The final day of racing in La Trinite brought mixed fortunes for the British contingent. In the Open Division Andy Beadsworth at the helm of Peter Harrison’s St Francis IX closed the regatta with another two good races to add a third and sixth to their score sheet, but it wasn’t quite sufficient and they ended the regatta in fourth place, a single point off the podium. Rob Smith helming Paul Smith’s Valhalla was second British boat in the Open Division and opened the day with a steady fifth, but then disaster struck at the start of the final race as their forestay fitting failed and they were forced to retire, leaving them in 9th overall. Robin Richardson’s St Kitts and Andy Postle and Brian Pope’s Cream had been sparing all week and ultimately ended up in twelfth and thirteenth place respectively.
In the Classics Erica was hopeful of fourth place, but a secondary decision by the jury to award Titia average points for the fifth race, in which she had originally been scored OCS but was badly damaged in a start line incident. This decision pushed Erica down into fifth place by 1.25 points. Dirk Stolp’s Valdai was second Brit in the Classics, finishing twelfth overall, while Robert Laird’s Mena took fourteenth and Christian Teichman’s Abu was fifteenth.
Overall it was a fantastic week’s racing and the standard of sailing was without doubt higher than ever. La Trinite sur Mer laid on a wonderful welcome with some terrific parties and a great gala dinner night. At the final prize giving and brunch on Friday morning every single crew was called to the stage to receive wonderful gifts and mementos as well as their prizes and ISMA Chairman Robert Owen was fulsome in his praise of the organisation and the community of La Trinite.
Huge congratulations go to His Majesty the King Juan Carlos of Spain and his team aboard Bribon Gallant on their confident victory in the Classic Division and to 2018 6 Metre European Champion Nivola helmed by Reinhard Suhner, who claimed the main trophy by a single point.
The full reports from the regatta are available at www.6metre.com