Second win for Oman Sail Renaissance
The Tour de France a la Voile is now in Pléneuf-Val-André on the north Brittany coast, the third stopover since the race left Dunkerque on 29 June.
Yesterday's inshore race at Pléneuf-Val-André, held in very light winds, was won by Rob Greenhalgh's team on Oman Sail Renaissance their second win in this Tour Voile, on this occasion ahead of Nouvelle Caledonie ,this year's run-away overall leader, skippered by America's Cup helmsman Bertrand Pace. Already at this early stage of the month long anti-clockwise lap of France, Nouvelle Caledonie is on 43 points followed by three of the race's perennial entries - Fabien Henry's Toulon Provence Medit - COYCH on 64, Daniel Souben's Courrrier Dunkerque on 69 and Jimmy Pahun's Ile de France on 89. Oman Sail Renaissance is fifth on 107, one point ahead of Californian Deneen Demourkas on Groovederci.
After 16th place on the leg from Dieppe around the Cherbourg peninsula to Pléneuf-Val-André winning the inshore race was a valuable confidence boost. "We made a very good start which got us to the front of the fleet. We sailed very well at the beginning, a little less well towards the end of the race. New Caledonia caught us up on the last spinnaker run, just before the arrival,” commented Renaissance's Cédric Pouligny.
Next up today is one of the most tactically challenging offshore legs of the Tour Voile taking the boat around Ouessant and down France's Atlantic coast to Lorient, a distance of 202 miles.