Leaders receive points deductions in Tour Voile

Friday July 5th 2002, Author: Isabelle Musy, Location: France

The race committee have reinstated Panther Team GBR in race 5's results following a possible disqualification last night for having not passed the Antifer mark.

The international jury deliberated and decided to give Rob Greenhalgh¹s crew a token 5 points penalty. Therefore, Panther Team GBR is still third in race
5, the first offshore race from Dunkerque to Cherbourg and stand in 8th position overall as it was a 3.5 coefficient race.

British navigator Mike Broughton commented on this: "They gave us the minimum penalty they could give us. We're happy with it though it was a very unfortunate translation error in the course file on a small point of the course. It was accepted that we still sailed the proper course and the jury and race committee have been very fair about it. We accept the token five point penalty they gave us."

Jimmy Pahun, winner of this first offshore race on board Région Ile de France, also had to go to the protest room as the race committee was protesting them for not having the masthead navigation light on when he crossed the finish line. The Breton skipper got away with a token two point penalty.

Jimmy Pahun has an impressive crew composed of many single-handed offshore experienced sailors such as Pascal Bidégorry, Erwan Tabarly and Nicolas
Troussel. Isabelle Autissier stepped off for that race and will be back on board tonight for the second offshore race to Paimpol.

"We do have a great team of experienced offshore sailors and I think that made the difference. For the first time in the Tour de France à la Voile, we organised a turnover in order to give a chance to people to have a rest. We swapped people at the helm and Pascal only had to worry about the navigation and the tactics," explained Jimmy Pahun on the dock after the finish.

Nantes-St-Nazaire still overall leader.

The finish of that first long and demanding 187-mile offshore race was very exciting. It has been a nail-biting finish with the fleet finishing in such a tight pack. The Swiss on Ville de Genève Carrefour Prévention managed to pass a few boats and crossed the finish line in fifth which keeps them second overall.

Overall leader Nantes-St-Nazaire of Pierre-Loïc Berthet (right) also had a great race as they came home in second and therefore remain the overall leader. "We didn't have a good start but managed slowly to get back into the lead. We were hoping to finish this race in the top five. Second is even better. We're still overall leader, "commented the skipper of Nantes-St-Nazaire.

Student boat Force EDC skippered by Australia's Simon Sutherland had a very good race coming in 7th. Thanks to this good result, the team comprised of Australians, British and Dutch is now leading the student division ranking.

"It was a race where boat speed really counted. You have to constantly adjust the sails", said Simon Sutherland who was sharing the driving with Brit Mark Reynell. "We're really happy with this result as it gives us confidence for the following offshore races," added British navigator Sam Stephens.

The amateur British boat Royal Thames entry of Owen Modral suffered from their lack of offshore experience and went down the fleet after a strong start. They
finished in 22nd position and are now 6th in the amateur ranking division. "We had good and bad moments. We started very well and then had a couple of mistakes on board. It didn't go so well during the first night. It takes so much will power and experience to do well,"said the skipper of Royal Thames, exhausted after 31 hours of sailing upwind.

Aussie Nick Moloney was also knackered after this first experience of the Tour de France à la Voile on a Mumm 30. "It was tough. We were all soaking wet to start with but it was good racing. I didn't helm much as I wasn't that happy with my driving. With this fleet, you can't afford to be slow for a while because you lose so much!", commented the former Orange crewman.

Today the crews are having a well-deserved rest before tonight's start of the second 93-mile offshore race to Paimpol.

Overall results after jury
1. Nantes-St-Nazaire / Pierre Loic Berthet 385 points
2. Ville de Genève Carrefour Prévention / Etienne David 361 pts
3. Marseille / Dimitri Deruelle 353,5 pts
4. Région Ile de France / Jimmy Pahun 342,5 points
5. Force EDC / Simon Sutherland 335 pts 1st student boat
6. Cap Université Saint-Quentin en Yvelines / Jean-Marie Gout 321 pts
7. Dieppe-Seine Maritime / Gildas Philippe 320,5 pts
8. Panther Team GBR / Rob Greenhalgh 311 pts
9. Kenzo / Marc Thiercelin 310,5 pts
10. Ville d¹Antibes ­NEC / Julien Farnarier 309 pts
14. Cassis-Maugio Carnon / Bernard Mallaret 287,5 pts
18. CSC Essec Hervé Gautier / 258,5 pts 1st amateur boat
22. Royal Thames / Owen Modral 230 pts

See full results here

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