A bad navigational blunder by two yachts, the Brazilian 'Madrugada' and the West German 'Champagne' gave the French crew of 'Accanito' an easy and unexpected victory in Tuesday's (24 July) fourth race of the two ton world cup, off Poole, Dorset.
A bad navigational blunder by two yachts, the Brazilian 'Madrugada' and the West German 'Champagne' gave the French crew of 'Accanito' an easy and unexpected victory in Tuesday's (24 July) fourth race of the two ton world cup, off Poole, Dorset. With one race of the series still to go, the final result is far from certain, with less than nine points separating the first five boats in the overall placings.
SYNOPSIS: The French yacht, 'Gitana the Seventh', is just five points ahead of Britain's 'Winsome Gold' in the overall placings, after making a marvellous start when winning the first race of the series.
The Argentine yacht, 'Sur', finished in third place on the thirty mile long (48 kilometre) Olympic course, and is handily placed behind 'Winsome Gold' in the overall positions. The race started in calm conditions, but the wind freshened to a south-westerly force four later in the afternoon, making the crew of the 'Accanito' work hard for their two minute victory margin.
The navigational error which marred the result came after a change in wind direction caused race officials to make a minor adjustment to the course. 'Madrugada' the 'Champagne' were well clear of the other sixteen yachts when they rounded the wrong marker and had gone too far when they realised their mistake.
The French yacht 'Dugenou I' -- steered by Yves Pajot, the 1972 Olympic silver medallist -- was one of those to benefit from the mistake, finishing fourth and moving into fourth place overall. Many of the boats are using the series to warm-up for the Admiral's Cup which begins off the south coast of Britain at the end of July. But 'Dugenou I' and 'Gitana VII' are not in the French team for the Admiral's Cup, despite outshining yachts of the French team in the two ton races.
The Australian yacht 'Impetuous', has gained vital practice in the two ton sup, and now lies in fifth position overall. The final event of the series, an offshore race of about 325 miles (525 kilometres) started on Wednesday (25 July) and carries double points for the overall placings.