Sunday start for Lighthouse race

Severe winds have delayed the start for the ten 60ft trimarans

Saturday May 25th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: France
After a new conference call with the skippers, the Chairman of the Race Committee René Boulaire and the Race Manager Philippe Facque postponed the start of the Course des Phares Calais-Calais until Sunday 26 May at 1500 (1300GMT).

It has taken eight days for the gusts of wind that followed one another across Western Europe to abate: even on Sunday there will be at least 20 knots of wind for the beginning of the race - lively conditions for the 60ft tris.

This Course des Phares promises to remain lively for the first two days because of a good breeze off Ouessant and a front will cause a swing in the wind direction thus making tactical choices more interesting.

Towards the middle of next week, the anticyclonic conditions will give a boost to the race on the way between Lisbon and the Fastnet then in the English Channel. So the 10 trimarans and their crew will be severely tested during this week of intense fully crewed racing.

For madfor sailing's full preview of the Course des Phares, click here.

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