Congratulations to the French gold medal winners at the recent Sailing World Cup event, the Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma. Nicolas Charbonnier and Jérémie Mion took the gold medal in the men's 470 (with Pierre Leboucher and Vincent Garos in second place) and Manu Dyen and Stéphane Christidis won the gold medal in the 49er class. This is an excellent set of results and bodes well for a decent medal haul by the French sailing team at the Olympics next year.
The video above shows highlights from most of the medal races at the event. The photo at the top of the post is not of Charline Picon who won silver for France in the women's RS-X; it is of another famous French sailor, Brigitte Bardot (taken a few years ago, I believe.)
The French are, of course, extremely popular in the USA and many people here are rooting for them to do well in the Olympics. All Americans are eternally grateful for the vital assistance from the mighty French military machine during that little spat with the British Empire back in the 1780's. After all, without that French aid, people in America would still be speaking English.
This post was sponsored by Les Filles de l'Empire Français Nouvelle-Orléans Chapitre L'Equipe Pétanque who would have made a generous contribution to the Tillerman Laser Sailing 2011 Campaign and Tuesday Night Beer Fund if only I had asked in better French.