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.
|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|
|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|