Italians get the upper hand
In the overall standings top Italian match racer and America’s Cup sailor Paolo Cian, helming Sherekhan for Maurizio Cardascio, has just a one point lead. Fellow Italian and double Mumm 30 World Champion Luca Valerio, helming Alina Helly Hansen for Maurizio Abba, is tied on points for second place with Reigning North American Champion Brian Porter of Chicago, whose Full Throttle crew includes 2002 Melges 24 World Champion Harry Melges. Simon Strauss's Team Gill, with Irish Olympian Mark Mansfield at the helm, is in fourth place and Switzerland's Jean Marc Monnard lies fifth just one point behind them.
There are currently five boats counting a score of 10 points which can only be separated on count back. As a result John Pollard's Excellent lies sixth, Francois Brenac sailing DRP Partner & Partners for Philippe Ligot (FRA) and Sandro Montefuseo helming GEBL (ITA) are tied in seventh with Eamonn O’Nolan's Wild Thing (GBR) ninth and Antoine Frickey helming Benjamin Cohen's Sogeti Hyeres (FRA) in tenth. Clearly the next few days are going to be very interesting.
The pink and yellow groups sailing on course Bravo had the slightly easier day as their racing got underway sooner, they had shorter courses, less delays and fewer recalls. Initially course Bravo was set in the channel between Porquerolls and Giens where the sea breeze built rapidly enabling racing to get underway after a half hour delay.
At the start of race one there was 15-18 knots which rapidly built to a steady 25 knots. Mark Mansfield got a lovely start then stayed right and took advantage of his clean air tacking on 10-15 degree shifts to lead at the weather mark from Germany's Alba Batzill, helming No Woman No Cry for Eddy Eich, Jean Marc Monnard and Eamonn O'Nolan. Mansfield kept control of the race throughout the following two legs and Monnard pulled up into second. In the closing moments of the race Monnard held off his final gybe gaining valuable yards to slip past Mansfield right with O'Nolan third.
For race two course Bravo was moved into the lee of the Giens peninsular which reduced the wave height slightly although the wind was still a steady 25 knots. It was another tense race and this time the trick was to hit the corners with the right appearing slightly favoured. After some incredibly hard racing it was Luca Valerio who took the honours from Switzerland's Chris Rast, helming Franco Rossini's Blu Moon with Francois Brenac third.
On course Alpha the day did not go as smoothly with false starts, two complete course moves and several general recalls. Initially the course was set on the Hyeres shore and after a one hour postponement the first race was started in around 5 knots but was abandoned within minutes following a massive shift. The course was then moved south to the Porquerolles shore where the sea breeze was well established at over 20 knots.
Despite the delays the race officer set a long six leg course to test the crews to the maximum. Almost from the off the race was a dog fight between Christophe Barrue helming French Class President Denis Infante's Euro Voiles and Brian Porter with Porter eventually getting the upper hand on the final leg. French Figaro sailor Bruno Jourdren sailing FR Environnement Nautique took third with Italy's Nicola Celon helming Bette for Ezio Amadori fourth.
After a long delay course alpha was moved back up onto the Hyeres shore for the second race which eventually got underway at the second attempt when the boats found themselves sailing into the now setting sun. While the battle between Maurizio Cardascio, John Pollard, Sandro Montefuseo and Antoine Frickey was a stunner the spectator's were momentarily distracted at the first mark when two boats lost their rigs in rapid succession as they hoisted spinnakers in a strong gust. Ultimately Cardascio held his lead with Pollard second, Montefuseo third and Frickey fourth.
Two further races are scheduled for tomorrow with racing due to start at 1100.
