The second Nationals of the weekend was the Belgian. Some 21 sailors, mostly BEL and FRA, but with a couple of GER and NED boats joining the international party, racing was on the Eau D'heure Lake in the Southern French speaking region of the country. The wind was always on the lighter side, which suited the majority of the fleet as they were 80% Classic. The 4 races on the Saturday were sailed in 8-9 kts with Phil Muysers getting 3 bullets and a 2nd to dominate the fleet.
One week, two events, three good reasons to come racing !
What is the best way to end the 'A' Cat season than having two regattas in one week! Thus, the “Régates d’Automne” in Cazaux, taking place on the 20th and 21st of October, will be the ideal training and race practice for all before competing in the French 'A' Cat Nationals, organised by the CVB in Maubuisson from the 23rd to the 25th October.
Weed and waves characterise day two's racing at the Euros.
The second days racing at Warnemunde ‘A’ Cat Euros was a wet affair. The racing was scheduled for 1pm so the fleet spent the morning in a leisurely manner standing around talking or tweaking things on their boats after the battering they sustained the day before. Rain started to arrive at about 10am and is was on and off most of the day.
The practice race at any major championships is usually a chance for the fleet to get settled into the race mode, check out the water and perform the final tests on their boats before the racing starts properly. They tend not to be taken as an indication of form or performance. However, a good showing here can give the sailor a psychological lift into the actual competition by showing him what he as got right, and what he needs to look out for.
With 3 weeks to go before the start of the ‘A’ Cat European Championships, we shall be seeing some of the World’s top sailors assembling in North Germany. In the official provisional entry list, we have 91 entrants signed up so far for this closed (100 max.) regatta at the picturesque German Baltic resort of Warnemunde and the competition looks like it might be rather tough.