Tough going

Tour Voile fleet arrive in St Malo from long offshore and head straight into round the cans race

Friday July 8th 2005, Author: Flavie Caulier, Location: France
It was a busy day for the crews competing in the Tour de France à la Voile. The Mumm 30 fleet arrived in Saint-Malo this morning at 8.00 after the longest offshore leg of the race from Honfleur (155 miles). Then they had to start again at 15.00 for an Olympic triangle race. Toulon Provence Méditerranée Coychyères won the first, Dieppe-Seine Maritime the second.

When they arrived this morning in the harbour of Saint-Malo, the crews were exhausted, but happy. They’ve just been at sea for 26 hours in very demanding conditions, with a lot of currents, rocks, strong winds and light winds to negotiate. But what a race! Up to the finish line, the competition was very tight and in the end only three minutes separated first from fifth.

“During the night we were fighting with four or five boats and on board we took it in turns," said Fabien Henry, skipper of Toulon Provence Méditerranée Coychyères. In the morning, we were probably a bit more 'awake' than the others, and we won”.

Second across the finish line, Bouygues Telecom had had a tough race. Before the Raz Blanchard, near Cherbourg, they ran aground on a rock and their keel is damaged. They managed to finish the race and to compete again today, but tonight they will have to take the boat out of the water and make repairs, and this will coast them 10 points in the overall scoring. Region Ile de France finished third of this offshore leg.

Bearly had they arrived when at 12.00, the Mumm 30s left the docks again to start an Olympic triangle race in the Bay of Saint-Malo at 15.00.

Dieppe Seine-Maritime won this race, the first inshore race since the start of the Tour de France à la Voile in Dunkerque. They were followed by Belvedere-EDC-Ebsco, and Toulon Provence Méditerranée Coychyères.

In the overall positions, Toulon Provence Méditerranée Coychyères is still leading and is extending over Bouygues Telecom. Behind them, the crew of Dieppe Seine-Maritime has regained third position.

The crews now have a full night to rest. Tomorrow, they will leave Saint-Malo at 11.00 and head to Paimpol, 40 miles further west down Brittany's northern coast. The weather conditions should be quite fair with northerly winds between 15 and 20 knots.

Overall positions:

Pos Boat Skipper Tot
1 TOULON PROVENCE MEDITERRANEE COYCHyères Fabien HENRY 417
2 BOUYGUES TELECOM Pierre Loïc BERTHET 383
3 DIEPPE SEINE-MARITIME Romain GIBON 346
4 VILLE DE GENEVE CARREFOUR PREVENTION Julien DI BIASE 333
5 DEFI PARTAGE – MARSEILLE  Thierry BOUCHARD / Dimitri DERUELLE 322
6 COURRIER DUNKERQUE Gery TRENTESAUX 315
7 ESPOIR ILE DE FRANCE  Jean-pierre NICOL / Victor LANIER 306
8 ALPES-MARITIMES MANDELIEU THEOULE Sylvain CHTOUNDER 303
9 REGION ILE DE FRANCE Jimmy PAHUN / Nicolas PAUCHET 288
10 VILLE DU PORT BRED LA REUNION Marc GUESSARD / Gabriel JEAN-ALBERT 267
11 CSC – ESSEC Hervé GAUTIER 265
12 ESPOIRS AQUITAINS J.P.ALLILIAIRE/X.CANTEGREL/P.DENTRAYGUES/J.FALXA 258
13 PORT DE COMMERCE LA ROCHELLE Alexandre MERCIER 255
14 NANTES SAINT-NAZAIRE Sebastien PETITHUGUENIN / Gaëtan AUNETTE 244
15 ALFA LAVAL  Yoann RICHOMME 242
16 BELVEDERE – EDC – EBSCO Tanguy FOURNIER LE RAY 239
17 PERPIGNAN MEDITERRANEE Paul McKENZIE 235
18 EMINENCE – MARSEILLE Parade KINY 224
19 COTES D’ARMOR Michaël AVELINE 216
20 BIENNE – VOILE R. HARTMANN / N. BERGER / C. KNOLL 212
21 DEFI SCLEROSE EN PLAQUES  Stéphane VENEL 200
22 STAD GENT / VILLE DE GAND Philippe BERGMANS / Bernard WILMET 197
23 DEFI GRANDES ECOLES TOTAL INSA Anne Claire LE BERRE 189
24 VAN UDEN TUDELFT Gert VAN DER HEIJDEN / Berend-Jan EDENS 164
25 DEFI AMI – AVAYA - X - ENSAM Olivier HONTANX 164
26 T SERVICE INTERIM REGION DE BRUXELLES-CAPITALE Laurent DECLERCQ / Jean-Marc FOBERT 163
27 AMEC SPIE  Eric BASSET 160
28 BREST GRANDES ECOLES ENSIETA ENST-BRETAGNE Alexandre et Gwen PALLU DE LA BARRIERE 157
29 EIGSI – CHARENTE MARITIME Antoine ALBARET 152
30 HEC GAMELIN MECENAT CHIRURGIE CARDIAQUE  Ryan PARKIN  124

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