New Little Cup Champion Guaranteed For 2013
France, Switzerland Advance To Finals, Defender Comes Up Short
Mylor Harbour, UK (25 September 2013) – More light air on Falmouth Bay played into the hands of Franck Cammas and his Groupama C as they sailed to two more wins and a third place on the final day of qualifying for the 2013 International C-Class Catamaran Championship. Cammas and crew Louis Viat scored a perfect 7 points from 7 races after dropping their two high scores.
Billy Besson and Jeremie Lagarrigue aboard Team Hydros’ SUI 1 were neck-and-neck with teammates Mischa Heemskerk and Bastian Tentij until a strategic error by the Dutch sailors aboard SUI II saw them retire from Race 8 and score a last place in the final race. With that error, Besson/Lagarrigue clinched the final spot in the one-on-one match racing final for the International C-Class Catamaran Championship Trophy.
Two-time Little Cup Champions Fred Eaton and Magnus Clarke (Fill Your Hands) sailed a strong day to finish third overall in the qualifying standings, missing the finals match by just 3 points, while Americans Lars Guck and Max Kramers aboard Steve Clark’s non-foiling veteran boat Cogito turned in a blinding performance to sneak ahead of Heemskerk for fourth place. The fleet will square off tomorrow to challenge for the final podium position in a fleet racing format.
The final match begins Thursday at 1100 GMT, with fleet racing beginning once two match races are completed.
Results after nine races (two discards):
1 – Cammas/Viat, Groupama C, 12 points
2 – Besson/Lagarrigue, Hydros I, 35 points
3 – Eaton/Clarke, Fill Your Hands, 38 points
4 – Guck/Kramers, Cogito, 56 points
5 – Heemskerk/Tentij, Hydros 1, 59 points
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