Disappointing results were the order of the day for the start of the Hyeré event of the ISAF World Championshiop Cup 2015 yesterday (wed) with the Irish competitors finishing well down the results. Laser Radial sailor Annalise Murphy from the National Yacht Club posted a 38 and 32 to be 39th overall. Belfast 49er skiff sailors Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern – silver medallists at this regatta last year – took 21 and 26 to lie 35th. The Royal Irish 49erfx ladies crew of Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey scored 36, 23 and 23 in their three opening races to place 32nd overall.
Restricted entries of 40 boats per fleet ensured close competition from the off with Olympic and Paralympic gold medallists, multiple World Champions, Volvo Ocean Race winners and America’s Cup sailors amongst the athletes.
Conditions in Hyères were light throughout the morning but picked up ensuring tight, tactical racing across five course areas. Stronger breeze, common in Hyères, is expected to return for the Medal Races on Sunday 26 April.
Racing resumes today (Thurs) and let’s hope it will be a better day for our Olympic and Olympic hopeful sailors.