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Live Ocean Racing are third overall in ETF26 Series - Day 1 - Quiberon Raid

by Jodie Bakewell-White, Live Ocean 31 May 2023 22:13 PDT 9 April 2023
Live Ocean Racing - ETF26 - Raid Quiberon - Day 1 - June 2023 © Live Ocean Racing

The second event in the 2023 season for the Live Ocean Racing team led by Liv Mackay kicked off overnight with five races sailed on Quiberon Bay.

They're among eight high-speed foiling ETF26 catamarans on the start line for Raid Quiberon regatta in France.

The Live Ocean Racing team have made a solid start with a couple of top three finishes, including a win in Race 2. They're lying third overall after the first of four days in the regatta.

George Lee Rush, is with Live Ocean Racing in France as reserve sailor. He describes the team's race win; "A flyer of a start, very close to line, they absolutely banged it and rounded the reach mark in the lead."

Holding the lead until the final downwind, they were overtaken by a French boat. With good upwind speed and a better pick of the racetrack on the final stretch, the New Zealand team managed to regain the lead and cross first.

Mackay reports that the opening day brought 6-11 knot breeze which was up and down in pressure.

"We got foiling a few times but overall was a light air day."

"We've been putting a big focus into our light air sailing as that's been a gap, and it definitely feels like we've made a few steps forward. Super close racing, which is fun."

Similar conditions are forecast for the coming three days of the regatta.

Topping the leader board at the end of Day 1, the day belonged to BureCapital skippered by Alain Norregaard. Tomorrow's schedule includes another five races on what will be day two, of four in the regatta.

Live Ocean Racing Day 1 results - (provisional after Day 1)

Overall position: 3rd

Race 1 - 3rd Race 2- 1st Race 3 - 6th Race 4 - 4th Race 5 - 6th

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The 2023 ETF26 Series will comprise of five European based events;

  • Spi Ouest-France / April 7 to 10, 2023 / La Trinité sur Mer (France)
  • Raid Quiberon / May 31 to June 3, 2023 / Quiberon (France)
  • Foiling Week / June 28 to July 1, 2023 / Lac de Garde (Italy)
  • Grand Pavois La Rochelle Foiling Event / September 20 to 23, 2023 / La Rochelle (France)
  • Grand Prix Foiling Mar Menor / October 4 to 7, 2023 / Los Alcazares (Spain)

About Live Ocean Racing

Live Ocean Racing is a New Zealand racing team committed to action for the ocean. Established by Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, Live Ocean Racing will bring together a talented and diverse team to compete at the highest level. With innovation and purpose baked into our DNA, we race on and for the ocean.

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