Mediterranean conditions

Foil first day of racing at the Mumm 30 French Nationals

Saturday June 7th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: France
Day one of the Championship and a south westerly 3 - 4 greeted the Mumm 30 teams this morning, as they went down onto the pontoons. After two days of shore activity, as the crews registered, boats were measured and charts were studied and marked-up, it was time for the ‘off’. Three races were on the programme, with windward-leeward races to test the crews.

With the event chosen by the French sailing federation, the FFV, for this year’s crews Championship of France competition; there is increased rivalry amongst the teams. Over and above that for the event’s overall prize are those for the ‘amateur’ and ‘student’ categories.

The committee boats set out at 09.00 to lay the first course, followed by the media teams, as the crews stowed their water supplies and lunch below decks, applied their sun block and hoisted their sails. Out on the water the sea temperature was 16 degrees, the sea ‘slight’ and the air temperature 22 degrees. After yesterday’s light breezes, an air of excitement and expectation filled the air, as the 24 Mumm 30s left the harbour and headed out into Le Havre bay for the first race.

By 11.00, however, the early morning wind had dropped and the first race was started at 11.08 in 6 - 7 knots of wind, rising later to 10 – 11. A general recall followed as the first group of boats, carried by the current, crossed the line ahead of the gun and the race was restarted at 11.24 under a black flag. Region Ile de France (Jimmy Pahun) headed inshore to look for the wind along the cliffs, only to round the first mark in 20th position, but then make a brilliant recovery, working his way up the fleet to finish 6th overall.

The wind began to fall as the fleet started out on the second beat, leaving the race committee hesitating over whether or not to reduce the course. As the boats launched their spinnakers for the final time, the wind dropped further and the last of the boats across the line was only just able to finish.

30 minutes later, the line was closed as six boats, including Britain’s E1 Business / Mumbo Jumbo (Geoff Gibbons), as the current turned against them and failed to finish. Winner was Toulon Provençe Mediterranee (Pierre Lauren Garnero), with Britain’s Off beat (James Ives) 9th overall and 4th in the Amateur category, Pogo Bogo (Martin Moody) 13th overall (7th Amateur) and Southampton Institute (Yoann Richomme) 17th overall and 1st Student boat home. A good start for the British crews.

A Mediterranean atmosphere prevailed as the boats gathered for the second race and the final boats came in, with crew members taking advantage of the calm weather and hot sun, to enjoy an afternoon swim, while others produced their plastic buckets and had water fights with other boats.

The wind, however, failed to re-materialise, and the race committee cancelled the rest of the day’s racing, as the crews headed back to port and the official reception, welcoming them to Le Havre.

Tomorrow will be another day!


Pos Sail no Boat/skipper Points Total R1 Club
1
FRA 83 TOULON PROVENCE MEDITERRANEE
1
1
1
C O Y C HYEROIS
GARNERO PIERRE LAURENT
2
FRA 06 VILLE D'ANTIBES - NEC
2
2
2
Y C ANTIBES
FARNARIER JULIEN
3
FRA 348 SABA SAILING TEAM
3
3
3
A P C C VOILE SPORTI
BERTHET PIERRE LOIC
4
FRA 1 DOUARNENEZ UN NOUVEAU SOUFFLE
4
4
4
SR DOUARNENEZ
CLAQUIN STEPHANE
5
FRA 22 COTES D'ARMOR
5
5
5
S R PERROS GUIREC
BIARNES VINCENT
6
18330 REGION ILE DE FRANCE
6
6
6
C N PORT LOUIS
PAHUN JIMMY
7
18337 CSC ESSEC
7
7
7
C N PORT LOUIS
GAUTIER HERVE
8
GBR 6930 SAINT PAUL ILE DE LA REUNION
8
8
8
C N ST PAUL
JEAN ALBERT GABRIEL
9
GBR 7530R OFFBEAT
9
9
9
IVES James
10
SUI 301 TRIGA 5
10
10
10
SUISSE
PELLARD Christophe
11
18349 DEFI JEAN BART
11
11
11
VAL JOLY VOILE
DELACROIX GUILLAUME
12
18308 ACCENTURE
12
12
12
S R ROCHELAISES
BACAVE JEAN
13
GBR 7830 POGO BOGO
13
13
13
MOODY Martin
14
FRA 18338 PSA PEUGEOT CITROEN
15
15
15
ATHL.CLUB PSA
BIGOT PIERRE
15
FRA 10 CAP SPORT
16
16
16
Y C MONACO
LECOEUR XAVIER
15
MON 2000 DIEPPE SEINE MARITIME
16
16
16
Y C MONACO
RODELATO CLAUDE
17
FRA 7 SOUTHAMPTON INSTITUTE - ALFA LAVAL
17
17
17
S N TRINITE S/MER
RICHOMME YOANN
18
18333 MITSUBISHI MECENAT CARDIAQUE
18
18
18
U N C L
SCALE JEAN CHARLES
---
18 LES COPAINS A BORD
25
25
DNF
Y.C.DINARD
BASSET ERIC
---
GBR 1430 E1 BUSINESS / MUMBO JUMBO
25
25
DNF
GIBBONS GEOF
---
18328 NANTES SAINT NAZAIRE
25
25
DNF
A P C C VOILE SPORTI
DE BELLOY ADRIEN
---
18334 MER ET MAISON BERMUDES
25
25
DNF
C N LORIENT
REY FERDINAND
---
GBR 30R OCEAN PLURIEL
25
25
D+D
Y C L ODET
MASLARD STANISLAS
---
18303 DEFI SCLEROSE EN PLAQUES
25
25
DNF
FEREY Franck

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