Classic perfection

Phil Crebbin reports from the 8m racing in Quiberon

Tuesday June 17th 2003, Author: Phil Crebbin, Location: France
The second day saw light easterly breeze to begin with and a race was started on time, only for there to be a general recall. A second attempt was then postponed in the last few minutes of the start sequence as the wind was getting more variable. There was then a five hour wait for the westerly thermal breeze before the second race finally got under way in 6 to 8 knots of wind at around 3.45.

Yquem and Lafayette had the best of the start at the committee boat end and most boats tacked out to the right in anticipation of the wind gradually clocking. In fact it clocked quite suddenly and more than expected so that the leading group had overstood the mark. Fleur de Lys laid up to the mark from below the leaders to get round first followed by Yquem and then Sposa II also managed to get inside Lafayette at the mark.
Positions remained the same downwind, but the two leaders were able to stretch away considerably. There was a strong cross tide at the leeward mark, taking boats onto the mark, that caused several boats to hit it in the light conditions, including Sposa II.

Vision then took over fourth place after Lafayette, followed by Mystery and Aluette.

On the second run down the breeze got lighter and more patchy. Lafayette gybed early to get into the best wind followed by most of the boats behind. Further down Lafayette then crossed just ahead of Yquem and held this down into the mark, with Yquem rounding inside Vision. There was then a hard fight on the last upwind leg for second place with Lafayette forcing Yquem to tack back to starboard on the layline to the finish and then very gradually rolling over her. Fleur de Lys meanwhile had sailed away to win by more than five minutes. Vision came unstuck on this leg and Cutty Tou came in from hard left to take fourth from Mystery and then Gefion.

Other British interest includes the beautifully restored Amorevita (formerly Ilderim from Sweden) of Avia Willment, who has recorded two third places in the Vintage division for the Coupe Cartier (two 16th places overall) and Peter Wilson's If in the Classic Division for the Sira Cup (pre-1960 boats that are allowed modern rigs and sails) who has recorded a 14th and a 13th in fleet to be lying 7th in his division.

Results - race 2

Place; Sail; Boat’s name; Club; Skipper; Time; Corrected time; Points
1; FRA 29; FLEUR DE LYS; France; Jacques Fauroux; 01:58:39; 01:58:39; 1
2; NED 2; LAFAYETTE; Holland; Jos Fruytier; 02:04:35; 02:04:35; 2
3; SUI 8; YQUEM; Switzerland; Jean Fabre; 02:04:56; 02:04:56; 3
4; FRA 25; CUTTY TOU; France; G. & A. Minos; 02:05:58; 02:05:58; 4
5; CAN 33; MYSTERY; Canada; Ronald B. Palm; 02:06:01; 02:06:01; 5
6; SUI 7; GEFION; Switzerland; Pierre-André Bonjour; 02:07:04; 02:07:04; 6
7; KC 3; VISION; France; Tan Raffray; 02:07:23; 02:07:23; 7
8; GER 5; SPOSA II; Germany; Josef Martin; 02:08:05; 02:08:05; 8
9; ITA 16; BONA; Italy; Giovanni Mogna; 02:08:19; 02:08:19; 9
10; SUI 1; CATINA VI; Switzerland; Fred Meyer; 02:08:21; 02:08:21; 10
11; FIN 4; SPHINX; Finland; Antti Toukolehto; 02:09:04; 02:09:04; 11
12; SUI 11; ALUETTE; Switzerland; Peter Groh; 02:10:48; 02:10:48; 12
13; GBR 27; IF; Great Britain; Peter Wilson; 02:11:30; 02:11:30; 13
14; GER 6; AYANA; Germany; Karl Biller; 02:12:12; 02:12:12; 14
15; FRA 28; GAULOIS; France; Jean-Pierre Gourio; 02:14:02; 02:14:02; 15
16; SWE 16; AMOREVITA; Great Britain; Avia Willment; 02:16:15; 02:16:15; 16
17; FRA 8; ENCHANTEMENT; France; Alexandre Geffroy; 02:17:45; 02:17:45; 17
18; FRA 1; AILE VI; France; J. Brunet-Moret; 02:22:07; 02:22:07; 18
19; K 24; SUZETTE; France; Steven Urien; 02:28:46; 02:28:46; 19
20; FRA 48; SILK; France; François Polart; 02:44:37; 02:44:37; 20

Provisional overall results after two races

Place; Boats’ name; Club; Skipper; Sail; Total
1; FLEUR DE LYS; France; Jacques Fauroux; FRA 29; 2
2; LAFAYETTE; Holland; Jos Fruytier; NED 2; 5
3; CUTTY TOU; France; G. & A. Minos; FRA 25; 9
4; YQUEM; Switzerland; Jean Fabre; SUI 8; 10
5; BONA; Italy; Giovanni Mogna; ITA 16; 11
6; SPOSA II; Germany; Josef Martin; GER 5; 14
7; GEFION; Switzerland; Pierre-André Bonjour; SUI 7; 15
8; VISION; France; Tan Raffray; KC 3; 15
9; ALUETTE; Switzerland; Peter Groh; SUI 11; 16
10; MYSTERY; Canada; Ronald B. Palm; CAN 33; 17
11; SPHINX; Finland; Antti Toukolehto; FIN 4; 21
12; CATINA VI; Switzerland; Fred Meyer; SUI 1; 23
13; GAULOIS; France; Jean-Pierre Gourio; FRA 28; 26
14; IF; Great Britain; Peter Wilson; GBR 27; 27
15; AYANA; Germany; Karl Biller; GER 6; 29
16; AMOREVITA; Great Britain; Avia Willment; SWE 16; 32
17; ENCHANTEMENT; France; Alexandre Geffroy; FRA 8; 34
18; SUZETTE; France; Steven Urien; K 24; 37
19; AILE VI; France; J. Brunet-Moret; FRA 1; 39
20; SILK; France; François Polart; FRA 48; 41

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