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From the harbour of Hyères to the pixels on your screens with the Virtual SOF 2023

For three days, from Tuesday, May 2 to Thursday May 4, the Semaine Olympique Française will continue on your computer screens through the Virtual SOF 2023. Every participant will be able to race in three different Olympic fleets, with a maximum of 48 races in the competition. Player rankings will be decided by their best overall run of 10 consecutive races. Every day at 16:00, the fleet racing changes with the ILCA opening the competition on Tuesday, the 49er on Wednesday and finally the Nacra 17 on Thursday.

Flying French find golden finish to Hyères medal races

France topped the national medal table after foiling to three golds on the last day of the 54th Semaine Olympique Française de Hyères - TPM. There were thrillers across the fleet 8-10 knots easterlies that grew and filled in as the day went on. The medals were spread through the nations with France winning three golds and Spain and Britain all winning two of the ten Olympic classes.

Flying Dutchwomen and Brilliant Brits strike early gold as Hyères prepares for medal races

After five days of racing two champions have already emerged a day early from the 900 competitors in the the 54th Semaine Olympique Française de Hyères - TPM. Incredibly, the flying Dutchwomen, Odile van Aanholt & Annette Duetz, won the women’s 49er in their penultimate race. Meanwhile, Britain’s John Gimson & Anna Burnett were almost as dominant as they claimed the Nacra. Both beat the reigning Olympic champions in their fleet. For the rest, it was a test of stamina and concentration as much as speed and skill as light and fickle winds greeted the fleets and some spent over six hours on the water trying to get their races. More steady easterlies promise a magnificent finish in the Bay of Hyères for the medal races tomorrow.

Golden starts to gold fleet in Hyères as Olympians begin to swoop

All ten Olympic classes were on the water in building easterly winds as the top of the 900 competitors in 670 boats from 66 nations from the first three days split into gold fleets at he 54th Semaine Olympique Française de Hyères - TPM. The pressure cranked up several notches and cracks appeared in many of the podiums, as some of the dominant forces of the opening three days fell away as they faced all the best boats together for the first time. Across the fleet, Olympic medal winners who had struggled earlier in the week began their rise. Friday could be trickier with light 6-8 knot easterlies in the morning veering south in the afternoon.

Sixty-one year old Olympic champion makes the Hyères cut a week after appendicitis

If there was any doubt about the level of pressure at the 54th Semaine Olympique Française de Hyères - TPM as the crews raced on day 3 to make the qualification cut for gold fleet they should speak to the Argentina’s Olympic champion, Santiago Lange.

Mistral part 2: the dial goes higher in Hyères

The Med’s famous Mistral pushed the sailors to their limits and beyond on day 2 of the 54th Semaine Olympique Française de Hyères - TPM. Glorious sunshine and 23-knot+ westerlies building throughout the day and gusting towards 30 welcomed the fleets in the Bay of Hyères. Big wind specialists relished a rare chance to spread their wings, but for some - even Olympic medalists - it was the windiest conditions they had ever sailed in.