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Three Mediterranean boats win in today's three races off Hyeres in the Tour Voiles

Tuesday July 26th 2005, Author: Flavie Caulier, Location: France
With a steady wind blowing today over Hyères, the Race Committee managed to start three races instead of two in order to catch up the race cancelled earlier on the Atlantic coast. And so, there were three winners: Defi Partage-Marseille, Toulon Provence Mediterranean Coychyères and Alpes-Maritimes Mandelieu Theoule, by coincidence all boats from the Mediterranean .

With four days to go before the last regatta in Menton, all the competitors are getting excited. The name of the overall winner will soon be known, and everything is still up for grabs. In an ESEerly wind of around 15 knots, Defi Partage-Marseille won the first leg after a tough fight with the local team Toulon Provence Mediterranean Coychyères.

“This race was a bit like a rooster fight between Toulon and us," admitted skipper Dimitri Deruelle. "In all modesty, I think we had the best speed. This was a tight victory, but we managed to take the advantage over the other boats. In the two other races, we had an electronic failure, so we couldn’t race 100%”.

In the second leg, Fabien Henry and his men came back into the match to win in front of their home crowd. “We won some more points over Bouygues in the overall ranking, said Tugdual Becquemie. "We are very happy but we have to be careful and keep concentrating until the end”.

With the help of a steady wind, the Race Committee decided to start a third race in the Bay of Hyères. This made another Mediterranean team happy - Alpes Maritimes Mandelieu Theoule today's third winner, Sylvain Chtounder and his crew scoring their first win in this year's Tour de France à la Voile. “When the Race Committee said there would be another race, we were not that keen, because we were a bit tired. But to win now, when we are about to sail to our region, is a very good news. I think the podium is still accessible. Anything can happen.”

Overall Toulon Provence Mediterranean Coychyères is still increasing the gap over their main rival Bouygues Telecom, 74 points now separating the two boats. Behind, Defi Partage-Marseille is now third and is not far off second place. Following their victory today, the team of Alpes-Maritimes Mandelieu Theoule is now fourth ahead of Region Ile de France, who had three good results (9th, 7th, and 2nd).

In the Amateur class, the big surprise of the day came from Ville du Port Bred la Reunion. Despite a retirement on the first leg due to a crash with Brest Randes Ecoles Ensieta Enst-Bretagne, the team from Reunion Island is now leading its class, equal with CSC ESSEC, and only 1.5 points ahead Espoir Ile de France.

In the Student class there is no change with Alfa Laval still leading, but Port de Commerce la Rochelle is making a come back now just 10 points behind.

Tomorrow, the 11th offshore leg will start at 9.00. This 35 mile race, the shortest, will take the Mumm 30 fleet to Sainte-Maxime on the Golfe du St Tropez.

Overall results:

Pos Boat Skipper Tot
1 TOULON PROVENCE MEDITERRANEE COYCHyères Fabien HENRY 1083
2 BOUYGUES TELECOM Pierre Loïc BERTHET 1009
3 DEFI PARTAGE – MARSEILLE Thierry BOUCHARD / Dimitri DERUELLE 979
4 ALPES-MARITIMES MANDELIEU THEOULE Sylvain CHTOUNDER 954
5 REGION ILE DE FRANCE Jimmy PAHUN / Nicolas PAUCHET 945
6 DIEPPE SEINE-MARITIME Romain GIBON 941
7 VILLE DE GENEVE CARREFOUR PREVENTION Julien DI BIASE/Denis GIRARDET/Bastien CLEMENT 929
8 COURRIER DUNKERQUE Gery TRENTESAUX 928
9 ESPOIR ILE DE FRANCE Jean-Pierre NICOL / Victor LANIER 883
10 CSC – ESSEC Hervé GAUTIER 872
11 VILLE DU PORT BRED LA REUNION Marc GUESSARD / Gabriel JEAN-ALBERT 853
12 ALFA LAVAL Yoann RICHOMME 794
13 BELVEDERE – EDC – EBSCO Tanguy FOURNIER LE RAY 791
14 PERPIGNAN MEDITERRANEE Paul McKENZIE 781
15 PORT DE COMMERCE LA ROCHELLE Alexandre MERCIER 777
16 NANTES SAINT-NAZAIRE Sebastien PETITHUGUENIN / Gaëtan AULNETTE 771
17 BIENNE – VOILE R. HARTMANN / N. BERGER / C. KNOLL 752
18 COTES D’ARMOR Michaël AVELINE 695
19 DEFI SCLEROSE EN PLAQUES Stéphane VENEL 685
20 ESPOIRS AQUITAINS J.P.ALLILIAIRE/X.CANTEGREL/J.FALXA 673
21 DEFI GRANDES ECOLES TOTAL INSA Anne Claire LE BERRE 635
22 VAN UDEN TUDELFT Gert VAN DER HEIJDEN 631
23 EMINENCE – MARSEILLE Kiny PARADE 625
24 DEFI AMI – AVAYA - X - ENSAM Olivier HONTANX 603
25 BREST GRANDES ECOLES ENSIETA ENST-BRETAGNE Gildas MAHE 593
26 27 STAD GENT / VILLE DE GAND Philippe BERGMANS / Bernard WILMET 581
28 AMEC SPIE Eric BASSET 538
29 EIGSI – CHARENTE MARITIME Antoine ALBARET 522
30 T SERVICE INTERIM REGION DE BRUXELLES-CAPITALE Laurent DECLERCQ / Jean-Marc FOBERT 511
HEC GAMELIN MECENAT CHIRURGIE CARDIAQUE  Ryan PARKIN  487

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