Perfect conditions blessed the first day of competition in the Semaine
Olympique Française, fourth event in the ISAF Sailing World Cup.
The easterly breeze ranging from 12 to 18 knots in the seven different racing areas, big waves and sun provided for excellent racing in Hyères and saw many favourites taking the honours.
The 2008 Olympic podium was reproduced at the end of day one in the RS:X men's fleet in Hyeres. Tom Ashley (NZL) , Olympic Champion leads having started strongly. Julien Bontemps (FRA), Olympic silver medallist snatched second place overall with Shahar Zubari (ISR), Olympic bronze medallist is third.
Day 2 and Pioyr Myszka (POL) discards his 7th and adds two bullets to a steady first day to take over at the top with Shahar racing in the other group also taking two bullets to move up to second in front of Julien and Tom who are tied on 10 points
You cannot win a regatta on the first day but you can make certain that you lose it.
It seems that World Champion Blanca Manchon (ESP) learnt that lesson in Palma three weeks ago. She came out fired up and ready to do business here on day one posting 2 bullets and a second. On Day 2, she followed that up with two more wins so has had the luxury of discarding her second place. That puts her in a strong position going forward
Charline Picon is six points back having climbed to second after discarding her 9th place from day 1. Then comes the peleton containing six sailors all seperated by 3 points. In there, is Alessandra Sensini (ITA) who was gifted a bronze medal in Palma by Laura Linares (ITA). There was no way back from her OCS in the medal race.