Fifth win for Defi Partage Marseille
Three days before the last leg in Menton, the team from Marseille is now 23 points from Bouygues Telecom, second in the overall results. In the Amateur and Student Rankings, there are now two new leaders in Espoir Ile de France and Port de Commerce la Rochelle.
Defi Partage Marseille crossed the finish line off Sainte-Maxime, almost two minutes before Belvedere-EDC-EBSCO. “We know this place very well," said Thierry Bouchard, co-skipper of the winning Mumm 30 with Dimitri Deruelle. "Most of the crews on board sail around here, so I think that was an advantage today”.
The amateur crew on Belvedere-EDC-EBSCO seemed to relish the Mediterranean conditions as this was their second podium position in two days. “This race was very interesting," said François Brenac, four time winner of the Tour de France à la Voile and helmsman of the Amateur boat. "Every time we were turning left, the wind was shifting with us, so we were upwind all the time. We needed to look for the local effects onshore. I think we now found the energy we had been missing onboard. The atmosphere is really good. We have everything to keep doing well”.
The fight for third and fourth position, was very tight between the two overall leaders, the Red Spinnaker of Toulon Provence Mediterranee Coychyères sailing neck to neck with her main rival, Bouygues Telecom. Finally it was Pierre Loïc Berthet and his team who grabbed third position. “We missed a tactical opportunity in a bay before Cap Camarat where we lost two places," said navigator Philippe Mourniac. "So at the finish, we really wanted to come back in the game. We are very happy with this performance”.
After this leg (1.5 coefficient), Toulon Provence Mediterranee Coychyères is still leading the overall results by a comfortable margin. But in third position, Defi Partage Marseille keeps gaining some ground over Bouygues Telecom. In the Amateur results, the average result of Ville du Port Bred la Reunion and CSC ESSEC today allowed Espoir Ile de France to regain the lead. Belvedere-EDC-EBSCO is still 4th but is closing on the the third boat. In the Student Results, Port de Commerce la Rochelle has taken over the lead from the Southampton Institute team on Alfa Laval.
Tomorrow, the competitors will start two inshore races in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, at 12.30, local time.
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|1||TOULON PROVENCE MEDITERRANEE COYCHyères||Fabien HENRY||1134|
|2||BOUYGUES TELECOM||Pierre Loïc BERTHET||1062|
|3||DEFI PARTAGE – MARSEILLE||Thierry BOUCHARD / Dimitri DERUELLE||1039|
|4||ALPES-MARITIMES MANDELIEU THEOULE||Sylvain CHTOUNDER||1003|
|5||DIEPPE SEINE-MARITIME||Romain GIBON||986|
|6||REGION ILE DE FRANCE||Jimmy PAHUN / Nicolas PAUCHET||975|
|7||VILLE DE GENEVE CARREFOUR PREVENTION||Julien DI BIASE/Denis GIRARDET/Bastien CLEMENT||962|
|8||COURRIER DUNKERQUE||Gery TRENTESAUX||950.5|
|9||ESPOIR ILE DE FRANCE||Jean-Pierre NICOL / Victor LANIER||923.5|
|10||CSC – ESSEC||Hervé GAUTIER||886.5|
|11||VILLE DU PORT BRED LA REUNION||Marc GUESSARD / Gabriel JEAN-ALBERT||869|
|12||BELVEDERE – EDC – EBSCO||Tanguy FOURNIER LE RAY||846|
|13||PORT DE COMMERCE LA ROCHELLE||Alexandre MERCIER||820|
|14||NANTES SAINT-NAZAIRE||Sebastien PETITHUGUENIN / Gaëtan AULNETTE||817.5|
|15||PERPIGNAN MEDITERRANEE||Paul McKENZIE||815|
|16||ALFA LAVAL||Yoann RICHOMME||811.5|
|17||BIENNE – VOILE||R. HARTMANN / N. BERGER / C. KNOLL||790.5|
|18||DEFI SCLEROSE EN PLAQUES||Stéphane VENEL||706|
|19||COTES D’ARMOR||Michaël AVELINE||705|
|21||VAN UDEN TUDELFT||Gert VAN DER HEIJDEN||667|
|22||DEFI GRANDES ECOLES TOTAL INSA||Anne Claire LE BERRE||666|
|23||EMINENCE – MARSEILLE||Kiny PARADE||662|
|24||BREST GRANDES ECOLES ENSIETA ENST-BRETAGNE||Gildas MAHE||648|
|25||DEFI AMI – AVAYA - X - ENSAM||Olivier HONTANX||616|
|26||STAD GENT / VILLE DE GAND||Philippe BERGMANS / Bernard WILMET||613.5|
|27||AMEC SPIE||Eric BASSET||562|
|28||EIGSI – CHARENTE MARITIME||Antoine ALBARET||551.5|
|29||T SERVICE INTERIM REGION DE BRUXELLES-CAPITALE||Laurent DECLERCQ / Jean-Marc FOBERT||530|
|30||HEC GAMELIN MECENAT CHIRURGIE CARDIAQUE||Ryan PARKIN||505|