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Nacra15 World Championship at La Grande Motte - Day 2

by Camille El Beze 3 Nov 2021 00:20 PDT 31 October - 5 November 2021

Sun, wind, three races and plenty of time on the water, the 73 crews of the Nacra15 World Championships enjoyed a full day of action Tuesday at the Nacra 15 World Championships off La Grande Motte.

The leading pairs after this long day of competition are Thomas Proust and Eloïse Clabon (FRA), who won all three races while Swiss pair Axel Grandjean / Noémie Fehlmann were double winners in the other pool. And the Belgians Kwinten and Lieselotte Borghijs, who achieved three top 3, are also remarkable in terms of their consistency.

It was shifty and tricky all through the day. That was to be expected due to the weather situation on Tuesday. With the Bay of Aigues Mortes at the confluence of two wind regimes, the race committee had to set and rest the courses several times while the sailors had to stay patient. All day long, the wind fluctuated in direction and pressure, from 8 to 18 knots. The challenge was to stay on your game, focused and lucid, especially to tackle the last race of the day after more than six hard hours on the water.

Some of the team members of this world championship are still very young (the youngest, the Hungarian Samson Litkey is only 9 years old!) And many are not yet familiar with this intensity and duration of high level racing.

Winning moves

Others were visibly more comfortable and dominated the day. Among the strong crews, the Proust / Clabon duo were a sensation winning the three races for the yellow group. In the blue group, the Swiss Grandjean / Fehlmann won twice, while the Belgian Borghijs siblings (coached by Sébastien Godefroid, 4 times Olympian and silver medalist in Finn in 1996) caught the attention with 3 podiums on the 3 races. The French Geslin Grimaud / Declef complete the list of winners for the day.

No wonder we find these names at the top of the provisional general classification led this evening by the Swiss pair.

For everyone, it will be important to recover well this evening before attacking the third day of this worlds. Tomorrow, Wednesday, the northwesterly wind (12-17 knots) should be well established and provide magnificent sailing conditions.

They said:

Thomas Proust and Eloïse Clabon (FRA): "We did three races and we won all three! So we are happy! It was necessary to have regularity between the light and medium wind, to stay fast, without forgetting the strategy, because the wind had turned a bit in all directions. It was a little complicated, but we did well."

Kwinten and Lieselotte Borghijs (BEL): "It was a very nice day. It started with light winds and ended with a lot of wind. We had a great day, thanks to our great team spirit. The important thing today was to find the pressure because the wind was not the same everywhere. And do not miss the start. We're not that tired. We had a lot of time to rest in the water!"

Results after Day 2: (top ten, 4 races)

1 SUI 270 Axel GRANDJEAN/ Noémie FEHLMANN, 12pts
2 BEL 300 Kwinten BORGHIJS/Lieselotte BORGHIJS, 12pts
3 FRA 222 Thomas Proust/ Eloise Clabon, 15pts
4 FRA 167 Manolo GESLIN GRIMAUD/ Marion DECLEF, 16pts
5 SUI 196 Clément GUIGNARD/ Marie MAZUAY, 18pts
6 NED 134/ Bart KOOIJMAN BEUK, 19pts
7 GER 028 Leonard BEYER/ Zoe COERS, 23pts
8 ESP 140 Max RONDEAU/ Mar GARCIA, 24pts
9 FRA 175 Camille RIGAUD/ Julien MOUTARDE, 26pts
10 FRA223 Clément Martineau/Lou Mourniac, 30pts

Full results can be found here...

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