Two more student team wins

A report from the Tour Voile inshore races in Royon, the last in the Atlantic

Tuesday July 19th 2005, Author: Flavie Caulier, Location: France
For their last day of racing on France's Atlantic coast, the 30 Mumm 30s competing in the Tour de France a la Voile sailed two Olympic courses in the Bay of Royan (south of La Rochelle).

After a sixth position yesterday after the offshore leg from Les Sables d’Olonne to Royan, the Amateur class team Espoir Ile de France won both these two inshore races. “We worked a lot last winter and are tactics are now our strong point," said the skipper Jean Pierre Nicol. "We are very happy because we’ve been through a hard time. Now we have to be as good as this on the offshore legs”.

After today's race Jean Pierre Nicol and his crew are now back in the lead in the Amateur class, two points ahead of CSC ESSEC.

With three days now before the the Tour de France a la Voile starts up again in the Mediterranean, Toulon Provence Mediterranee Coychyères is still leading the overall results by 25 points, but today lost 10 points of their lead over their main rival Bouygues Telecom.

Bouygues Telecom, the World Champions, sailed consistently today posting a sixth and a fifth compared to the leaders, Fabien Henry and his team, who finished 21st and second. Bouygues Telecom has also increased the gap over the third boat, Dieppe Seine Maritime.

The Southampton Institute students on Alfa Laval again performed well. In the first race they crossed the finish line third. This is the third time skipper Yoann Richomme and his team have been on the podium in a week and in the overall Student class results they have increased the gap ahead over Port de Commerce la Rochelle.

Tonight, between 20.00 and 01.00, half of the fleet will be taken off the water. They will be put on trailers to head to Saint-Cyprien by the road tomorrow. They will be back on the water on Wednesday to start racing again on Thursday.

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