In very light conditions, two coastal races were raced yesterday on the second day of the 2001 National Surprise Championship in Saint Malo.
The first race was won by Edouard Bost (FRA) on MAGIC BUS TOO and the second race by the Roni Wuetrich (SUI) onboard GO DUTCH.
In the second race, only 25 of the 42 Surprises could finish before the closing of the finish line. The first 8 Surprises leading the race chose to sail on the right side of the fleet, a choice which proved fatal for them, as a light wind and strong tide resulted in the initial leaders not being able to finish in the race time limit.
After 5 races, Marc Pinta onboard PRELUDE ELVSTROM RACING is leading the fleet of 42 Surprises. The second is the franco-swiss crew on TARANGAU INCIDENCES and the third is Edouard Bost onboard MAGIC BUS TOO.
Alain Marchand onboard TARANDAU INCIDENCES commented: "The really light conditions present us with difficult choices. Thanks to our tactician to bring us on the good side of the fleet!"
1.FRA 1244 PRELUDE ELVSTROM RACING - PINTA Marc
2.FRA 1241 TARANGAU INCIDENCES - BUGNON David
3.FRA 1247 MAGIC BUS TOO - BOST Edouard
4.FRA 425 SILMARIL STAR VOILE - CHARLOT Frederic
5.SUI 506 VA ... RHUM 9 - MONNIN Luc