The heart of the matter!
180 Modern yachts, IRCs, Wallys and J Classes, accompanied, just for once, by four Fife designs from the 15 m JI Class, were slightly caught off guard for the first day of Les Voiles. Indeed the still blazing summery sunshine on the previously clear bay took a real hammering today under the influence of an easterly wind, which really began to pack a punch from late morning, picking up a brutal train of short, deep chop. As such, the three rounds, that of the 15 m JIs under Portalet, that of the Wallys in Pampelonne, and that of the Modern craft towards Cavalaire, had a lively day packed with sporty manoeuvres in what was often reckoned to be a 2m chop, which dished up a wet and salty diet to both the competitors and the Race Committee teams. Boasting action and spectacle, the fully powered up yachts were really in their element as they created great plumes of sea spray. It ... READ MORE