Victory for Sill

Roland Jourdain once again proves his form in the Regata de Rubicon

Wednesday May 29th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Italy
A jubilant Roland Jourdain and his crew on Sill Plein Fruit pulled into the Italian riviera port of Santa Margherita Ligure to take victory in the second leg of the Regata de Rubicon and, following their victory on the first leg from St Nazaire to Yaiza, Lanzarote, the Port la Foret team have won the race overall.

"The Mediterranean really did everything to us," commented Jourdain. "But it all finally came good thanks to the tramontana and the mistral. It was guaranteed adrenalin for everyone. We were regularly under water."

After a slow start, Sill had pulled into her characteristic first place on the way north from the Canaries. After running out of the wind passing through the Strait of Gibraltar, she was briefly overhauled by Bernard Stamm's Bobst Group-Armor Lux. After crawling their way upwind in the western Med they were able to hook into strong reaching conditions off the Spanish coast which saw them massively extend their lead.

Finally Bilou, as Jourdain is known, paid tribute to his colleagues onboard. "It is a true victory of team. The crew was formidable, but also the technical team which prepares the boat".

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