Words - Damien Leroy
We arrived out at Cape Poge at 0915 after a gorgeous 4x4 ride along East Beach with the rising sun. The local scallopers were out harvesting and the wind was blowing at 24-28 knots.
The direction was oscillating through 15 degree shifts, especially in the afternoon. The average wind direction was about 285 degrees which set up a very flat and smooth starboard tack course.
We started Heat 8 at 11:16 am and the competitors were quickly averaging over 40 knots and hitting 47 and 49 knots V max. Simple math shows it is apparent that theses guys and one girl were sailing at almost TWICE the wind speed...Incredible! The only difficulty today was the neap tides which were very high upon arrival. This allowed for almost no room to drive on the beach and even less to rig on the beach. We even had one kite float away only to be retrieved by a chase boat a few minutes later.
Heat 2 was delayed slightly to allow the Competitors to eat lunch and grab some water. We fired a warning signal at 2:30 and although the wind was still very shifty we were able to see some great speeds. In the end it was Rob Douglas who continued his dominance... "Bullets" The rest of the fleet was mixing it up with four x World Champion and record holder Alex Caizergues F21. Moving up into second overall. Patrice Menossi throwing down the fastest run in heat 9. We were very happy to see the big man Christophe Prin Guenon score his best result with a 2nd in Heat 9 as well.
Tomorrow looks to be another outstanding day for breeze although it is apparent that Autumn has arrived. The schedule tomorrow should have us on State Beach and Sengekontacket Pond with a NorthEast wind between 20-30. Potential snow flurries!!!
Look forward to seeing you all there.
With thanks to Damien Leroy for keeping us posted.
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