RICHARD got the better of all five of his group rivals in Group B, whilst world #7 Eugeniy NEUGODNIKOV (RUS) also started well with a 4-2 score. Group A is also topped by France, with Damien IEHL (FRA) leading the way on 3-0. IEHL's crew were joined yesterday by Xavier ROHART (FRA), more commonly scene battling at the front of the Olympic Star fleet.
IEHL commented, 'This first day went really well! When we saw the weather conditions this morning we never thought we would have such a good time out on the water! Xavier ROHART joined us for the first time to replace Frederic GUILMIN. The crew has worked out really well - great communication on the boat, and Xavier who knows the bay well has helped us a lot.'
|Marseille provides a spectacular
backdrop to the racing
© Guilain Grenier
The last two flights of Group A will be the first thing on the menu this morning, before the bottom three in each group fights it out in the play-offs. Weather permitting, the quarter-finals will then get underway.
The 'Regatta in sight' programme took over 450 schoolchildren out on to the water yesterday to watch the racing on specially laid on motorboats. Some of the kids were even lucky enough to meet the skippers and crews from distant continents.