Supermum leads Poland to complete clean sweep in the RS:X windsurfing
Iker Martinez says Spanish money problems might stop campaign
Five golds for France
Dutch make it 1-2 in the Laser
Giles Scott wins Finn from the front
The secret is the name: Semaine Olympique Française. It is not just Olympic level sailing that has been gracing La Rochelle bay, the competitors have been getting a taste of what it is like to be at the Olympics. Bernard Bonneau, the most powerful judge in world sailing grew up in La Rochelle and he backed and fronted the bid for the city to host this French institution.
Franck Cammas is cherishing his first bullet and looking forward to a big fight on Sunday, some have their calculators out or are acting casual, returning Supermum, Zofia Klepacka is so far ahead she is planning her Saturday night out in La Rochelle and around them the rest are stripping down their boats ready to go home.
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Day 3 in La Rochelle
The Nacra class is the new kid on the Olympic block and it has livened up the field with sailors like Franck Cammas, Marie Riou, Iker Martinez and Afonso Domingos pouring in from all angles.
Olympic dreams take many forms but Michel Audoin’s stretch time more than most. His go back more than forward as he revives a grand tradition of the old warhorse returning to the fray for one last campaign.
The second day of the inaugural Semaine Olympique Française in La Rochelle saw the fleets in the ten Olympic classes racing through thrills, spills and huge wind shifts. The fifth and final event in the Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup is showing why new Nacra 17 class means it is not just the 49ers wiping out. But with gusts past 20 knots the four French women’s 49er FX teams decided to stay on land.
It is a strategy that most businesses never think of, some talk about, but hardly any ever try: putting one person in another’s shoes so that everyone learns more about the whole, or perhaps more accurately standing one on another’s shoulders so you can see the wood for the trees.
Perhaps heavyweight dinghy sailing is like riding a bike or maybe Giles Scott was just illustrating why form is temporary, but class permanent on the first day of the Semaine Olympique Française in La Rochelle on Wednesday. Scott won the second of the two races in the Finn in confident fashion and was annoyed with himself for giving up third place late in the first.
The first day of the inaugural Semaine Olympique Française in La Rochelle bay saw superstars of the sailing world rubbing shoulders with young hopefuls and them all reaching for Rio. One man who fits into both categories is the global circumnavigator extraordinaire, Franck Cammas, who re-started his 2016 Olympic quest in earnest yesterday in the Nacra after a September spent with his World C Class campaign.
For the first morning of racing, the wind is missing. Races are postponed until 12:00 for the next official announcement.