Racing for the 2019 edition of the One Ton Cup will start tomorrow, Thursday 19 September. The weather forecast promises perfect conditions for thrilling racing in the waters off Le Havre, France. The One Ton Cup returns to France for the first time since 2002, when Dawn Riley’s IC45 Faster K-Yote lifted the famous trophy. “I was skipper and driving and Alain Fedensieu was the tactician, it was a great regatta, best wishes to all of the teams racing in the One Ton Cup this year,” commented Dawn Riley.
Dawn Riley lifts the One Ton Cup in 2002 – IC45 Faster K-Yote in action.
The FAST40+ fleet were out practising yesterday, video clip taken by Gregg Parker, sharp-eyed viewers will spot Jubilee’s stand-in driver Rán Racing’s Ellie Cumpsty. Jubilee’s owner Tony Dickin will be back on the tiller for the One Ton Cup.
PRO Stuart Childerley reports that the fleet are likely to experience a wide range of wind conditions over the four days of racing. “The forecast I am looking at starts with wind from the northeast moving around to the south during the regatta. The opening day should provide a gradient breeze of 12-20 knots average from the northeast. Friday we could see 12 knots average decreasing and going east during the day. Saturday looks like the lightest day with 16 knots average decreasing to 9 knots and Sunday 12-17 knot average from the southeast, south, to southwest with perhaps light rain in the afternoon.