Superb Conditions in Cannes….

TUeGreat weather at the Cannes Grand Prix, providing the 45 boats with exciting racing.

Since the light wind race on the first day, 3 more races have been completed in wind ranging from 10 to 25 kts, testing the 45 competitive teams and boats to the limit. Leading this competitive field after 4 races is UAE 8 “Bunker Prince” helmed by the current World Champion, Yevgeni Braslavets, crewed by Deigo Negri & Vittorio Zaoli. Counting three top 5 results and an 11th place, puts Yevgeni 6 points clear of America’s Cup Helmsman Andy Beadsworth sailing TUR 1212 “Josephine”.

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TUR 1212 “Josephine” makes an excellent start in the middle of the line today to Win Race 4.

Since winning the 4th Winter Series in Cascais, this beautifully restored Pedersen & Thuessen Dragon has been sailed brilliantly by Andy, Simon Fry and this week by 5 time Olympian Gustavo Lima. Tomorrow’s final two races will be a perfect showdown between “Bunker Prince” & “Josephine”.

Currently standing in 3rd place overall is RUS 35 “Sunflower” helmed by Victor Folgelson who is showing great skill and determination as he recovers from a successful hip operation and struggles with a bad back.. Crewed by the great Finn legend Oleg Khoperskiy & Kaptiukhin Viacheslaw this Russian team will fight hard to keep their “podium” position.

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A recalled start today, some boats were simply too eager to sheet on their sails & hike hard.

Leading the Corinthian Sailors is FIN 91 “Paloma” helmed by Sami Salomaa, crewed by Michael Wilhelmson and Kalle Phil. Sami is not only a top sailor but is well know for his epic “Cray Fish” regatta held every August just outside Helsinki. This event provides competitive sailing with exquisite cuisine…. 🙂

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The popular Estonian Team on EST 17 round the spreader mark today in good shape…

Tomorrow will hopefully see 2 final races, as the forecast is for a perfect day, to conclude this excellent Grade 1 event.

My thanks to Jehan Lerin for these excellent photo’s..

Higher, Faster, Longer…………..         Stavros.  (GBR 789).

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