Heavy going

As double handed Mini fleet heads for St Raphael turning mark in Course de Lions

Tuesday May 6th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: France
The two handed Mini taking part in the Course de Lions are now en route for the next mark of the course off the Cote d'Azur port of St Raphaël. The front runners are at the moment around 40 miles of Cape Sicié with the first boats expected to pass the next turning mark off St Raphaël tonight.

The 21ft ocean going skiffs are having a hard time of it at present sailing in winds of 35 knots. Tactically two different groups have formed: one is heading for the trough to get more wind and a better angle for laying the next mark, while the other group are sticking to the direct course.

While it is blowing at the moment, conditions are due to abate by midday tomorrow and once the boats have rounded the mark off St Raphaël the boats should be able to blast back towards the finish at Port Camargue under spinnaker.

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