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July 20 2012


The Oman team BAE systems had a very good day!

The Mediterranean Sea not only is a new playground, it seems to shake the positions a bit! The Oman team BAE Systems had a very good day in the Spanish waters, Bretagne Crédit Mutuel Elite too. Courrier Dunkerque 3 and TPM Coych remain in control of the overall ranking but missed a start and the fight for the third place is on.

This morning’s ‘midlogue’ was an appetizer. All teams warmed up and the guests enjoyed the M34 in these warm Mediterranean conditions. Courrier Dunkerque 3 won this coastal race but the northern team take no point – it’s a coefficient 0.

The real business took place afterwards with two technical races sailed in a weakening southeast sea breeze from 10 to 14 knots. ??The first technical race started at 2.30pm for two laps around a 1,5 miles-long course. Despite an average start, TPM Coych got back in the lead at the last mark. BAE Systems is second, Bretagne Crédit Mutuel Elite third. Courrier Dunkerque 3 is 4th – the skipper Daniel Souben isn’t onboard his boat for the Mediterranean technical races.

The second racecourse is 1,6 miles-long with two laps and a side finish line. Surprise: both Courrier Dunkerque 3 and TPM-Coych were too early on the start line and must take the start again. The northern team immediately retake it and finish 5th. The southern team react later… And take a deceiving 9th place.

In great shape, BAE Systems win this second race. Île de France takes a great second place and the amateurs of Ville de Genève Carrefour Prévention are third.

4th overall, BAE Systems’ Oman team now is nine points only behind Bretagne Crédit Mutuel Elite, in third place. “A racing day all sailors dream of,” says a very happy Alexandre Pallu de la Barrière, trimmer/performer for BAE Systems. “We performed well, we took some great starts and kept a good boat speed, the manoeuvres went very well and the tactic too.

”??The day was great indeed – perfect weather conditions and a great battle. With the leaders falling to succeed in the second race, the door is open for all competitors to give it a try. And it feels good.

Dockside talks

Cédric Pouligny – skipper, BAE Systems

“It’s important to take a good start. We did it twice today. Plus we had a good boat speed and that always helps. Once we got in the lead it was about controlling the others. The wind was rather stable so it was crucial to round the upwind mark in front. There were options to be made too, our tactician picked the good upwind and downwind sides. ??“Our plan is to take it day by day. We have a good team, it’s going well and we like the conditions here. I’m doing my best to take good starts and I’m not thinking about the ranking. We’ll see at the end.

Provisional general ranking after 23 races :

1 - Courrier dunkerque 3 (FRA 08) - Daniel Souben, 642 pts - SPI BLEU

2 - TPM –COYCH (FRA 07) - Fabien Henry / Tugdual Becquemie,636 pts

3 - Bretagne - Crédit Mutuel Elite (FRA 18) - Nicolas Troussel, 609 pts

4 - BAE Systems (OMA 4) - Cédric Pouligny, 600 pts

5 - Ville de Genève – Carrefour Prévention (SUI 19) - Jérôme Clerc / Elodie Mettraux, 581 pts

6 - Nantes Saint Nazaire - E.Leclerc (FRA 6) - Corentin Douguet, 560 pts

7 - Ile de France (FRA 1) - Vincent Aillaud, 549 pts

8 - BRED / La Normandie (FRA 15), skippé par Arthur Herreman / Baptiste Choquenet, 479 pts

9 - Côtes d´armor Bretagne (FRA 14) - Josselin Le Moine, 464 pts

10 - Tu Delft (NED 1) - Pieter Van Notten, 451 pts

11 - Région de Bruxelles (BEL 2) - Bertrand Pacé, 435 pts

12 - Martinique - Mediabat (FRA 2) - Mathieu Mourès, 419 pts

13 - Iskareen (GER 11) - Christiane Dittmers / Sönke Bruhns, 409 pts

14 - Bienne Voile - SRS (SUI 22) - Lorenz Mueller / François Kunz, 327 pts

15 - Fascinating Seas International (RUS 23) - Leonid Klepikov, 322 pts

© Richard Langdon

© Richard Langdon