Disaster strikes Brits in Tour Voile...

first offshore race of the Tour Voile gets off to a slow start...

Tuesday July 3rd 2001, Author: Graeme Russell, Location: United Kingdom
British Sailing Team in Tour Voile
Simon Shaw's British University Sailing Team scored their second poor result in five races today. After hitting a rock only a quarter of the way in to race five of the Tour Voile, the team were involved in an incident with Correze. After completing a 360 degree turn and limping to the finish the team scored a disappointing 34th, dropping them down to 17th in the overall standings.

"We were about a quarter of the way into the race when we hit a ledge. Perhaps we were pushing a little bit too hard. With the incident with Correze it was a port/starboard and rather than take it to the protest committee we decided to do the 360", commented trimmer Simon Fisher.

The first offshore race of the 2001 Tour Voile, a 55-mile leg from Le Havre to Dieppe, had to be shortened yesterday due to a lack of wind. Light winds and a strong current meant that the fleet were forced to motor towards Normandy for the first twenty miles before conditions were right for racing to get underway. However, conditions again deteriorated, and with a false start the race was abandoned.

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