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How’s
that for a headsail? From the Grand-Prix
de voile E-Gestion
. As cool as this picture is, here is the flip
side
, no pun intended.This is the first race of the SAFRAM M2 Speed
Tour on the lake of Neuchâtel, known as being more windy than the
Geneva Lake. And as usual, it really was.

The 18 M2 cats raced 8 legs over the week-end and gave quite a show to
the spectators located either on the edge or on the follow boat of the
organisation, which was moored in the middle of the upwind dog-leg, just
a couple of meters beyond the harbour entrance.

Given the good wind conditions (12-17 knots), the M2 cats showed that
they can also fly without copters. The heavy "traffic" at the
marks caused various cats to capsize but no one was hurt and the up-size-down
boats did not suffer either. The SAFRAM M2 Speed Tour ’08 is now on track
and the forthcoming races are scheduled for Saturday (Bol d’Or of Neuchâtel
Lake) and Sunday (Grand Prix Batimetal – KSR of Grandson). Photos thanks
toCahit Baha Pars.