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Sunnucks/Egan bag Houat raid

The latest from Eurocat

Saturday April 30th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: France

Since 1987, one of the unique features of Eurocat is not only the large number of competitors but also the offshore race. Today 263 boats set off from Carnac to take part in the tour of the island of Houat in the Bay of Quiberon.

The start got underway at 11:17 local in 12 knots. The F18s quickly surged into the lead by the windward mark laid off the Yacht Club de Carnac for the benefit of spectators. Mid-way the British M20 of Will Sunnucks and Oli Egan overhauled the F18s to take line honours, arriving 21 minutes and 30 seconds ahead of the first Nacra F18. Sadly the British duo were two minutes short of bettering the record for the course set last year. 

In the F18 class the Houat raid was won by local Carnac sailors Romain Petit and Moana Vaireaux. The winning tactics were to go right towards La Trinite where there was more wind, stated Vaireaux. However it was no easy ride and their boat suffered damage to its jib block and the cunningham. Both they were able to make running repairs to.

Today's results here

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