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25 November 2005, 03:53 pm
Mike GOLDING and Ecover Take Honours
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IMOCA World Championship 2005

The winners of the FICO World Championship 2005 are the Briton Mike GOLDING and Ecover, his sponsor for the past two seasons. The prize-giving ceremony will be held at the 2006 London Boat Show.
The FICO rankings table for skippers takes into consideration the oceanic events of the past two seasons with two transatlantic races in 2004 (The single-handed Transat Plymouth-Boston and the fully-crewed transatlantic from Quebec to Saint Malo) and four major races in 2005 (Vendée Globe, Faraday Mill Ostar, Route de l'équateur, Transat Jacques Vabre).

With his victory in The Transat last year followed by third place in the Vendée Globe, Mike GOLDING was virtually certain of winning the championship even before the start of this season. His subsequent fourth place in the last race of this year's calendar, the Transat Jacques Vabre, has comforted his position at the top of the rankings. His partners Ecover are also logically crowned FICO World Champion Sponsor thanks to their unfaltering support over the past four seasons. The irony of the final standings this year is that Mike's closest rival is none other than the Swiss Dominique WAVRE, Mike-GOLDING'S crew member in the Transat Jacques Vabre who also finished just behind him in the Vendée Globe. Dominique finishes the year just ahead of Vincent RIOU, the winner of the Vendée Globe 2004-2005.

In fourth position comes Jean LE CAM, following his fine performances in the round-the-world race (second in Les Sables d'Olonne) and the Transat Jacques Vabre (third in Bahia).

The FICO World Championship 2005 is logically dominated by skippers from the IMOCA monohull class (due to the 200 points awarded to the winner of the Vendée Globe). Michel DESJOYEAUX, winner of The Transat and third in the Quebec-Saint Malo and the Transat Jacques Vabre in his Orma multihull, finishes the year in fifth ahead of two other Vendée Globe soloists, Sébastien JOSSE and Jean-Pierre DICK. In eighth place comes none other than the skipper of the incredible 50-foot trimaran Crêpes Whaou!, Franck-Yves ESCOFFIER, who has won both the Quebec-Saint Malo and the Transat Jacques Vabre in his class.

The Prize-Giving Ceremony for the FICO World Championship 2005 will be held at the London Boat Show in early January 2006.

Mike GOLDING (Ecover):
4th in Transat Jacques Vabre 2005
2nd in Calais Round Britain Race 2005
3rd in Vendée Globe 2004-2005
1st in The Transat 2004
2nd in Calais 1,000 miles in 2004
1st in Atlantic Challenge 2003
3rd in Transat Jacques Vabre 2003
4th in Fastnet Race 2003
3rd in Calais Round Britain Race 2003
2nd in Route du Rhum 2002
2nd in Transat Jacques Vabre 2001
3rd in EDS Atlantic Challenge 2001

Dominique WAVRE (Temenos):
4th in Transat Jacques Vabre 2005
4th in Vendée Globe 2004-2005
2nd in The Transat 2004
7th in Transat Jacques Vabre 2003
3rd in Fastnet Race 2003
4th in Regatta Rubicon 2002

Vincent RIOU (PRB):
1st in Vendée Globe 2004-2005
4th in Calais 1,000 miles in 2004
2nd in Atlantic Challenge 2003
4th in Transat Jacques Vabre 2003
2nd in Fastnet Race 2003
1st in Calais Round Britain Race 2003

FICO Skipper Rankings Table 2004-2005:

1-Mike GOLDING (GBR) Ecover: 282 points
2-Dominique WAVRE (SUI) Temenos: 242 points
3-Vincent RIOU (FRA) PRB: 221 points
4-Jean LE CAM (FRA) Bonduelle: 209 points
5-Michel DESJOYEAUX (FRA) Géant: 191 points
6-Sébastien JOSSE (FRA) VMI: 190 points
7-Jean Pierre DICK (FRA) Virbac-Paprec: 150 points
8-Franck Yves ESCOFFIER (FRA) Crêpes Whaou!: 130 points
9-Conrad HUMPHREYS (GBR) Hellomoto: 120 points
10-Franck CAMMAS (FRA) Groupama: 118 points

FICO (Source: www.yachtsandyachting.com)
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