Students do it again

Second consecutive victory for a study team in the Tour Voile

Saturday July 16th 2005, Author: Flavie Caulier, Location: France
Second victory in a row for a student team! The young student team of HEC Gamelin Pour le Mecenat Chirurgie Cariaque, with New-Zealander skipper Ryan Parkin, won the offshore leg between Vannes and Les Sables d’Olonne - a surprise result after a windless night along the coasts of Vendée.

The German Swiss team Bienne Voile crossed the finish line in second position, when they thought they were last. And in the third position, the students of Alfa Laval are back on the podium again, after their victory into Vannes two days ago. Due to the lack of wind, the fleet was spread out in their arrivals. The Race Committee had to close the finish line two hours after the winner and as a result 14 boats finished after the time limit, including race favourite Bouygues Telecom. So the overall results , Toulon Provence Mediterraneee Coychyères is back in the lead, two points ahead.

“We are so happy," said Ryan Parkin onhis arrival in Les Sables d’Olonne. "We sailed in the middle of the fleet but when it was cool we separated from the fleet and go our own way again. We are glad we did it. We came out, we went right and it worked! I am the only non-French in the team and it is my first time on the Tour de France à la Voile. But I’ve been in France for three years, mainly on the multihulls with Steve Ravussin, so it’s not too hard to sail in French.”

The student team of HEC Gamelin Pour le Mecenat Chirurgie Cariaque crossed the finish line at 04.07am after 18 hours of racing. The second boat, Bienne Voile finished just two minutes later. “We couldn’t believe it, said Swiss skipper Christian Knoll. "We heard the gun and we thought they were closing the finish line. In the last few miles, we couldn’t see any boat around so we thought we were last. It was very tactical. We had to follow every wind shift. We are so happy - very tired, but happy”.

17 minutes after the winner, Alfa Laval crossed the finish line to take third place. “We sort of kept gybing around," said British navigator Mike Broughton. "I thought there was more wind offshore. I could see the boats on our right, ahead of us, getting smaller and smaller. And I said, 'yes, there’s more wind there - keep going right.' And it worked. It’s great! I just joined the guys today. It’s really good fun sailing with them. It’s a really cool bunch of people. And their food is good!”

At 06.07, the Race Committee had to close the finish line. Only 16 boats finished the race in time. Bouygues Telecom, leading the overall results prior to this leg, did not finish, while their main rival for the overall leadership Toulon Provence Mediterraneee Coychyères managed to come in in 12th position. Fabien Henry and his team are now taking the Red Spinnaker, meaning they are back to the lead in the overall ranking, two points ahead Pierre Loïc Berthet.

After a few hours of sleep, the 30 teams will leave the pontoon of Port Olona at 13.15 to take the start of two inshore races, off Les Sables d’Olonne, at 14.30.

Overall results:

Pos Boat Skipper Tot
1 TOULON PROVENCE MEDITERRANEE COYCHyères Fabien HENRY 623
2 BOUYGUES TELECOM Pierre Loïc BERTHET 621
3 DIEPPE SEINE-MARITIME Romain GIBON 567
4 ALPES-MARITIMES MANDELIEU THEOULE Sylvain CHTOUNDER 550
5 VILLE DE GENEVE CARREFOUR PREVENTION Julien DI BIASE 549
6 COURRIER DUNKERQUE Gery TRENTESAUX 544
7 CSC - ESSEC Hervé GAUTIER 534
8 DEFI PARTAGE MARSEILLE Thierry BOUCHARD / Dimitri DERUELLE 523
9 ALFA LAVAL Yoann RICHOMME 498
10 REGION ILE DE FRANCE Jimmy PAHUN / Nicolas PAUCHET 496
11 ESPOIR ILE DE FRANCE Jean-pierre NICOL / Victor LANIER 466
12 VILLE DU PORT BRED LA REUNION Marc GUESSARD / Gabriel JEAN-ALBERT 457
13 BELVEDERE – EDC – EBSCO Tanguy FOURNIER LE RAY 435
14 PORT DE COMMERCE LA ROCHELLE Alexandre MERCIER 421
15 ESPOIRS AQUITAINS J.P.ALLILIAIRE/X.CANTEGREL/P.DENTRAYGUES/J.FALXA 420
16 BIENNE – VOILE R. HARTMANN / N. BERGER / C. KNOLL 419
17 PERPIGNAN MEDITERRANEE Paul McKENZIE 405
18 COTES D'ARMOR Michaël AVELINE 401
18 NANTES SAINT-NAZAIRE Sebastien PETITHUGUENIN / Gaëtan AUNETTE 401
20 EMINENCE – MARSEILLE Kiny PARADE 376
21 DEFI GRANDES ECOLES TOTAL INSA Anne Claire LE BERRE 356
22 DEFI SCLEROSE EN PLAQUES Stéphane VENEL 351
23 BREST GRANDES ECOLES ENSIETA ENST-BRETAGNE Gwenaël Riou 343
24 AMEC SPIE Eric BASSET 326
25 DEFI AMI – AVAYA - X - ENSAM Olivier HONTANX 315
26 STAD GENT / VILLE DE GAND Philippe BERGMANS / Bernard WILMET 307
27 VAN UDEN TUDELFT Gert VAN DER HEIJDEN / Berend-Jan EDENS 299
28 EIGSI – CHARENTE MARITIME Antoine ALBARET 288
29 T SERVICE INTERIM REGION DE BRUXELLES-CAPITALE Laurent DECLERCQ / Jean-Marc FOBERT 286
30 HEC GAMELIN MECENAT CHIRURGIE CARDIAQUE Ryan PARKIN  276

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