|District 9 Regatta Report|| |
Fri Nov 6th, 2009 through Sun Nov 8th, 2009
| Sailed at the Cercle de la Voile de Paris, France.|
Report by Philippe Gontier, President for the Cercle de la Voile de Paris:
And to top it off, this year, we had the honor and pleasure to have our Olympic medalist Xavier Rohart with Pierre Alexis Ponsot (distinguished Soling sailor) here to enjoy the subtleties of our waters. And they widely commented on all the interest they found here in the Stars. They came to sail between our two shores in twelve races in the middle of a very close fleet (at least initially) and provided excellent training on tactics, positioning at the start, etc. ....
I will not forget all those who joined us for three days: Didier Ravon, Editor in Chief of Voiles et Voiliers with his assistant Manon Borsi, Mayor of Les Mureaux Francois Garay, Pierre Mahaut (League Idf), Cedric Triboulet (Commission of dinghy and keelboat sports of the French Federation de Voile), Jean Philippe check (Pdt VCT 75), Michel Jomini - Vice Chairman of the Regional Olympic Committee of IDF, .....
In addition to the usual good atmosphere that makes our club known, our friends from Savoy (specifically the Haute Savoie!) came in force, and had the good taste to provide us an aperitif on Saturday evening of their excellent Reblochon washed down with delicious white country wine, served perfectly fresh. To finish us off, a few good bottles of digestive (alcohol quince?).
Do not forget the race! As usual, the race committee, Team Marie-Therese Jourde Hervé Le Marchand worked wonderfully, supported by a highly motivated team.
Majestic starts with 20 boats lined up as the cannon shot (sometimes a little early!), The upwind, very tactical legs, the sometimes contentious buoy roundings, the highly competitive edge in downwind where crew helped play a superb balancing act.
Even if sometimes the difference appeared only in the last legs, the crew Rohart/Ponsot left very little opportunity for other boats to reach the finish line ahead of them: of 10 races they won 12! Closest were the crew from Annecy of Yves and Martin Tenconi. Not far from the podium was the Hyèrois crew of Regis and Vincent Berenguier. A fact: 7 out of the 21 crews entered were father and son, the future is secure for the series!
There was also a good performance of our German friends from Rutland Essen, Uwe Hannemann and his wife Annette Dahms.
Our friends Loic and Victor Eonnet finished fifth in the colors of Enghien. The first crew from the Meulan waters were Philippe and Thibaud Courteaud of Ycif.
Guy Ribadeau Dumas and Eric(with Emmanuel sailing Sunday) finished in the midfield. Too bad their improvement arrived a little late: they were 3rd and 2nd in the two final races. Not bad saling for Hervé Godest/Jean Louis Menoret (who, for a weekend, abandoned the Soling): placings of 1 and 2: a great start in the series. They finished ahead of our honorary member Klaus Bode from Dusseldorf. Edouard Bremond accompanied by Jean-Brice Lagourgue also had some good moments. A small word for Noel Roland Le Berre, who had entered but could not come to the great regret of all his Star friends.
And finally a huge congratulations to Romain Andrieux for spearheading this wonderful and successful event. A wink and a big thank you to our Dean and "inventor" of Pinatel, Pierre Mathé, who joined us with his daughter Saturday night.
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