Toulon takes the lead

An update from the Tour Voile, now in Honfleur

Wednesday July 6th 2005, Author: Flavie Caulier, Location: France
The Parisian boat Espoir Ile de France won the Olympic triangle race today in Honfleur. Despite a huge disappointment when they heard on the VHF that London (and not Paris) will be hosting the Olympic Games in 2012, the young amateur team of Espoir Ile de France managed to finish first this afternoon, in front of Bouygues Télécom and their “big brother”, Region Ile de France. In a 90% French fleet, a few British sailors are celebrating the Olympic Committee’s decision.

On board the student boat Alfa Laval, most of the crews are studying at Southampton Institute and some of them are British. As crewman Oli Pandelton observed: “I was sure London would win and five minutes before the announcement I was very nervous because I thought 'now if we don’t win the Olympic gig, I am going to look very stupid'. Fortunately we did win it so I was very, very happy !”

Jo Riley added: “it’s a great news for England. The sailing competitions are going to be in Weymouth and it’s a very nice place so I am very happy!”

British Figaro sailor, Sam Davies is divided between her joy for her country and her sadness for France, where she spends most of her time racing in the Figaro class: “I am very happy for London, but it’s a strange atmosphere here because it’s a French race, in a French town, with French people so it’s a bit sombre. It’s difficult to be too happy because a lot of people are really disappointed here”.

In the overall ranking, Toulon Provence Méditerranée Coychyères is still leading but with their second position at the finish today, Bouygues Télécom is catching up a bit (3 points).

The Mumm 30 fleet was supposed to leave Honfleur tonight for the longest offshore race to Saint Malo (155 miles) of the Tour de France à la Voile, but the Race Committee finally decided to delay it to 5.00 in the morning tomorrow.

“The wind is going to blow between 20 and 25 knots tonight, with gusts of 35," said René Boulaire, President of the Race Committee. "It’s not disastrous, but the problem is the wind direction from the north-west. The boats would have to spend about 10 hours upwind before arriving off Barfleur (corner of Cherboug) where the current will then be very strong and against them. Leaving at 5.00, things will be a bit easier for them”.

Results:

Pos Boat Skipper Tot
1 TOULON PROVENCE MEDITERRANEE COYCHyères Fabien HENRY 282
2 BOUYGUES TELECOM Pierre Loïc BERTHET 257
3 DIEPPE SEINE-MARITIME Romain GIBON 234
4 DEFI PARTAGE – MARSEILLE Thierry BOUCHARD / Dimitri DERUELLE 225
5 COURRIER DUNKERQUE  Gery TRENTESAUX 221
6 ALPES-MARITIMES MANDELIEU THEOULE  Sylvain CHTOUNDER 218
7 VILLE DE GENEVE CARREFOUR PREVENTION Julien DI BIASE 215
8 ESPOIR ILE DE FRANCE  Jean-pierre NICOL / Victor LANIER 198
9 CSC – ESSEC  Hervé GAUTIER 191
10 ESPOIRS AQUITAINS  J.P.ALLILIAIRE/X.CANTEGREL/P.DENTRAYGUES/J.FALXA 182
11 REGION ILE DE FRANCE Jimmy PAHUN / Nicolas PAUCHET 180
12 ALFA LAVAL  Yoann RICHOMME 179
13 VILLE DU PORT BRED LA REUNION Marc GUESSARD / Gabriel JEAN-ALBERT 176
14 COTES D’ARMOR Michaël AVELINE 175
15 BELVEDERE – EDC – EBSCO Tanguy FOURNIER LE RAY 172
16 NANTES SAINT-NAZAIRE Sebastien PETITHUGUENIN / Gaëtan AUNETTE 165
17 PERPIGNAN MEDITERRANEE Paul McKENZIE 157
18 EMINENCE – MARSEILLE Parade KINY 154
19 PORT DE COMMERCE LA ROCHELLE Alexandre MERCIER 151
20 BIENNE – VOILE R. HARTMANN / N. BERGER / C. KNOLL 142
21 STAD GENT / VILLE DE GAND Philippe BERGMANS / Bernard WILMET 140
22 VAN UDEN TUDELFT Gert VAN DER HEIJDEN / Berend-Jan EDENS 137
23 DEFI GRANDES ECOLES TOTAL INSA Anne Claire LE BERRE 118
24 T SERVICE INTERIM REGION DE BRUXELLES-CAPITALE Laurent DECLERCQ / Jean-Marc FOBERT 115
25 DEFI AMI – AVAYA - X - ENSAM Olivier HONTANX 113
26 DEFI SCLEROSE EN PLAQUES Stéphane VENEL 108
27 BREST GRANDES ECOLES ENSIETA ENST-BRETAGNE Bertrand DE BROC / A. PALLU DE LA BARRIERE 105
28 EIGSI – CHARENTE MARITIME Antoine ALBARET 104
29 AMEC SPIE Eric BASSET 89
30 HEC GAMELIN MECENAT CHIRURGIE CARDIAQUE  Ryan PARKIN  87.5

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