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July 11 2014

Courrier Dunkerque 3 takes the pot !

Daniel Souben and his team are doing a real coup on the second offshore leg of the Tour de France à la Voile, between Dieppe and Granville in Normandy. They made a perfect tactical choice to finish 15 minutes ahead the second Bretagne Crédit Mutuel Elite. And with a high scoring coefficient 5, they take advantage of Groupama 34’s average performance (6th) to climb up the leaderboard with a comfortable 22 points lead.

It was the longest offshore leg of this 37e Tour de France à la Voile. 177 miles from Dieppe to Granville. And right from the start of the game, there was a card to play. Courrier Dunkerque 3 played the right one going offshore for a right-hand windshift with the two Corinthian teams Toulon Provence Méditerranée - COYCH and Normandy-Acerel, while the rest of the fleet stayed at the bottom of the white chalk cliffs trying to avoid the reverse tide.

Courrier Dunkerque 3 finished the race after 22 hours and 15 minutes at sea, which was less than originally expected, thanks to improving weather conditions. In the end, the competitors didn’t have more than 17-20 knots of wind and they finished the race under a big blue sky and perfect downwind sailing conditions.

This high scoring race reshuffles the overall ranking. Daniel Souben and his team don’t only take the lead, they escape with a 22 point lead, with Team Omansail 2nd equal in points with Groupama 34.

Second skipper of Groupama Fabien Henry says his 6th place is due to a serie of tactical mistakes and a lack of boat speed. Him and his team were very disappointed at the finish in Granville.

Despite its second place, Bretagne – Crédit Mutuel Elite remains 4th overall, but is now only 6 points behind Groupama and OmanSail.

Source : Tour de France à la Voile

© Jacques Vapillon

© Jacques Vapillon