Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Kids range

Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai - Perfect conditions on day 2

by Carla Anselmi on 26 Sep 2013
Régates Royales - Trophée Panerai James Robinson Taylor http://www.jrtphoto.com/
What else might the 35th edition of the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai offer competitors on the second day of racing but the perfect conditions of 18 to 20 knots southwesterly breeze and choppy seas in Cannes? The boats, sailing upwind or downwind in stiff breeze, the water spraying the decks, sailors pushing hard to hoist or take down the spinnakers as fast as possible, all made for the 'usual' superb show.

Judging by the big grins on the crews' faces once they docked in and by the public crowding the pontoons, the day was a huge success on all fronts. From a purely racing point of view, today's results contribute to draw a clearer outline of the battles that are in store for the rest of the week.

No sooner had the Race Committee fired the starting signal for the first race of day two in just bore midday with a good breeze of around twenty knots, the skippers sent their boats full speed off into the bay. From the îles de Lérins towards Cap Esterel, after a weather mark midway and a fast reaching leg to Mandelieu La Napoule, the boats crisscrossed the Bay on a 12 mile long course to the finish line moored just a few dozen metres from the Vieux Port de Cannes, for the delight of the many spectators crowding the Boulevard du Midi to watch the spectacle. Last to start, the bigger yachts quickly overtook the rest of the fleet, at times causing weird and close encounters as did the 50 metre long Elena of London and the tiny 9,5 metre long, British sloop Jessie.

Some opted for more conservative tactics on the reaching leg to Mandelieu La Napoule, taking down their gennaker, Elena kept pushing on - almost on the edge - with her huge sails, literally jumping on the finish line. Line honours went to the big J Class Shamrock V, who easily passed her competitors to cross in a record time of just one hour and 20 minutes.

The smallest boat of the 'giant' class, Moonbeam III, added another first place to yesterdays opening race. 'The conditions were exactly what we were expecting. But twenty knots is a bit too much for us. We kept almost all the sails up. Being the smallest boat in our class, we absolutely wanted to start in clean air and staying at the committee boat end of the line, we got a good start, pushing Moonbeam IV out. We even hoisted the spinnaker but it was a bit at the limit,' said tactician and offshore sailor Sébastien Audigane.

The Dragons had two races today, in similar wind conditions as the classics but in easier, flatter water. With two more results the overall scoreboard positions have been shuffled, and thanks to a win and a fourth, Germany's Pow Wow skippered by Michael Zanke has taken the lead, followed by Martin Payne's British flagged Bear and Russian Mikhail Senatorov on Integrity, who made an impressive comeback from seventh to third. The competition will no doubt be even hotly contested tomorrow for the Mauritius Day as the winning team is to be awarded a trip to the tropical island.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is again for a sunny, warm day, possibly less windy than today, with a breeze that should not exceed ten knots. It will be turning point for the 35th Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai, as every scored point will become Regates Royales
Zhik Isotak Ocean 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht DesignSouthern Spars - 100

Related Articles

The door’s been flung open – again
Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing gets sexier for Tokyo Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing may get sexier for Tokyo 2020. Yes, the proverbial door has been cast ajar before, often to much fanfare, and not that much has been achieved.
Posted on 28 Aug
Michael Illbruck crowned 2016 Melges 20 World Champion
Although not a simple task, Freides aimed to keep Illbruck behind him, or at minimum out of top nine ranking. Hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino, the World Championship was the most successful to date featuring four days of incredible sportboat racing.
Posted on 28 Aug
Berliner Yacht Club wins the Sailing Champions League in St Petersburg
Leaders after two days of open water racing were Norddeutscher Regatta Verein, twice winners of National Sailing League. For the final day of competition, the race course moved into the historic centre of St Petersburg with the strong current of the River Neva setting an additional challenge for the 23 international club teams representing 12 nations.
Posted on 28 Aug
Sailing Champions League - Six bullets for Berlin
The breeze got stronger throughout the afternoon for the second day of the Sailing Champions League in St. Petersburg. 2016 Sailing Champions League - The breeze got stronger throughout the afternoon for the second day of the Sailing Champions League in St. Petersburg (Act 1, 26. – 28. August).
Posted on 28 Aug
Freides defends leadership at Melges 20 World Championship
The one and only race that was able to take place at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship was a difficult one at best 2016 Melges 20 World Championship - The one and only race that was able to take place at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino was a difficult one at best, however managed to present some nice new faces at the front of the fleet.
Posted on 28 Aug
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Crew catch up - Meet Dhruv Boruah
After crew members have completed their global ocean adventure, some go back to their previous lives and occupations After crew members have completed their global ocean adventure, some go back to their previous lives and occupations, some decide on a future in the marine industry, some take time out to assess their next move in life and others seek their next challenge.
Posted on 27 Aug
Changing of the Guard at Melges 20 Worlds, Freides takes over
The second day of racing at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship featured two races under shifty conditions 2016 Melges 20 World Championship - The second day of racing at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino featured two races under shifty conditions, shaking up the standings and making Drew Freides' Pacific Yankee the new leader with a one point advantage over Michael Illbruck on Pinta now seated in second place.
Posted on 27 Aug
Norddeutscher leads Sailing Champions League after Day 1
It was a good first day’s racing for the 23 clubs competing in the Sailing Champions League in St. Petersburg 2016 Sailing Champions League - It was a good first day’s racing for the 23 clubs competing in the Sailing Champions League in St. Petersburg (Act 1, 26. – 28. August). With 12 nations represented, the club teams enjoyed good conditions and battled hard but fair in the 14 short-course races today.
Posted on 27 Aug
Vendée Globe – Yann Eliès and his team relaunch 60-ft IMOCA in Lorient
Yann is now on the final stretch before the event and will be taking part in the three training courses. Yann is now on the final stretch before the event and will be taking part in the three training courses organised at the Finistère Ocean Racing Centre in Port-la-Forêt (Brittany). He will also take part in the Azimut Trophy. Yann Eliès tells us about the work that has been done and what lies ahead in the final part of his preparation.
Posted on 26 Aug
Vendée Globe – A long trip between France and Iceland for Heerema
After completing two solo transatlantic crossings in the spring, Pieter Heerema is currently on his third major trip. After completing two solo transatlantic crossings in the spring, Pieter Heerema is currently on his third major trip. Thanks to this voyage from France to Iceland and back, the Dutch skipper is finding out more about No Way Back, the new generation IMOCA on which he will line up on 6th November
Posted on 26 Aug