May 11, 2014 Carcans – Maubuisson
Today, Act 1 of the EFG MothEuroCup comes to a close at the CVB. The competition for the grand prize was between Chris Rast and Pablo Arandia. The CVB ran two races in winds gusting to 29 knots at the top mark. Off the water, the sailors explained that is was not the wind strength that was difficult, but the very big shifts and even bigger lulls and gusts at the top mark. Chris Rast explains “if we said the other day was really shifty, I am not sure what I should call today.”
Pablo Arandia had a solid day, scoring a 1,1. He explained that he felt fast around the race course and played it safe with his maneuvers. He also shared that he must think about what made him fast for the future, so he can continue doing well in races. Chris Rast had a few issues around the race course; he scored two 2nds. Talking with him, it seemed like he was not happy at all with his upwind boat handling. “I felt very confident with my boat and happy with my speed, I just had poor tacks that cost me a lot of meters.” In the end Chris had 3 points to spare on Pablo, it was good racing!
Unfortunately, with the wind being so strong there were also a few breakages today. Mathieu Frei, who was winning the French nationals this morning had major boat damage and retired from racing before the second start. The French National Title goes to Yann Andrillon, who sailed a great day scoring a 3,3. Congratulations Yann!
The top three sailors of the EFG Moth Euro Cup 2014 Act 1 receive a cash prize from our title sponsor EFG! Prize money does not happen often in sailing, and we are proud to announce in first place Chris Rast SUI won 1,000 Euros; in second place, Pablo Arandia SPN won 500 Euros, and in third place Giovanni Galeotti BEL won 300 Euros! Congratulations to each of you.
We would like to thank our title sponsor EFG for making this series one of a kind! Also, a big thank you to SLAM, a series sponsor for supplying stylish bags and clothes for the competitors. Mach2 has given vouchers to be redeemed at their website for each act! Congratulation to the sailors that won the drawings of these prizes!
We can not forget to thank our new friends from the CVB (Yacht Club). Without your hard work on the water, we would not have a regatta! Thank you for a great event, and we hope that we see you in the future!
Our next regatta is only eleven days away in Medemblik! So far we have 26 entries, come join the fun!
More photos from the regatta can be found in our Gallery
Video from yesterday is below!
1. Chris Rast SUI – 18 Points
2. Pablo Arandia ESP – 21 Points
3. Giovanni Galeotti BEL – 45 Points
4. Yann Andrillon FRA – 47 Points
5. Mathieu Frei FRA – 52 Points
6. Diego Botin ESP – 54 Points
7. Sebastien Josse FRA – 61 Points
8. Sebastien Col FRA – 67 Points
9. Benoit Marie FRA – 105 Points
10. Ruiz Guillermo Gonzalez ESP – 106 Points