Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars - North Technology

Tour de France a la Voile - More points bagged by Groupama 34

by Groupama Sailing Team on 24 Jul 2014
Tour de France a la Voile
Today saw another round of races in Hyères for the Tour de France a la Voile and more points bagged by Groupama 34 in their bid to catch up with the leader of the overall ranking. Indeed, Franck Cammas and his crew are inexorably continuing on with their comeback. Some would say Franck is building up, whilst others reckon that the skipper of Groupama is simply dishing out the orders, enabling each of his crew to express their talent at a solid pace.

Since arriving in Granville, Groupama 34 has never had as small a deficit in relation to Courrier Dunkerque. From 22 points she is now just seven points shy of the leader. A lucky number for some... Whatever happens, in the last two days, they've made up a total of 12 points. At this pace, it is entirely understandable that the team from Dunkirk are beginning to question themselves, their brains working overtime.

During the start of the first inshore race this anxiousness was translated by Courrier Dunkerque being declared as OCS. Forced to go back to the start and cross the line again, the overall leader was a long way behind Nantes Saint Nazaire, Normandy and Groupama 34 by the time it was up and running again. Third at the windward mark, Franck Cammas and his crew managed to snatch the lead shortly before the finish, whilst Dunkirk finished in a very poor sixth place.

The second inshore race was unfortunately cancelled whilst Groupama was lying in a solid second place astern of Bretagne Crédit Mutuel after leaving Courrier Dunkerque at a virtual standstill as they headed off under spinnaker in an evanescent breeze, which ultimately led the Race Committee to cancel.

After waiting several hours, a southerly wind deigned to pick up to around ten knots, enabling the Race Committee to launch a shorter coastal course than the one initially scheduled around the island of Porquerolles. Getting off to an absolute peach of a start at the committee boat, Bretagne Crédit Mutuel led the race from start to finish, shadowed by Groupama 34, which also had to focus its efforts on covering the occasional threat from Courrier Dunkerque.

'We sailed well, without any particular pressure on our shoulders but with the desire to do well,' explained Christophe André, bowman on the inshore race.

For Groupama's supporters, the tension was a lot more palpable than yesterday, the battle on the water having gained in intensity. For the onlookers, nothing beats the suspense generated by the fantastic comeback by the reigning champion, which seems to have its heart set on toppling the leader.

Down but not out, Courrier Dunkerque will have to come up with a response tomorrow if it wants to hold onto its position at the top of the leaderboard after the two inshore races scheduled between 10:00 and 15:00 hours. After that it will be time at 20:30 hours to take the start of the final 110-mile offshore leg between Hyères and Nice, which is labelled as a coefficient three race. This final leg could well be where the champion of the 2014 edition of the Tour de France à la Voile is decided...

Provisional overall ranking after 27 races
1. Courrier Dunkerque 3 with 851 points
2. Groupama 34 with 844 points
3. Bretagne Crédit Mutuel with 803 points
4. Team Omansail with 794 points
5. Ville de Genève with 738 points
6. Normandy - Acerel with 729 points
7. Toulon Provence Méditerranée - COYCH with 711 points
8. Nantes Saint Nazaire with 699 points
9. BE.Brussels Bienne Voile with 632 points

Related Articles

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
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
The Road to Rio now 99 days short
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for many crews: 'It's 106 miles to Chicago we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.' Whoops wrong movie.
Posted on 28 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
Thou doth protest too much, me thinks
And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen about now. At any rate, it is simply an adaptation of Lady Gertrude’s original line. We merely seek to use it as a way to demonstrate that when there is a lot of brouhaha going on, the smoke screen ultimately ends up as a lovely, colourful flag as to the real intent behind it.
Posted on 18 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 9 Apr
Volvo Ocean Race appoints stadium racing pioneer as new CEO
Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Today his appointment has been confirmed.
Posted on 31 Mar
Large spectator fleet heading north for boat watching season
I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase, but it is insanely apt and hilarious all at the same time, however. I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase. It is insanely apt and hilarious, all at the same time, however. Well then, boat watching season is definitely upon us once more. The whales will soon be gathering again off the coast of Queensland to observe all manner of racing and cruising craft as they head North for a Winter in the sun.
Posted on 29 Mar
North Technology - Southern SparsBakewell-White Yacht DesignBarz Optics - Floaters