After to-day’s (Tues) racing in light wind conditions at the Student Yachting World Cup Championship at La Trinite-sur-Mere Cork CIT representing Ireland are lying second overall to a very strong Portuguese team.
Racing was held in light fluky conditions with two races sailed in the morning and, due to forecasts of wind gusting to over 30 knots, the race due to take place to-night has been re-scheduled. The CIT team under skipper Nicholas O’Leary had a poor first race to-day finishing 9th as totally random wind shifts shuffled the fleet quite a bit. At this point with eight races having been sailed, the Irish will discard this 9th position as their worst to date. The second race of the day went better for them and they were in the lead when they were pipped by the English team from Great Britain Solent University who took first place in the last 100 metres leaving CIT second followed by the Swiss team from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne.
The Championship is a very closely contested series in difficult weather conditions to date resulting in many protests and requests for redress some of which are still outstanding.
Provisional results to date after eight races: Portugal 19 pts, Ireland 25 pts, France (IUT de Vannes) 26 pts tied with Iraly in joint third also on 26 pts.
The Student Yachting World Cup is a competition certified by ISAF and is organised by an enthusiastic team of students from the Ecole Polytechnique, a French scientific university with the Grande Surprise yachts supplied by the college. Each crew has eight students from the same university and must include at least two girls.