Hyères, France is all set to host the Semaine Olympique
Française, the fourth regatta on the ISAF Sailing World Cup series.
The ISAF Sailing World Cup has seen some excellent racing in the Olympic
and Paralympic Sailing Events at Sail Melbourne in December, US
SAILING’S Rolex Miami OCR in January and the Trofeo S.A.R. Princess
Sofia MAPFRE at the start of April.
The world’s most experienced sailor’s preparations for next
year’s Olympic Sailing Competition are well underway and competition
in this year’s ISAF Sailing World Cup has been tense. The 2011 Semaine
Olympique Française should be no exception.
Spain’s Marina Alabau has a perfect
record in the Women’s RS:X. She won the Rolex Miami OCR and Princess
Sofia to lead Charline Picon (FRA) by four points.
Alabau’s rivals in the Standings will have a chance to overtake her
throughout the week as she won’t be sailing in Hyères. Despite
Alabau’s absence, the field boasts ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year
Blanca Manchon (ESP), World #2 Bryony Shaw (GBR) and current holder of third
place in the Women’s RS:X Standings Laura Linares (ITA).
The Women’s Match Racing Competition has served up some excellent
head to head sailing thus far with four points separating the top four in
Sally Barkow (USA) leads with 38 points, Claire Leroy (FRA) and Anna
Tunnicliffe (USA) are joint second on 37 points and Silja Lehtinen (FIN) is
fourth on 34 points.
Of the top four only Tunnicliffe won’t be making the trip to
Hyères, and with World #2 Nicky Souter (AUS) and World #3 Lucy
Macgregor (GBR) also set to attend the competition is wide open.
Fourth is no good enough