The conditions for the first day were not exactly as expected. The wind was in the SSE, and not quite an Ora, down to 8-10 knots at times and up to 15-20 knots in the gusts. The first start got away cleanly.
Behrens takes up the story. “The right end was favoured and the best option was going to the left side, waiting for the shift and make the whole way up to the first mark.”
He rounded first from Malte Pedersen, from Denmark, and Greg Wilcox, from New Zealand, in second and third.
“I increased my lead on the runs and I had a really good second beat and finished first with a big lead. Greg told me to say that I was so far in front that I had no idea what is going on behind me. Lucky punch.”
In Race 2, most of the fleet went to the left as far as possible. This time Lebrun and Petersen led the fleet. Petersen kept more to the middle and the left side was not as much favoured as expected.
Behrens said, “I was third followed by the other French guy [Yann Vilein]. Valérian seems to be the quickest upwind. The beats were shiftier, as expected and the wind was never as consistent as supposed for Garda. On the run Bo risked to much with the centreboard up as far as possible and capsized in a puff. But he was far enough in front to finish second.”
Lebrun took the gun with Pawel Pawlaczyk, from Poland, third.