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After the first regatta of the D35 season on Lake Geneva, the Grand Prix Chopard

Monday May 14th 2007, Author: Bernard Schopfer, Location: France
Five races, including four in a fairly strong breeze: the Grand Prix Chopard - first stage of the Challenge Julius Baer- benefited from very good conditions this week end off the Société Nautique de Genève.

Ten boats - strict one-design Décision 35 high tech catamarans - competed in the event. Former winner of the Vendée Globe and well-known offshore 60ft trimaran skipper, Alain Gautier on Foncia dominated the weekend, finishing all the races in the top three. Winners of the last two regattas last year, Gautier and his crew confirmed with this week end’s victory that they will be the team to beat this year.

Also on good shape, Ernesto Bertarelli and his crew on board Alinghi suffered from a bad gennaker unfurl on Saturday, as well as a bad tactical choice today, finishing second overall. However, Alinghi and Foncia dominated the weekend, finishing with a comfortable lead over Banque Gonet.

Two new teams joined the Challenge Julius Baer 2007 during the Grand Prix Chopard: Dona Bertarelli-Späth’s Ladycat (she is Ernesto’s sister), with professional French skipper Karine Fauconnier at the helm, as well as Christin Michel’s Smart Home.
Respectively 9th and 7th in the general ranking, they didn’t upset the favourites of the event but they proved that they had the potential to do so in the near future.

Next regatta: June 9. Genève-Rolle Genève

Results (one discard):

1) Foncia, 6 points, 1,2,3,1, 2
2) Alinghi, 8 points, 2,1,1,6, 4
3) Gonet, 16 points, 10, 7, 6, 2, 1
4) Cadence, 16 points, 6, 3, 4, 3, 9
5) Zen Too, 17 points, 5, 5, 2, 9, 5
6) Okalys, 18 points, 3, 6, 5, 4, 8
7) Smart Home, 25 points, 7, 8, 9, 7, 3
8) Axiom, 26 points, 4, 9, 8, 8, 6
9) Lady Cat, 28 points, 9, 10, 7, 5, 7
10) Julius Baer, 33 points, 8, 4, dnf, dns, 10

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