Perfect Sailing in Port Camargue…

French Nationals in Port Camargue, where 23 teams are enjoying the fantastic conditions.

This is the first time I have sailed in Port Camargue and I am well impressed. The huge sailing area is a short distance from the Marina, which has ample space for Trailers and Cars. The Race Officer has set excellent lines which allow the fleet to start anywhere on the line and be in contention. The windward/leeward courses have been approximately 1 nm and fairly set.

Another clear line start as the fleet race in crystal clear waters sparkling in the Med sun.

On day 1 we had two races in 6kts of Northerly wind, which concentrated the minds as the shifts and different pressure tested all the teams. Both Ron James GBR 633 and Gerard Blanc FRA 409 had fantastic results, recording a race win and a 3rd place to be the early Clubhouse leaders… 

Ron James GBR 633 sailing with his Wife Julia and North Sails Nigel Young made a fantastic start to lead on day 1 & day 2 in Port Camargue…   Recording two race wins and some extremely consistent results, Ron has really established himself as a top Dragon helm at the age of 82. A true inspiration to us all and leads by example both on and off the water… His loyal wife Julia has sailed with Ron for many years and their beautiful Cold Moulded Borresen Dragon is the envy of Dragon Sailors all over the world….

On day 2 we had 3 more races in a southwesterly breeze after the Race Officer sensibly kept us ashore until the sea breeze set in. As already mentioned, Ron added another race win to his impressive results.  Winner of race 4 was SUI 318 Wolf Waschkuhn, crewed by Petticrows Tim Tavinor and Gold Cup winning crew Joao Vidinha.  Wolf was first to the top mark and opened up a very impressive lead by the end of the two upwind & two downwind legs.

Another super photo taken from the water at the top mark as SUI 318 leads around…

Race 5 was started a little after 5pm and my team on GBR 789 “Bear” gave me a wonderful start at the committee boat, which took us into the top mark in 2nd place. Although “Mr Montpellier” (Jean Breger FRA 391) rounded in front, at the leeward gate my crew Mihkel Kosk suggested we should take the left hand mark and this gave us a substantial lead at the top mark second time. With some superb spinnaker trimming by Emma York we managed to keep our advantage and win the race… So the “Bear” won race 5.

An great evening of French Wine and Moules were the reward for all sailors back ashore.

On day 3 (today) two more races were completed in stronger conditions, first from the West, then turning to the North which saw gusts exceeding 20kts. Winner of race 6 was GBR 761 Gavia Wilkinson-Cox, who took full advantage of a right hand shift and crossed the line just ahead of the “Bear”…

Race 7 was sailed in a full on Northerly which saw the fleet split on both sides of the 1.2 nm beat. This time it was Jean Breger FRA 391 who made the best of the windy conditions to win by a comfortable margin… 

Its very close at the top of the results, with GBR 789 & FRA 409 on equal points…

With a full day of sailing planned for tomorrow and a possible 3 races it’s very much all to play for…  One thing is for sure, everyone will return next year to Port Camrgue, as it’s a great place to sail. Wonderful hospitality, ideal location and very well managed both on and off the water…  Why not give it a try in 2020, Jean Breger and his many helpers and volunteers will give you a great welcome…

Higher, Faster, Longer……..   Stavros.

 

 

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