Uncertainty

Port Conditions, Sailing, Sports — By on July 23, 2013 at 5:29 PM

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Key points:
– Groupama 34 wins today’s in-port race in Gruissan
– All boats are leaving at 6:00pm for an offshore leg to La-Seyne-sur-Mer (123 miles scored with a factor of 3)º

Today’s in-port race in Gruissan warmed the teams up before tonight’s 123-mile offshore leg from to La-Seyne-sur-Mer.

Groupama 34 won ahead of Courrier Dunkerque 3 and Bretagne Crédit Mutuel Elite in 10 knots of wind from the northeast. Nantes St Nazaire E.Leclerc and Iskareen were in fourth and fifth place, the German team taking their best result so far in the Tour 2013.

Uncertainty in the Tour de France.

Uncertainty in the Tour de France.

They gained points and confidence from these good results, something all teams will need for the 8th offshore leg leaving tonight. The wind is expected to be very light (3-4 knots from the southeast) but a stormy low pressure will pass the fleet overnight, messing all weather files up.

All 12 M34 will first sail a 80-mile tack across the Lion Gulf to the Planier lighthouse in Marseille and finish along the Provence coast to La-Seyne.

The leg is supposed to last 20 hours but the thunderstorms can change all this. Race director Christophe Gaumont said “this leg could turn out to be the longest leg in the Tour de France à la Voile”. The start is scheduled for 6:00pm.

Interviews

Malo Bessec, Groupama 34’s bowman:
It went very well and it was much nicer than yesterday. To be honest with you, I saw none of yesterday’s races. I was inside the boat (to balance the boat in very light winds). The wind was slightly stronger this morning and we were excited to actually sail and move forward! We led the two laps. A perfect day in Gruissan!”

Daniel Souben, Courrier Dunkerque 3 skipper:
Very happy with this morning’s race and happy to be gaining some points on our competitors. A second place is a great way to do so. It was tough yesterday ‘cause we’ve had a bad day and the atmosphere was a bit tense. We are four boats fighting against each other, Bretagne Crédit Mutuel, Sodebo, OmanSail and us. It’s a tight competition.”

Victor Vertregt, Iskareen trimmer:
Fifth is our best result so far and we are delighted about it! We’ve been doing better for a few days, going uphill. We were in the leading group at the first mark and everybody got a bit nervous (laughs). We were expecting even less wind than yesterday but in the end it was fine. Let’s see what we can do tonight!”

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Overall ranking after 29 races before jury:

1 GROUPAMA 34, CAMMAS Franck    1062 pts – Blue spinnaker
2 BRETAGNE CREDIT MUTUEL ELITE, TROUSSEL Nicolas    973 pts
3 COURRIER DUNKERQUE 3, SOUBEN Daniel   970 pts
4 SODEBO, COVILLE Thomas  954, 7 pts
5 TEAM OMANSAIL, POULIGNY Cédric    941 pts
6 TOULON PROVENCE MEDITERRANEE – COYCH, BERNAZ Jean-Baptiste   848 pts
7 VILLE DE GENEVE – CARREFOUR ADDICTIONS, METTRAUX Elodie-Jane et GROUX Nicolas    839 pts
8 NANTES – SAINT NAZAIRE – E.LECLERC, DOUGUET Corentin    816 pts
9 NORMANDIE, CHOQUENET Baptiste    776 pts
10 MARTINIQUE – BE.BRUSSELS, WOLTERS Delphine et  MOURES Matthieu   726 pts
11 ISKAREEN, DITTMERS Christiane et BRUHNS Sönke   725 pts
12 BIENNE – VOILE – SRS,   PETER Luzius et KUNZ François   662 pts

Offshore ranking after 7 races before jury: 


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

Technical ranking after 22 races before jury:
1 GROUPAMA 34, CAMMAS Franck    538 pts
2 TEAM OMANSAIL  480 pts – Red spinnaker
3 COURRIER DUNKERQUE 3, SOUBEN Daniel    474 pts (…)

Amator ranking after 29 race before jury :
1 NORMANDIE, CHOQUENET Baptiste    776 pts – Pink spinnaker
2 MARTINIQUE – BE.BRUSSELS, WOLTERS Delphine et  MOURES Matthieu    726 pts
3 ISKAREEN, DITTMERS Christiane et BRUHNS Sönke   725 pts
4 BIENNE – VOILE – SRS,   PETER Luzius et KUNZ François    662 pts

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