Elies shines

On penultimate day of the Figaro class' Generali Mediterranee

Friday June 27th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: France
The penultimate day of racing in the singlehanded Figaro class' Generali Mediterranee. started with 15 knots of wind from the east - ideal for the competitors to carry out another lap of the Porquerolles islands but this time in the opposite direction to yesterday. Race two today, a windward-leeward was cancelled due to a lack of breeze.

With the performance of the top two boats remaining consistent, all will resting on the performance of the top two boats Gildas Morvan's Cercle Vert and Erwan Tabarly's Thales, tomorrow.

After an excellent start Yann Eliès quickly took lead, rounding the Porquerolles island of Bagaud, chased by last year's winner of this race, Jérémie Beyou and Sebastien Audigane.

Later in the race the wind dropped and veered to the southwest, helping a number of the boats in the fleet. Passing Cape d'Ames, the leaders were Yann Eliès, Gildas Morvan, Erwan Tabarly, Jérémie Beyou and Gilles Chiorri. Eliès, who last year sailed around the world as part of Bruno Peyron's crew on Orange hung in there to take his first win in this series.

Leading Figaro newbie Christopher Pratt sailed close into the shore, lost the breeze and was forced to use his engine to prevent his boat being washed on to the rock. He has now been over taken in the first timer division by Franck-Yves Escoffier.

Sam Davies finished 17th, her highest place in the series to date. "Today's race was all about being in the right place for when the sea breeze finally won the battle over the gradiant breeze which it did and so we had a 180 degree wind shift! I knew it was going to happen so got myself in a good position by staying offshore because you could see there was going to be no breeze inshore.

"Sometimes not being in the lead has its advantages! You could see how the wind shift was affecting the leaders so then I could work what was going to happen and position myself better - I must have got passed about 5 boats after the wind shift.

"I was right next to Jeanne Gregoire and we both went in the same direction...doing the same thing which gives you confidence and I managed to get past her by doing a better spinnaker hoist. Then she sat on my tail for the rest of the race as we picked our way up the rankings...hunting in pairs!

"I will approach the racing tomorrow as I did today...it's a new race, don't switch off, go out it and race the best you can..."

Tomorrow the race organisers are hoping to stage two more races. A stronger sea breeze is forecast for tomorrow. It is expected that they will attempt to run two windward/leeward courses starting at 11h00...

Results;

Pos Boat Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Tot
1 CERCLE VERT Gildas MORVAN 3 3 4 4 8 4 7 1 16 1 1 2 54
2 THALES Erwan TABARLY 8 8 8 2 6 2 1 4 9 4 3 3 58
3 DELTA DORE Jeremie BEYOU 2 5 20 3 3 16 3 10 8 2 5 6 83
4 CREALINE Armel LE CLEACH 1 1 22 6 1 8 2 5 10 15 4 11 86
5 AON Laurent PELLECUER 17 2 12 7 15 6 8 2 2 10 9 4 94
6 DAVID OLIVIER Eric DROUGLAZET 4 4 2 1 2 30 4 16 1 3 33 7 107
7 3201 METEOCONSULT Groupe Prosodie Gilles CHIORRI 14 9 18 9 9 10 5 18 3 6 11 5 117
8 GROUPE GENERALI ASSURANCES Yann ELIES 5 7 44 8 4 28 10 6 12 5 2 1 132
9 BOSTIK FINDLEY Charles CAUDRELIER BENAC 11 18 36 5 5 12 6 8 4 7 13 10 134
10 ESPOIR CREDIT AGRICOLE Gwenaël RIOU 9 12 12 16 10 38 19 9 19 9 6 16 175
11 E. LECLERC Protégeons l'environnement Sébastien AUDIGANE 12 6 10 10 7 42 9 11 22 18 18 12 177
12 Petit Navire Le Bon Goût du Large Thierry CHABAGNY 21 15 34 11 11 46 16 14 7 21 8 8 211
13 PORT TREBEURDEN Romain ATTANASIO 16 21 26 14 12 32 18 17 14 22 7 15 213
14 CREPES WHAOU ! Franck-Yves ESCOFFIER** 7 13 52 21 20 20 17 15 6 23 14 9 217
15 PETITS-PETONS / FTH THIRARD Christophe ARTAUD** 18 16 40 18 18 24 11 12 21 12 22 21 232
16 IN EXTREMIS Marc EMIG** 23 25 28 20 19 34 12 13 11 11 19 22 236
17 VILLE DE CHERBOURG / MORY TEAM Alexandre TOULORGE 15 10 54 12 14 18 24 21 26 14 15 14 237
18 Café MALONGO Christopher PRATT** 6 33 34 13 16 40 13 3 17 16 16 33 240
19 Rêve de grand - ACTUAL Interim Yves LE BLEVEC** 24 11 14 15 33 44 15 24 15 26 12 13 246
20 SORELEC MBD Design Arnaud BOISSIERES 13 19 38 19 13 36 20 20 24 25 10 23 259
21 M@RSEILLE ENTREPRISES Jean Paul MOUREN 33 22 56 27 24 22 14 7 5 20 17 20 266
22 Skipper ag2r Jeanne GREGOIRE 19 23 20 24 17 50 23 22 27 17 21 18 280
23 BERMUDES Marc THIERCELIN 10 20 58 33 33 14 22 19 13 8 33 19 286
24 SKANDIA Samantha DAVIES** 20 27 62 23 23 26 27 23 18 19 20 17 303
25 ART IMMOBILIER CONSTRUCTION Daniel DUPONT 22 17 46 17 22 48 21 25 23 13 27 25 305
26 SOR TMC Christophe BOUVET** 25 24 24 22 21 66 25 28 28 28 23 24 342
27 PLUS PHARMACIE Stéphane SEVAUX** 28 30 32 28 27 66 26 30 25 27 24 26 371
28 SECTOR SPORT WATCHES Corrado AGUSTA** 27 33 52 26 26 52 31 26 31 24 26 29 383
29 ALTAVENTURE / SNSM Eric PILAT** 29 33 42 29 28 58 30 27 29 30 28 28 391
30 MONACO MARINE GROUP Alberto SPINA 30 28 66 25 25 56 28 29 20 33 33 27 398
31 STERN groep Sander BAKKER** 26 33 50 33 33 54 29 33 30 29 25 30 405
- LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR Lionel PEAN 33 33 66 33 33 56 33 33 33 33 33 33 462

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