The jewels of Cannes

The 38th edition of the Régates Royales de Cannes debuted on Sunday with the fist races of the 5.5 Metres class. Today it was the turn of the Dragons and tomorrow the Classic too will make their appearance in the bay of La Napoule. The weather conditions are expected to be on the sailors' side for the whole week, with sunny skies and gentle, light airs.

The jewels of Cannes will have, once more, the perfect spot to shine: the stunning bay of La Napoule, between the Aiguille of Théoule, the Lérins islands and the Juan les Pins peninsula, that from tomorrow to  Saturday will welcome more than 150 boats. Some of them have started racing already, like the 5.5 Metres that are taking part to the event that recognizes Switzerland's Société Nautique de Genève as a “salt-water” yacht club, or the 50 Dragons that debuted today with two fought for races. The Classics will make their appearance on the race course tomorrow in the best possible conditions: sunny skies and light southernly winds, from 5 to 8 knots.

Deed of Gift

The traditional race organized by the Société Nautique de Genève in co-operation with the  Yacht Club de Cannes profited of ideal sailing conditions, a good air from the South and flat seas. This event enables the Swiss yacht club to comply with the Deed of Gift, written by   George Schuyler on October 24 1887, establishing that an America's Cup Challenger or  Defender  needs to organize at least two races in salt water every year.

This year the club chose the 5.5 Metres class for the event, some 11 boats moved to Cannes   and debuted on Sunday with three races. The first day saw the Italian crew of Maria Cristina Rapisardi, Giovanni Arrivabene and Marco Bonzanogo on John B to come on top of the results with two wins and a second place. Today, on the other hand, the light wind favoured  Germans Max Muller, Jens Maladinsky and Max Steigl on Prettynama who, with four second places and and a fifth won the Régate en Mer de la Société Nautique de Genève, leaving behind Italy's John B and France's Joker. The 5.5 metres fleet will have their lay day tomorrow, before going back to the race course on Wednesday.

A brilliant start

Exactly fifty Dragons were on the starting line for their first race at the 2016 Règates Royales, on a windward/leeward course in the bay of La Napoule, that, today looked like an alpine lake: flat water and a light southerly, not exceeding 8 knots. The Russian aficionados Anatoly Loginov, Vadim Startsenko and Alexander Shalagin on Annapurna took the first race,  followed by compatriots Vasaliy Senetorov, Igor Ivasmintson and Slave Varnachkin on Even Better and Denmark’s Blue Lady finishing in third.

As the committee launched the day's second race, the breeze decreased and veered to the South -East. The fleet dispersed on the race course, looking for better puffs and flatter sea, with Russia's Dmitry Samokhin, Dmitry Berezkin and Aleksev Bushuer coming out on top  and climbing to the first spot in the provisional overall results, tied at points with Danish Blue Lady, and one point ahead of Even Better, whilst their fellow countrymen on Annapurna fell down to 5th .