Italian Vascotto has two wins, but French Jean-Pierre Dick takes the lead after three legs. Beautiful weather and wind conditions in Marseilles for the first day of racing in the Pro-Am Cup. Calling tactics in the first race was not easy with shifty w...
French In Extremis driven by amateur skipper JP Allilaire rounded the first mark at the top position. He was followed by K-Yachting 1 helmed by Vasco Vascotto and Dawn Riley on K-Yachting 5. The Italian skipper took the lead from the second mark and then increased his adavantage until the end of the race. K-Yachting 6 finished second after having started last and executed a 360° penalty ! The winner of the Tour de France à la Voile 2001 showed its potential. Third was amateur Oliver Krauss on Théoule Mandelieu.
The breeze built up to almost 18 knots and the second race was a clear success for the two italian representatives : Vascotto and Favini who crossed the line in the is order without much trouble during the race. French skipper Thierry Bouchard on Défi Sport Adapté made an encouraging third despite the efforts of rock stars like Thierry Peponnet on K-Yachting 4 and Alain Fedensieu on Marseille.
Vasco Vascotto showed its strength in the two first races and everyone was a little bit surprised by this domination. Nevertheless Région Ile-de-France skippered by Jimmy Pahun became the first to contest the italian supremacy achieving an excellent start and choosing the left side of the course. He was followed closely by K-Yachting 6 and local Marseille. Both front runners managed to keep their position but Défi Sport Adapté took the her second third place of the day to Marseille. The best come back was made by Thierry Peponnet who started last and finished 6th.
At the end of this first day 6 professional boats are leading the table, but some favorites like Favini, Dawn Riley or Christophe Auguin will have to wait for the discard to keep their hopes for a win.
Racing continues tomorrow from 10:00 a.m.
Provisional ranking after 3 races:
1 K-Yachting 6 Jean-Pierre Dick 2 6 2, 10 pts
2 K-Yachting 1 Vasco Vascotto 1 1 10, 12 pts
3 Région Ile-de-France Jimmy Pahun 5 7 1, 13 pts
4 Défi Sport Adapté Thierry Bouchard 9 3 3, 15 pts
5 K-Yachting 4 Thierry Péponnet 7 4 6, 17 pts
6 Marseille Alain Fédensieu 11 5 4, 20 pts
7 Théoule Mandelieu Oliver Krauss 3 10 8, 21 pts
8 K-Yachting 2 Flavio Favini 13 2 12, 27 pts
9 In Extremis Jean-Ph. Allilaire 8 12 9, 29 pts
10 Panther AMG Mike Budd 18 8 5, 31 pts
10 K-Yachting 3 Christophe Auguin 6 9 16, 31 pts