Duel to the end at the 2015 SB20 French National Championship in Hyeres, France
The Champion of France title came down to a duel during the last race in Hyeres, France on Sunday. After 4 races in a light 8 – 12 knot sea breeze on Friday and Saturday, there were 5 boats in contention for podium Sunday morning, all within 6 points. Give me Five (FRA 3653) and Black Magic (FRA 3706) were tied with 6 points but Give Me Five was ahead on the count back, Melston Team (RUS 3708) was one point behind, VIS Sailing Team with 8 points was 2 points away from the lead and the Portuguese boat, BOOM BAP WEAR, was at 12 points.
Defending 2014 Champion Melston Team was hungry for the win with a change of helm; Kirill Frolov taking over and Alexey Muraschkin moving to the main sail and calling tactics.
The early morning fog was thicker than usual but far from London pea soup. The sea breeze had trouble filling in and it looked like the Championship would be over without racing on Sunday as a few boats headed to the crane. But at 12 noon, the fog lifted and the Race Committee dropped the AP flag and sent the fleet out for one last race.
The sea breeze filled in nicely at 7 to 9 knots, and fairly steady out of the southwest (240°) with an occasional shift to the left while the day before, the shifts were to mostly from the right. The Race Committee got us off the line before the 2pm deadline and title for the championship was underway.
Boom Bap Wear and Black Magic took a committee boat start and tacked straight off the line heading right. Give Me Five was in the middle and Melston and VIS took the pin end which was slightly favored. The wind shifted right and strengthened and it looked like Boom Bap and Black Magic would run away with the race. But Boom Bap covered Black Magic on starboard dropping them back a several boats lengths and Give me Five was early to the right to minimize the loss. Melston and VIS were too far left and had to work their way back across the fleet. At first the weather mark, Boom Bap had a considerable lead followed by Black Magic, the second French Youth team led by Yvann Thelier and Give Me Five in 4th place. The positions didn’t change during the first run but Give me Five closed the gap on Black Magic on the beat and rounded the 2nd weather mark only one boat length behind. But Black Magic was able to hold off Give me Five, finishing 2nd and clinching the title and an intense ending to the season. Vice Champions are Give Me Five and 3rd place goes to Melston Team.
Here’s the link to the final results: http://www.coych.org/upload/champ_france_monotyp_gr2.htm
That brings an end to the SB20 season in France but several of the teams at Hyeres this past weekend are preparing for the final international regatta of the season, the Cascais Grand Slam event on November 27th through the 29th. With the 2016 World Championships in Cascais from August 27th to September 3rd 2016, there are quite a few teams heading down to Portugal for this event to test the famous Cascais swell.
Here’s the link to the next World Championship event: http://www.sb20class.com/world-championships-2016/