A north-westerly wind blowing 15-17 knots at the start of the day, developing westerly in the afternoon, enabled the Race Committee to fire the starting shots of the third and fourth rounds of the World Championship in the Bay of Quiberon.
Given ideal race conditions and the class' remarkable upwind ability, in the first race yesterday the 20 competitors raced in an apparent wind of more than 20 knots when close-hauled, giving spectators a demonstration of what these yachts can do at full power. A far cry from the previous day's light winds.
The Modern fleet soon moved into the lead in the first round of the day. Half an hour into the race, a big shift in the wind favoured the left hand side of the course. Yquem
, with Mystery
in her wake, rounded the first mark in the lead, relegating the overall leader Fleur de Lys
, to fourth position. In the Classics, Vision of Sebago
, helmed by Tanneguy RAFFRAY, lead the dance with brio
on the first leg, with the Italian Bona
hot on her heels.
But there was still everything to fight for. Jean FABRE, helming Yquem</>I withstood the pressure from Jacques FAUROUX (
Fleur de Lys) for a while but the championship titleholder took the advantage once again at the end of the second upwind leg. Lafayette, Mystery, Gefion
were still in the running at the time, but the two leading boats gradually pulled away. 1h 46 into the race, Fleur de Lys
took line honours, clocking up a third win in a row in so doing. In the Classic category, Vision
pulled away a little, cutting out the work for Bona, Cutty Tou
through to the finishing line. Finishing seventh overall on this round, Vision of Sebago
dominated the Sira series 1 minute and 53 seconds ahead of Cutty Tou
, her main opponent. Tenth overall in the third race, Bona
held onto the lead of the Coupe Cartier, ahead of <>ICatina VI.
The westerly breeze rose to 18 knots in the afternoon, offering tough sailing conditions for this fourth race, conditions, which were largely behind the afternoon's events. The fleet set out at 14 h 06, upon which the canon could be heard announcing an individual recall. Five boats had crossed the line before the starting shot had been fired (Yquem, Bona, Cutty Tou, Catina VI and Aile VI
). None set their mistake right, they continued the race and were consequently all scored OCS. Several minutes later, at the end of the first upwind leg, the German yacht Ayana
and the British yacht Amorevita
collided. The British boat lost two tiers of her spreaders in the process, and the German boat lost her jumper strut and mast head wind vane. Fortunately, both spars stayed up. Out of 18 runners (Silk
did not race and Lafayette
did not finish the round), just ten boats were classified in this fourth race.
In the lead, Fauroux's crew on Fleur de Lys
pulled out all the stops and won yet again. Gefion
, decidedly at ease in a breeze, finished just two minutes behind. In the Classic category, Vision of Sebago
confirmed her fine potential by taking sixth overall and first in the Sira series.
Today was originally intended to be a rest day. The race committee has finally decided that one round will be raced (the 5th) with a start at 15h30.
Full Results are available on the class website at the address below.