Fifth win for Defi Partage Marseille

Tour Voile reaches the Cote d'Azur's Sainte-Maxime

Tuesday July 26th 2005, Author: Flavie Caulier, Location: France
The 11th offshore leg between Hyères and Sainte-Maxime, the shortest of this Tour de France à la Voile 2005, showed a very tight fight between the three boats leading the overall results and an Amateur team, Belvedere-EDC-EBSCO. But first to cross the finish line in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez was Defi Partage Marseille, winning her fifth race.

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.

More photos on page 2...

Results:

Pos Boat Skipper Tot
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
20 ESPOIRS AQUITAINS J.P.ALLILIAIRE/X.CANTEGREL/J.FALXA 689.5
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

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