Sunday, 19 June 2011
Artemis Racing's D35. Image copyright Chris Schmid/Eyemage.ch
by Paul Cayard
It was a pretty fast race this year as a strong south westerly breeze pushed the fastest boats, the D35's down to the east end of the lake in 2,5 hours, right on record time. However the way back was slower as the wind died in a few spots.
Over 500 boats started this classic Lake Geneva race on four different staring lines.
Alinghi led the D35 class early and won the race while being challenged by Foncia most of the way. There was a bit of shuffling but not huge parking lots.
On board Artemis Racing we did not do well at all, beating just one boat in our class. We did not sail particularly fast nor the right way in a few key moments.
At the east end of the lake the wind came up to 22 knots and the waves were about 1 meter. That is a difficult sea way in these light air machines. We dug the bow in pretty hard a couple of times.
Now there is a summer break for the D35 racing and the last two regattas of the season will be in the south of France, the first one the first weekend of September.
Bol d'Or Mirabaud