Fight for first

In Mumm 30 French Nationals, in taste of what's to come in Tour Voile

Tuesday June 10th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: France
Superb conditions replaced today’s forecast Force 5 southwesterly with 2.5-4m swell as the Mumm 30 crews set out from the pontoons in brilliant sunshine and a Force 3 SW and 0.1 metres of sea this morning. After yesterday’s excitement, when the teams battled against a variable wind, gusting Force 5 – 6 SSW - WSW and mounting sea, today’s conditions allowed the teams to complete their championship challenge in less taxing conditions.

As the boats reached the start area the wind swung round to the north, leading the Race Committee to delay the start of the first race until 13.08 in 6/7 knots of wind. Thinking, first of all, that the rest of the day’s racing would be cancelled, the crews gave their all in the first race, with some very close racing around the windward-leeward course and with Ville d’Antibes – NEC and Region Ile de France fighting for overall first place on the podium. At the line, Cote d’Armor took the gun, closely followed by Region Ile de France and Ville d’Antibes – NEC.

A second race followed, with Ville d’Antibes – NEC matching Region Ile de France tack for tack, a policy which paid off and gave the crew their first place on the podium, despite arriving 8th in the race. Some brilliant racing by the British teams gave them an excellent placing in the amateur and student categories.

"Very happy" said Yoann Richomme (Southampton Institute – Alfa Laval), when asked for his impressions of the event, organised by Drakker Association with facilities provided by the Société des Régates du Havre yacht club. "A superb regatta; superb race organisation; superb stretch of water; superb racing. A really good trial run for the Tour de France a la Voile. A wonderful battle between the student teams, all going for first place."

At the end of 7 races Ville d’Antibes – Juan Les Pins (Julien Farnarier) took first place overall with Britain’s Pogo Bogo (Martin Moody) 11th (4th in the Amateur category); ‘ Offbeat’ (James Ives) 13th (6th in Amateur category); ‘ E1 Business / Mumbo Jumbo’ (Geoff Gibbons) 18th (and 8th Amateur boat) and ‘ Southampton Institute / Alfa Laval’ 22nd overall and 4th Student boat.

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