Ellen and MichDes top FICO rankings
Ellen with FICO President Pierre Fehlmann
Last autumn Ellen MacArthur received the highest accolade in French yachting when she became the FICO-LaCoste World Champion - based on her results in races over the two year period leading up to the end of last season, such as second place in the Vendee, first in the Europe One New Man STAR and second in the Transat Jacques Vabre,
This year's 2002 FICO-Lacoste World Championship counting events starting at the beginning of 2001, kicks off with Vendee winner Michel Desjoyeaux leading Ellen by just 0.5 point and closely followed by Roland Jourdain.
Rankings as of 1 January 2002:
1 - Michel Desjoyeaux FRA 230.0 points
2 - Ellen MacArthur GB 229.5 points
3 - Roland Jourdain FRA 220.5 points
4 - Alain Gautier FRA 147.0 points
5 - Franck Cammas FRA 145.0 points
6 - Mike Golding GB 126.0 points
7 - Dominique Wavre FRA 124.5 points
8 - Marc Thiercelin FRA 120.0 points
9 - Jean-Luc Nélias FRA 108.0 points
10 - Bernard Gallay FRA 95.0 points
The 2002 programme
The 2002 race programme is equally balanced between monohull and multihull races but features a larger number of fully-crewed races, such as the Regate du Rubicon, the Course des Phares (Lighthouse Race), the finish of the Volvo Ocean Race and the ORMA Grand Prix races. The season ends with the historic four-yearly single-handed transatlantic race, the Route du Rhum.
The first event to count this year is the opening 60ft trimaran Grand Prix in Lorient this weekend, while the Regate du Rubicon starting from St Nazaire on 11 May will be the first event for the Open class monohulls.
25/28 April Grand Prix ORMA de Lorient ORMA 60 10 pts Crewed
11 May Regata Rubicon Mono 60 pts Crewed
19 May Course des Phares ORMA 60 60 pts Crewed
June Finish of Volvo Ocean Race Volvo 60 200 pts Crewed
11/14 July Grand Prix ORMA de Zeebrugge ORMA 60 10 pts Crewed
12/15 September Grand Prix ORMA de Fécamp ORMA 60 10 pts Crewed
15 September Around Alone Mono 200 pts Solo
9-10 November Route du Rhum Mono/Multi 100 pts Solo
Under FICO rules, each ORMA Grand Prix is worth 10 points to the winning skipper, the Regate de Rubicon and Course des Phares 60 points, the Route du Rhum 100 points, and the Volvo Ocean Race 200 points.
Each crew member is awarded half the number of points given to the skipper. It should also not be forgotten that in order to figure in the year's rankings table, yachtsmen and women must have started and finished classified in at least one FICO event during the year.
Prize money (in Euros) for the 2002 championship will be as follows:
1st skipper: 40,000 € (£24,500)
2nd skipper: 25,000 € (£15,300)
3rd skipper: 15,000 € (£9,200)
1st crew member: 7,500 € (£4,600)
What is FICO?
The first of the three main objectives of FICO is to 'Establish and maintain the respect of sporting and safety regulations'.
In 1989, a Technical Commission, made up of representatives of the three member clubs of FICO, the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), the Royal Western
Yacht Club (RWYC) and l’Union Nationale pour la Course au Large (UNCL), got together to unify the rules governing all oceanic races.
Through this work, carried out in collaboration with the different ISAF classes (ORMA, IMOCA, Volvo 60), FICO contributes to the improvement and harmonisation of safety conditions for competitors and boats.
This work by FICO, which acts as a real laboratory for safety at sea, is vital as the results and findings regularly complete and enrich the Special Regulations of the ORC ( Offshore Racing Council).