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Stormy weather for 38th Regates Royales

Announced by loud thunder, a low pressure made its appearance on the bay of Cannes Wednesday at the 38th Régates Royales, bringing in heavy, grey clouds and rain.

The 5.5 Metre class had two races that confirmed the Swiss sailors' supremacy:

Alain Marchand and his crew on Société Nautique de Genève won the first race and were second in the following one.

While the Dutch Arend Jan Pasman, Ron Azier, Kim Chabani on Feng Shui scored a third and a victory, but, behind them on the top of the leaderboard three German teams are tied at points (9 points): Atari, Prettynama and Silver Fox.

It was not an easy day for the Dragons, the weather conditions were hard on the 50 one-design boats.

Under a black flag which took out five boats the race was dominated by the Swedish crew of Johan and Cathanina Larson, Chris Winter on Dancing Queen that led the fleet from start to finish.

France's Nénette (Gautier et Joseph Guillou, Gauthier Thomas) that finished in second place and the Spanish team on Gunter (Javier Scherk, Gustavo Lima, Paulo Manso) who got a third.

Among the Twelves tactics were also the key, with Sovereign getting the best start and leading to the finish line, keeping France and Chancegger behind.

In the Vintage Marconi >15 metres division Manitou succeeded in beating her sistership Enterprise.

Among the < 15 metres the California 32 one-design Cholita won to climb to first overall, as did a newcomer to Cannes, Patrizio Bertelli's New York 30 Linnet in the gaffers' division, keeping Fife's designed Eva in second.

The Classics too had a tough time, trying to avoid the worst of rainstorms and getting the best out of shifty and patchy breezes under the dark grey skies.

The gorgeous 23 Metre Cambria and the huge gaff schooner Elena showed the way to their little sisters but could not catch the leader Moonbeam IV in corrected time. Moonbeam leads from Hallowe’en.

Freya of Midgard scored her second win in the Spirit of Tradition, while Arcadia won Wednesday's race in the Classics division, with Ganbare keeping her first place in front of Outlaw.