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.
|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|
|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|