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505 Europa Cup at Cannes, France

by Mike Holt on 9 Apr 2012 6-8 April 2012

The Easter weekend took the 505 fleet to the South of France venue of Cannes. 60 boats from 8 countries turned up to race in great conditions ranging from 10 knots all the way up to the mid 20's. For the entire time the fleet was afloat the sun shone and the Mediterranean sparkled. The Yacht Club De Cannes did a fantastic job both afloat and ashore in at times quite challenging conditions on the water, always setting spot on courses and making all the right decisions on when to race and not to race.

Seven races were held over 3 days, with three race on Friday. At the end of day one British team of Ian Pinnell and Ian Mitchell had established pole position with good speed and smart tactics, ahead of French team of Xavier Broise and Nicolas Des Jamonieres in second and US team of Mike Holt and Rob Woelfel in 3rd. Day two saw just one race run with the wind building steadily from an initial 12 knots. French team Philipe Boîte and Pierre Jean Gallo pulled off the race win to draw themselves in to contention but the top 3 remained the same.

Day three started with a very light onshore breeze and the AP flying. After a wait of an hour or so the fleet were sent out into a building Southerly breeze with race 5 getting under way in 10 knots. Pinnell and Mitchell tightened their grip on the event with a win, especially as the other leading boats faired less well. Race 6 saw a new team winning a race, German's Morten Bogacki and Lars Dehne winning comfortably from Broise/Des Jamonieres, leaving the French team an outside chance of beating Pinnell/Mitchell in the final, seventh race. However it was not to be for them as Pinnell and Mitchell recorded a third race win, snatching victory on the line from British Team Andy Smith and Tim Needham. Holt and Woelfel's last race 3rd moved them level on points with Broise/Des Jamonieres, but the French teams race win broke the tie break to keep them in 2nd overall, the American team in 3rd.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
2 9076BROISE Xavier DES JAMONIERES Nicolas S N P H3515112723
3 9002HOLT MIKE WOELFEL ROB Etats Unis D'Am4272165323
6 9075BOITE Philippe GALLO Pierre Jean C V ST QUENTIN10341516DNC39
12 9009BRUCE Edwards SHELTNON DAVE YC ST FRANCIS715981813961
15 9050DE KERGARIOU Herve GERON Basile CN ARRADON172219133171786
20 8515CROCE Nicolas FAUCHEUX Florian C N CANET PERPIGNAN21202620151814108
22 8807WEISS MAXILILIAN VOGT JONAS DTYC23231614252723124
23 8716MARTIN Aline TOUPET Fabrice C V SEINE-PORT24263119142220125
25 8948GUILLOU Nicolas CHEVET Henry S N P H37282229232526153
26 8900GUBRI Serge DI PEDE Thibault C V SEINE-PORT25353223124930157
27 8683PECULIER Martin LAFORTUNE Geraud S N O NANTES26252448441925163
29 8752MARTIN Nicolas LAFORTUNE Julien C V SEINE-PORT29512724303427171
30 8870SILVESTRE Christian AUBERGER Nicolas Y C ILE DE FRANCE27323331292334175
31 8961VIBERT Marc LAPEYRE Bertrand C.V.M.L491918DPI373324179
32 8687HERMIEU Jean philippe SIMONNOT Christian U S TROPEZIENNE32443027392829185
33 9056NIDDAM Yves TOSELLO Alain Y C BEAULIEU31304125DPI26DNF187
34 9044DEVAUX Mathieu DUBUC Philippe S R FECAMP36313739353021190
36 8909DOERENBECHER Francis WOLFF Philippe C N DE SCIEZ33474336452422203
37 8773MARKT Philippe CONVERSY Gael Y C BEAULIEU39373630DPI4131214
38 8729RONNBACK ROBERT LAFORTUNE Jordane FRANCE34465134462932221
41 9012DINI Arnaud FERROIS Melissa YC POINTE ROUGE46423943403135230
43 7941BRENET Veronique PETER Jean-pierre AC ALSACE LORRAINE433945DNC363633232
44 8899KARADJIAN Alain GASTAUD Jean philippe C V ST QUENTIN50384441423937241
46 8980BOIRY Michel RATOUIS Antoine C .V. de PARIS51494837474238261
48 8362GLADE Mathieu MAGRET Olivier S N DE SANARY4553DPI513135DNC268
49 8695PUISSANT Jean-guy LE GUEN Bernard CV LAC 3 PROVINCES484150384843DNC268
50 9024GACHET Claude VALERY Kleber Y C Grenoble Chara444349494346DNF274
51 9086NEIDHART Elisabeth GOUGEON Matthieu C.V.M.L304034DNC49DNFDNF275
54 8711MAUPAY Jerome CAMINADE Francois Y C Grenoble CharaDNFDNCDNC465650DNF335
56 4664DAVID Denis CASANOVA Gilles Club Var MerDNCDNCDNC5052DNFDNC346

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