Back in the breeze

Figaro Generali Mediterranee fleet race round the Porquerolles

Tuesday June 24th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: France
After their boats were motored from Impéria to Hyères yesterday due to the lack of wind, the singlehanded Figaro sailors taking part in the Generali Mediterranee were keen to get sailing again today.

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.

Overall results
Pos Boat Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Tot
1 CERCLE VERT Gildas MORVAN 3 3 4 4 8 4 7 33
2 THALES Erwan TABARLY 8 8 8 2 6 2 1 35
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
6 AON Laurent PELLECUER 17 2 12 7 15 6 8 67
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
23 BERMUDES Marc THIERCELIN 10 20 58 33 33 14 22 195
24 M@RSEILLE ENTREPRISES Jean Paul MOUREN 33 22 56 27 24 22 14 198
25 SKANDIA Samantha DAVIES** 20 27 62 23 23 26 27 208
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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