New event for FICO calendar
According to the latest FICO rules, the winner of the Around Alone will receive 200 points due to the arduous nature of the course. This is good news for FICO, the international association of race organisers, as it further internationalises their championship - it has always been a predominantly French affair.
At present the FICO-Lacoste World Championship Rankings for Skippers looks like this:
1. Roland Jourdain FRA 280.5 points
2. Ellen MacArthur GB 231.5 points
3. Michel Desjoyeaux FRA 230.0 points
4. John Kostecki USA 200.0 points
5. Franck Cammas FRA 163.0 points
6. Dominique Wavre CH 160.5 points
7. Neal McDonald GB 160.0 points
8. Alain Gautier FRA 157.0 points
9. Loick Peyron FRA 141.0 points
10. Grant Dalton NZ 140.0 points
Aside from Around Alone, the remaining scoring events in the FICO calendar this year include next week's Fecamps Grand Prix for the 60ft trimarans and, of course, the Route du Rhum in November.