The National Sailing School in Quiberon has pulled out all the stops for this competition, with the local Comite Departemental de Voile de Morbihan in charge of the actual organization, managing to get nearly 50 members to volunteer their help on land and water for the week.
58 brand new O'pen BIC boats have been rigged up and made available to those competitors flying in from the far flung corners of the planet. Alongside the sizeable French, German and Italian delegations, there are bigger teams this year from Japan, United States, plus Poland and Great Britain which are represented for the very first time.
Saturday 23 july
Sun high overhead, 8 - 14 knots of wind, beautiful sea... Tip-top conditions for this final day of competition which saw 3 new champions crowned at Under 13, Under 16 and Under 19 level. At midday, the wind starts to lift and the O'pen BIC fleet takes to the water for their last chance to sail the beautiful Baie of Quieron. Surprise and clarity are the buzz-words for the new/final day's racing.
In the Under 13s, it's all a bit too difficult for the French youngsters, the highest placed is Enael Rio in 5th. Among the true Breton locals Victor Samson Le Priol, from the Club Nautique Arradon can do no better than 12th. So it's an overseas podium, with Australia taking 1st and 3rd in the person of Travis Wadley and Talia Bulstrode. In 2nd place is the young German Lennard Morgan Frohmann, who actually had a training holiday at the ENVSN this Spring that has clearly paid off handsomely.
In the Under 16s an incredibly tight overnight situation means an intense day for all concerned and everything to play for right to the final round of racing. In the end the young man from Arradon, Titouan Pétard, seals his excellent week's results with the title of Under 16 World Champion, a fair reward for his season-long effort on the French O'pen BIC tour. Australian Kristen Wadley chases him to the line for 2nd place, and in 3rd is Théo Michez, another French sailor from the very strong Club Nautique Arradon.
In the Under 19s, the best placed French racer is the Breton from La Trinité sur Mer, Doran Gouron-Le Roch, who comes close but eventually finishes in 3rd place. Ahead of him, American Lars Von Sydow in 2nd and, making her the Under 19 World Champion 2016, the Czech girl, Veronika Zivna.
1. Travis WADLEY (Australie)
2. Lennart Morgan FROHMANN (Allemagne)
3. Talia BULSTRODE (Australie)
1. Titouan PETARD (France)
2. Kristen WADLEY (Australie)
3. Théo MICHEZ (France)
1. Veronika ZIVNA (Rep. Tchèque)
2. Lars VON SYDOW (États-Unis)
3. Doran GOURON-LE ROCH (France)
Friday 22nd july
As has been the case every morning since the start of these World Championships, the wind had decided to leave the competitors think about things on the beach while they checked over their boats. The Race Committee then announced a 2.00pm start of competition, and for once the wind respected the committee’s wishes, filling in progressively, respecting the launch time clock for all present. at this O’pen BIC Worlds.
In a perfect, smooth 15 knot wind under a clear blue sky, 3 more rounds of racing were completed in all three age categories. O’pen BIC racing is all-action, the kids are totally focussed on the competition, and the races are keenly and magnificently contested. And after this fantastic day, the podium places are, bit by bit, starting to become a little clearer, but, like the Tour de France, lots of things could change on the final day.
If the weather permits, and the forecast is good, the 205 young racers will be able to go for a final day’s full-on competition on the beautiful Baie de Quiberon to decide who will the 2016 O’pen BIC World Championships.
Tuesday, 20th July
After an early attempt to get the racing underway at 10.00am, all 205 racers present at the Ecole Nationale de Voile et Sports Nautiques were soon back on the beach. Only the Under 13s (U13) and Under 16s (U16) were able to do any kind of battle, in wind-shotrtened races.
The wind, or lack of it, was the problem, but it woke up after lunch and at 2.00pm racing was possible. All three fleets, U13, U16 and U19, were spread over the sunny-skied bay of Quiberon and completed 3 rounds of intense racing. They were surely motivated by sharing the bay with the French national crew and their impressive Nacra 17 boat, having a training day at the ENVSN the same day.
This time the wind didn't let us down and the competitors were able to give it everything. In the Under 13s, the Australians showed their increasing mastery of the art, with three of their team in the first three places : Travis Wadley, Talia Bulstrode et Breanne Wadley In the Under 16s, split into two groups of 65 in each, French hopeful Titouan Pétard from the Arradon Sailing Club took all three rounds in the Yellow Group, followed by Gavin Ball from US and Michael Parks from Australia. While in the other group, Australian Kristen Wadley leads after the first day from the German, Magnus Frohman and another home French racer from Arradon, Theo Michez.
Wednesday 21 st July
3 races have been launched in the three groups in medium wind.
Video Day 1
Video Day 2
Video Day 3
Video Day 4