The practice day, however, was different in many ways. For the first time in AC35 there was hope that match-racing would figure, but only “if the teams want to do it.” There was every indication that the teams did indeed wish to practice in this discipline. The request for it came from the teams.
Two fleet races were scheduled and there was a new-boy in the role of skipper. While Franck Cammas is almost fully recovered from the ankle injury he sustained when he fell from a GC32 at speed, he is not sufficiently mobile to steer Groupama Team France. “I still need a couple more weeks for that,” he said with some regret, “but Adam (Minoprio) will do a good job.”