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Mumm 30 teams prepare to lock horns again in this year's Tour Voile

Thursday June 5th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: France
The Tour de France a la Voile, otherwise known as the Tour Voile, sets sail from Dunkirk-Dunes de Flander on 26 June.

This, the 26th running of the race, will continue the tradition of the event - 500 crews, the highest competition in one design Mumm 30s. Once again the fleet of 39 boats is divided into three classes - students, amateurs and professions - and has attracted some of the top names from the America's Cup, Vendee Globe, The Race, Olympics, etc.

Last year the race went to the wire between Pierre-Loïc Berthet's Nantes/Saint-Nazaire Jimmy Pahun's Region ile de France, Berthet eventually pipping Pahun to the post by 1.5 points. This battle looks set to resume this year, with Pahun looking to set the record straight. Sailing with Pahun again will be Isabelle Autissier and Figaro sailor/470 champion Benoit Petit.

The Italian team on Joe Fly, led by Federico Michetti on Joe Fly will also be strong contenders. Vasco Vascotto will be among the crew.

Among the overseas teams with potential are Tour Voile stalwarts Ville de Genève-Carrefour Prévention and a new Aussie team in Southern Sun TEAM Australia, led by Michael Smith, taking time out from sailing his 12m yachts aroung Melbourne. At present there are no British teams entered.

In the fleet are a great many Figaro sailors including last year's Solitaire du Figaro winner Kito de Pavant, Erwan Tabarly, Morgan Riou and Philippe Vicariot. These last three will be sailing occasionally on the Thalès boat registered in the Amateur division.

Thanks to the involvement of radio station RTL2, a concert will be organised in each of the race's 13 stopovers during which there will be much more going on ashore.

Channel section
Dunkirk: 26-29 June
Dieppe 30 June-2 July
Cherbourg-Octeville: 3-4 July
Saint-Quay-Portrieux/Cote d'Armor: 5-6 July

Atlantic section
Camaret-sur-Mer - 7-9 July
Saint-Nazaire/Metropolis Nantes Saint-Nazaire: 10-11 July
Saint Denis d'Oléron: 12-13 July
Arcachon: 14-17 July

Mediterranean section
Saint-Cyprien 17-19 July 19
Sète 20-21 July 21
La Ciotat 22-23 July
Sainte-Maxime 24-25 July
Antibes Juan-les-Pins: 26-28 July

PROFESSIONALS SKIPPERS
ACCENTURE Jean BACAVE
Xavier LECOEUR/ Bernard MALLARET
CAP SPORT
COTES D’ARMOR Vincent BIARNES / Yann ELIES
DEFI PARTAGE Thierry BOUCHARD/ Maxime PAUL
DIEPPE SEINE-MARITIME Philippe GILDAS
JOE FLY (Italie) Federico MICHETTI
REGION ILE DE FRANCE Jimmy PAHUN
SABASAILING TEAM Pierre Loïc BERTHET
SOUTHERN SUN TEAM AUSTRALIE (Australia) Michaël SMITH/ Robb KIRWAN
THEOULE MANDELIEU MBH Sylvain CHTOUNDER
TOULON PROVENCE MEDITERRANEE COYCH Pierre- Laurent GARNERO / Fabien HENRY
VILLE D’ANTIBES - NEC Julien FARNARIER
VILLE DE GENEVE – CARREFOUR PREVENTION (Suisse) Julien DI BIASE
AMATEURS
BIENNE VOILE (Suisse) Lorenz MULLER / Peter LUZIUS
BELVEDERE & LES COPAINS A BORD Eric BASSET / Vincent PORTUGAL
CODIAM ENSP  Jean-Claude NICOLEAU / Nicolas LODAY
CSC ESSEC Hervé GAUTIER
DEFI JEAN BART Olivier GELLEZ / Guillaume DELACROIX
DEFI MARTINIQUE Jacques OZIER LAFONTAINE
DOUARNENEZ Stéphane CLAQUIN
ESPOIRS AQUITAINS-PIPOLAKI Xavier CANTEGREL
PSA PEUGEOT CITROEN Eric BLOUET
REGION ARCHIPEL GUADELOUPE Claude THELIER
SAINT PAUL ILE DE LA REUNION Gabriel JEAN ALBERT
T SERVICE INTERIM-REGION DE BRUXELLES-CAPITALE BRUSSELS HOOFDSTEDELIJK GEWEST (Belgium) Jean-Marc FOBERT-NOEL/ Yannig LOYER/ David SPRUYT
TEPACAP Philippe BOUDGOURD
THALES Erwan TABARLY/ Philippe VICARIOT/ Morgan RIOU/ Eric RENAUD
STUDENTS
BREST GRANDES ECOLES ENSIETA – ENST BRETAGNE Tangi MAHE
DEFI SEP - LEONARD DE VINCI - ESTACA Franck FEREY
DEFI TOTAL GRANDES ECOLES ENSAM ESSEC David ABRARD
ENSEMBLE AU FIL DE L’EAU Skipper encore à déterminer
ESTUDINES.COM - PORT DE COMMERCE LA ROCHELLE Pierre-François LEPOUTRE
INSA Bruno BARBARIN
L’ENFANT @ L’HOPITAL X-HEC Jean-Marie GOUT
MER ET MAISON – BERMUDES – CENTRALE PARIS Ferdinand REY
NANTES SAINT NAZAIRE Adrien de BELLOY
MITSUBISCHI MECENAT CHIRURGIE CARDIAQUE ESCP EAP Jean-Charles SCALE
SOUTHAMPTOM INSTITUTE ALFA LAVAL (Angleterre) Antoine CARDIN/ Yoann RICHOMME
SECURITE ROUTIERE ENTPE ENSAE ENSC Skipper TBA

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