Please select your home edition
Edition
Yamaha F25

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
Top of the Gulf Regatta 2017 660x82Hella Marine - July 2016Zhik Isotak Ocean 660x82

Related Articles

Para World Sailing Strategic Plan heading in the right direction
Sir Philip Craven receiving an update on progress world governing body is making in Para World Sailing Strategic Plan Sir Philip Craven, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President met with senior World Sailing officials, receiving an update on the progress the world governing body is making in its Para World Sailing Strategic Plan.
Posted today at 7:19 am
Second annual Scrub Island Invitational - A fun race to a great party!
There's nothing like a good party at the finish to entice a fleet of enthusiastic racers to focus on the task at hand There's nothing like a good party at the finish to entice a fleet of enthusiastic racers to focus on the task at hand, and the Scrub Island Resort laid it on for racers today. Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina, a private-island resort in the BVI, lies approximately 13 km to the north east of Tortola. Today's course for the Scrub Island Invitational started off Nanny Cay with a light breeze
Posted today at 3:46 am
Trofeo Princesa Sofía IBEROSTAR – Perfect day of three wins
Making the difference so far is the Germans' superior strength and experience, as one of the crews in Palma Hungry to make their mark at the 49er FX European Championships when they come to their home water of Kiel in June, the duo who have sailed together since 2011 have been a class apart so far at the European season opener.
Posted on 29 Mar
Willy Altadill to return for his second edition of Volvo Ocean Race
Willy Altadill, who made his debut with MAPFRE last race, is the son of round-the-world veteran Guillermo Altadill. Willy Altadill, the 24-year-old from Barcelona, who made his debut with MAPFRE last race, is the son of round-the-world veteran Guillermo Altadill.
Posted on 29 Mar
Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar - Back to business
It was a return to business as usual for the second day of competition at Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar regatta. From a funky first day of racing when the promising solid morning breeze evaporated to become difficult, shifty and unsettled and then disappeared, it was a return to business as usual for the second day of competition at the 48th edition of the Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar regatta.
Posted on 29 Mar
BVI Spring Regatta - Nanny Cay Cup sailed in light breezes
A tauntingly light breeze of five - seven knots out of the south was enough to get 50+ boats starting in Nanny Cay Cup A tauntingly light breeze of five - seven knots out of the south was enough to get 50+ boats starting in the Nanny Cay Cup, the first event of the 2017 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. Rather than the usual Round Tortola race, conditions favoured a 16 NM course starting in the channel off Nanny Cay and taking the fleet around Pelican and Flanagan Islands.
Posted on 29 Mar
It’s all about time at the 44th St. Thomas International Regatta
Several classes were too close to call going into the final day of racing at the 44th St. Thomas International Regatta Several classes were too close to call going into the final day of racing at the 44th St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), held March 24 to 26 out of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The reason? A mix of STIR-signature round-the-island courses combined with conditions that ranged from near breathless calm to blustery gusts over three days of racing that kept competitors on their toes
Posted on 28 Mar
The America's Cup Superyacht Program – A true highlight
The 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda will feature the fastest yachts in the 166 year history of the competition Superyachts are a very important part of the America’s Cup and, reflecting the high value of their role in the events that will take place in Bermuda in May and June, a dedicated America’s Cup Superyacht Program was created by the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA), in conjunction with BWA Yachting.
Posted on 28 Mar
An Int’l fleet race ready for BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival
Many of this year's participants in the BVI Spring Regattamade their way ashore today to register for a racing Many of this year's participants in the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival made their way ashore today to register for a week of world-class racing out of Nanny Cay, Tortola. The Marina is alive with activity - old friends catching up and first-timers partaking of the infamous Mount Gay rum drinks at the beach bar. With the breeze looking light for Tuesday's annual Round Tortola Race
Posted on 28 Mar
17 Australian entries for the World Masters Games sailing Regatta
Seven Wetas, including Paul White's brand new birthday boat still in gift wrapping, appeared at Port Kembla Sailing Club Seven Wetas, including Paul White's brand new birthday boat still in gift wrapping, appeared at Port Kembla Sailing Club for the Lake Illawarra Weta Camp - the final training weekend to share knowledge and help bring the Australian Weta Team up to the same high standard
Posted on 28 Mar