With stronger breezes and grey skies day three of the 2018 International 6 Metre European Championship in La Trinite brought a change of pace and mixed fortunes for the British contingent.
In the Open Division Andy Beadsworth and the crew of Peter Harrison’s St Francis IX got the day off to a bad start with a twelfth, their worst result of the series, but then came back with a vengeance to win series race five in good style. They struggled out of the start of race six, but then fought their way back up to sixth to end the day in fifth place, fourteen points behind the leader Nivola.
Paul Smith’s Valhalla with Rob Smith at the helm also struggled in the day’s opening race ending up thirteenth (their worst score of the regatta so far), but bounced back with a sixth and fourth which leave them in eighth place. After racing Paul Smith noted that the competition gets tougher each year and the standard of sailing at this event is exceptional.
It was not such a good day for Robin Richardson and the St Kitts team, who opened with a steady seventh but then slid down the fleet with a thirteenth and a nineteenth, leaving them in eleventh place overall.
Andy Postle and Brian Pope’s Cream was enjoying the stronger breezes and achieved her some of her results of the regatta with a ten, fourteen, eight scoreline for the day, putting her into fourteenth overall.
In the Classics Erica continues to put in a good showing for us, but were unfortunately over the line in the day’s first race. They went on to reprieve themselves with a fifth and fourth and ended the day in fourth place. Although the Classic Division has already been won by His Majesty don Juan Carlos, Erica is still in firmly within touching distance of the remaining podium places as they are just one point off third and eight points off second.
Dirk Stolp’s Valdai seemed to appreciate the stronger conditions too and remained very consistent with a ninth and two twelfths to her name to drop her down one place into twelfth place with two races to go. It was not such a good day for Abu and Mena. Mena was OCS in the first two races before coming back with an eleventh so drops down to fifteenth overall. Abu was both OCS and involved in a contact incident at the start of race five and did not start race six as a result so her only race score of the day was a sixth in race four. Overall Abu is now fourteenth and Mena fifteenth.
Two races remain to sail and with the sun shining and a decent northerly blowing there is every hope that the fleets will get good racing today. The forecast for the Friday reserve day is very light and shifty so expectations are that the race committee will do everything it can to finish the eight race series today.