Swiss bank one more
Swiss boat Ville de Genève Carrefour Prévention grabbed their second victory in the Tour de France à la Voile 2002. Etienne David and his crew came home
first in today's coastal race off Paimpol.
Local boat Côtes d'Armor, skippered by Vincent Biarnes, crossed the finish line in second ahead of Nicolas Clément's Vitamine-Hyères-Coych.
British boat Panther Team GBR came home in 11th position with amateur boat Royal Thames finishing in 26th.
"We had a nice sail and a good course. We sailed extremely well and had a tough battle with Côtes d'Armor who made a small mistake that allowed us to pass and win," explained Swiss skipper Etienne David.
The boats left the docks at 15:15, high tide. The race started at 17:29. The second start was black flagged, as there had been a general recall on the first. The fleet of 40 Mumm 30s sailed off in 15 knots of wind from the southwest in a flat sea state.
Student boat Jacques Vabre-ESC Le Havre, which welcomes on board several double-handed Transat Jacques Vabre winners, sailed this race with Stève
Ravussin on board. The influence of the Swiss skipper, who won the last Transat Jacques Vabre with Franck Cammas on board Groupama and has recently purchased Alain Gautier's Foncia 1 trimaran, clearly made his influence felt as the team came home in seventh position, their best result so far.
"I was sailing with a charming team who are all extremely motivated. It was good fun to sail with them. We had a good race and we sailed well," commented Ravussin.
Tomorrow, Ravussin will board Ville de Genève Carrefour Prévention for the longest offshore race in the Tour de France à la Voile - 244 miles from Paimpol to St Nazaire.
There is definitely a Swiss touch in the Tour de France à la Voile. Kiny Parade, watch captain onboard Christine Guillou's EF Education in the last Whitbread around the world race, will join Aussie Nick Moloney and Frenchman Bernard Mallaret on board Cassis Maugio Carnon.
The boats will leave to start a particularly tricky race around Brittany at 08:00 tomorrow morning. This is an important leg as there will be lots of points to score with a 3.5 coefficient.
Provisional overall ranking after today's race
1. Nantes-St-Nazaire / Pierre Loic Berthet 510 points
2. Région Ile de France / Jimmy Pahun 494 points
3. Ville de Genève Carrefour Prévention / Etienne David 481 points
4. Ville d¹Antibes NEC / Julien Farnarier 453 points
4, Dieppe-Seine Maritime / Gildas Philippe 453 points
6. Marseille / Dimitri Deruelle 446 points
7. Force EDC / Simon Sutherland 445 points
8. Kenzo / Marc Thiercelin 432 points
9. Vitamine-Hyères-Coych / Nicolas Clément 428 points
10. Défi Partagé / Thierry Bouchard 425,5 points
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