Sensational start for the minis in La Rochelle
Rogues and Sanchis home to port early • Bad buoy for many skippers
Sunday 13 September 2009 –
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Yes there were many people on the water. Small and large boats wanting to be the closest to the sailors even if they had act in accordance with with the instructions of the race committee. Certainly, too, there was the capsizing of a catamaran, rescued by other boats, which added to the confusion. But still...
At the gun it was the rush of "sprinters" with a reef in the mainsail. But in the first action in the wake of Pierre Brasseur ("Region Nord Pas de Calais Ripolin"), some took a corner buoy of the starting area for the turning mark buoy close located 1.6 miles from the starting line.
Around one third of the fleet, like a fleet of followers, went behind the wake of Brasseur before he, and then the others, realized their mistake. They lost in the mishap an hour. To Bahia the road will be long. Needless to write that there will be other and probably more complex incidents, but it is unfortunate to provide oneself an easily avoidable difficulty. Because of negligence?
The main fault of this belongs to? Pierre Brasseur? Not only, Thomas Ruyant (Faber France), Remi Auburn (AT Children’s Project "), Henri-Paul Schipman ("Maison de l’Avenir Urbatys") Bertrand Delesne (" Entreprendre Durablement") all favourites of the race.
In this crowd, Juan Carlos Sanchis (Somni-Gaes) that had so many hopes for his 3rd participation, returned to the port. Sebastien Rogues ("Eole Generation-GDF-Suez") collided with Jean-Christophe Lagrange (Zoukati). He also made a half turn with a hole in the hull. But he announced: "I’m leaving at 8 pm."
And while the stunned were looking for their way, others rushed to the "real" buoy in front of La Maison de la Charente-Maritime. Nicolas Boidevezi (Defi GDE) was turning in the head. He preceded Fabien Despres (Soitec), Laurent Bourgues (Prim Soins), Anna Corbella (Gaes 385 ’) and Stephane Le Diraizon (Cultisol). For the series, Davy Beaudart ("Port a Sec Guy Beaudart ") was the fastest.
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