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The Decision 35 multihulls experienced an exciting sailing weekend with the Open de Versoix and the Genève-Rolle-Genève. The 11 boats had to sail in complicated weather conditions specific to Lake Geneva, from dead calm to strong wind and storm. The teams did their best to deal with these changing winds but in the end Realstone Sailing captured first place for the Open de Versoix whilst Alinghi dominated the Genève-Rolle-Genève.

The Open de Versoix: a total of 5 rounds
The first round of the day started with optimal wind conditions of 8 knots. Alinghi was the first to pass the buoy, and ended up winning the race. The second round provided an excellent opportunity for Realstone Sailing to demonstrate its tactical skills as well, and hence it won the second round easily.

The Open de Versoix resumed on Sunday June, 9 with very light wind conditions, forcing the Race Committee to look for favorable winds to define the race course. Tilt won the race this time, followed by Realstone Sailing and Alinghi. When the wind picked up again, a reefing was needed and the D35 multihulls sailed away for an athletic round with 20 knots and pouring rain. Tilt, Alinghi, and Zen Too took the lead, leaving behind them Realstone Sailing who narrowly lost the third place, and Team Sui 9 who arrived in 5th position.

For the general ranking of the Open de Versoix, Realstone Sailing is at the top of the podium, followed by Alinghi and Zen Too. Tilt is 4th with Team Sui 9, Veltigroup, Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing, Nickel, Okalys-Corum, Oryx, Ylliam-Comptoir Immobilier right behind them.

Genève – Rolle – Genève: the mini Bol d’Or
The start of the race was given exactly at 1 p.m. in front of the Geneva Yacht Club. With light wind conditions at the start, the D35s sailed smoothly along with Alinghi taking rapidly the lead. Along with Ylliam-Comptoir Immobilier, they distanced all the other multihulls and passed the half-way point of Rolle with a 30 minute lead. On the way back, stronger wind conditions allowed them to rally to the finish line after a race of five hours and twenty-five minutes. On the way back, Team Sui 9 managed an excellent comeback and finished the race in third position. Commenting the race, Ernesto Bertarelli, the owner and skipper of Alinghi stated: “The fact that we have been closely followed by Ylliam-Comptoir Immobilier allowed us to stay focused during the entire race and forced us to give the very best of ourselves.”

 Ranking:  Alinghi, Ylliam-Comptoir Immobilier, Team Sui 9, Okalys-Corum, Oryx, Nickel, Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing, Realstone Sailing, Veltigroup, Tilt, Zen Too.

Over-all General Ranking:

 Alinghi

Realstone Sailing

Zen Too

Okalys-Corum

Ylliam-Comptoir Immobilier

Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing

Team Sui 9

Tilt

Nickel

Veltigroup

Oryx