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28 October 2001, 12:48 pm
Pretenders' Merry Go Round
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Thierry Péponnet (K-Yachting 4) Photo K Yachting / www.martin-raget.com

Pro Am Cup
Marseille

Three races, three winners... and three changes of overall leader.
Thierry Péponnet (K-Yachting 4) is the one who seems to play his music at best. He was 5th overall yesterday, and he is firmly settled on the ranking top tonight after having reached the Top 3 in every race today.. Vasco Vascotto (K-Yachting 1) and Jimmy Pahun (Région Ile-de-France) keep their position - 2nd and 3rd - whereas Jean-Pierre Dick falls from 1st to 4th. The performance of the day was signed by Dawn Riley (K-Yachting 5), who reached a 4th place in 5th race and a 2nd place in 6th race, far better than the middle of the table where the mixed crew - American girls and French boys - used to stay. Hats off !
The amateurs were the victims of the pros' trademark : regularity. Jean-Philippe Allilaire (In Extremis) and Eric Basset (Tri Yann) are now behind the professional teams, even if they are still in the amateur ranking Top 3. There is only one - big - expection : Oliver Krauss (Théoule Mandelieu) who bravely defended the 6th position he reached yesterday and loses only one place overall.. « Our speed is incredible, and we spent the day going up in the fleet from the rear after being jostled by the pros at the start, explains Oliver Krauss. Our sails are new, the boat is well tuned, our tactical choices are good and our maneuvers are efficient. Everything is fine ! » O the amateur side , the hit of the day was performed by par Uri Rothstain (Team Israël), who got a 6th position in the last race. « Today, we made what we wanted to do without allowing ourselves to be influenced by the others ; and it was worth it, explains the Israeli skipper. We were close to do the same in 5th race, but we lost six places because of a missed maneuver. »
Tomorrow is the third and last day of the competition. The competitors have much to gamble, especially since the worst result of each boat will be discarded if seven races of more are completed.


Joseph MONNIER/ISAF Secretariat
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