Mumm's the word
The one-design Mumm 30 was first used in 1999 on the Tour de France à la Voile and has helped the event to become more international and to grow to a higher standard of competition. It is this choice of boat that the organisers believe has contributed to the increase of competitors and of foreign entries in the race.
After four years, this one-design racing yacht has proved to suit the Tour de France à la Voile pretty well. Though the Mumm 30 has not been designed for offshore racing, she has proved to be reliable and safe in strong wind conditions like those encountered in some of the offshore legs such as Scheveningen-Oostend in 1999 or Marseille-Hyères in 2002.
The speed reached downwind in good breeze sometimes allowed some very fast races. In 2001, it took only one day for the fleet to complete the 200-mile leg between Perros-Guirec and Le Crouesty.
However, the Mumm 30 is also fast in light airs, which allow racing in 3 to 5 knots wind conditions like it’s often the case in the Mediterranean.
The Mumm 30 is a fast and exciting high performance one-design boat and therefore is a perfect yacht for inshore windwards/leewards races. Half of the points scoring races of the Tour de France à la Voile are windwards/leewards which highlight Olympic and America’s Cup sailors skills.
The organisers decision to keep the Mumm 30 has been based on the Tour de France à la Voile 2002 skippers opinion and also on the necessity to write off the existing boats and those that are about to be bought.
The confirmation of the use of the Mumm 30 for the next six years should help the development of the event and its internationalisation but also keep the event affordable to amateur and student teams.
With a record number of entries (40), an increasing media coverage and an amazingly tight racing with the conclusion of the event taking place in the last run of the last race, the Tour de France à la Voile 2002 has made another step forwards.