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22 April 2009, 10:55 am
Frenchmen Triumph At Seaview
Racing at Seaview
Racing at Seaview

The Mermaid Match Racing Championship 2009
Seaview, Isle of Wight, Great Britain

Francois MORVAN from France was the winner of the ISAF Grade 3 Seaview Mermaid Match Racing, sponsored by Wight Vodka over the weekend of 18-19 April 2009.
The international fleet raced in light and testing conditions, but it was the three-man team from France who saw off the competition. And it was a vital regatta this year - as the first ISAF Grade 3 event on British calendar - the event offered aspiring sailors the chance to take those all-important steps up the ISAF World Match Racing Rankings.

The Seaview race officials managed to complete a full Round Robin, just in time, before the breeze died out on the second day.

François MORVAN (FRA) triumphed out on the racecourse, and behind him it was a fight for the other podium places. Ali HALL (GBR) secured second place overall by seeing off Robbie ALLAM (GBR) in the semi finals. Mark LEES (GBR) just missed out, finishing the regatta in fourth.

This is the sixth edition of the event - run by the Sea View Yacht Club which has established itself as a leading club for staging match-racing events as well as corporate regattas throughout the summer.

The Sea View Yacht Club's fleet of identical 26ft racing yachts makes it ideal for match racing, plus there's a grandstand view of the racing from the shore. Match racing is also about to gain international prominence after Women's Match Racing was selected as one of 10 events for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.
Andy Barrett
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