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news - MP Racing Team of D. Souben Second in Prestigious Spi Ouest, FRA

Apr 26 2011

 

Monday, April 25,
33rd Spi Ouest France
Courrier Dunkerque opens its season with a bang
The new M 34 monotype is the official yacht of the Tour de France. Marinepool Racing Team member Daniel Souben on Courrier Dunkerque  and his 7 crew opened its season in a masterful way throughout this
Easter weekend at La Trinité sur mer, by winning second in
class in the 33rd edition of the Spi Ouest France.
"Tied this morning with Team Groupama Franck Cammas after 10 races, the regatta was decided at the last 200 meters of the last beat Daniel told us, a tad disappointed. But he was also very pleased with the performance of his crew on this new one-design. Courrier Dunkerque lost out to Groupama by the narrowest of margings, one point. It is the professional team of Franck
Cammas, this winter training partner of Dunkerque who prevail this time after a close fight in a record level fleet. Courrier Dunkerque is full of confidence and Souben expressed his excitement about the new class and the prospects of his team in the Tour de France and racing along the French coast this season.
For an athlete who knows the top of the podium very well, winning the Tour the France in 2008 and 2009, and scoring a second in 2010, the disappointment comes naturally even with a second rank.
The "All Star" of Franck Cammas, winner of the last Route du Rhum, had the better end in an extremely close regatta that saw Souben win two races and match Cammas´ performance until the very last race.
However, in the first big race of the season Courrier Dunkerque performed excellently, had good speed, was comfortable at the starts and showed superb crew work, reminding us of the best days of the team in the Farr30. They haven´t lost their edge and  30 days of sailing this winter were bearing fruit.
"It was a very nice weekend" underlines skipper
Daniel Souben. "On the water, the sailing was very interesting, wind
between 5 and 14 knots made for very tight racing. It is always very interesting to maneuver in close quarters especially at the marks. Being par with the " dream team" assembled by Franck Cammas for their Volvo Groupama Ocean Race, Courrier Dunkerque showed this weekend that we are a serious contender this week and have the technical and tactical means to win." Our training with Groupama has been very successful this winter"  Souben says. "We feel we are some lengths ahead of the competition in the knowledge of the new M34, including the sails. "Competition will be formidable but differences will be greater than in the very level Farr 30 fleet. So having an edge is good. Nevertheless the level will be very high again with skippers as impressive as Bertrand Pacé, Nicolas Troussel Pahun, etc. who are all top professionals. "The Tour de France promises to be exciting to sail " exclaims an enthusiastic Souben.  "With fifteen professional crews, racing toughly it will be very hard to win. "

Monday, April 25

33rd Spi Ouest France

Courrier Dunkerque opens its season with a bang

The new M 34 monotype is the official yacht of the Tour de France. Marinepool Racing Team member Daniel Souben on Courrier Dunkerque and his 7 crew opened the season in a masterful way throughout this Easter weekend at La Trinité sur mer, by winning second in class in the 33rd edition of the Spi Ouest France.

"Tied this morning with Team Groupama, Franck Cammas, after 10 races, the regatta was decided at the last 200 meters of the last beat Daniel told us, a tad disappointed. But he was also very pleased with the performance of his crew on this new one-design. Courrier Dunkerque lost out to Groupama by the narrowest of margings, one point. It is the professional team of FranckCammas, this winter training partner of Dunkerque, who prevail this time after a close fight in a record level fleet. Courrier Dunkerque is full of confidence and Souben expressed his excitement about the new class and the prospects of his team in the Tour de France, racing along the French coast this season.

For an athlete who knows the top of the podium very well, winning the Tour the France in 2008 and 2009, and scoring a second in 2010, the disappointment comes naturally even with a second.

The "All Star" of Franck Cammas, winner of the last Route du Rhum, had the better end in an extremely close regatta that saw Souben win two races and match Cammas´ performance until the very last race. However, in the first big race of the season Courrier Dunkerque performed excellently, had good speed, was comfortable at the starts and showed superb crew work, reminding us of the best days of the team in the Farr30. They haven´t lost their edge and  30 days of sailing this winter were bearing fruit.

"It was a very nice weekend" underlines skipper Daniel Souben. "On the water, the sailing was very interesting, wind between 5 and 14 knots made for very tight racing. It is always very interesting to maneuver in close quarters especially at the marks. Being par with the " dream team" assembled by Franck Cammas for their Volvo Groupama Ocean Race, Courrier Dunkerque showed this weekend that we are a serious contender to be reckoned with and have the technical and tactical means to win. "Our training with Groupama has been very successful this winter",  Souben says. "We feel we are some lengths ahead of the competition in the knowledge of the new M34, including the sails. " The competition will be formidable, but differences will be greater than in the very level Farr 30 fleet at the beginning. So having an edge is good. Nevertheless the level will be very high again with skippers as impressive as Bertrand Pacé, Nicolas Troussel Pahun, etc. who are all top professionals. "The Tour de France promises to be exciting to sail", exclaims an enthusiastic Souben. "With fifteen professional crews, racing toughly, it will be very hard to win. "

Overall results Spi Ouest and team website:

 

http://www.dunkerque-nautisme.com/les-coureurs/courrier-dunkerque.html

Daniel Souben

Courrier Dunkerque, Skipper Daniel Souben, M34 Class