Joint domination

For Le Cleach and Drouglazet at Generali Mediterranee inshore races off Port Camargue

Wednesday June 18th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: France
Following the conclusion of the coastal race from Marseilles yesterday, today two windward-leewards each of roughly 8 miles were held off Port Camargue for the 32 boats.

The westerly wind started light at just 8 knots, but quickly built up to 20 knots kicking up a short chop.

Former Figaro winner Eric Drouglazet on David Oliver is proving highly consistent following his win in yesterday's coastal race, scoring a 1-2 today carving out a clear lead for himself in the overall results ahead of Gildas Morvan on Circle Verte. The second inshore race was won by Armel Le Cleach proving as he did in Marseilles that his forte are the 'banana' inshore courses.

While Le Cleach didn't do so well in the coastal race, he is now lying fifth behind last year's winner Jérémie Beyou and Erwan Tabarly who are separated by just one point.

"It was really shifty and unpredictably shifty," said British competitor Sam Davies. "We were okay and seemed to be making the right decisions but at the back you have to play the shifts dependent on where everyone else is going which can be frustrating."

Unhappy with her starts today, Davies concentrated on the set up of Skandia to improve upwind performance: "We seem a bit slower than some others upwind, especially if its windy and there are waves," said Davies. "I was trying out different ways of trimming the boat like changing backstay tension and so on. Every incremental improvement feels just great and makes a huge difference to your morale, you just have to keep chipping away."

Following today's racing Skandia has moved up one place to 26th overall just behind Vendée Globe sailor Marc Thiercelin, after scoring a 23rd and 24th place.

Tomorrow the Figaro fleet leave Port Camargue for the second overnight offshore leg - a 190 mile race to Beaulieu. Heading eastwards will give the potential for more downwind/reaching sailing if the winds stays from the western sector.

Results overall

Pos Boat Skipper Total
1 DAVID OLIVIER Eric DROUGLAZET 13
2 CERCLE VERT Gildas MORVAN 22
3 DELTA DORE Jeremie BEYOU 29
4 THALES Erwan TABARLY 30
5 CREALINE Armel LE CLEACH 31
6 E. LECLERC  Protégeons l'environnement Sébastien AUDIGANE 45
7 AON Laurent PELLECUER 53
8 ESPOIR CREDIT AGRICOLE Gwenaël RIOU 55
9 3201 METEOCONSULT Groupe Prosodie Gilles CHIORRI 59
10 GROUPE GENERALI ASSURANCES Yann ELIES 68
11 BOSTIK FINDLEY Charles CAUDRELIER BENAC 75
12 Rêve de grand - ACTUAL Interim Yves LE BLEVEC** 84
13 PORT TREBEURDEN Romain ATTANASIO 89
14 Petit Navire Le Bon Goût du Large Thierry CHABAGNY 92
15 Café MALONGO Christopher PRATT** 98
16 SORELEC MBD Design Arnaud BOISSIERES 102
17 Skipper ag2r Jeanne GREGOIRE 103
18 VILLE DE CHERBOURG / MORY TEAM Alexandre TOULORGE 105
19 PETITS-PETONS / FTH THIRARD Christophe ARTAUD** 110
20 CREPES WHAOU ! Franck-Yves ESCOFFIER** 110
21 IN EXTREMIS Marc EMIG** 115
22 SOR  TMC Christophe BOUVET** 117
23 ART IMMOBILIER CONSTRUCTION Daniel DUPONT 125
24 PLUS PHARMACIE Stéphane SEVAUX** 146
25 BERMUDES Marc THIERCELIN 154
26 SKANDIA Samantha DAVIES** 154
27 ALTAVENTURE / SNSM Eric PILAT** 162
28 M@RSEILLE ENTREPRISES Jean Paul MOUREN 163
29 SECTOR SPORT WATCHES Corrado AGUSTA** 165
30 STERN groep Sander BAKKER** 175
31 MONACO MARINE GROUP Alberto SPINA 175
32 LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR Lionel PEAN 198

** = Figaro first seasoners, bizuths,

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