Musical chairs

Isabelle Musy reports on the end of the offshore race to Bayonne and today's hastily grabbed inshore race

Tuesday July 16th 2002, Author: Isabelle Musy, Location: France
The 40 Mumm 30s have produced really tight racing in the Tour de France à la Voile 2002 and as a result the places keep changing. The top three teams each take turns to share the red leader's spinnaker.

Last night, it was Jimmy Pahun on board Région Ile de France who took it back from Ville de Genève Carrefour Prévention after winning the offshore race from La Rochelle to Bayonne.

Today, Nantes-St-Nazaire, skippered by Pierre-Loïc Berthet, snatched victory in the inshore race off Bayonne (race 5 that was missed in Dieppe) and therefore is now leading overall as Région Ile de France came home in a disappointing 15th.

Etienne David and his Swiss team remain in third overall after a disappointing result in 14th position.

Rob Greenhalgh's Panther Team GBR had a good result today, coming home in third. Their results seem to be slowly improving with their tenth position in the last coefficient 3 offshore race.

The international student team comprising Aussies, Brits and a Dutch girl proved consistent again as they crossed the finish line in sixth place after having been in the leading pack during the whole race. Simon Sutherland's crew keep on extending their lead in the student division and are now aiming for a final position among the top ten.

Amateur British boat Royal Thames, skippered by Owen Modral finished in 17th position.

Bernard Mallaret and Vincent Portugal's Cassis Mauguio Carnon have high expectations with the arrival today of Italian Vasco Vascotto. The Mumm 30 world and European champion will be helming the boat from now on and will hopefully improve their results.

Provisional overall result after Race 5
1. Nantes St-Nazaire / Pierre Loïc Berthet 1123 points
2. Région Ile de France / Jimmy Pahun 1107,5 points
3. Ville de Genève Carrefour Prévention / Etienne David 1100 points

See the account of Force EDS, the top student boat on page 2...

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