Tripon leads as strong winds forecast

An update from the Mini class' Course de Lions

Monday May 5th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: France
Last night the two handed Mini fleet in the Course de Lion rounded the mark off Arenys de Mar, Spain .

Pace-setting Armel Tripon on Moulin Roty was the first to pass the buoy on Sunday evening at 21.05. However the Breton sailor was pursued closely by Samuel Manuard on Tip Top Too while British duo Nick Bubb and John Parker rounded in sixth, slower on this part of the course.

One of the most exciting performances has been that of American double Olympic medallist Jonathan McKee sailing with Brian Thompson on the Mini Thompson raced in the Mini Transat in 2001.

From this mark the Minis will sail to the next mark off St Raphael 220 miles away.

Rounding the mark, the weather conditions were calm but in next the 24 hours, a 25 knot northerly is forecast making conditions difficult in the notoriously rough crossing the Golfe de Lyons.

Positions at Arénis de Mar, Spain

Pos No Type Name Skipper Crew Nation
1 151 PROTO Finot-Conq 95 MOULIN ROTY Armel Tripon Erwan Leroux FRA/FRA
2 431 PROTO Manuard 03 TIP TOP TOO Samuel Manuard Loïc Le Bras FRA/FRA
3 247 PROTO Roger 99 TEAM MC LUBE Jonathan McKee Brian Thompson USA/UK
4 240 PROTO  lombard 99 ALEVI Angel Rojas Alex Pella ESP/ESP
5 346 PROTO Manuard 01 ADRENALINE Sébastien Roubinet Michaël Auger FRA
6 419 PROTO Magnen-nivelt 03 NORTHERN COMPUTERS Nick Bubb John Stephen Parker GB/GB
7 102 PROTO Magnan 91 VILLE DE BANDOL Ghislain Gendron Xavier Macaire FRAFRA
8 424 PROTO De Lamotte 03 CHEEKYTA Tanguy De Lamotte Rémi Aubrun FRA/FRA
9 354 PROTO Finot-Conq 01 SALADINO Bruno Garcia Toni Weifl ESP/ESP
10 432 PROTO Manuard 03 OC Yannick Cano Nicolas Marchand FRA/FRA
11 353 PROTO Finot-conq 01 ZINGARO Willy Garcia Victor De Juan ESP/ESP
12 330 SERIE Super Calin 01 CECIM Jean-Pierre Balmes Nicolas Strube FRA/FRA
13 135 PROTO Finot-Conq 95 GOUDURIX3 Stéphane Ayrault Etienne Carra FRA/FRA
14 258 PROTO Manuard 99 TIP TOP Marc Gascons Christian Schmidt FRA/FRA
15 386 PROTO Mergui 02 TI WAI Tobias Hochreutener Tom Horsfall SUI/GB
16 405 PROTO Mistral 02 OKOUME Caroline Vieille Sébastien Stephant FRA/FRA
17 216 SERIE Pogo 98 WAKATEPE David Pertuiset Eric Vaysse FRA/FRA
18 274 SERIE Super Calin 99 TETE DE MULE Eric Abela Hervé Jourde FRA/FRA
19 352 PROTO Finot-Conq 99 DE VIAJE.COM Luis Irisarri Jorge Fabre ESP/ESP
20 389 SERIE Super Calin 01 TOTEM Arezki Boudaoud Bernard Morin FRA/FRA
21 203 PROTO Gown 97 SQUARE PEG David Gown Andrew Bellamy GB/GB
22 307 SERIE Pogo 00 FIBERA Hervé Pouliquen Laurent Négrel FRA/FRA
23 45 SERIE Coco 88 PETER PAN Jérôme Leonardon Christophe Kellerhals FRA/SUI
24 212 SERIE Pogo 98 ZOUKATI Jean-Christophe Lagrange Laurent Bourriquel FRA/FRA

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