From CYCA Member Peter Shipway:
Great success for CYCA sailors at the recently concluded “Regates Royales” in Cannes, France.
It was the 40th anniversary of the classic yacht regatta and CYCA member David Griffith skippered his chartered yacht to second overall in the Classique class.
There were over 200 yachts of all sizes and ages competing broken up into several divisions and there was no overall winner just divisional results.
The early racing was cancelled due to high winds but then conditions moderated and David and his team managed places of a 2nd ( after finishing 1st but was penalised for being OCS) and two 3rds in his chartered Bermudian cutter which was 59 feet LOA and launched in 1953.
David was ably assisted by several CYCA members in Michael Hesse, Phil Eadie, Jay Harrison, Peter Shipway and John Winning. Also among the crew as well known Australian yachtsman Dave Powys now residing in the UK.
Following the Cannes regatta the team moved onto St. Tropez for the famous Les Voiles regatta. Over 300 beautiful classic and modern yachts with 4000 yachtsman competed in the historic port of St. Tropez.
They raced aboard the 62 foot cutter OISEAU DE FEU which was built in 1937 by the famous Camper & Nicholson yard in Gosport, UK and designed by naval architect Charles E. Nicholson.
Conditions were light throughout and didn’t really suit the 39 ton yacht and they finished 7th overall in class.