It has been a hard week of shifty winds and difficult weather conditions for the RSOne European Championships at the Crocodiles de L'Elorn Club in Brest. On the final afternoon the RS:One Men and Women enjoyed slightly stronger winds and France was awarded two more European champions.
There are no discards in RS:One racing. In the women's competition, Lucie Pianazza won 7 races out of 13 and logically takes gold. Singapore's Audrey Yong won the other six but faced stiff competition for second places. She ended up 16 points behind Lucy but takes a well-deserved silver place and bronze goes to local sailor Anne-Claire Girard.
It was an epic day for the men competing today for the title. Frenchman Hugo Mollard-Tanguy fell at the start of the very last race, but made an incredible comeback to finish in 4th place, thus showing he truly deserves gold and the title of 2013 RS:One European Champion. He finished the championship with a stunning 15-point lead over Maxime Abiven, racing in his home waters, who took silver. Tanguy Turpin, third place on the podium, won this last race and narrowed the gap between him and Maxime to just one point.
RSOne Europeans - The Untouchables
A dream combination of sunshine and wind delighted the competitors. With 10 to 12 knots, the race committee treated the fleets with three races. The competitors sailed under the watchful eye of Jean-Pierre Champion, President of the French Federation of Sailing. With one more race tomorrow, the RS:One enjoyed their three races today. The 30 participants (10 women and 20 men) are mostly French.
After a total of 12 races, Hugo Mollard-Tanguy has increased his lead to 16 points ahead of his nearest rival - no longer Alec Hereledan as he has dropped off the podium but Maxime Abiven has moved up to second place overall and Tanguy steps up to third place. Michael Tanguy (FRA-682) will be delighted with his first place in race 10, likewise Baptiste Grall (FRA-299) winner of race 10.
In the ladies, Audrey Yong from Singapore took the wins in races 10 and 11 but the 15 point gap between her and front runner Lucie Pianazza is unassailable at this point in the competition. Anne Claire Girard (FRA-225) is currently three points behind in third position.
Results after 12 races
What a difference a day, and a different style of racing, make! Hugo Mollard-Tanguy revelled in today's conditions with two bullets and a second place which puts him a clear 14 points ahead of Alec Herledan. Turpin also had a great day with 3, 1, 2 and is now just two points away from kicking Maxime Abiven off the podium.
In the ladies Lucie Pianazza sits comfortably at the top of the leaderboard with a 13 point lead but Audrey Yong has leap frogged to second place with two bullets and a second today. Anne-Claire Girard is just one point behind her in third place overall.
Results after 9 races