St Francis IX Leading British Charge on Day 2 of Europeans

IMG_3775The second day of racing at the 2018 European Championship in La Trinity brought mixed fortunes for the British Contingent and some tricky sailing conditions.  The first race of the day went relatively smoothly with 8-10 knots from the north east at the start dropping to 5-7 by the final run.  An attempt was made to start a second race and the Moderns just about made it round the top mark before the wind died completely forcing the race committee to abandon the race.  With little chance of the breeze returning the fleet was sent home.

As the boats came to the top mark in race three St Francis and Valhalla were in the leading pack, but St Kitts had had a start line incident with another boat and although the other boat had done turns St Kitts was left well down the fleet.  The wind held in for the next two legs but began to die off on the final run.  The racing was extremely tight with constant place changes but St Francis IX held on for sixth place with Valhalla seventh, while St Kitts had made it up to ninth by the finish.  Overall that puts St Francis IX into fourth place in the Open Division, seven points behind the leader.  Valhalla drops into seventh with St Kitts two points behind her in ninth.

IMG_3664In the Classics Erica was still performing well in the increased breeze but couldn’t quite match her previous two second places.  On the final run she was engaged in a tight battle between half a dozen boats for fourth place. Ultimately she finished in sixth which means that she holds onto her third place overall in the series. For the other British Classics is was mixed fortunes with Mena ninth, Abu twelfth and Valdai fourteenth. Valdai therefore goes into day three in eleventh place with Mena thirteenth and Abu fourteenth.

The forecast for day three offers more wind and rather more overcast conditions.  The race committee has brought the start of racing forwards to 10.00 and plans to run three races to catch up the series.

Day 2 Full Report

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