Top 50 results:
|1||ITA 583||SHEREKHAN||CARDASCIO M||5||1||6|
|2||ITA 409||ALINA HELLY HANSEN||ABBA Maurizio||6||1||7|
|3||USA 600||FULL THROTTLE||PORTER Brian||1||6||7|
|4||GBR 592||TEAM GILL||STRAUSS Simon||2||6||8|
|5||SUI 599||POIZON ROUGE||MONNARD Jean marc||1||8||9|
|6||GBR 634||EXCELLENT||POLLARD JOHN||8||2||10|
|7||FRA 571||DRP-PARTNER-PARTNERS||LIGOT Philippe||7||3||10|
|7||ITA 580||GEBL||MONTEFUSEO Sandro||7||3||10|
|9||GBR 435||WILD THING||O'NOLAN EAMONN||3||7||10|
|10||FRA 601||SOGETI HYERES||FRICKEY Antoine||6||4||10|
|11||ITA 643||BETTE||AMADORI Ezio||4||7||11|
|12||ITA 584||RUNA||MARTEGIANI Marco||8||4||12|
|13||FRA 639||EURO VOILES||BARRUE Christophe||2||11||13|
|14||SUI 521||BLU MOON||ROSSINI Franco||13||2||15|
|15||EST 646||LENNY||TENISTE TONU||5||12||17|
|16||FRA 472||FR ENVIRONNEMENT NAUTIQUE||JOURDREN Bruno||3||17||20|
|17||CZE 663||BOHEMA EXPRESS II||VOJTA RICHARD||10||11||21|
|18||FRA 261||COTES D'ARMOR PEROS GUIREC||ALBARET Antoine||14||8||22|
|19||GBR 406||TEAM BARBARIANS||LEA Jamie||13||9||22|
|20||NOR 366||SISTE STEIN||MEBELLY Eivind||11||12||23|
|21||ITA 609||MEL NOSE PBR||GIOVANNINI Michele||10||15||25|
|22||FRA 389||BIG SCHIP - MARSEILLE - QUANTRUN||PAUL Maxime||16||10||26|
|23||FRA 193||COTES D'ARMOR - AN PORT BLANC||LE GOIC Gaetan||15||13||28|
|24||NOR 506||LEK||GEIR Dahl||9||20||29|
|25||FRA 612||ENCORE||DE KERVANOEL Cedric||16||13||29|
|26||GBR 298||MAD MAX||BRACHET Michelle||9||21||30|
|27||FRA 381||LE TOCCO||CHARON Benoit||22||9||31|
|28||ITA 572||GIACOMEL AUDI RACING TEAM||SIMONESCHI Riccardo||17||14||31|
|29||USA 505||PEGUSUS||BRIAN Lee||15||16||31|
|30||SUI 382||ZEROTWO||GOOD Lichael||14||19||33|
|31||FRA 329||FLOR DIRECT||BECQUEMIE Tugdual||12||22||34|
|31||FRA 387||MAISONS DE L'AVENIR||SAULEAU Vincent||12||22||34|
|33||FRA 375||O TOMATE POLYEXPERT||LEBOURDAIS Francois||19||16||35|
|34||FRA 471||ST GERMAIN AUDIT.COM||NEBOUT Emmanuel||11||25||36|
|35||ITA 355||UE UE||BRIGHENTI Valerio||19||19||38|
|36||SLO 517||OTTAVIO||KOSHINA Mitja||26||14||40|
|37||ITA 627||AMF NIKITA||FAERBER Andreas||23||20||43|
|38||SWE 508||SITTING DUCK||ROJNING Claes||29||15||44|
|39||GER 224||TOURING JUNIOR||FOLLMAN Patrick||24||21||45|
|40||SUI 530||ACQUA||TRIBO Marco||32||18||50|
|41||ITA 468||GIOGI||BALESTRERO Mateo||20||32||52|
|42||ITA 429||SUDUNAGODO||INGHILESI Yann||28||24||52|
|43||FRA 470||COTES D'ARMOR 2||GERON Mathilde||27||25||52|
|44||ITA 598||WOLANO||BINACCHI Antonio||23||31||54|
|45||SUI 267||MAD COW||VERHULST Thierry||18||38||56|
|46||ITA 651||TARAN||DIPROPERZIO Stefano||33||23||56|
|47||NOR 349||PARTY GIRL||A.WATHNE Jens||31||26||57|
|48||GBR 527||COMFORTABLY NUMB||DELLOW Andrew||40||18||58|
|49||ITA 475||ETABETA NAFTALINA||TESTOLIN Paolo||44||17||61|
|50||GER 320||UNSPONSORED||KLOCK BENE||28||33||61|