Desjoyeaux the winner

Final race decider at Trophee Clairefontaine sailed in 25 foot cats

Monday September 8th 2003, Author: Isabelle Musy, Location: none selected
Michel Desjoyeaux has won the 14th Trophée Clairefontaine ahead of Loïck Peyron and Ernesto Bertarelli. It came down to the last race as the defending champion was still leading by one point before the gun. But in that last run, Michel Desjoyeaux managed to come home in second where Loïck Peyron, who had a 360° turn penalty, finished in seventh.

"In the Trophée Clairefontaine, it always comes down to the last leg of the last race. Today the suspense ended a little bit sooner", said Michel Desjoyeaux.

Though he was disappointed, Loïck Peyron was still smiling after racing as he really enjoys this event that he already won six times. "It's a great regatta and the top three results are great. I wish it was the other round for first and second place but I¹m happy Ernesto Bertarelli finished in third place", insisted Peyron.

Indeed Ernesto Bertarelli, who was standing in 7th place last night, did an amazing come back. The boss of Team Alinghi managed to snatch one victory and finished three times in second. For his first participation, the Swiss proved how quickly he can learn. As he explained: "On the first day, I got to know the boat, on the second day the course and today we had good starts and sailed well. I came here to see how I would do. It"s fantastic to finish in the top three."

Brittany's Roland Jourdain felt quite comfortable in today's light airs as he won two races and therefore managed to climb up from sixth to fourth place overall.

Though he won the second race of the day, Bertrand Pacé did not sail consistently enough and finished in 5th overall. In the first race, the match-racing master got a penalty turn just before to cross the finish line and as the fleet was quite packed together he ended in the last spot.

Switzerland's Laurent Bougnon suffered his lack of racing in the last few years and got too many penalties to manage to stay in front when he was leading. Never mind. The former Route du Rhum winner was happy to sail again with his friends, Stève and Yvan Ravussin.

It has been a bad day for Ellen MacArthur who dropped from third to 7th overall. The talented British skipper capsized in the 7th race and had to abandon. After that she did not manage to perform again to the best of her abilities.

Though he had some good starts, Bernard Stamm suffered his lack of multihulls experience.

Whatever their results are, the eight sailing champions had a great time and there was a huge crowd in la Trinité-sur-Mer to watch them racing.

Results :
1-Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA) (2,5,1,1,4,3,3,4,2), 62 pts
2- Loïck Peyron (FRA), 57 pts (1,1,2,4,7,4,4,1,7)
3-Ernesto Bertarelli (SUI) 51 pts (7,8,4,6,2,2,1,2,3)
4-Roland Jourdain (FRA), 44 pts (4,4,5,8,1,6,7,5,1)
5- Bertrand Pacé, 43 pts (3,6,AB,2,8,1,2,7,4)
6- Laurent Bourgnon (SUI) 36 pts (6,3,3,5,6,8,6,3,5)
7- Ellen MacArthur (GBR), 30 pts (5,2,7,3,3,7,AB,8,8)
8-Bernard Stamm (SUI), 26 pts (8,7,6,7,5,5,5,6,6).

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