Back in the breeze
The format for today was an 18 mile race around the Porquerolles and on this occasion there was wind - 12 knots.
Overall race leader Gildas Morvan made the best job of the start followed closely by Armel le Cléach and Erwan Tabarly. While le Cleach and Jérémie Beyou headed for the right it was Tabarly who moved into the lead although it was close between the top five. Tabarly went on to win the race and with a disappointing seventh place for Morvan only two points now separate him from second placed Tabarly on the leaderboard.
British competitor Sam Davies finished 27th today. "I did not have a particularly good start so fighting from behind," she commented. "The first beat was good but on the next beat the pilot did not seem to be set up right for tacking...really slow through the tacks and the beat was too short to change it. We started in 16 knots of sea breeze and I was trying out the boat set up for moderate to windy conditions. Upwind was good but then the wind really decreased down to 8 knots in the second part of the beat to had to re-think set up. Learning what to change first - backstay, twist, etc - I know in my head what to do but when you're racing it its harder. It was hard to get past anyone today as after the beat it was a procession downwind, gybe round the corner, drop the spinnaker, short reach, spinnaker up then another reach."
The Figaro class is one where experience pays huge dividends, therefore the competition between those in their first season is important. In most Figaro races they are given their own rankings.
"The rookies in this event are good... Christopher Pratt is particularly good, only 22 and a really good sailor, he will go places," commented Sam. "But he doesn't have the funding right now to do the Solitaire. Franck-Yves Escoffier has done so much solo sailing - he's very good and very experienced - he will be the one to beat if anyone out of all the rookies. The others I think are beatable... I beat Yves Le Blevec in the Mini Transat. Christophe Artaud is a bit unpredictable - he doesn't really sail conservatively and is a bit erractic which will count against him in the Solitaire. Marc Emig - I have been near him in most of the races. The hard one is Escoffier, especially for the Solitaire as he had done loads of long-distance solo racing.
"When I am racing here I don't have objectives to beat a particular person as I just want to sail my race, so I try not to be affected by the standings. I am quite happy with my overall performance so far, normally I gain places rather than lose them. So I keep my objectives focussed - tomorrow it is to get a good start...step by step you make improvements."
Tomorrow there will be two more windward-leeward off Hyeres.
|1||CERCLE VERT||Gildas MORVAN||3||3||4||4||8||4||7||33|
|3||CREALINE||Armel LE CLEACH||1||1||22||6||1||8||2||41|
|4||DAVID OLIVIER||Eric DROUGLAZET||4||4||2||1||2||30||4||47|
|5||DELTA DORE||Jeremie BEYOU||2||5||20||3||3||16||3||52|
|7||3201 METEOCONSULT Groupe Prosodie||Gilles CHIORRI||14||9||18||9||9||10||5||74|
|8||BOSTIK FINDLEY||Charles CAUDRELIER BENAC||11||18||36||5||5||12||6||93|
|9||E. LECLERC Protégeons l'environnement||Sébastien AUDIGANE||12||6||10||10||7||42||9||96|
|10||GROUPE GENERALI ASSURANCES||Yann ELIES||5||7||44||8||4||28||10||106|
|11||ESPOIR CREDIT AGRICOLE||Gwenaël RIOU||9||12||12||16||10||38||19||116|
|12||PORT TREBEURDEN||Romain ATTANASIO||16||21||26||14||12||32||18||139|
|13||PETITS-PETONS / FTH THIRARD||Christophe ARTAUD**||18||16||40||18||18||24||11||145|
|14||VILLE DE CHERBOURG / MORY TEAM||Alexandre TOULORGE||15||10||54||12||14||18||24||147|
|15||CREPES WHAOU !||Franck-Yves ESCOFFIER**||7||13||52||21||20||20||17||150|
|16||Petit Navire Le Bon Goût du Large||Thierry CHABAGNY||21||15||34||11||11||46||16||154|
|17||Café MALONGO||Christopher PRATT**||6||33||34||13||16||40||13||155|
|18||Rêve de grand - ACTUAL Interim||Yves LE BLEVEC**||24||11||14||15||33||44||15||156|
|19||SORELEC MBD Design||Arnaud BOISSIERES||13||19||38||19||13||36||20||158|
|20||IN EXTREMIS||Marc EMIG**||23||25||28||20||19||34||12||161|
|21||Skipper ag2r||Jeanne GREGOIRE||19||23||20||24||17||50||23||176|
|22||ART IMMOBILIER CONSTRUCTION||Daniel DUPONT||22||17||46||17||22||48||21||193|
|24||M@RSEILLE ENTREPRISES||Jean Paul MOUREN||33||22||56||27||24||22||14||198|
|26||SOR TMC||Christophe BOUVET**||25||24||24||22||21||66||25||212|
|27||PLUS PHARMACIE||Stéphane SEVAUX**||28||30||32||28||27||66||26||237|
|28||SECTOR SPORT WATCHES||Corrado AGUSTA**||27||33||52||26||26||52||31||247|
|29||ALTAVENTURE / SNSM||Eric PILAT**||29||33||42||29||28||58||30||249|
|30||STERN groep||Sander BAKKER**||26||33||50||33||33||54||29||258|
|31||MONACO MARINE GROUP||Alberto SPINA||30||28||66||25||25||56||28||258|
|32||LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR||Lionel PEAN||33||33||66||33||33||56||33||297|
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