Falmouth Fog Foils Little Cup Opener

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2013 C-CLASS CATAMARAN CHAMPIONSHIPS-PRACTICE-DAY ONE

Photo © Meredith Block

Mylor Bay, UK (22 September 2013) – Light air and a rare, zero-visibility sea mist put an early end to day one of the 2013 International C-Class Catamaran Championship today after three abandoned races.  “We don’t sea that kind of fog often, but there was just no way to run safe races with such terrible visibility,” said local catamaran expert Brian Phipps.

One race was abandoned after less than a minute due to a big wind shift, but when the fog lifted shortly afterwards to reveal a beautiful, sunny day and 6-knot breeze, smiles shone throughout the fleet.  Minutes later, Christian Pavey aboard 2010 Little Cup winner Canaan port-tacked the fleet in the second start of the day, sailing off to a big lead in the first leg.  As Franck Cammas’s Groupama chased Peavey down, the fog rolled in again, and within ten minutes the entire fleet was lost.  “We had no idea where the mark was,” said Cammas.  “When our tender found us we learned we had sailed more than a mile away from it.”

The race was quickly abandoned, with the rest of the afternoon spent herding together the wayward flock before the fleet returned to the Restronguet Sailing Club beach in convoy.

Look for more news, photos and videos later this evening.

Racing begins at 1100 GMT on Monday and continues through Saturday, when the new C0-Class Champion is crowned.  Fans can track the event with live video coverage of every race, tracking, and an extensive stream of visual and social content on Facebook, Twitter, and Vimeo.

Links

Event Website:  http://theflyingboats.com

C-Class Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ICCCC.2013

Little Cup Live Video @ UStream: http://www.ustream.tv/user/cclasscats

Live Tracking @ Sailracer: http://events.sailracer.org/eventsites/little_americas_cup.html?180313

HD video @ Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/cclasscats

C-Class Twitter Feed: https://twitter.com/cclasscats

Hashtag: #LittleCup

The first HD movie for the 2013 Little Cup is now live on vimeo at http://vimeo.com/75119607
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