Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars

Tour de France à la Voile - Competitors set sail from Breskens

by Fabienne Morin on 4 Jul 2013
2013 Tour de France a la Voile @JM LIOT / TFV / ASO
In the Tour de France à la Voile, there are twelve teams sailing upwind in the North Sea, 96 drenched sailors hiking and looking at waves, current and cargos. The competitors set sail from Breskens at noon and will arrive in Dieppe tomorrow around 1pm.

'The war is on!' said a cheerful Nicolas Groux, trimmer for Ville de Genève Carrefour Addictions on the VHF. 'That’s what we are here for. I love upwind sailing.'

That’s a tough call – he loves it despite a rainy and foggy start, despite the perspective of 24 hours of a heeled boat and despite the seasickness affecting some of the competitors.

The fleet reached the French waters at 7pm tonight. Groupama, Sodebo, Bretagne Crédit Mutuel Elite, OmanSail and Ville de Genève Carrefour Addictions are in the front pack. But all boats are sailing apart and there is no clear leader at this point.

Martinique – BE Brussels amateurs lost all electronics at the start in Breskens. They are sailing without data on deck. 'One of the crew has to stay inside the boat to follow the map on the computer,' said co-skipper Mathieu Mourès. 'It’s not very practical.'

They keep looking, tacking, crossing, trimming and avoiding ships. There is no more than 10 knots of wind now blowing from the SW but five knots of current and swell made the game a tougher one. Wind is dropping because of the upcoming tidal change and current will soon reverse.

At night all 12 teams will sail past French capes Blanc Nez and Gris Nez to reach Boulogne-sur-Mer at dawn. Race director Christophe Gaumont’s ETA is around 1pm tomorrow at Dieppe.

Daniel Souben, Courrier Dunkerque 3 skipper: 'We didn’t take a great start when leaving the Escaut river delta because of the current but we are coming back. We already took over half of the fleet. No tactics needed but focus, speed and trimmings. I’m rating the comfort onboard three or four over 10 right now because it’s still daylight. At night I cannot tell yet!'

Mathieu Mourès, Martinique – BE Brussels co-skipper: 'We lost all electronics at the start! One of the crew has to stay inside the boat to follow the map on the computer. It’s not very practical but we are getting there and we will keep trying to fix it.'

Overall ranking after eight races before jury:

1 Groupama 34, Cammas Franck 247 Pts - Blue Spinnaker
2 Courrier Dunkerque 3, Souben Daniel 224 Pts
3 Bretagne Credit Mutuel Elite, Troussel Nicolas 220 Pts
4 Team Omansail, Pouligny Cédric 220 Pts
5 Ville De Geneve - Carrefour Addictions, Mettraux Elodie-Jane Et Groux Nicolas 199 Pts
6 Sodebo, Coville Thomas 197 Pts
7 Nantes - Saint Nazaire - E.Leclerc, Douguet Corentin 193 Pts
8 Toulon Provence Mediterranee - Coych, Bernaz Jean-Baptiste 191 Pts
9 Normandie, Choquenet Baptiste 171 Pts
10 Martinique - Be.Brussels, Wolters Delphine Et Moures Matthieu 163 Pts
11 Iskareen, Dittmers Christiane Et Bruhns Sönke 163 Pts
12 Bienne - Voile – Srs, Peter Luzius Et Kunz François 146 Pts

Offshore ranking after one race before jury:

1 Groupama 34, Cammas Franck 75 Pts
2 Team Omansail, Pouligny Cédric 72 Pts - Green Spinnaker
3 Bretagne Credit Mutuel Elite, Troussel Nicolas 69 Pts

Technical ranking after seven races before jury:

1 Groupama 34, Cammas Franck 172 Pts
2 Courrier Dunkerque 3, Souben Daniel 158 Pts - Red Spinnaker
3 Bretagne Credit Mutuel Elite, Troussel Nicolas 151 Pts

Amator ranking after eight races before jury:

1 Normandie, Choquenet Baptiste 171 Pts - Pink Spinnaker
2 Martinique - Be.Brussels, Wolters Delphine Et Moures Matthieu 163 Pts
3 Iskareen, Dittmers Christiane Et Bruhns Sönke 163 Pts
4 Bienne - Voile – Srs, Peter Luzius Et Kunz François 146 Tour Voile website
Southern Spars - 100Schaefer 2016 Ratchet 300x250T Clewring - Generic

Related Articles

America's Cup - Arbitration Panel Hearing over Kiwi Qualifier for July
ACEA CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. In a yet to be published interview in Sail-World, America’s Cup Events Authority CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. This is the first official indication that the three person Arbitration Panel had even been formed, however Sail-World’s sources indicated that it had been empanelled since last January, possibly earlier.
Posted on 27 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 2
Yachting NZ's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is unprecedented Yachting New Zealand's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is without precedent. Subject to Appeal, the Kiwis have signaled that they will reject 30% of the positions gained in the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Santander in 2014.
Posted on 22 May
Gladwell's Line - World Sailing changes tack after IOC windshift
Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick. Every blow well earned over issues such as the pollution at Rio, the Israeli exclusion abomination plus a few more. But now World Sailing is getting it right.
Posted on 21 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 1
Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving its goals Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving goals set in the Olympic Commission report of 2010. Around 64 countries are expected to be represented in Rio de Janeiro in August. That is a slight increase on Qingdao and Weymouth, but more importantly a full regional qualification system is now in place
Posted on 19 May
Taming the beast-a conversation with Stuart Meurer of Parker Hannifin
While AC72 cats were fast, they difficult to control, so Oracle partnered with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way. If you watched videos of the AC72s racing in the 34th America’s Cup (2013), you’re familiar with the mind-boggling speeds that are possible when wingsail-powered catamarans switch from displacement sailing to foiling mode. While foiling is fast, there’s no disguising the platform’s inherent instability. Now, Oracle Team USA has teamed up with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way.
Posted on 18 May
From foiling Moths to Olympic starting lines-a Q&A with Bora Gulari
Bora Gulari’s is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class, along with teammate Louisa Chafee. Bora Gulari (USA) has made a strong name for himself within high-performance sailing circles, with wins at the 2009 and 2013 Moth Worlds. In between, he broke the 30-knort barrier and was the 2009 US SAILING Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. His latest challenge is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class as skipper, along with his teammate Louisa Chafee.
Posted on 12 May
Concern for Zika at Rio Olympics is now deadly serious
Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, or the Rio Olympics. Many others have, and they were apt, but things have changed. So here now we have a situation where one man, Associate Professor Amir Attaran, who does have a more than decent string of letters after his name, is bringing nearly as many facts to bear as references at the article's end
Posted on 12 May
Zhik - The brand born of a notion, not its history
here is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline is officially marketed as Made For Water There is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline has been officially marketed as Made For Water, and this is precisely what the company has done for the last eight years before the succinct and apt strapline came from out of R&D and into mainstream visibility.
Posted on 8 May
Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr