Kiny Parade congratulates race winner Fabien Henry
 

Kiny Parade congratulates race winner Fabien Henry

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Fabien Henry and his team win Tour Voile with one day of racing to spare

Thursday July 28th 2005, Author: Flavie Caulier, Location: France
For this 12th and last offshore leg of the Tour de France a la Voile between Sainte-Maxime and Menton, the very light wind forced the Race Committee to shorten the course. Instead of 48 miles, the Mumm 30s officially covered just six miles under sail, between Cap Roux when they took the start, and the Tourelle Les Moines, the first and only mark in this leg.

After a nice tactical option, the all female crew of Eminence won the race. On the penultimate day of racing, this windless day has once again changing the overall results. Behind the strong leader Toulon Provence Mediterranean Coychyères, Defi Partage Marseille has taken over second place from Bouygues Telecom.



This was probably the shortest offshore leg in the Tour de France à la Voile history. With the lack of wind the Mumm 30s were fored to motor out of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. 12 miles out the race finally got underway in 4 to 6 knots of wind. Most of the boats went inshore but two teams, Eminence Marseille and Espoirs Aquitains chose the offshore option and moved into the lead. At the Tourelle Les Moines, off St Honorat Island in the Bay of La Napoule, le female crew is ahead. While at 13.00 the wind increased to 8 knots, this didn’t last. After Cap d’Antibes, the wind completely died and off St Laurent du Var, the boats were just making 1 knot. The Race Committee decided decided to stop the race and to take the poll from the Tourelle Les Moines.

“After two bad results yesterday," said skipper and former round the world sailor Kiny Parade, "we thought we couldn’t sail the boat anymore, but today, we won our points back. What a nice way to finish the race!“ Espoirs Aquitains finished second and the Swiss team of Bienne Voile were third.



If the name of the overall winner of this Tour de France à la Voile is already know, everything is still possible in the rest of the results as the competitors still have two races left tomorrow. With 83.5 points ahead of second place, Defi Partage Marseille of Fabien Henry and his team can’t be beaten, as boat winning both tomorrow's races can only score a maximum of 80 points. Meanwhile everything is still possible for the second and third steps up the podium. Today, Bouygues Telecom gave his second place to Thierry Bouchard and his team, but with only 22 points difference, Pierre Loïc Berthet could come back.

Final results of this 28th edition of the Tour Voile will be decided tomorrow after the two last races off Menton.

Results:

Pos Boat Skipper Tot
1 TOULON PROVENCE MEDITERRANEE COYCHyères Fabien HENRY 1238
2 DEFI PARTAGE – MARSEILLE Thierry BOUCHARD / Dimitri DERUELLE 1154
3 BOUYGUES TELECOM Pierre Loïc BERTHET 1132
4 REGION ILE DE FRANCE Jimmy PAHUN / Nicolas PAUCHET 1088
5 ALPES-MARITIMES MANDELIEU THEOULE Sylvain CHTOUNDER 1079
6 VILLE DE GENEVE CARREFOUR PREVENTION Julien DI BIASE/Denis GIRARDET/Bastien CLEMENT 1065
7 DIEPPE SEINE-MARITIME  Romain GIBON 1059
8 COURRIER DUNKERQUE Gery TRENTESAUX 1026
9 ESPOIR ILE DE FRANCE Jean-Pierre NICOL / Victor LANIER 1017
10 CSC – ESSEC Hervé GAUTIER 980
11 VILLE DU PORT BRED LA REUNION Marc GUESSARD / Gabriel JEAN-ALBERT 956
12 BELVEDERE – EDC – EBSCO Tanguy FOURNIER LE RAY 941.5
13 PORT DE COMMERCE LA ROCHELLE Alexandre MERCIER 906.5
14 ALFA LAVAL Yoann RICHOMME 899.5
15 NANTES SAINT-NAZAIRE Sebastien PETITHUGUENIN / Gaëtan AULNETTE 891.5
16 BIENNE – VOILE R. HARTMANN / N. BERGER / C. KNOLL 883
17 PERPIGNAN MEDITERRANEE Paul McKENZIE 869
18 ESPOIRS AQUITAINS J.P.ALLILIAIRE/X.CANTEGREL/J.FALXA 779
19 DEFI SCLEROSE EN PLAQUES Stéphane VENEL 769.5
20 COTES D’ARMOR Michaël AVELINE 764
21 VAN UDEN TUDELFT Gert VAN DER HEIJDEN 743
22 EMINENCE – MARSEILLE Kiny PARADE 740
23 BREST GRANDES ECOLES ENSIETA ENST-BRETAGNE Gildas MAHE 726.5
24 DEFI GRANDES ECOLES TOTAL INSA  Anne Claire LE BERRE 708.5
25 STAD GENT / VILLE DE GAND Philippe BERGMANS / Bernard WILMET 690.5
26 DEFI AMI – AVAYA - X - ENSAM Olivier HONTANX 671.5
27 AMEC SPIE Eric BASSET 630
28 EIGSI – CHARENTE MARITIME Antoine ALBARET 610.5
29 T SERVICE INTERIM REGION DE BRUXELLES-CAPITALE Laurent DECLERCQ / Jean-Marc FOBERT 571
30 HEC GAMELIN MECENAT CHIRURGIE CARDIAQUE Ryan PARKIN  557

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