Third win a row

Thierry Bouchard and Dimitri Deruelle's Defi Partage-Marseille shine in the Med in the Tour Voile

Saturday July 23rd 2005, Author: Flavie Caulier, Location: France
The crew of Defi Partage-Marseille seems to be excelling in the Mediterranean. This afternoon in Sète, they crossed the finish line of the Olympic course to score their third victory in a row. In the overall results, they have taken third place off Dieppe Seine-Maritime.

Today the boats were racing in the Tramontane wind. When the Mumm 30s left the pontoons at lunch time, the wind was blowing onshore (SSW) between 10 and 15 knots. After a general recall, the race got underway successfully at the first buoy, with Defi Partage-Marseille leading the fleet.

“Everything was about the speed, said the skipper Thierry Bouchard. "We just had to keep control over the other boats. This third victory is giving us a lot more confidence for the next races”. But for now, this row of bullets has earned them a place on the podium overall. The team from Marseille helped by a poor result from Dieppe Seine Maritime which finished 20th today.

Nantes Saint-Nazaire was the big surprise of the day, with a second position at the finish, their first podium since the start of the Tour de France à la Voile, three weeks ago. “We didn’t take a good start," said skipper Gaëtan Aulnette, "but we took an option to the left of the fleet and it paid off. We changed a part of the crew for the Mediterranean and we are very happy with it!” Region Ile de France was third.

After three good results in the top 10, Ville du Port Bred la Reunion seems to be contining to improve. “We finished fourth today," said a crewman. "We took a good tactical option. We changed the team for the Med. Everybody knows each other, the atmosphere is very good and I think we can keep performing well until the end”.

If that’s the case, the team for the Reunion Island could disrupt the dual between Espoir Ile de France and CSC ESSEC in the Amateur Results. Tonight, Ville du Port Bred la Reunion is only 3 points behind Hervé Gautier's, and 15.5 points from the leaders.

At 21.00 local time tonight, the Mumm 30s will head out again for the longest Mediterranean offshore race, 115 miles between Sète and Hyères.

Overall results:

Pos Boat Skipper Tot
1 TOULON PROVENCE MEDITERRANEE COYCHyères Fabien HENRY 912
2 BOUYGUES TELECOM Pierre Loïc BERTHET 850
3 DEFI PARTAGE MARSEILLE Thierry BOUCHARD / Dimitri DERUELLE 826
4 DIEPPE SEINE-MARITIME  Romain GIBON 817
5 ALPES-MARITIMES MANDELIEU THEOULE  Sylvain CHTOUNDER 792
6 VILLE DE GENEVE CARREFOUR PREVENTION Julien DI BIASE/Denis GIRARDET/Bastien CLEMENT 783
7 COURRIER DUNKERQUE Gery TRENTESAUX 782
8 REGION ILE DE FRANCE Jimmy PAHUN / Nicolas PAUCHET 780
9 ESPOIR ILE DE FRANCE Jean-Pierre NICOL / Victor LANIER 756
10 CSC - ESSEC  Hervé GAUTIER 716
11 VILLE DU PORT BRED LA REUNION Marc GUESSARD / Gabriel JEAN-ALBERT 697
12 ALFA LAVAL  Yoann RICHOMME 675
13 PORT DE COMMERCE LA ROCHELLE Alexandre MERCIER 640
14 BELVEDERE – EDC – EBSCO  Tanguy FOURNIER LE RAY 634
15 PERPIGNAN MEDITERRANEE Paul McKENZIE 633
16 NANTES SAINT-NAZAIRE  Sebastien PETITHUGUENIN / Gaëtan AULNETTE 628
17 BIENNE VOILE  R. HARTMANN / N. BERGER / C. KNOLL 620
18 DEFI SCLEROSE EN PLAQUES Stéphane VENEL 580
19 COTES D'ARMOR Michaël AVELINE 576
20 ESPOIRS AQUITAINS  J.P.ALLILIAIRE/X.CANTEGREL/J.FALXA 560
21 DEFI GRANDES ECOLES TOTAL INSA Anne Claire LE BERRE 532
22 EMINENCE – MARSEILLE  Kiny PARADE 517
23 BREST GRANDES ECOLES ENSIETA ENST-BRETAGNE  Gildas MAHE 508
24 VAN UDEN TUDELFT  Gert VAN DER HEIJDEN 507
25 DEFI AMI – AVAYA - X - ENSAM  Olivier HONTANX 486
26 STAD GENT / VILLE DE GAND Philippe BERGMANS / Bernard WILMET 487
27 AMEC SPIE  Eric BASSET 445
28 T SERVICE INTERIM REGION DE BRUXELLES-CAPITALE Laurent DECLERCQ / Jean-Marc FOBERT 443
29 EIGSI – CHARENTE MARITIME  Antoine ALBARET 418
30 HEC GAMELIN MECENAT CHIRURGIE CARDIAQUE  Ryan PARKIN 393

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