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MOD70 European Tour Leg 4 - Dramatic turn for Spindrift Racing

by Spindrift Racing on 24 Sep 2012
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MOD70 European Tour Leg 4, from Cascais to Marseille, is about half way and things have taken a dramatic turn for Spindrift racing, becalmed most of yesterday in the Alboran Sea.

As Musandam Oman Sail thanks to clever gybes before and right after Gibraltar got away clean with Race for Water (Stève Ravussin) in pursuit, Yann Guichard and his five men crew struggled all day for a minimum gain off the hot Andalusian coast.

Caught in this quagmire of flat sea and no pressure is also Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (Sébastien Josse). With all hopes of taking line honors now gone, these two boats are on for a hot duel not only to avoid 'the wooden spoon' as the French put it, but to shorten the gap between overall provisionnal leader Foncia. Michel Desjoyeaux currently sails in third place, and Guichard and crew envision at the moment finishing fourth in Marseille, which would leave some space for a grand finale in Marseille and Genoa.

All hope has not deserted Spindrift racing. Yann Guichard, with Figaro specialists Yann Eliès and Pascal Bidégorry know better than anyone that sail races are never written off until the gun. With Jacques Guichard, Jean-Baptiste Levaillant and Kévin Escoffier, they’ll battle their way off the Balearic Islands to preserve this most important fourth place.

Final stage, tomorrow in Marseille.

Spindrift racing crew for leg 4, Cascais-Marseille: Yann Guichard, Jacques Guichard, Pascal Bidégorry, Yann Eliès, Jean-Baptiste Levaillant, Kévin Escoffier

MOD70 European Tour Provisionnal ranking
(Kiel City Race + first leg with bonus + Dùn Laoghaire City Races + second leg with bonus + Cascais City Races + third leg with bonus)
1- Foncia (Michel Desjoyeaux) 12+53+10+46+8+50 = 179 points
2- Spindrift racing (Yann Guichard) 11+47+12+52+11+42 = 175 points
3-Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (Sébastien Josse) 10+44+11+41+10+34 = 150 points
4- Race for Water (Stève Ravussin) 8+38+9+35+9+46 = 145 points
5- Musandam-Oman Sail (Sidney Gavignet) 9+34+8+42+12+38 = 143 Spindrift Racing website
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