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World champions to the fore

After the first day of Eurocat

Friday April 29th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: France

Over the course Thursday, 252 boats were finally entered for the 25th Eurocat. This included 12 nationalities - a record - including a crew from Singapore. Yves Rouillard, President of the Yacht Club de Carnac also nodded to the strong English participation in Carnac despite the royal wedding of William and Kate.

Today the race committee was the heroes in setting courses in the unstable wind direction, with competitors eager to start the competition. Racing took place under cloudy skies with a shifty wind of about 10 knots, requiring repeated course changes. Eventually three races were held in the F18, many under black flag.

After day one World Champions Backes and Jarlégan lead the F18s from Carnacois Vaireaux / Petit and the crew from Australia. It won't be until Sunday that Olympic legend Darren Bundock will be able to discard his BFD and has a chance of reaching the podium.

In class C1 the race was very close. Dominated by on the water by the fully carbon Nacra F20s on corrected time it was the Viper which was dominant and occupy the top three positions in the international ranking. Also worth noting is the performance of sailor/designer Yves Loday in his Shadow, who lies in 6th place tonight.

But tomorrow is another day ... with the long distance around the island of Houat in the Bay of Quiberon scheduled, for which the new competitors have specifically registered throughout today.

Top three results after three races:

F18 :
1) Backes/Jarlegan (4-6-3) FRA
2) Vaireaux/Petit (13-5-1) FRA
3) Beattie/Lietner (10-17-8) AUS

C1 :
1) Le Chapelier/Eliot (2-3) FRA Viper
2) Goodall/Van Dooren (8-1) AUS Viper
3) Sicouri/Mingozzi (7-2) ITA Viper

C3 :
1) Hendrickx/Victor (8-3-10) BEL SL16
2) Merelle/Merelle (7-11-4) FRA Dart18
3) Houdet/Collet (2-14-8) FRA SL1


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