Groupama leads Sergio Tacchini in the coastal race
 

Groupama leads Sergio Tacchini in the coastal race

Consistency pays

Another blinder of a day for Karine Fauconnier's Sergio Tacchini at the Cagliari multihull grand prix

Sunday June 15th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: Italy
After a first day of racing in Cagliari dominated by Karine Fauconnier's Nigel Irens designed trimaran Sergio Tacchini, the front runners ORMA 60ft trimaran class felt they had a new opponent to deal with today.

In a southeasterly wind of around 8 knots. Despite Franck Cammas' Groupama getting the best start it was this time Thomas Coville on the red trimaran Sodebo who chose the favourable right hand side of the course to lead around the top mark 34 seconds ahead of the Challenge Mondial winner. However on the run Sergio Tacchini found pace to overhaul Cammas and move into second place. This continued to the finish after two laps of a 3 mile windward-leeward with Coville's tri winning 1min 13 secs ahead of Sergio Tacchini.

The race saw an individual recall for Steve Ravussin's Banque Covefi for starting prematurely and a penalty awarded against Banque Populaire for a starting infringements requiring them to make a 270deg turn.

Race five

Now warmed up in the balmy Sardinia sun, the nine trimarans were sent off on a 36 mile coastal races in stronger 15-18 knots southerly breeze.

Giovanni Soldini on TIM got the best start hitting the committee boat end on starboard, but it was Franck Cammas (right) who benefitted from a small shift that got him into clean air. Sergio Tacchini stuck to Groupama like glue while a short distance astern Coville was match racing with Vendee Globe winner Michel Desjoyeaux's Géant. With the position swapping between the two boats, it was ultimately Desjoyeaux who won out to take third behind Groupama and Sergio Tacchini, the two leaders finishing just 34 seconds apart after two hours of racing.

After day two of the Cagliari grand prix, the Sergio Tacchini team have proved that yesterday's results although unexpected were not a fluke. With two second places today they still lead the regatta overall. Interesting with Fauconnier first and Cammas second, it is the two youngest skippers of the ORMA fleet who are leading.

Overall results after day two

1- Karine Fauconnier (Sergio Tacchini) 1+1+2+2+2 = 8 points
2- Franck Cammas (Groupama) 3+2+1+3+1 = 10 points
3- Thomas Coville (Sodebo) 2+3+7+1+4 = 17 points
4- Michel Desjoyeaux (Géant) 5+5+3+4+3 = 20 points
5- Lalou Roucayrol (Banque Populaire) 4+4+5+5+5 = 23 points
6- Stève Ravussin (Banque Covefi) 6+6+4+7+6 = 29 points
7- Giovanni Soldini (TIM) 7+7+6+6+7 = 33 points
8- Philippe Monnet (Sopra Group) 8+9+8+8+8 = 41 points
9- Lionel Lemonchois (Gitana) 9+8+9+9+9 = 44 points

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