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France Hourtin 2004

Hourtin, near Bordeaux 29 October - 1 November

by Frédéric Lamarque

4 days of race in Hourtin, near Bordeaux (from October 29th to November 1st) for the last national regatta in France for 2004.

7 Ok dinghies competed during 4 days with 50 Finns.

On Friday we ran 2 races, with a good wind, 15 to 20 knots. A new OK sailor, Alain, for his first race in OK-dinghy couldn't finish the second race : after some capsizes, his OK-dinghy was full of water. Frédéric, with the only carbon mast of the fleet and a North Sail sailed well the 2 first races.

On Saturday, we had 4 races on a sunny day. The temperature was bear 20°. The wind started at 15 knots and decreased in the last race to 5 knots. For the first race, Frédéric was late on the start and finished 3rd behind Romain and Alain. On the last race, Arnaud sailed better for a second place.

On Sunday, we had 3 races with a good wind of about 15 knots. The weather was colder, under 10°. The first race was very disputed between Frédéric, Romain and Arnaud. On the two other races Frédéric adjusted its sail better and sailed for the first place.

On Monday we ran just one race in a small wind of 6 knots decreasing to 2 knots. Arnaud had to go and so Emmanuel could ran the race with Arnaud' s dinghy and discovered a big difference with its old personal dinghy, and for the first sailed better than Alain.

In 2005, we will race this regatta at the same dates.

PosSail NoNameClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10tot-1
11764Lamarque FrédéricCV Therdonne113111311111
21801Le Gall RomainCV Soustons Marensin221223122216
31811Tiefaine JacquesSN Laonnoise3DNC534443DNC337
43Renoux AlainCV Angouleme4DNF243DNF54DNC543
51810Vanhoutte ArnaudSR De CreilDNFDNF45DSQ22DNFDNFDNF53
61035Grolleau EmmanuelCV ChatelaillonDNFDNF76OCSDNCDNFDNFDNF465
71809Courtois Jean-patriceCV TherdonneDNFDNF67DNCDNFDNSDNFDNF667