It was a big day for the International 8 metres on the Bay of Quiberon yesterday in the first race of what looks set to be a very promising World Championship.
At the start Fleur de Lys (Modern series), champion at the 2002 Worlds in Finland, took the lead with Gaulois (Modern) and Lafayette (Modern) fighting hard against her in the first few miles. However the apple cart was upset when Bona designed in 1934 and sailing in the Vintage class who took second place in the provisional overall rankings and was first by 11 minutes in the Coupe Cartier for the Vintage class boats.
Racing got away at 10:36 in a light but steady breeze and under a slightly overcast but sunny sky. For the first start, the competitors played it safe and made sure they positioned themselves well in relation to the start line - in light airs tacticians have to keep a sharp eye on proceedings. Lafayette (Modern) rounded the windward mark in the lead, followed by Fleur de Lys.
On the second beat the easterly wind showed sings of fading and the Racing Committee President, Jean Paul Vallégant decided to reduce the course and to set the finish line on the last leeward mark.
1h35 minutes into the race, Fleur de Lys was first across the finish line, before a small group comprising four boats (Fleur de Lys, Bona, Lafayette, Aluette). Behind them, two minutes later, there was still everything to fight for. It was finally Cutty, who came out tops in a spectacular gybing match against Sposa II, Yquem and Vision. Just 17 seconds separated these boats.
This first meeting demonstrates how homogenous the fleet is in light air. All three series are represented Modern, Vintage and Classic, in the first five boats of this first race. Just one round was raced today, the first day in the Championship. The second event of the day was cancelled at 15h50 as the wind was too unstable.
Round 1 and General overall ranking after Round 1
Place; Sail; Sponsor; Club; Skipper; Time; Corrected Time; Points
1; FRA 29; FLEUR DE LYS; French; Jacques Fauroux; 01:35:35; 01:35:35; 1
2; ITA 16; BONA; Italy; Giovanni Mogna; 01:38:23; 01:38:23; 2
3; NED 2; LAFAYETTE; Holland; Jos Fruytier; 01:38:44; 01:38:44; 3
4; SUI 11; ALUETTE; Switzerland; Peter Groh; 01:39:05; 01:39:05; 4
5; FRA 25; CUTTY TOU; France; G. & A. Minos; 01:41:27; 01:41:27; 5
6; GER 5; SPOSA II; Germany; Josef Martin; 01:41:30; 01:41:30; 6
7; SUI 8; YQUEM; Switzerland; Jean Fabre; 01:41:35; 01:41:35; 7
8; KC 3; VISION; France; Tan Raffray; 01:41:44; 01:41:44; 8
9; SUI 7; GEFION; Switzerland; Pierre-André Bonjour; 01:42:44; 01:42:44; 9
10; FIN 4; SPHINX; Finland; Antti Toukolehto; 01:43:10; 01:43:10; 10