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The Virtual SOF a success worthy of the real event!

Organized a few days after the end of the 53rd edition of the French Olympic Week in Hyères -TPM, the Virtual SOF was a real popular success among the inshore e-sailors community. No less than 4,912 players took up the challenge on the virtual water of Hyères, Toulon Provence Méditerranée. World Sailing and the French Sailing Federation had largely endowed this virtual event.

The SOF will be virtual from May 6 to 9

From Friday, May 6 for 72 hours, the Virtual Semaine Olympique Française will be contested on Virtual Regatta Inshore. For the second year running, players will compete virtually on the same body of water as the sailors did this week in the bay of Hyères, in the Toulon Provence Méditerranée area. The “Blue” competition starts on Friday, May 6 at 4pm

France enjoy golden foils after Poland double and a week of Champagne sailing

After a week of thrills and spills, fine foiling and some Champagne sailing, the best of the 751 competitors across the 10 Olympic Classes at the 53rd Semaine Olympique Française de Hyères - TPM (SOF) fought for the podium in their Medal Races. Both France and Poland finished with two gold medals. All eyes were on the men’s ILCA 7, the closest of the Medal Races, but only in one of the ten classes - the ILCA 6 - was the gold medal guaranteed before the start. The 470 ended up rivalling the ILCA 7 for Medal Race of the day, as the event finished with a final test of tricky light winds and some watched their medal hopes evaporate like the nearby salt flats to the Giens peninsula. There are are now two more SOF before the “big one” in Marseille - where the Paris 2024 Olympics sailing will be held - around 50 miles west along the coast. “It has been a really positive week and a great pleasure to meet everyone here again after the two editions that did not take place,” Jean-Luc Denéchau, President of the French Sailing Federation, said. “I believe that athletes and foreign delegations have really enjoyed it. We had the level of organization we expect at a major international event, with a large number of volunteers and a really strong commitment, as usual, from Hyères and from the Toulon Provence Méditerranée area. We had beautiful weather and great competition all week, so it's been nothing but a pleasure! “It's an almost historic Semaine Olympique Française in terms of the number of boats and I think it will also encourage even greater competition as before 2024 we still have two beautiful SOFs to come!

Poland claim first gold before Medal Races begin

Poland’s Agata Barwinska took the first gold of the 53rd Semaine Olympique Française de Hyères - TPM with a mastery of light winds, match racing and mathematics in the women’s ILCA 6. Dominik Buksak and Szymon Wierzbicki, who lead the 49er by 17 points should make it two golds for Poland tomorrow. The men in the ILCA 7 will have a very different time in what promises to be the tightest Medal Race on Saturday. It was another glorious day of unending blue skies in Hyères, but the shift right from 6-8-knot offshore northeasterlies to a bigger south-southwesterly breeze did not materialise and many struggled for consistency as they watched their podium places disappear. Everyone in the Medal Races tomorrow will be eyeing the weather nervously with strong westerlies forecast for the afternoon after very light conditions in the morning, will they arrive in time for the racing?

Italian Nacra wins coolest cats on the Cote D’Azur

Beautiful conditions graced the first day of gold fleet in the 53rd Semaine Olympique Française de Hyères - TPM. A light and shifty morning gave way to an afternoon of fine if choppy conditions in 12-15 knot easterlies. It made for a full day of competitive sailing across the 10 classes.