Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

Tour de France a la Voile - Fleet set for Marseille in-port races

by ASO Sailing News on 27 Jul 2013
Tour de France a la Voile 2013 - La Seyne, Marseille © Morgan Bove / ASO
In the Tour de France a la Voile, Groupama 34s landslide performance earned them the 2013 Tour title when they reached La Seyne, but they went ahead and won the last offshore leg from La Seyne to Marseille anyway. Sodebo took second, coming close to a podium position. Courrier Dunkerque is now second overall, just ahead of Bretagne Crédit Mutuel Elite (third overall).

It was a stunning 35-mile run along the coastline of Provence. Sailing conditions were ideal with 15 knots from the southeast making for a downwind run. With one day to the end of the event points were at stake -with a scoring factor of 2- and all boats sailed the race in less than five hours.

'Our strategy was to stay in the windy areas along the coast. Groupama led from the start, we tried to catch them but then we had to secure our position controlling Sodebo, TPM and Courrier Dunkerque' said Majid Almageni who took second with Team OmanSail.

Bretagne Crédit Mutuel Elite, Nantes St Nazaire and Bienne Voile went offshore looking for stronger wind. 'We were wrong from the beginning,' confesses Nicolas Troussel. 'We thought a lot about this option but we quickly lost a lot of ground. We were not careful enough.' Bretagne Crédit Mutuel Elite eventually took seventh and Courrier Dunkerque took fifth, scoring four more points than Bretagne and taking second overall, three points ahead of them. Sodebo took second between Groupama 34 and Team OmanSail and is now 12.3 points away from the podium. TPM-Coych took fourth, a great result for the young local team, and Martinique BE Brussels amateurs are delighted with their sixth place.

Three in-port races are scheduled tomorrow off Marseille. Departure time from the dock 9:00am; racing start at 10:00am.

Franck Cammas, Groupama 34 skipper: 'Every victory is a pleasure. We sailed well today and are happy with what we did. I’m pleased to come back to Marseille with the Tour – I came here last year with the MOD70. I wanted us to do well today and so did we. We’re going to attack tomorrow and the day after tomorrow as well: we want to win Sunday’s pro-am race too!'

Daniel Souben, Courrier Dunkerque 3: 'Happy to take points over Bretagne Crédit Mutuel and to be second overall: it has been a long time since we've been in that position! But we are also disappointed not to do better even though we had the opportunity to. This leg is always a stunning one with sun, wind and great sights.'

Majid Almageni, Team OmanSail crewmember: 'We are happy and unhappy with our third place. Happy because we kept the pressure on through the race and it was a good race. Unhappy because couple of things didn’t go as planned onboard and we missed the second place. Our strategy was to stay in the windy areas along the coast. Groupama led since the start, we tried to catch them up but then we had to secure our position controlling Sodebo, TPM and Courrier Dunkerque Tour Voile
Mackay BoatsYamaha Motor NZWildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

A Q&A with Olympic champ Malcolm Page about his new job at US Sailing
I recently talked with Malcolm Page, US Sailing’s newly hired Chief of Olympic Sailing, to learn more about his new job. Malcolm Page (AUS; 44) is a hyper-talented Men’s 470 sailor who won two Olympic gold medals (2008 and 2012) sailing with two different skippers, as well as seven World Championship titles, and who has long studied under the legendary Ukrainian coach Victor Kovalenko. I recently talked with Page, who was just hired as US Sailing’s new Chief of Olympic Sailing, to learn more about his new job.
Posted today at 7:21 pm
America’s Cup Endeavour Junior Hobie Wave Race opportunity for Kiwis
Teams from the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand and Sweden will race in Bermuda. Hobie has provided Waves for the use of school-aged kids in Bermuda, New York, Chicago, and Toulon. The kids see the America’s Cup boats and then the Hobie Wave and instantly get the connection. This is a great chance for some young Kiwi Sailors to get involved in the Americas Cup next year. The Hobie Wave is a really neat little Cat that is sold at the Water Shed and perfect for this program.
Posted today at 7:06 pm
Vendée Globe– Leeuwin record for Armel, damage for Josse and Attanasio
The French skipper Sébastien Josse suffered serious damage to the port side foil of the IMOCA Edmond de Rothschild The French skipper Sébastien Josse suffered serious damage to the port side foil of the IMOCA Edmond de Rothschild when he ploughed into the trough of a big wave this morning. He had been sailing on starboard gybe contending with difficult conditions, winds of 30-35kts and big, confused seas when the incident happened, some 900 miles to the SW of Cape Leeuwin
Posted today at 6:04 pm
Vendée Globe – Damage aboard Edmond de Rothschild
Sébastien contacted his shore team to inform that he had suffered major damage to the port foil on Edmond de Rothschild. At 0930 UTC this morning (Monday), while he was sailing 600 miles west of the longitude of Cape Leeuwin, Sébastien Josse contacted his shore team to inform them that he had suffered major damage to the port foil on Edmond de Rothschild.
Posted today at 4:17 pm
Thomson passes Cape Leeuwin in the Vendée Globe
British Skipper, Alex Thomson, has reached the Cape Leeuwin off Australia in a time of 29d 01hrs 28mins The next milestone is the infamous Cape Horn, where Thomson will turn the bow north again, and point Hugo Boss towards the finish port of Les Sables d’Olonne, France. Both Thomson and French rival Armel Le Cléac'h have beaten the previous record to Cape Leeuwin set by Francois Gabart (Macif) in the 2012/2013 edition which he went on to win.
Posted today at 3:31 pm
Kiel to host 2017 Para World Sailing Championships
Kiel's announcement as the host falls less than one month after World Sailing released the Strategic Plan for 2017-2020. The Plan outlines four main priorities as well tactics to achieve the goals, ensuring World Sailing presents a strong bid to the International Paralympic Committee for re-introduction into the 2024 Paralympic Games and future editions.
Posted today at 12:29 pm
Extreme Sailing Series™ adopts the Flying Phantom Series
The partnership with Series organisers OC Sport will see the Flying Phantoms take flight at many European Series Acts The partnership with Series organisers OC Sport, will see the Flying Phantoms take flight at a number of the European Series Acts, which will be staged on some of the most iconic patches of water in the world.
Posted today at 12:17 pm
San Fernando Race – 40th Anniversary
This event is run biennially under the auspices of RORC and attracts many competitors from Hong Kong and overseas. Around 35 boats will compete under IRC (or performance handicaps), with the fleet pushing to smash the 2001 monohull record of 49h 55m 12s set by Sam Chan’s 71’ ULBD Sled, FfreeFire.
Posted today at 11:38 am
Vendée Globe – Le Cleac'h chops over five days off Cape Leeuwin record
Armel Le Cleac'h has smashed the race record for the passage from Les Sables d'Olonne to Cape Leeuwin by over five days Armel Le Cleac'h should today smash the race record for the passage from Les Sables d'Olonne to Cape Leeuwin by somewhere around five and a half days.
Posted today at 11:24 am
Vendee Globe - Colman has serious fire and near-capsize + Video
New Zealand/US sailor, Conrad Colman has had to deal with a nightmare scenario, when fire broke out New Zealand/US sailor, Conrad Colman has had to deal with a nightmare scenario, when fire broke out aboard Foresight Natural Energy followed by a near-capsize after the auto-pilot lost power and crash gybed the 60fter. 'I went outside to take a reef and when I came back inside I saw black smoke and yellow flames leaping from behind the chart table. One of the solar charge controllers was burning'
Posted today at 10:50 am