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Port Conditions, Sailing, Sports — By on July 21, 2013 at 8:05 PM

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Key points:

– Groupama 34 wins today’s 41-mile offshore leg from Rosas, Spain, to Gruissan, France
– Courrier Dunkerque 3 takes second and Sodebo third
– Three in-port races are scheduled tomorrow (departure time from the dock 10:30am; racing starting time 12:00pm)

The fleet left Roses motoring to the Selva port, 41 miles away from the finish line. The start gun went off once six knots from the northeast came in. Courrier Dunkerque rounded the offset mark first after an upwind tack and then they were off downwind.

First the fractional kites. The sea breeze kicked in, reaching 15 knots, but its direction was not as east as planned. This factor affects sail choices. Bigger spinnakers came in before being taken down again and replaced by the fractional ones.

Tour de France a la Voile 2013

Tour de France a la Voile 2013

Another key sail change happened around 4:00pm. “Courrier Dunkerque was in the lead, ” said Cammas, “and we overtook them by changing our kite before them and moving windward.”

All these spinnaker choices were crucial to today’s offshore leg, scored with a factor of 2: Groupama’s victory, Courrier Dunkerque’s second place – they are closing the gap with Bretagne Crédit Mutuel, second overall and 7 points ahead –, Sodebo’s podium. And Normandie’s 4th place: the amateurs sailed with three women sailors onboard today, including Figaro’s Claire Pruvot, and they are delighted with this result.

It’s now time to pack all kites before sailing three in-port races in Gruissan tomorrow, weather permitting.

Interviews

Franck Cammas, Groupama 34 skipper:
“It has been a great fight with Courrier Dunkerque from the start and we overtook them thanks to a spinnaker change and an option to the windward side. Racing is tight every time. We’ve been lucky to finish first but it’s never with a big lead. There are 160 points left so nothing is done mathematically speaking.”

Daniel Souben, Courrier Dunkerque 3 skipper:
“We took off with a great start and led at the offset mark. We did the first sail changes well but then the wind didn’t shift as planned. We had to go from the big kite to the smaller one and we waited a bit too long… Groupama was on the windward side and overtook us then. They took the lead and we never caught these three or four lengths back. We are disappointed not to win this one but it’s not a bad one overall: we are getting closer to the second place, 7 points behind Bretagne Crédit Mutuel Elite.”

Mathieu Richard, Sodebo helmsman:
“Very happy because we didn’t take a great start: we were in 9th or 10th position at some point. Anything can happen during such races; we did our best all along. There were many sail changes and that went well – more importantly, at the right time.”

François Kunz, Bienne Voile co-skipper:
“Our “South team” is delighted with this 10th place! We started very well even though that didn’t end up as planned. We worked hard, changing spinnakers and getting closer from our competitors. The same leg last year was too windy and this time around it was just fine. We are really motivated but training is missing.”

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Overall ranking after 25 races before jury:

1 GROUPAMA 34, CAMMAS Franck    968 pts – Blue spinnaker
2 BRETAGNE CREDIT MUTUEL ELITE, TROUSSEL Nicolas    896 pts
3 COURRIER DUNKERQUE 3, SOUBEN Daniel   889 pts
4 SODEBO, COVILLE Thomas  869, 7 pts
5 TEAM OMANSAIL, POULIGNY Cédric    857 pts
6 TOULON PROVENCE MEDITERRANEE – COYCH, BERNAZ Jean-Baptiste   767 pts
7 VILLE DE GENEVE – CARREFOUR ADDICTIONS, METTRAUX Elodie-Jane et GROUX Nicolas    751 pts
8 NANTES – SAINT NAZAIRE – E.LECLERC, DOUGUET Corentin    742 pts
9 NORMANDIE, CHOQUENET Baptiste    707 pts
10 MARTINIQUE – BE.BRUSSELS, WOLTERS Delphine et  MOURES Matthieu    662 pts
11 ISKAREEN, DITTMERS Christiane et BRUHNS Sönke   651 pts
12 BIENNE – VOILE – SRS,   PETER Luzius et KUNZ François    599 pts

Offshore ranking after 7 races before jury: 


1 GROUPAMA 34, CAMMAS Franck   524 pts
2 BRETAGNE CREDIT MUTUEL ELITE, TROUSSEL Nicolas    524 pts – Spi Vert
3 COURRIER DUNKERQUE 3, SOUBEN Daniel    496 pts (…)

Technical ranking after 18 races before jury:
1 GROUPAMA 34, CAMMAS Franck    444 pts
2 TEAM OMANSAIL  396 pts – Red spinnaker
3 COURRIER DUNKERQUE 3, SOUBEN Daniel    393 pts (…)

Classement amateur après 25 courses, avant jury :
1 NORMANDIE, CHOQUENET Baptiste    707 pts – Rose spinnaker
2 MARTINIQUE – BE.BRUSSELS, WOLTERS Delphine et  MOURES Matthieu    662 pts
3 ISKAREEN, DITTMERS Christiane et BRUHNS Sönke   651 pts
4 BIENNE – VOILE – SRS,   PETER Luzius et KUNZ François    599 pts

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