A number of international events were decided at the weekend. The Soling World Championships taking place in Milwaukee, USA went to defending Champions Peter Hall, Paul Davis and William Hall of Canada, Hans Fogh taking second ahead of Bill Abbott, both from Canada.
Two european Star class events were settled, the 9th District Championship in Bandol, France was won by Jean-Pascal Chatagnya and Serge Pulfer ahead of Kurt and Markus Scheidegger both of Switzerland. The traditional Oktoberfest Regatta on the Ammersee in Germany went to Axel Hampe and Chris Conrads of Germany.
On Lake Geneva, home of extreme multihulls, the Vulcain Trophy was won by Realstone of Jerome Clerc leaving the remaining two places on the podium to be settled between Alinghi of Ernesto Betrarelli, de Rham Sotheby's of Philippe Cardis and Ladycat of Dona Bertarelli in the last GP event in October.
Just getting underway are the Melges 32 Worlds in Newport, USA. Racing starts Tuesday after a couple of practice races Monday. Naofumi Kamei of Japan was winner ahead of Vincenzo Onorato of Italy. In France, 35 Dragon teams managed one race at the Regates Royales, Cannes, where Vassily Senatorov of Russia was first ahead of Guiseppe Duca of Italy.
The start of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour in Marseille for the sixth event, was delayed by a strong Mistral wind blowing down the Rhone valley. This also hit the The Grand Pavois, International boat show in La Rochelle which was closed Monday with gusts of over 51 knots that damaged structures.
And in California, USA the Flying Dutchman World Championship has its first races Tuesday with 50 teams from 11 nations entered - including one British entry.
25 September 2012 7:51