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7 October 2001, 12:05 pm
Mixed Emotions For Finishers
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Among the latest arrivals was Brian Thompson, one of the hot race favourites, in seventh place. He managed to wrestle the place at the last moment from David Raison who despite dropping a place at the end, was pleased with his first leg.

Thompson, a professional sailor, on the other hand was not. He said he expected to be in the top three and cited a lack of weather information and knowledge of where the rest of the fleet was as his principle reasons for not performing as expected.

Whatever the feeling for their own performance none of the finishers have forgotten that Roberto will not be at the Paris show prize-giving. with the rest of them...

The leading Series boat were happy, to say the least, at beating two thirds of the Prototype boats included in these were the top non-French Series of Herve Favre a Swiss skipper, living in Briton, moving to The Caribbean who was very satisfied with his fifth.

Among the next arrivals will be a gaggle of Brits; Sam Davies, Ian Munslow and Mike Inglis. Davies for one, like Thompson, a professional sailor is likely to have a list of problems to report that would explain a placing that is much lower than expected by many of the pundits on the pontoons.

For Munslow and Inglis however this will be a sweet call into port. Munslow has struggled for four years to build his Owen Clarke design and Inglis has shunned the sideways glances of many shocked at the age and design of his very old Berret with a rig he was still fitting on his way to the startline, to achieve a very respectable position.

Further back the only American taking partm Gale Browning, raised her game progressively during the event and will be rewarded with her best Mini placing this season barring accidents.

For Peggs, the miles pass slowly at the rear of the fleet following his earlier dismasting - he will no doubt be one of those hoping that the extended leg time required by all the fleet with encourage the organisiers to delay the restart to allow all to prepare for a safe leg two.

Top Ten Finishers

1; 304; BESTAVEN Yannick; AQUARELLE.COM; 11 j06:53:20 à 4,8 noeuds
2; 303; BOISSIERES Arnaud; AQUARELLE.COM; 11 j08:45:20; 0 j 01:52:00; 0 j
3; 258; MANUARD Samuel; TIP TOP / CHARMILLES SALES; 11 j13:20:40; 0 j 06:27:20; 0 j
4; 240; CURWEN Simon; QDS; 11 j 14:25:35; 0 j 07:32:15; 0 j
5; 151; LE BLEVEC Yves; ACTUAL INTERIM; 11 j 22:33:55; 0 j 15:40:35; 0 j
6; 139; GREGOIRE Jeanne; AQUARELLE .COM; 12 j 00:22:22; 0 j 17:29:02; 0 j
7; 247; THOMPSON Brian; LIGHTHOUSE LIFE FOUNDATION; 12 j 05:12:25; 0 j 22:19:05; 0 j
8; 232; RAISON David; NAUTI-PARK / NAVTEC; 12 j 05:20:50; 0 j 22:27:30; 0 j
9; 227; DEVILLARD Xavier; RUSSE NOIR; 12 j 09:54:05; 1 j 03:00:45; 0 j
10; 135; CORNIC Antoine; OCEANIC; 12 j 10:59:26; 1 j 04:06:06; 0 j
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