Chris Bishop (GBR 772) . In third was another sailmaker, DS Sails (GBR 777) Dave Dobrijevic and Phil Eltringham.

Race Four all seemed rather too much after three hard races, but the fleet battled on! The breeze had moderated to 10 knots. Dave Hayes and Richie Bell in North Sails (GBR 785) led off the start line, followed by Tony Blackmore and Charlotte Jones in Flower Power (GBR 764), both boats heading for the lucky left. Only Scotty Cunningham and Jason Walker, Bonework (AUS 7) split the pair at the first windward mark, with Scotty and Jason coming in from the right on subsequent rounds taking the win. Dave Hayes and Richie Bell took second with Dave Lorimer and Raf Heale in Toxic (AUS 778) also coming in from the right to take third.

At the end of the first day of racing, Guy Bancroft and David Grace in Sly Bone (AUS 778) are leading the pack with the North Sails (GBR 785) boys in second. Dave Lorimer and Raf Heale in Toxic are in third with Scotty Cunningham and Jason Walker in Bonework lying fourth. With Australians currently filling three of the top four places, the Brits and French have their work cut out for the worlds next week.

 

 

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Pos Helm Crew Nat R1 R2 R3 R4 Tot Net
1 GRACE DAVID  BANCROFT Guy  AUS 2 2 1 4 9 5
2 HAYES David  BELL Richie  GBR OCS 3 5 2 47 10
3 LORIMER David  HEALE Rafael  AUS 12 1 8 3 24 12
4 CUNNINGHAM Scott  WALKER Jason  AUS 6 5 7 1 19 12
5 WATTS Mark  BISHOP Chris  GBR 7 4 2 7 20 13
6 HARRISON Tim  RATCLIFFE Jonny  GBR 1 9 10 5 25 15
7 DOBRIJEVIC David  ELTRINGHAM Philipp  GBR 5 8 3 10 26 16
8 FELLS Tim  RAMUS Andy  GBR 16 6 6 8 36 20
9 BARNES Mark  SMITH Paul  GBR 8 7 9 15 39 24
10 BLACKMORS Tony  JONAS Charlotte  GBR 13 10 17 6 46 29
11 CUNNINGHAM IAN  CUNNINGHAM David  AUS 14 16 4 12 46 30
12 DAVIS Alan  BARSLEY DALE Toby  GBR 18 12 12 9 51 33
13 REYNOLDS Richard  MC MILLAN Lissa  AUS 3 19 14 17 53 34
14 MC GRATH Will  REECE Harry  GBR 9 14 13 13 49 35
15 BROWN Géraldine  FERMOR Leaky  GBR 4 BFD 19 16 76 39
16 HUNT Sophie  PAYNE Andrew  AUS 17 13 16 11 57 40
17 COWIN Daniel  HOLLANDS Daniel  GBR 15 18 15 18 66 48
18 BOYLE Kelvin  MACDONALD Michael  AUS 22 17 11 DNF 87 50
19 BOSWIJK Rod  BINNEY Sharon  GBR 21 20 18 14 73 52
20 CRAIG Nick  JOHNSON Matt  GBR 10 11 DNF DNF 95 58
21 MURRAY Phil  RUTHEFORD Kevin  GBR 25 15 20 DNF 97 60
22 HOLLINGSWORTH Steve  MURPHY Chris  GBR 19 22 21 20 82 60
23 CRISPIN Taylor  GUY Harrill  GBR 20 21 23 22 86 63
24 TRIFFITT Rhys  REYNOLDS JONES Simon  GBR 24 23 22 19 88 64
25 HOLMAN Elliot  NASH Elisabeth Jane  GBR 28 27 24 23 102 74
26 GENDRON Cedric  GENDRON Gael  FRA 33 26 26 24 109 76
27 PRICE Barry  STORER Alistair  GBR 31 DNF 25 21 114 77
28 MITCHELL Stephen  VAN GALEN Amy  AUS 27 28 27 25 107 79
29 LE CORGUILLE Philippe  SUDRIE Erwann  FRA 29 25 30 DNF 121 84
30 LECAM Sebastien  LE CAM Sophie  FRA 30 29 29 26 114 84
31 BINES Chris  GIBBONS Dave  GBR 11 DNF DNF DNF 122 85
32 WALDON Geoff  PONGRATZ Nicole  AUS 34 30 28 27 119 85
33 DUCARROIR Christophe  FRABOULET Cedric  FRA 32 24 DNF DNF 130 93
34 SHERRATT Kathy  BENNET Rachel  GBR 23 DNF DNF DNF 134 97
35 WATSON Daniel  MC KENDRICK Ailie  AUS 26 DNF DNF DNF 137 100
--- RAYNES Carl  RAYNES Guy  GBR DNS DNS DNF DNF 148 111
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