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17 June 2003, 11:23 am
Unstable Conditions for Day Two
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International 8m World Championship
La Trinite - Sur - Mer

Only one race was run for competitors on day two of the event. The easterly wind was too unstable and the Race Committee was unable to start in the morning.
In the beginning of the afternoon, the wind veered west, and the breeze gradually established and so the competitors were able to take the start of this second round at 3 p.m.

The first upwind leg, in what was still a rather badly formed breeze, was very tricky to negotiate indeed. Those who headed over to the left hand side of the course were soon in trouble as the wind died down, whilst those to the right had picked up a good breeze. As if by chance, Jacques Fauroux's Fleur de Lys, was part of this second fleet. She rounded the windward mark, with Yquem hot on her heels, just two lengths behind. The wind settled later on in the second part of the race, but the participants had to take account of what remained a variable wind and the fairly strong current of the incoming tide caused by the somewhat high tidal factor (96).

In these conditions, Fleur de Lys flew gently towards a regular victory, increasing her little gradually as she did so, followed by Lafayette, making it to the finishing line with a 6 minute lead. Raced in light air, the old Sphinx showed her bows for a moment, like Sposa II, two magnificent varnished boats. Vision of Sebago, for her part, realised some truly fine runs downwind flying her spinnaker, winning one place after another. That said, she was unable to hold off Cutty Tou who made an incredible comeback head to wind on the left hand side of the course. The Minos brothers boat finished fourth, three tiny seconds ahead of Mystery. In doing away with her engine this year, Cutty Tou has lost on her waterline length, which means she has gained little sail area and is more powerful.

Accumulating the two rounds raced thus far, Fleur de Lys easily holds onto her lead. Lafayette takes second, Cutty Too is third, followed by Yquem who has a new mast a new keel with winglets.

Provisional overall rankings after two rounds

Place; Boats' name; Club; Skipper; Sail; Total

1; FLEUR DE LYS; France; Jacques Fauroux; FRA 29; 2
2; LAFAYETTE; Holland; Jos Fruytier; NED 2; 5
3; CUTTY TOU; France; G. & A. Minos; FRA 25; 9
4; YQUEM; Switzerland; Jean Fabre; SUI 8; 10
5; BONA; Italy; Giovanni Mogna; ITA 16; 11
6; SPOSA II; Germany; Josef Martin; GER 5; 14
7; GEFION; Switzerland; Pierre-André Bonjour; SUI 7; 15
8; VISION; France; Tan Raffray; KC 3; 15
9; ALUETTE; Switzerland; Peter Groh; SUI 11; 16
10; MYSTERY; Canada; Ronald B. Palm; CAN 33; 17
Event Media (As Amended by ISAF News Editor)
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